Australia win Quad Series after narrow England Roses win
Last Updated: 07/02/17 10:21am
England Roses couldn’t overturn Australia Diamonds’ narrow lead despite a brave, late rally and lost their Quad Series encounter 47-46 on Sunday.
Top-ranked Australia, as a result, earned their second consecutive Quad Series title following a hard-fought victory at Wembley's SSE Arena, ending the tournament with a 100 per cent record.
The Roses were battling for a share of the spoils even into the dying moments as Helen Housby scored to bring them within one goal of the Diamonds, but it wasn't enough.
Australia asserted their authority from the first quarter, building a 13-9 lead after 15 minutes, but England valiantly remained competitive throughout.
Ama Agbeze's interception helped the hosts draw level. Australia though pulled clear again but Sasha Corbin reduced the arrears.
Australia were 24-21 up at half-time but the excellent Geva Mentor helped England to 32-32, although they were never able to force their visitors to chase a lead.
In the final 15, Australia's three-point lead were constantly threatened but the defending champions did enough to retain their crown.
The Roses had previously enjoyed an over-time win against South Africa in Durban, but were beaten by New Zealand Silver Ferns in Liverpool.