It has been a thrilling 3 match series between New Zealand and England, and it came to a gripping conclusion in Hamilton earlier today.
With the series tied at 1-1, the stage was set for the winner takes all decider in front of a capacity crowd in Hamilton. England Roses were looking for their first ever series win in New Zealand, while the Silver Ferns were looking to retain the Taini Jamison Trophy.
The game started at a ferocious pace, with both sides trading goals. Silver Ferns did race ahead mid way through the quarter and held a 17-13 lead at quarter time. England overturned the four goal deficit in a strong second quarter showing. The Roses had their own four goal cushion at half time, leading 30-26.
It was neck and neck right throughout the third quarter, neither side could be separated thanks to the clinical accuracy of Maria Tutaia and Jo Harten. Silver Ferns took a slender 1 goal advantage into the final quarter.
A very tense final quarter awaited and it was New Zealand who raced ahead. The Silver Ferns built on their lead and the Roses couldn’t close the gap.
FT – New Zealand 62 – 55 England
Q3 – New Zealand 44 – 43 England
HT – New Zealand 26 – 30 England
Q1 – New Zealand 17 – 13 England
This was also a night to remember for Katrina Grant who won her 100th cap, becoming only the 7th player in history to reach this milestone for her country.
New Zealand – 62/73 – 85% – (Bailey Mes 21/21 – 100% – Maria Tutaia 41/52 – 79%)
England – 55/65 – 85% – (Jo Harten 36/40 – 90% – Helen Housby 19/25 – 76%)
Player of the Match: Bailey Mes
Taini Jamison Trophy – Full Results
(Photo Credit – @SilverFernsNZ)