England book place in gold medal match with win over Australia

England has confirmed its spot in tonight’s gold medal match with a runaway nine-point victory over Australia.

A dominant last quarter saw the England side stay undefeated after four matches with a 28-19 victory.

Defensive pressure was immense early in the match, with neither side able to break the game open early. Four points to both Gretel Tippett and Natalie Haythornthwaite saw the sides go into the first break tied at 6-6.

Australia were unable to capitalise fully on their power play, shooting just 3/8 for the quarter to take a five-point lead into half time.

England looked to have squandered their opportunity to regain the lead during their power play, shooting 3/10 before a six-point shot to Helen Housby in the dying seconds of the quarter put them ahead by four points at the final change.

“Yeah massive, really important. I think Jo was going for them and missed a few, but that shows that when you do give it a go it pays off,” said England’s Beth Cobden on Housby’s six point shot.

England rode the wave of momentum from that Housby shot into the final quarter, outscoring the Aussies 7-2 to claim victory.

England will look to take momentum into the final when they face Jamaica in the final pool match of the day while Australia will hope to get back on the winners list when they face South Africa.

“I think in the break we just need to really use that break and when we go out there, I guess change our game style – a little bit more physical and whenever there’s a loose ball just pouncing on it, I guess,” said Ash Brazill, on what she believes Australia need to do to claim another win.

AUSTRALIA (19) defeated by ENGLAND (28)

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Kaylia Stanton 3/3 0/6 0/0
Gretel Tippett 1/1 3/7 0/3
Tegan Philip 3/3 1/3 0/0

England shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Jo Harten 1/2 2/9 0/1
Helen Housby 3/5 1/5 1/1
Rachel Dunn 1/1 1/4 0/1
Natalie Haythornthwaite 4/5 1/1 0/1


Australia starting five – GS: Kaylia Stanton GA: Gretel Tippett C: Kate Moloney GD: Maddy Turner GK: Sam Poolman

England starting five – GS: Jo Harten GA: Helen Housby C: Natalie Pangarry GD: Beth Codben GK: Geva Mentor

Australia power play: quarter two
England power play: quarter three

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