A Thirst for Revenge
Australia were the hot favourites to win last year’s Commonwealth Games, but ended up being forced to settle for silver after losing the final to England, and it seems the Diamonds are out for revenge this summer.
Still the world’s No.1 side, and favourites to lift the trophy in the betting at this year’s World Cup, Lisa Alexander’s side have been playing like a demented team out to prove their critics wrong in Liverpool.
The Aussies have thrashed Northern Ireland 88-24, came through a tricky contest against Zimbabwe 73-37 and battered Sri Lanka 99-24 – and they look to be getting ominously strong as the competition rolls on.
Team Before Individuals
Perhaps one of the problems Australia experience as last year’s Commonwealth Games was constantly trying to crowbar high-profile names into their starting seven, instead of playing the best team, but Alexander has sought about putting that right.
In recent matches, Alexander has been prepared to drop big names like Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion, instead bringing in players who have been performing exceptionally well in their domestic league, and it seems to be standing them in very good stead.
The Star Player
Goal Attack Gretel Tippett has risen to the occasion in her first-ever senior World Cup and she is arguably the best player in the entire tournament.
Tippett won a spot in the Australia squad by bamboozling defenders week-in-week-out whilst with club side Queensland Firebirds, making history as the only Australian to shoot 100 consecutive goals in a domestic season – and she’s been in similarly impressive form in her country’s first three group stage fixtures.
The 26-year-old former basketball player has 67 goals and 22 assists so far in Liverpool and her opponents will vouch for just how tough, ruthless and a talismanic figure she is for Australia.
If Tippett hits top-form in the latter stages, the Diamonds will be an incredibly tough proposition.
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