International Tests

Diamonds, Roses fight out thrilling draw ahead of final

England and Australia fought out yet another epic chapter in the Roses-Diamonds rivalry with a 48-all draw in the final Quad Series pool match in London.

It was a tough encounter with many lead changes across the board, and plenty of questions about both sides ahead of the Quad Series Final.

With a chaotic final few minutes, a footwork call led to an ice cold Helen Housby shot on the buzzer for the Roses to draw the game. Australia looked as if they’d lost the match, while England celebrated it as a win.

Goaler and player of the match Ellie Cardwell, who played pivotal role in the Roses fightback from goal attack, said the side learned a lot, despite the scrappy nature of the contest.

England captain Serene Guthrie said the Roses were enjoying every second of the action.

“Something we pride ourselves on this group is living and loving every single moment- the wins, losses and draws,” she said.

“The energy is buoyant in the group! We loved every minute.”

England Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby said the goal was simple – disrupt the ‘world order’ of netball.

“We have some growth still to come from this group,” she said ahead of the final where her side will play Australia.

“Australia present a few unknowns and it was great to get out against them. We are trying to disrupt the world order of netball here.

“This group is so robust- mentally If anything. The group enjoy each other’s company and play for each other. Our approach throughout is our learnings.

“We need to be an England team that can win when it matters the most. We have a lot of information for me to go away with after this series.”

Australian Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich said the match was a learning experience for her and her side.

“That’s what we are over here to do, learn lessons in vital moments,” she said.

“We will re-test what we are putting out on court. Every time they step out on court [players] have a role to play”

Diamonds’ Captain Liz Watson celebrated her 50th international cap.

Picture: Courtesy of England Netball Twitter.

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