FAVOURITES DON'T FALTER IN SEMI FINAL
Australia took one step closer to successfully defending the gold following
an emphatic win over England this evening 67 goals to 33 in the first of the
Australia's coach Carol Byers didn't expect the scoreline to be that wide
but felt the girls were challenged.
"It was never really an easy tussle, we had to work really hard." she
Byers and her coaching team spent a lot of time watching tapes and
developing a plan to combat England, and the homework certainly paid off "The
girls did it beautifully." she said.
Australia were all over the English from the word go, with nine unanswered
goals in the opening stanza, giving them an immediate upper hand.
The game showed a mediocre English outfit compared to last night's fighters
who stood tall against South Africa despite sustaining several injuries.
"Our basics let us down. We obviously struggled with the size of their
shooting attack, but we didn't really play to our best potential" coach Colette
Australia will take a day to recover whilst Byers picks her starting seven
for the final.
"We've got 12 very strong players, so we'll be looking tonight to see who
we'll be playing and then picking our players to match up accordingly."
Eager for a podium position, England captain Natalie Haythornthwaite made
absolutely clear her intentions. "I want that bronze medal and so do the rest of
Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball