11 Jul 2011

Silver Ferns gutted by another close loss to arch-rivals

6:11 am on 11 July 2011

The Silver Ferns failed to get the netball World Championship monkey off their backs last night in Singapore after being beaten 58-57 in extra time in a thrilling final by arch-rivals and defending champions Australia.

In another chapter between the game's greatest rivals, the match went into over-time after the Diamonds clawed their way back to tie up the game 46-all at the end of regular time.

Young shooter Caitlin Bassett was the hero for the Australians, slotting a goal in the dying seconds to steal the win and the Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken concedes going down in the final moments was a pretty cruel way to lose.


IN: Oh it is but that's sport...

OUT: ...but not this time.

DUR: 14 secs.

Ruth Aitken.

The win continued Australia's dominance of the World Championships, the Diamonds have now won 10 titles compared to New Zealand's four, after taking the title off the Silver Ferns in 2007.