Australian coach wanting more from players after losing to Silver Ferns
October 14, 2019 10:14 am
Australian coach Lisa Alexander is calling for more from her players after losing the first Test of netball’s Constellation Cup 53-52 to New Zealand in Christchurch.
The Diamonds let a five-goal lead go yesterday as a poor fourth-quarter cost them through a lack of execution.
But as the four-Test series heads to Auckland on Wednesday for game two, Alexander said her side had it in them to lift.
Constellation Cup holders Australia started slowly against the Silver Ferns as they sought some revenge after July’s World Cup final defeat – also by one point.
The opening exchanges were messy for Australia as they struggled to make the most of their opportunities when the Ferns turned the ball over.
Australia went into halftime trailing by one goal and they found their stride in the third quarter, as they forced New Zealand into a series of mistakes and held a 44-39 lead with one period left.
But the home side counter-punched well as they changed their attacking structure to steal the game from Australia.