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It’s the Australian Diamonds up against the English Roses in what will likely be the best game of the series at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 7:30pm (AEST).
In the first match of the Quad Series, Australia had a convincing 17 goal win over South Africa.
It wasn’t an easy day out, as South Africa held on and even led during the first half.
However, Australia broke away in the third quarter to lead by fourteen, before their second-string attack came on and increased the margin by a further three goals.
The cohesiveness on court was improved when three of the Sunshine Coast’s premiership starting line-up assumed their positions: Caitlin Bassett (GS), Steph Wood (GA) and Kelsey Browne (WA).
England also opened their Quad Series campaign with a 52 to 39 smashing of New Zealand.
Six of the seven starters for the Roses were involved in the successful Commonwealth Games campaign and they were on fire from the get-go.
Geva Mentor and Layla Guscoth dominated in defence and held New Zealand to just five final quarter goals, as England stormed home to a 13-goal victory.
Australia and England last battled it out on the Commonwealth Games gold medal stage, where England surprised everyone with a one-goal victory, to steal gold from the dominant Australian squad.
The simple analysis from that tournament is that England were better coached throughout the Games and had a more cohesive, well-tested starting seven.
Australia tried to get too creative and ended up putting themselves in a difficult position, where their best side had not run out a full game.
Lessons have been learned and small changes have been made, this game is sure to be another cracker.
The Roses will be out to prove their gold medal was no fluke, but Australia will want to make a statement after a disappointing end to their brilliant Games’ campaign.
One of the match ups to watch will be ex-Sunshine Coast Lightning teammates Caitlin Bassett and Geva Mentor battling it out.
I have very little confidence in this prediction, but I think the Diamonds will just get across the line.
Australia by 3 goals.
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Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Time: 7:30pm (AEST)
TV: Nine Network – 9GEM
Betting: Australia $1.45, England $2.75