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Diamonds avoid historic loss to knock out England in spiteful semi final

The Australian Diamonds have received a spiteful semi remaining in opposition to England, 60-51 to maintain their gold medal dream alive.

After the Roses triumphed with a shock one-goal win within the 2018 gold medal conflict, it was the Diamonds who extracted revenge in Birmingham.

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The victory means Australia will get one other crack at Jamaica, who handed the Diamonds a historic loss within the pool levels, for the gold within the early hours of Monday morning.

The match had all the things together with a shocking delay of sport when Roses defender Layla Guscoth crashed closely into the objective submit.

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Gretel Bueta was the star of the present for the Aussies with 43 objectives at 98% accuracy.

Ellie Cardwell tried to pull England again into the match together with her 22 objectives, as her bodily battle with Courtney Bruce threatened to boil over with elbows thrown.

However in the long run, it was Australia who stored their exceptional run of enjoying in each gold medal match since netball’s introduction intact.

“I believe tonight we had a very nice sport, the entire crowd was in opposition to us,” captain Liz Watson instructed 7Sport post-match.

“We got here for gold … we’re fortunate we performed Jamaica within the rounds and see the place we will enhance and hit them tomorrow.”

Gretel Bueta goes to embrace assistant coach Nicole Richardson. Image: Mark KolbeSupply: Getty Photographs


Stacey Marinkovich opted for a similar beginning seven that confronted Jamaica to start out in opposition to England, with Paige Hadley nonetheless sidelined together with her calf harm.

Gretel Bueta at objective shooter with Steph Wooden and Liz Watson out in entrance. Kate Moloney acquired the nod at centre, with Ash Brazill, Jo Weston and Courtney Bruce rounding out the again finish.

The Roses opted for Jo Harten at GS, with Helen Housby and Nat Metcalf main the assault. Jade Clarke acquired the nod at centre whereas Stacey Francis-Bayman begins at WD, Layla Guscoth at GD and veteran Geva Mentor is again at GK.

The Diamonds had a giant win early when Roses centre Jade Clarke was pressured offside from the opening play.

Gretel Bueta transformed the turnover earlier than an early miss put the Aussies again underneath stress.

Steph Wooden went from midrange after Clarke racked up her third penalty early, as Helen Housby acquired England on the board seconds later.

A breaking name in opposition to Liz Watson gifted England the possibility to get the match again on degree phrases, and Jo Harten made no mistake.

An enormous collision with the goalpost downed Layla Guscoth, however the courageous defender bounced again to her toes.

The impression was so forceful, the submit shifted and the sport needed to be stopped so a alternative may very well be introduced out.

“She actually straddles and lowers herself,” Cox mentioned.

“I’ve by no means seen that in a sport!”

“Extraordinary footage,” Sue Gaudion added.

“We by no means thought we’d be paused at three-all to repair a objective submit.”

Jo Weston acquired a tip from behind Harten to create one other turnover for the Aussies and Wooden was in a position to convert from lengthy vary.

“(Wooden’s early pictures) have been from distance – that may be a actual bonus for the Aussies,” Cox mentioned.

Wooden managed a choose up on the transverse earlier than Nat Metcalf’s determination to attempt to go excessive of Courtney Bruce didn’t repay and all of the sudden the Aussies had been out to a four-goal lead.

Weston was a fingernail from a giant intercept whereas down the attacking finish, Bueta dominated Geva Mentor within the air to maintain the scoreboard ticking over.

“It’s getting increasingly athletic with each single problem,” Cox praised.

Weston acquired arms to a different ball however the Roses maintained possession and the three-goal deficit.

Wooden’s shot on the buzzer didn’t drop because the Aussies took a three-goal lead on the first change 15-12.

Coach Jess Thirlby modified up her midcourt, sending Clarke again to WD, Stacey Francis-Bayman to the bench and Laura Malcolm approaching as centre.

However it was Courtney Bruce with the primary choose up of the second time period that Bueta capitalised on.

Geva Mentor’s first intercept of the match couldn’t be transformed because the Roses had been penalised for held ball and all of the sudden Australia’s lead was out to 5.

Issues began to get bodily between the Aussie defensive duo and Harten with each Weston and Bruce penalised.

Bueta was very lucky to get away with motion on her grounded foot to increase the margin to seven as Mentor racked up one other penalty.

