Quad Series 2023: Australia edge out New Zealand in final after England beat South Africa to finish third | Netball News


England beat South Africa to finish third in the 2023 Quad Series ahead of the next Netball World Cup in Cape Town later this year; Australia beat New Zealand in the final and continue to dominate the competition

Last update: 01/25/23 6:45 p.m.

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Watch the best moments from the final between Australia and New Zealand in the Netball Quad series.

Watch the best moments from the final between Australia and New Zealand in the Netball Quad series.

Australia won their seventh Quad series in eight tournaments by beating New Zealand 56-50 in Thursday’s final after England secured third place with a victory over South Africa earlier in the day in Cape Town.

The Silver Ferns had led 31-30 at half-time before Australia battled to win the second half 26-19 and seal another title which cements their place as favorites ahead of this summer’s World Cup .

Shot on goal Cara Koenen played for Australia as they finished 33 from 34 with welcome support from Steph Wood’s attack on goal 23 from 28.

New Zealand were led by Grace Nweke with 39 of 45 and Ameliaranne Ekenasio 11 of 11, but had to pay for seven turnovers in the third quarter.

It was Australia’s fourth consecutive victory over the Ferns since the Constellation Cup in 2022.

The Australian captain hailed her side's performance in the final quarter against New Zealand as they sealed a 56-50 Quad Series final win.

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The Australian captain hailed her side’s performance in the final quarter against New Zealand as they sealed a 56-50 Quad Series final win.

The Australian captain hailed her side’s performance in the final quarter against New Zealand as they sealed a 56-50 Quad Series final win.

“Really, really happy with that one, we got to play New Zealand twice while we were here and I think we felt that in that second game,” Australia captain Liz Watson said.

“It’s a really good confidence boost for us, we had a really good last quarter, that’s what we wanted to do this whole series, so it’s great to have this win.

“I think it was just about being patient with our offense and we know they play really good zone defense so to be able to read that and not get into what they’re putting up…it takes a lot of thought and vision.

“New Zealand are good at slowing down our natural fast pace, so they try to pick up that pace and get the style we want to play, so I was happy we could do that.”

England beat South Africa to finish third

Watch highlights from the playoffs for third place between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

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Watch highlights from the playoffs for third place between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

Watch highlights from the playoffs for third place between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

England ended their Quad Series campaign on a high by beating South Africa 49-42 in Jade Clarke’s historic 200th appearance for the Roses.

Funmi Fadoju, who was unborn when Clarke made her debut in 2003, played player of the match to preview a starring role when England return to Cape Town for the Netball World Cup later this year.

Jess Thirlby’s changes were in the spotlight again as a rotation of his opening front seven in the second quarter saw England battle a rhythmic Proteas attack and take a 25-23 lead going into the third.

England's Jade Clarke praises captain Nat Metcalf after defeating South Africa in the Quad Series as Clarke reaches a historic 200th appearance.

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England’s Jade Clarke praises captain Nat Metcalf after defeating South Africa in the Quad Series as Clarke reaches a historic 200th appearance.

England’s Jade Clarke praises captain Nat Metcalf after defeating South Africa in the Quad Series as Clarke reaches a historic 200th appearance.

Clarke and Helen Housby returned to the pitch in the third before Fadoju produced a series of crucial turnovers to damage South Africa’s momentum as the sides refused to be split at 11-11 before the 15 last minutes.

The return of Layla Guscoth helped solidify the Roses defensively in the final quarter while Eleanor Cardwell joined the attack to help Housby establish a five-goal lead for her team.

Fadoju then blunted South Africa’s response with two superb holds in the defensive third before England extended their lead within five minutes, Thirlby’s side eventually seeing victory buy a seven-point margin.

Fumi Fudoju reflects on England's win over South Africa in the Quad Series semi-finals and congratulates team-mate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

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Fumi Fudoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series semi-finals and congratulates team-mate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

Fumi Fudoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series semi-finals and congratulates team-mate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

“I’m really proud to have won today, it was really important for us and we wanted to be able to finish this campaign with a win playing the style and game of the Roses,” England captain Natalie Metcalf said. .

“We talked about the moments in the game, we increased the games and let the teams come back, it happened again today but we talked about it, we named it and we were saying ‘we want to continue building this lead , we want to win and have that winning mindset, so for us it’s about being able to execute and perform under pressure.”


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