CUP: Courtney Bruce (L) of Australia and Bailey Mes (R) of New Zealand jump for the ball during the World Cup.
CUP: Courtney Bruce (L) of Australia and Bailey Mes (R) of New Zealand jump for the ball during the World Cup. Emma Simpson

Ferns were the better on final day

Netball Chat with Linda Bunch

THE alarm was set for the small hours of the morning, the excitement level high, the game intense, and the outcome - not what I'd hoped for.

As disappointed as I am for the Australian Diamonds not winning the Netball World Cup, I have to give full credit and congratulate the New Zealand Silver Ferns on their tournament and victory.

The proverbial underdogs more than shone when it counted.

From not expected to even make the grand final game, to pushing the Diamonds every step of the 60 minutes and of course being that oh so important one goal ahead at the crucial timing of the final whistle.

As individual players and as a team they stood up, accepted the challenge, were accountable and now proudly stand tall with their well-deserved victory.

If I'm 100% honest, personally I feel the Diamonds did extremely well to have "only” a one-goal deficit.

I'm sure the team won't share my lounge chair viewer's insight with feeling they were beaten by a better team on the day. Unfortunately it was the day that most counted.

I don't doubt the Diamonds and their brains trust will evaluate, analyse and implement many new or updated avenues and procedures with a view to ensuring that future international games have a very different outcome.

Australia need to be proud they are the cause and reason the standard and the automatically assumed winners or grand finalist of international events is no longer a given. This is due to our Suncorp Super Netball competition.

It is extremely evident every countries big name playmakers play in the league. Australia has a world leading weekly competition we should be very proud of, even if it makes Diamonds results difficult.