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Aussies cool under fire at Fast 5s netball

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/10/2016 Samantha Sonogan

A cool head from captain Susan Pettitt has led Australia to an important 26-20 victory over England at the Fast 5s netball world series at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Sunday.

Protecting an eight-point lead from an undercooked power play, Pettitt steadied her side in the dying minutes and hit a long shot to keep a fast-finishing England on double points at bay.

Long-range England shooter Jo Harten top scored for the match with 11 points from four goals and seven attempts.

Australia remains undefeated at the rapid fire tournament and they have all but secured their place in this evening's final with one game to play against winless South Africa.

Centre Paige Hadley said the Fast 5 Diamonds weren't too pleased with their performance.

"Obviously not overly happy, coming off New Zealand (win), we thought we made really good progress throughout day one," Hadley said.

"So that was a bit scrappy but to hold them off in their power play and the likes of Jo Harten, we can be pleased of our dogged defence.

"Our whole attack end was quite calm and Susan (Pettitt) is really smart at setting up what shot to take ... and everyone didn't panic in that last part so it was good to see."

The Diamonds are vying become holders of all four international tournaments and have never won the Fast 5s World Series.

Defending champions New Zealand have won five out of the past six tournaments however they lost to Australia in Saturday night's electric pool game, 32-29.

Fast 5s is netball's answer to T20 cricket. The 26-minute matches feature hybrid rules, 5-players a side, multiple point shots and power plays.

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