Cookies on the Netball World Cup Liverpool 2019 Website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NWC2019 website.
18 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Drama typical of rivalry – Watson

Australia's Liz Watson says that this morning's extraordinary encounter between the Diamonds and New Zealand was always likely to provide a dramatic finish.

The match to decide the winner of Group F more than lived up to its billing, coming down to the final few seconds as a New Zealand miss ensured Australia ran out winners by a one-goal margin: 50-49.

The Diamonds had established a significant lead at one point, but the Silver Ferns came roaring back to set up the astonishing closing minutes.

Of the fantastic finale to the game, Watson said:

“It’s just that rivalry we have with them. It’s always a tough battle and they definitely weren’t going to give up at half time and we knew that.

“I think it’s just that Aussie against New Zealand thing – it’s always going to go right down to the final whistle like it did.”

The close nature of the contest between the Antipodean rivals has set the scene perfectly for Saturday’s semi-finals, where they will be joined by England and South Africa.

The hosts face the Proteas this evening, the winner of which will face New Zealand in the last four, while the beaten side will tackle Australia for a place in the final.