9Former Leongatha netballer and Head Coach of the Australian Diamonds netball team Lisa Alexander faces a media conference with players Julie Corletto and Caitlin Bassett following their close win over England on Saturday night.
NETBALL lovers around the nation were left on the edge of their seats on Saturday night when former Leongatha netballer Lisa Alexander’s Australian Diamonds overcame England by one goal in the dying seconds of the game.
It was expected to be a close encounter between the top ranked Aussies and third placed England and the game did not disappoint.
After trailing, some tactical on court changes in the final quarter by Alexander saw her girls clinch victory with only seconds left on the clock.
Following the game Alexander said despite her side remaining undefeated in Pool B they are taking it one game at a time as they build towards the finals.
“It’s literally one game at a time, I know it’s a cliché, but for us it’s our theme,” she said.
“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a tough tournament and we’re in the tough half of the draw, there’s no doubt about that. We have to win every game.”
The Diamonds went on to defeat Barbados on Sunday night, and faced off against Trinidad and Tobago last night (Monday).
They will conclude their preliminary round against South Africa tomorrow (Wednesday).
Over at the athletics track Kaila Hutchinson (nee McKnight) opened her campaign last night in the first of the Women’s 1500m heats.
She faced a tough task after being pooled with four runners who each posted better personal bests and five with better season bests, including New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin.
The favourite in the heat was Kenya’s Hellen Onsando Obiri with a personal best of 3:58.58.
The final will be run today at 9.50pm Tuesday, Glasgow time, which for us will be 6.50am on Wednesday, July 30.
Eleanor Patterson will be in action tomorrow (Wednesday) when she competes in the qualifying round of the Women’s High Jump.
The 18 year-old gold medal favourite is scheduled to compete at 10.45am in Glasgow. That is 7.45pm for Australian viewers.
The final will then be held this Friday at 6.05pm Glasgow time. For local viewers they will need to set their alarms to be up at 3.05am on Saturday, August 2 to see Eleanor in action.
Viewers can tune into Channel 10 or Channel One or download the ‘Tenplay’ app.