As the Silver Ferns began their 2024 season with a defeat to Australia by a score of thirteen goals, they were unable to close the gap between themselves and their trans-Tasman rivals.
In the first match of the Nations Cup, the World Champion Diamonds outclassed New Zealand by a score of 63-50. They led from the beginning to the end of the match.
A standout in the Australian team’s assault line was Kiera Austin, who was a goal attack. The Australian team’s captain, Liz Watson, was a standout player for the team.
At a time when the Diamonds were cruising to a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, the Australian defender Courtney Bruce was a continuous source of frustration for the Silver Ferns.
Australia have come away with the win in our opening match at the Nations Cup in London.
— Silver Ferns (@SilverFernsNZ) January 20, 2024
During the tour, the experienced New Zealand shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio has been given a break, and Georgia Heffernan, who plays for Southern Steel, will take her place. Heffernan will make her debut at Wembley.
In the shooting circle, Heffernan was paired with Grace Nweke, and in the middle of the court, Maddy Gordon made up the center position, and Karin Burger played the wing defense position.
Additionally, Whitney Souness and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan were responsible for the wing attack tasks.
With a five-goal lead at the first break, Australia continued to surge forward and ended up with a 29-22 advantage at the halfway break.
The third quarter was the most productive period of play for New Zealand, with Nweke scoring 14 goals during that period. As a result, New Zealand was able to significantly reduce their deficit to 44-39.
As the contest was about to reach its conclusion, New Zealand had a significant decline, as they were outscored by eight goals in the last quarter.
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There will be a lot of things that need to be addressed before the Silver Ferns play Uganda on Monday, according to the coach of the squad, Noeline Taurua.
“It was disappointing how that last quarter ended, but overall, it was not too bad,” said Dame Noeline Taurua, the coach of the Silver Ferns.
“Our ability, once again, to hold right through, our ability not to turn over ball and probably our fitness levels let us down a bit but it’s a start, we know where we’re at, so know the gaps and what we need to improve on.”