Two-time world champion Australian shooter Catherine Cox has contemplated whether or not the results of two weeks in quarantine could be behind the Diamonds’ “alarming’’ capitulation in Saturday’s Constellation Cup third check defeat to the Silver Ferns
Australia blew a five-point halftime lead and a two-point benefit after the third quarter to lose by six points to Dame Noeline Taurua’s New Zealanders in Christchurch.
The Diamonds now must beat the Silver Ferns by two objectives within the fourth check at Christchurch on Sunday to retain the Constellation Cup for a ninth 12 months.
Cox questioned whether or not health was a problem for the Australians after being compelled to spend 14 days in managed isolation quarantine in New Zealand earlier than the sequence.
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Now an knowledgeable tv commentator, Cox said on Channel Nine’s coverage screened in Australia that the Diamonds’ second half struggles have been “a carbon copy of Recreation 2 [when Australia lost the last two periods by 11 points despite winning the game, 45-36].
“That might have been entrance of thoughts [in the third test] and all of the dialogue would have been about having to push by way of in that second half when it actually mattered. They misplaced the second half by 11, so there’s a lot to have a look at from that sport.
“It feels to me prefer it’s match health as a result of they’re so good in that first half. To me, it is in all probability taking a look at a while in quarantine and never having match apply earlier than the sport.’’
“Enjoying their first sequence since 2019 and after two weeks’ lodge quarantine, the Diamonds are missing match apply and their late fade was harking back to sport two, though they held on for a win on that event,’’ she mentioned.
Australia captain Liz Watson insisted in a post-match tv interview that health wasn’t an element.
” We do have an enormous squad and there is 18 of us right here, so it is simply our errors and staple items,” she mentioned.
“New Zealand did an important job, they put us underneath stress and knew what we did not wish to play in opposition to, which is that quick motion, they usually turned it round.”
Australian media reported that the Diamonds’ Constellation Cup crown was wanting shaky with the Silver Ferns in with a shot of profitable the trophy for the primary time since 2012.
Sarah Keoghan, in The Sydney Morning Herald, paid tribute to the Silver Ferns’ second half resurgence. “The Diamonds have been scientific within the first half however light after the primary break. It was sufficient to present New Zealand what they wanted to provide a shocking comeback …’’
Greenwood, in The Day by day Telegraph, famous the Kiwis would have a secret weapon for the series-deciding fourth check – a 2500-strong crowd on the Christchurch Enviornment.
“The opening three video games have been performed in entrance of a handful of Silver Ferns household and pals however in a bonus for each groups, followers can be welcomed for the ultimate Check on Sunday,’’ Greenwood wrote.
“With the sequence on the road, the group can be one other problem for the Diamonds to beat as they try and win their ninth consecutive Constellation Cup trophy.”