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Australia edge NZ to win netball series

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/09/2016 Melissa Woods

Australia have added the Netball Quad Series trophy to their bulging cabinet after holding off New Zealand 60-55 in the thrilling decider in Melbourne.

The world champions added the inaugural four-country tournament title to their haul with the hard-fought victory in front of a sell-out crowd at Margaret Court Arena.

While the final margin was five goals, little separated the arch rivals for the bulk of the match.

New Zealand took the lead with five minutes remaining only for the Australians to quickly respond with sharp shooter Caitlin Bassett proving the difference.

Bassett's haul of 53 goals set a new record, eclipsing her previous best Test mark of 49 goals.

The teams were locked at 30-30 at halftime and the Australians looked to take control, opening up a five-goal lead five minutes into the third quarter with Bassett on fire.

However they couldn't shake the Kiwis, with shooters Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Bailey Mes clawing back to trail by one at the final exchange.

With regular New Zealand goal attack Maria Tutaia sidelined by a foot injury, Queensland-born Ekenasio proved a headache for the Australians and finished with 23 from 34 attempts.

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