A youthful Diamonds line-up has recorded a 3-0 series win against the England Roses, banishing the demons of the ill-fated 2013 tour.
World Cup winning captain Laura Geitz was rested for the series, along with other members of the 2015 squad, allowing some younger players to gain some valuable experience on the international stage.
After narrowly winning the first match 58-52 in Liverpool last Thursday, the Diamonds defence kicked up a gear in the second match in London.
The Diamonds applied increased pressure to the English attack, spoiling their opponent’s chances inside the shooting circle. The improved performance allowed the Diamonds to record a comfortable 60-44 win.
Although the series was won, the 2015 World Cup champions were determined to whitewash the Roses when they met for the final game on Monday.
The first quarter was a tight affair with scores level at the end of the first quarter. But the Diamonds held their nerve to take a solid five goal lead into halftime, before storming to a 55-41 win.
Diamonds stand-in captain Sharni Layton was full of praise, noting the exceptional team performances across the series despite the squad containing four players with less than 10 Test appearances,
“We’ve got so many new combinations that are continuing to build and it’s so exciting for the Diamonds. We still want to have the perfect performance and that’s what we’re always striving to achieve.”
Layton was named the Diamonds Player of the Series, thanks to her excellent defence as goalkeeper.
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