Australia fought hard to win against New Zealand in Sunday’s World Cup decider.
After a shocking loss to the Silver Ferns on day three of the tournament, the Diamonds made fierce comeback scoring 58-55 and securing their 11th world title.
The day three loss bumped up the pressure for Australia to perform well and defend their title at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Sunday.
The first quarter saw the game shaping up to be a sure thing with the Diamonds leading 16-7, but the Silver Ferns pushed back harder in the final quarter, closing the gap to three points and making the Australians sweat right up to the last second.
At a match that saw the third World Cup win in a row for the Australians there was even a record-breaking 16,752 people in the crowd.
This year’s World Cup marked the end of goal defender Julie Corletto’s illustrious 12-year career.
Corletto’s career has been plagued with injury and she was thrilled to not only be well enough to play in the final, but also finish her 50th test victorious.
“As you can see I’m pretty much broken now, but I’ve got a gold medal so there’s nothing sweeter than that to finish on such a high,” Corletto said.