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Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander fears the axe after Netball World Cup disappointment

‘I’m judged on benchmark events,’ Alexander saysBut coach is ‘motivated’ to continue in roleAustralia coach Lisa Alexander admits she could face the axe following Sunday’s Netball World Cup final loss to New Zealand in Liverpool. Alexander’s side went …

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New Zealand end 16-year wait to beat Australia in Netball World Cup final

• New Zealand 52 – 51 Australia• Head coach Noeline Taurua: ‘I am quite speechless’Mana, the M?ori phrase for power and authority, perfectly encapsulated New Zealand’s potent Netball World Cup-winning performance in Liverpool as they beat the reigning …

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Australia v New Zealand: Netball World Cup final – live!

Follow score updates from the final in LiverpoolNew Zealand hold off England to reach finalEmail Niall here or tweet @niallmcveigh 4.48pm BST Q1 12:00 Aus 3-3 NZ Bassett gets the first score before Maria Folau levels after a fine take. At the other en…

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Australia squeak into Netball World Cup final after heart-stopping win over South Africa

Australia 55-53 South AfricaRelive with Megan Maurice’s goal-by-goal reportThe Australian Diamonds’ second-string side – sent out by coach Lisa Alexander in the Netball World Cup semi-final in Liverpool – started the match like a back-up line, but afte…

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Netball World Cup 2019 first semi-final: Australia v South Africa – live!

Updates from the match at M&S Bank Arena in LiverpoolAny thoughts? Email or tweet @meganmaurice 11.32am BST While it’s a lead for the Diamonds, it doesn’t look like a convincing start from the reigning world champions. Thwaites does tend to grow in…

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Caitlin Bassett shoots Australia to narrow win over New Zealand

Diamonds edge Silver Ferns 50-49 in LiverpoolSpearhead Bassett shoots 37/41 at 90%Caitlin Bassett clearly never wants to feel like she did on 15 April, 2018 ever again – the day her Australian Diamonds lost the Commonwealth Games final to England.From …

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Netball World Cup 2019: Australia v New Zealand – live!

Updates as the Diamonds and Silver Ferns meet in LiverpoolAny thoughts? Email or tweet @meganmaurice 10.34am BST The first turnover of the game is forced by Courtney Bruce and is worked down court to Steph Wood to score with both defenders out. Austral…

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Australia pass Malawi test with flying colours at Netball World Cup

Australia 74-25 MalawiDiamonds cruise ahead of crunch game against New ZealandAhead of a potentially tournament-defining clash with New Zealand later this week, the undefeated Australian Diamonds needed an acid test against Malawi at the Netball World …

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Australia pass Malawi test with flying colours at Netball World Cup

Australia 74-25 MalawiDiamonds cruise ahead of crunch game against New ZealandAhead of a potentially tournament-defining clash with New Zealand later this week, the undefeated Australian Diamonds needed an acid test against Malawi at the Netball World …

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Diamonds fail to sparkle at Netball World Cup in win over Zimbabwe | Erin Delahunty

Australia 73-37 ZimbabweCaitlin Bassett shoots 49/53 as Diamonds win againAgainst an opponent it’s never faced, world number one Australia looked lost and confused at times in Liverpool on Saturday and despite beating Zimbabwe 73-37, Lisa Alexander’s c…

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Clinical Australia open Netball World Cup title defence with comfortable win

Diamonds ease past Northern Ireland 88-24 in LiverpoolCoach Lisa Alexander persists with rotation policyNetball World Cups tend to follow a formula. For top sides, pool games are cobweb-eliminating pseudo training runs, where combinations are trialled …

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Australia are the hunters turned the hunted in Netball World Cup | Erin Delahunty

After England beat the world champions at the Commonwealth Games final the Australian Diamonds look beatableAustralia are the top predators of the World Cup, having claimed 11 of 14 titles since 1963, but in Liverpool the hunters will find themselves i…

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Thinking outside the goal circle: how Australia is preparing for Netball World Cup | Megan Maurice

It is not just on the court where gains can be made – systems analysis, mental health and wellbeing can be as important as training drills Every elite athlete understands how to learn from a loss. As the old saying goes, “sometimes you win, sometimes y…

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Folau saga finally seeps into Super Netball just before World Cup break | Erin Delahunty

With a degree of inevitably, Maria Folau has been dragged into the controversy surrounding her husband, Israel Folau, after reposting a message supporting his legal campaignOn and off the court, the last round of Super Netball before the World Cup brea…

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Spectre of World Cup continues to cast shadow over Super Netball season | Erin Delahunty

Questions raised by the restructuring of Australia’s domestic competition are unlikely to be answered soonIt was always going to be this way. From the moment it was revealed how the 2019 Super Netball season would be structured to accommodate July’s Wo…

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How Australia match up to the main pretenders to their Netball World Cup crown | Megan Maurice

With the Diamonds’ squad confirmed, how do key individuals compare with their rivals?With the Australian team for July’s Netball World Cup confirmed, the team lists for the world’s top five ranked teams are now complete. The Diamonds are aiming for the…

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Diamonds look to leader Caitlin Bassett after naming new-look World Cup squad | Erin Delahunty

No room for Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion in Lisa Alexander’s inexperienced squad for LiverpoolWith Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion overlooked in the Australian Diamonds squad for July’s Netball World Cup, the reigning champions are looking light on …

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Diamonds set for Netball World Cup squad shake-up

Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion to miss outJust three players remain from 2015 triumphAustralia are set to name a new-look squad for the netball World Cup with Diamonds vice-captain Gabi Simpson and midcourt star Kim Ravaillion shock casualties. The 12…

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A whole new ball game: your guide to the 2019 Super Netball season

With a raft of off-season changes to the Super Netball clubs, 2019 is shaping up as the most unpredictable season yetGeva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett as a set of invincible bookends. Sharni Layton prowling the transverse line, bellowing praise at Caitli…

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A whole new ball game: your guide to the 2019 Super Netball season

With a raft of off-season changes to the Super Netball clubs, 2019 is shaping up as the most unpredictable season yetGeva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett as a set of invincible bookends. Sharni Layton prowling the transverse line, bellowing praise at Caitli…