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Bassett fires as Diamonds edge closer to victory

NETBALL: Coach Noeline Taurua has labelled her "dominant" and Lightning's star recruit and Australian shooter Caitlin Bassett proved why in the third Constellation Cup test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Bassett smashed her test match personal best yet again, nailing 55 goals from 64 attempts as the Diamonds went on to win 62-50 in Auckland.

Meet the Coast's new 'diamond studded' netball stars today. Caitlin Bassett.
Meet the Coast's new 'diamond studded' netball stars today. Caitlin Bassett. Patrick Woods

Australia now leads the series 2-1 and can wrap it up for a fourth straight year in Invercargill on Thursday.

It's another reason for Taurua to carry extra confidence into the Sunshine Coast Lightning's maiden season in the new-look national league, after Kiwi midcourter Laura Langman helped her side score a shock win over Australia in Tasmania last week.

"Both players are really shining and being dominant forces for their respective teams," she said.

"Caitlin is very dominant in that circle and looking very strong and Laura is doing the business."

Taurua said Langman was particularly disappointed after New Zealand's first-match loss to Australia before she bounced back to help the Silver Ferns to a 53-51 win in game two.

She'll be unable to play for New Zealand next year after her decision to join Lightning at Sippy Downs.

But Lightning's fans in 2017 will take confidence from Taurua's assessment of how easily she can bounce back from a below-par performance. "She's a workhorse," Taurua said.

"She felt she needed a better game after the first test ... that's the nature of the beast."

Topics:  caitlin bassett constellation cup diamonds netball netball news noeline taurua sunshine coast lightning


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