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Donnell Wallam scores incredible winner on Diamonds debut after Hancock saga

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A heavy penalty count began to take its toll on the Diamonds, who scored 40 to England’s 24 in the first half.

But the Aussies trailed by just one – 27-26 – at halftime with wing attack Maddie Proud dominating the middle of the court.

Cardwell, who will play for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in next year’s Super Netball competition, did the bulk of the damage in the goal circle and finished the match with 44 goals from 48 attempts.

Donnell Wallam celebrates scoring the winning goal at Newcastle.credit:Getty

As they did in last Sunday’s Constellation Cup win, the Aussies dominated the third quarter, taking control for the first time to lead 42-39 before the final period.

Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovic kept calling the changes but England, who failed to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, refused to go away.

It looked like it was going to go into extra time but Kate Moloney gave the ball back to Australia and Valam won.

Marinkovich was excited to test her depth and come up with trump cards.

“There were a lot of emotions in the team, but you can see that it’s a happy place for every player – they enjoy being on the court and they enjoy the moment,” Marinkovic said.

“It was really good to get all our players out and obviously Donnell out on the court.

“We’ve had a new group, new combinations, so it’s really exciting because of the depth we’ve got.”

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She said there were areas of work ahead of the second game in Sydney on Sunday and the third Test in Brisbane next Thursday.

“We’ve got to look at our defensive impact all over the court, we’ve been a bit flat-footed … and our penalties are double, we’ve got to really look at that.”

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