Australia built a substantial lead in the semi-final, but the Proteas fought back to narrow the gap to one goal in the fourth quarter, before Australia won by two – the joint-closest World Cup semi-final in history.
“It’s really special. Obviously it’s my first World Cup, and I guess that everyone was expecting us to make the final, but South Africa really pushed us all the way to the end, which is good for us, especially heading into the final.
“It tested us and it tested how we react under pressure.”
The game is Australia’s second close-run victory in a row, following their one-goal win over New Zealand in their final Group F game.
While acknowledging that there are things to improve on, Price says that the Diamonds’ strength of character is something to be proud of.
“We always knew there were going to be a lot of teams gunning for us – teams will always play their best game against us.
“I think especially because it was a semi-final, it’s another step up as everyone wants to make that final. Both teams today were desperate to get through, but I’m proud of the girls and how we pushed through.
“That’s what we need to work on. We get a really good lead but we haven’t been pushing through or looking after our possession, so I think it’s definitely something we need to improve on – if we are ahead we want to maintain our lead and not let the opposition back into the game.”
Australia’s final opponents will be decided when England and New Zealand meet in the second semi-final at 3pm.