“They’re letting the ball go along with confidence,” Gaudion praised.

“And accuracy,” Cox added.

A held ball in opposition to Harten gave Australia one other alternative within the second time period as Wooden pushed the margin to eight.

However an offensive contact name on Liz Watson gave the Roses the possibility to get one again as Bruce put her physique on the road to maintain Australia in possession.

Down by eight, the Roses despatched Housby to the bench, regardless of her 9/9 output, with Ellie Cardwell launched at objective assault.

“England don’t appear to have a solution for both Wooden or Bueta,” Gaudion mentioned.

And Cardwell pushed her means into the sport, first in opposition to Watson after which Weston.

Harten additionally acquired concerned within the bodily problem as tempers flared.

“It’s on for younger and outdated right here,” Gaudion mentioned.

“Bruce with the shoulder in.

“No aspect is stepping down right here.”

England coach Thirlby was clearly annoyed together with her arms up on the bench as a result of physicality.

Imogen Allison was launched at WD and instantly had an impression however by half time, it was Australia main 29-23.

Bueta with 22/23 and Wooden 7/8 whereas for England, Harten had 11 objectives at 100% and Cardwell 3/4 in her 5 minutes on the court docket.

England acquired off to the right begin within the third when Harten transformed from an Ash Brazill held ball.

However when Metcalf put a toe offside, she coughed up possession and was then penalised for throwing the ball away.

Cardwell was additionally spoken to by the umpires and instructed to “hold your feedback to your self” as tempers as soon as once more threatened to boil over.

The group was silenced when Harten couldn’t pull in an extended ball and Australia regathered. Wooden could have missed her first try, however she made the second rely because the lead was out to 9 objectives.

“Australia have weathered a storm right here they usually’ve come out on prime,” Gaudion praised halfway by means of the third.

Bruce disrupted play however Cardwell nonetheless dropped the shot.

There was some confusion from England as Malcolm got here to the bench. Clarke had a wing defender bib on however wanted to go to centre as Francis-Bayman returned to the court docket as GD.

“It seems like Australia are much more fluid in assault,” Cox mentioned.

Harten’s first missed shot noticed Wooden push the lead out to double figures for the primary time within the semi remaining.

When Watson couldn’t reel in a baseline ball, England had an opportunity to shut the hole however they turned it straight over with Weston taking the midcourt intercept.

Housby returned to the motion at GA with Cardwell pushed again to shooter and Harten benched because the Roses seemed to capitalise on a Wooden miss.

A late turnover from Wooden allowed England to shut to 9 objectives on the remaining change, 45-46.

Like the ultimate quarter of the loss to Jamaica, Australia’s assault finish stalled early within the remaining time period as down the opposite finish Bruce was cautioned for her bodily assault.

Guscoth returned to GD because the battle between Cardwell and Bruce continued after each objective.

“It’s pointless now,” Gaudion mentioned.

Mentor acquired the hard-earned rejection, after being closely penalised all sport, and Cardwell dropped the shot to slim the margin to seven.

Eboni Usoro-Brown acquired the nod to come back on in opposition to her former Firebirds’ teammate Bueta, changing Mentor because the Diamonds struggled to feed their attacking duo.

An enormous rebound from Bruce after Cardwell’s missed shot was wasted when Australia turned over ball within the centre third.

Regardless of the exceptional depth, the 2 sides traded objectives because the Roses struggled to interrupt the six-goal lead of Australia.

“England operating out of time right here rapidly,” Cox mentioned.

“It appears like Australia has discovered their rhythm once more,” Gaudion added.

Coach Thirlby had used each participant on her bench besides younger Sophie Drakeford-Lewis in a bid to chop Australia’s lead.

Cardwell stored England in it when she received again ball from Jo Weston, however Housby’s shot didn’t drop and Ash Brazill was all around the rebound.

Bueta pushed the margin out to eight with simply two minutes remaining as coach Stacey Marinkovich lastly broke out a smile on the bench.

Australia ensured they stored their exceptional gold medal match run full with victory over the Roses.

Bueta dropped 43 objectives from 44 makes an attempt, whereas Wooden had 17/20. For England, Cardwell completed the highest scorer with 22 from 24, Harten had 16 from 17 and Housby 13/14.

Australia will now face Jamaica for gold with that match from 5.30am AEST Monday.

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