The Trans-Tasman rivalry showed clearly as the hosts were ahead throughout the thrilling encounter.
Maria Tutaia (38/53) starred in New Zealand’s preliminary round win against Australia and shaped as a danger in attack, but Corletto wore her like a glove early in the battle as the Ferns’ ace shot at a shaky 4/8 in the first quarter.
New Zealand goal shoot Malia Paseka shoots to the basket during action against Trinidad and Tobago at the Netball World Cup, at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.
The Silver Ferns were beaten by Australia in the final of the Netball World Cup.
The trio, who have been pillars of the Silver Ferns’ line-up for a decade, now face the prospect of ending their careers without a world title.
They have a motto “pressure is typically a privilege” beginning with the baseball stars to price with the load of suspense regarding a Netball World Cup on own home dust.
“A one-off government deal, after New Zealand First raises the issue, is just not enough when both Australia and Britain guarantee free live coverage for a list of important events”.
Sharpshooter Caitlin Bassett led the way with 47 goals from 50 attempts, combining almost flawlessly with West Coast Fever teammate and goal attack Natalie Medhurst despite hustling Kiwi captain Casey Kopua at keeper.
Following the Silver Ferns’ 55-48 win over fourth-seeded Jamaica in the curtain-raiser, the Diamonds have now nearly certainly avoided a rematch with the world No. 2 before Sunday’s gold medal game.
But despite shortening the deficit to four goals during an epic third quarter, they couldn’t flick the switch on the Aussie intensity. “My dad was one of my number one fans and probably would have a thing to say if I’d bailed at this stage”, she told the BBC. “We just succumbed to a style of movement that was put on us on Sunday and it won’t happen again”.
The brilliant Diamonds won the world title in Sydney last night on the back of a rampant 16-7 start, which, despite winning the final three quarters, the Ferns could not overcome.
In the third Quarter of the Match Malawi defenders did their job impressively and they did not allow the sun shine girls shooter Aiken.
“The trophy is up in the air at the moment”, the goal shooter said.
“There is nothing harder in sport than being able to repeat success”.