The Silver Ferns have completed the ultimate redemption story, beating World Number One Australia 52-51 to win the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
While the Australians retained a 43-39 advantage heading into the final period, South Africa were fired up and it was clear they had no intention of rolling over. Kopua's brilliance stifled the inevitable Australia comeback and the Silver Ferns were able to hold onto the ball and count down the final seconds amid a fittingly raucous atmosphere in Liverpool.
But the pendulum then swung and a resurgent England clawed them back, taking the lead for the first time just before the half and going in 24-21 up at the break. "I don't know in what capacity, because hopefully the next coach that comes in will take the baton and continue this roller coaster".
"The discipline was there and it was all about keeping to our structure and processes". Ekenasio was also displaying her shooting range, making all seven of her goal attempts in the second quarter. That is the big we need to get over, and get the debrief out of the way so we can move forward to tomorrow.
Despite the huge disappointment of defeat, Alexander believes her squad - the youngest of the four teams that reached the semi-finals - will have learned a huge deal from the experience.
Neville previously announced that she would be stepping down from her role after the tournament to start a family.
Australia had rested players for the semifinal, and Muir said that may have come back to hurt them.
"It's unbelievable. It wasn't pretty but a win is a win".
Goal Shooter and former Tuks star Lenize Potgieter was again named Player of the match.
Neither side could get into their free-flowing play in an error-plagued opening with both team's defensive play forcing mistakes, but it was the experienced Bassett who was proving to be the difference as she continued to shoot perfectly to help Australia to an 8-4 lead after eight minutes.
"It was more than just one moment".
England played their final match like true professionals after a devastating loss to New Zealand in the semi-final yesterday, which dashed their hopes of gold.
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