11 Jul 2011

Diamonds coach praises youthful side

8:07 am on 11 July 2011

The Australian netball coach Norma Plummer is praising the younger members of her squad for providing the Diamonds with the inspiration they needed to edge the Silver Ferns 58-57 in an extra time thriller and defend their netball world championship crown in Singapore.

Young shooter Caitlin Bassett was the hero for the Australians, slotting a goal in the dying seconds to steal the win after the teams went goal for goal in added time.

It was sweet revenge for the Diamonds after losing the Commonwealth Games gold medal to the Silver Ferns last year in Delhi in double overtime and Plummer says her young stars were just the tonic Australia needed.

Australia now have ten World Championship titles compared to the Silver Ferns four.