Captain Sharni Layton (centre) lifts the trophy with the Australia team after winning the Quad Series with a victory over England.
Captain Sharni Layton (centre) lifts the trophy with the Australia team after winning the Quad Series with a victory over England. Jordan Mansfield

Diamonds coach proud of "ugly win” over England

NETBALL: Australian coach Lisa Alexander said the Diamonds might have "played ugly" but she is still proud of the fighting spirit they displayed to hold England off for a one-point win at Wembley, which saw them claim the Quad Series.

And Alexander says such close calls only serve to make the international side of the game more interesting for fans.

"Sometime you have to win ugly," Alexander said after the 47-46 win which saw Australia defend their Quad Series title following victories against the Silver Ferns, South Africa and England.

"It wasn't pretty. But we managed to find a way. They hung tough.

"It's great. To see this uncertainty in netball. It makes things more interesting."

The Diamonds, minus a number of senior players for the early season tour, took a two-goal deficit into the final quarter before finding their feet to claim the match.

Key to the victory was the sharpshooting of Giants netballer Susan Pettitt who scored 23 goals in the second half.

Despite the Diamonds' 3-0 clean sweep of the series, new captain Sharni Layton said the group would remain wary for the rapidly improving opponents.

"New Zealand, South Africa and England fighting back shows that everyone is after us and we can't be complacent otherwise that's when things can start to go wrong," Layton said.

"We need to be proactive and keep pushing ourselves to be better and take our game to a whole new level so we can stay on top."

The four nations will meet in the next instalment of the biannual Quad Series when it returns to Australian and New Zealand shores later this year.

In an earlier match, the Silver Ferns thrashed South Africa 70-39 to leave the Proteas winless in the series.

News Corp Australia


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