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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