'No way we're going into these games lightly' - Silver Ferns not giving up on Quad Series trophy

The Silver Ferns have arrived in Liverpool prepared to fight for the Quad Series trophy, following their seven-point loss to Australia in Durban earlier this week.

With the Quad Series all but confirmed for Australia, the Ferns now have to pick themselves up as they prepare for a tough clash with England this morning.

Coach Janine Southby was adamant that her side must improve in order to adapt to the new format that the Quad Series will bring.

"We know that going forward, if this format stays, then we have to do something differently next year," Southby told 1NEWS.

Yet while the loss to Australia was a tough one for the Ferns to swallow, hope can be found through the emergence of young debutant Samantha Sinclair.

The mid courter showed steel beyond her years in place of New Zealand legend Laura Langman, earning praise from the experienced Anna Harrison.

"It's not the end of netball in New Zealand without Laura," Harrison said.

"Sam's in there straight away making a difference."

With the loss to Australia meaning that the Silver Ferns’ hopes of winning the Quad Series trophy all but gone, Harrison knows that her side's pride is at stake against their hosts.

"There's no way we're going into these games lightly. If anyone is, they shouldn't be here."



Silver Ferns show true grit in loss to Diamonds, Australia win Quad Series

Former basketballer Gretel Tippett has helped Australia wrap up the four-nations netball Quad Series with a 60-55 win over New Zealand at Melbourne Arena.

The Diamonds completed a clean sweep to finish ahead of England, New Zealand and South Africa and underlined their status as world No.1.

While the Australians led at every break, the Silver Ferns showed they are back on track under new coach Noeline Taurua after just three weeks in the role.

Tippett only took up netball as an 18-year-old when she was looking to improve her fitness as she returned to the WNBL after a bout of glandular fever.

In her first start of the series, replacing injured goal attack Stephanie Wood, Tippett showed her athleticism to form a strong combination in the circle with Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett.

The younger sister of former AFL star Kurt Tippett, the 25-year-old finished with 14 goals, shooting at 100 per cent, while Bassett led the scoring for the home team with 46 goals from 50 attempts.

The teams went almost point for point in the opening quarter before the Diamonds broke away for a five-goal margin.

They maintained that lead at halftime despite the best efforts of New Zealand goal attack Maria Folau, who had her best game of the series.

Teenage goal shooter Aliyah Dunn chimed in with 10 goals from 10 attempts in the final quarter while veteran midcourter Laura Langman looked sharp after returning to the New Zealand team after a two-year absence.

The lead went out to 10 early in the final quarter but the Diamonds struggled to put their opponents away and the Kiwis cut that margin in half with two minutes to play.

The Australians held on but there were definite signs their long-standing rivalry has resumed.

New Zealand went down 55-60 to Australia in a tough match in Melbourne. Source: SKY

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Undefeated Australian Diamonds overcome gritty Silver Ferns to win Quad Series

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of today's Quad Series match between the Silver Ferns and the Australian Diamonds in Melbourne.

FULLTIME - SILVER FERNS 55 AUSTRALIA 60

Australia has won the Quad Series, but there is a lot of positives to take out of that match for New Zealand.

QUARTER 4 - 58 mins - SILVER FERNS 53 AUSTRALIA 58

Time is running out for the Silver Ferns, but they have shown great fight to get back into the Test.

QUARTER 4 - 55 mins - SILVER FERNS 50 AUSTRALIA 55

Jane Watson makes another great read and secures a sensational turnover for New Zealand.

QUARTER 4 - 52 mins - SILVER FERNS 45 AUSTRALIA 50

The Diamonds hand the ball back to the Silver Ferns as they are called for being out of bounds. NZ close the gap to just five-points.

QUARTER 4 - 50 mins - SILVER FERNS 42 AUSTRALIA 50

INTERCEPT! Jane Watson comes up with another excellent turnover, she gets in front of her opposite and Maria Folau nails her shot at goal down the shooting circle. 

QUARTER 4 - 48 mins - SILVER FERNS 38 AUSTRALIA 48

The Diamonds have their biggest lead in the match, up ten-points against the Silver Ferns.

QUARTER 3 - 45 mins - SILVER FERNS 38 AUSTRALIA 45

HOLD BALL! Maria Folau is penalised for holding onto the ball for too long, but the siren sounds just as Australia looked to shoot at goal. New Zealand's discipline letting them down in that quarter. Australia lead by seven-points with one more quarter to go. Again it is accuracy that is letting the Silver Ferns down at the moment.

Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman takes a pass during the Netball Quad Series in a match between the Silver Ferns and South Africa at the ASB Baypark arena in Tauranga on Tuesday the 18th September 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman takes a pass during the Netball Quad Series in a match between the Silver Ferns and South Africa at the ASB Baypark arena in Tauranga. Source: Photosport

QUARTER 3 - 43 mins - SILVER FERNS 38 AUSTRALIA 42

The Silver Ferns grind their way back into this one. They score 4/5 of their last shots at goal and close the gap within four-points.

QUARTER 3 - 40 mins - SILVER FERNS 34 AUSTRALIA 40

Jane Watson comes up with a crucial intercept for New Zealand and the Silver Ferns convert down the other end. 

QUARTER 3 - 37 mins - SILVER FERNS 32 AUSTRALIA 39

Australia now lead by seven-points with New Zealand struggling to convert the ball when they have possession. 

QUARTER 3 - 35 mins - SILVER FERNS 31 AUSTRALIA 35

Another mistake by the Ferns and they hand the ball straight back to the Diamonds.

QUARTER 3 - 32 mins - SILVER FERNS 28 AUSTRALIA 31

TURNOVER! A crucial one for New Zealand and Maria Folau converts down the other end and they have the centre pass.

HALFTIME - 30 mins - SILVER FERNS 25 AUSTRALIA 30

Australia have a 88 per cent shooting record so far in the match with New Zealand on 81 per cent inside the shooting circle. Accuracy will be key for the Ferns to fight their way back in this Test.

New Zealand are still very much in this one, New Zealand have stepped it up in physicality but the home team lead by five-points at the break.

QUARTER 2 - 28 mins - SILVER FERNS 24 AUSTRALIA 28

Poor passing from New Zealand and pressure from Australia on defence is causing all sorts of problems for the Silver Ferns.

QUARTER 2 - 25 mins - SILVER FERNS 22 AUSTRALIA 26

NZ close the gap but Australia are well in control of this match.  

QUARTER 2 - 20 mins - SILVER FERNS 17 AUSTRALIA 22

Australia string together some good phases and they lead the visitors by five-points. The Diamonds are just beating the Ferns to the punch with NZ forced to pass the ball backwards away from their shooting end.

QUARTER 2 - 17 mins - SILVER FERNS 14 AUSTRALIA 16

A great start from New Zealand as they convert three goals in a row to close the gap against the Diamonds.

QUARTER 1 - 15 mins - SILVER FERNS 11 AUSTRALIA 16

A physical battle after the first quarter, Australia are on top - ahead by five-points. A controversial call in the final second of the first quarter with umpires awarding the Diamonds a goal after the siren had sounded.

QUARTER 1 - 13 mins - SILVER FERNS  10 AUSTRALIA 14

Silver Ferns are struggling to convert in the shooting circle and Australia lead by four-points. 

QUARTER 1 - 10 mins - SILVER FERNS 9 AUSTRALIA 11

Australia retake the lead and they are really starting to click as they build a two-point lead over the Silver Ferns.

QUARTER 1 - 5 mins - SILVER FERNS 6 AUSTRALIA 5

Silver Ferns hit the lead after some good shooting by veteran Maria Folau. New Zealand looking much sharper with their combinations with Laura Langman in the midcourt. 

QUARTER 1 - 4 mins - SILVER FERNS 2 AUSTRALIA 3

Australia get a turnover of their own and lead for the first time in the match by one-point.

QUARTER 1 - SILVER FERNS 2 AUSTRALIA 0

And we are underway with Australia with possession to start match. They lose possession of the ball and NZ move the ball quickly down their shooting end. It was Katrina Grant that earned the turnover for the Silver Ferns.

TEAMS

New Zealand: Karin Burger, Gina Crampton, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sam Sinclair, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava, Jane Watson.

Australia: Caitlin Bassett, April Brandley, Kelsey Browne, Courtney Bruce, Emily Mannix, Kimberley Ravaillion, Gabi Simpson, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippet, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Stephanie Wood.

