Big weekend of netball will decide Quad Series winners at Copperbox Arena

This weekend sees a mouth-watering line up of Quad Series fixtures at the Copperbox Arena in London, and the winners of the 2019 Series will be decided.

England will take on defending champions Australia in the final match of the Series on Sunday

Defending champions Australia are up first tomorrow (Saturday 19th January) taking on long time rivals New Zealand at 16.30. This clash has historically been a very physical affair, with a narrow margin normally separating the two sides.

Following a disappointing Commonwealth games, New Zealand netball are rebuilding their squad under newly appointed coach Noeline Taurua, and Netball Nation pundit Sara Bayman explained on this week's show that "this will take time."

Bayman and fellow presenter Maggie Birkinshaw spoke about how it will take time for New Zealand to develop playing units across the court that understand each other, and work together under Taurua's new regime.

Speaking ahead of the game against Australia tomorrow, Taurua said:

Any game against Australia is huge and the only way we can go is up.

“We’re looking forward to the game and we’ve got another opportunity to improve. None of us is happy with the England result and we’ve just got to keep moving forward.

This wasn’t the way we wanted to start 2019 but it is how it is. It just shows where we currently sit and that we’ve just got to keep working hard and building on each step of our progress.”

The Vitality Roses will be taking on South Africa at 19.00 tomorrow, and after the first half South Africa played against Australia last week, Neville's Roses side can't afford to be complacent.

Sunday sees New Zealand taking on South Africa at 15.30, and after their defeat to England last week, captain Laura Langman said New Zealand are now going for two wins from three across the Series.

The game to close the series is the big one we've all been waiting for, as it sees a rematch of the Commonwealth Games gold medal match, with England taking on Australia at 18.00.

This match could very well be the Series decider, and is also the last time the two sides will go head-to-head before the World Cup in July.

The Vitality Roses will be confident facing the Samsung Diamonds on home soil, but they know that the world number ones will be pushing for gold, and aiming to go into the World Cup with the mental edge over the Roses.

Bayman and Birkinshaw predict the same starting seven that we saw in the Roses first outing against New Zealand last weekend, which is shown below:

Harten (GS), Housby (GA), Pitman (WA), Guthrie (C), Clarke (WD), Usoro-Brown (GD), Mentor (GK)

Tickets for tomorrow's games are still available here.

All games will also be shown on Sky Sports.

By Kate Lightfoot


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