In the second semi-final of the day, the winning margin was again just two goals, as New Zealand seized momentum at the right time to win 47-45.
After coming off court, Harten said:
“I’m utterly devastated. That was the most realistic shot we’ve had of getting into the World Cup final and we have just fallen short of our goal.”
However, Harten acknowledged the fantastic performance of the Silver Ferns, who will now play familiar foes Australia in the final.
“I’ve played with some of those players (in the New Zealand team) and I know exactly what they were going to bring: skill integrity and passion, and that was they had for the whole 60 minutes.
“They just disrupted us. We were confident of taking it to them and throughout that game we were up in patches, so we did have the ability to do it and we just wavered at a critical moment but it’s another lesson learnt.
“All credit to New Zealand – they really deserved that victory today.”