QUARTER 1 - 15 mins - SILVER FERNS 11 AUSTRALIA 16
QUARTER 2 - 17 mins - SILVER FERNS 14 AUSTRALIA 16
QUARTER 2 - 25 mins - SILVER FERNS 22 AUSTRALIA 26
QUARTER 2 - 28 mins - SILVER FERNS 24 AUSTRALIA 28
QUARTER 3 - 32 mins - SILVER FERNS 28 AUSTRALIA 31
QUARTER 3 - 40 mins - SILVER FERNS 34 AUSTRALIA 40
QUARTER 3 - 43 mins - SILVER FERNS 38 AUSTRALIA 42
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Maria Folau of the Silver Ferns passes the ball during the Quad Series International Test match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Hisense Arena on September 23, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)
Maria Folau of the Silver Ferns passes the ball during the Quad Series International Test match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Hisense Arena in Melbourne. Source: Getty

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'She'll keep things pretty simple' - Diamonds coach relishing showdown with Noeline Taurua

Australian Diamonds netball coach Lisa Alexander has targeted a faster start for her side as she prepares to match wits with Silver Ferns counterpart Noeline Taurua for the first time.

Although they are unbeaten in the four nation tournament, Australia have started slowly before putting away South Africa and England.

Against South Africa, Australia conceded the first two goals and trailed on six occasions in the first half before the world champions assumed control.

It was a similar story against England, where the Diamonds trailed 4-1 inside the first three minutes and then by five later in the quarter.

'We've not been pleased with our first two games in terms of scratchiness and tentativeness," Alexander told AAP.

"We might be a little bit more specific about what we're going to start with, just so that we get that concentration level that we need and that intensity."

Australia have won their last six matches against the Silver Ferns and although they are expected to extend that winning sequence in Melbourne, Alexander said there was no room for complacency.

They claim the Quad Series with a win but if they lose and England beat South Africa, the Diamonds, Roses and Silver Ferns will all have a 2-1 record.

Alexander was looking forward to finally coaching against Taurua, given the pair considered two of the sport's most successful current mentors.

The Australian won two domestic titles with Melbourne Phoenix before steering the Diamonds to Commonwealth Games gold and silver medals in 2014 and 2018.

She was also in charge of the successful 2015 World Cup campaign.

Coach Noeline Taurua spoke ahead of her side's Quad Series finale tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

Taurua takes her opportunity at international level after guiding Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic to the 2012 trans-Tasman title before crossing the Tasman to lead the Sunshine Coast Lightning to back-to-back Super Netball championships.

Alexander said she had watched New Zealand's first two games under Taurua, a 13-goal loss to England followed by a 24-goal win over South Africa, closely.

"There's probably a little bit more one-on-one accountability and closing off those spaces, but we'll still expect some wall and zone at different times," Alexander said.

"She hasn't had a lot of time with the group, so she'll keep things pretty simple."

Alexander has made one change to her squad after shooter Stephanie Wood was ruled out of the Test due to a leg injury that limited her contribution to the win over England.

Melbourne-based shooter Tegan Philip has joined the squad to replace Wood, who is expected to be fit for the first Constellation Cup clash with the Silver Ferns in Brisbane on October 7.

Lisa Alexander spoke of the danger posed by Noeline Taurua's side. Source: 1 NEWS


'We will definitely be tested' – Silver Ferns anticipating clash with rivals Australia

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua says her side are looking forward to renewing their rivalry with the Diamonds, as New Zealand and Australia prepare to face off in the Quad Series finale in Melbourne tomorrow.

Coach Noeline Taurua spoke ahead of her side's Quad Series finale tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

With Taurua's side looking to help restore credibility to the black dress following a disastrous end to predecessor Janine Southby's tenure, the Silver Ferns now face arguably the most difficult task in world netball - defeating Australia at home.

Speaking to 1 NEWS earlier this week though, Taurua said that she was eager to see her side face off against the best.

"It's a great opportunity. I'm excited by us playing against the Australians," Taurua began.

"Obviously they're number one in the world in our sport."

"The only way that we're going to see realistically how good or how far we are is to play against the best."

"We will definitely be tested, and I'm excited by that challenge."

Taurua also addressed the Ferns' recent history tipping in favour of Australia, with New Zealand having claimed just two wins in their last 13 matches.

However, the Ferns coach is adamant that the chance for redemption won't be wasted by her side.

"It's probably a sad place where we're currently sitting at the moment."

"The good thing is that we have the opportunity once again, not only to play Australia in the Quad Series, but also with four Tests in the Constellation Cup.

"I'm very aware that in my tenure as head coach, we've got to take baby steps.

"When we've taken the court against England and South Africa, we have improved. But once again, we have to take that next step up.

"We just have to keep moving and progressing and getting our game better."

The Silver Ferns face the Diamonds tomorrow afternoon.