England finish Quad Series with convincing win

AARON GOILE
Last updated 19:48 01/11/2012
Amanda Mynhardt
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Amanda Mynhardt of South Africa (left) and Jo Harten of England compete for the ball.

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England have finished the Quad Series on a superb note, with a convincing win over South Africa in Hamilton.

England crushed the Proteas 56-30 at Claudelands Arena to finish the series in third place and consign their opponents to fourth.

It was quite the opposite of the sides' last encounter in Sydney, when South Africa had a two-goal halftime lead before losing by nine.

England obliterated South Africa in the first quarter, racing to a 17-5 lead at the first break.

Consistent shooter Jo Harten started further back than normal at goal attack and slotted nine from nine, while Rosalie Allison netted eight from 13, leaving South Africa with a mountain to climb to try and claim their first victory of the series.

The Proteas managed to bounce back in the second period, with the English guilty of 11 turnovers.

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South Africa gave the ball away eight times themselves but they took the quarter 10-9 to keep themselves in with a small chance at halftime, down 26-15.

The third quarter was again full of turnovers by both sides, as they pressured one another into mistakes.

South Africa goal defence and captain Amanda Mynhardt reeled in three intercepts to boost her side, while English goal shoot Rachel Dunn, introduced at halftime, landed only four from seven.

However England still won the quarter 11-8, meaning the final 15 minutes was only going to be academic.

South Africa gave Chrisna Bootha - one of their best performers in the series - a seat on the bench, having landed 15 from 19 in another decent display.

England benched Dunn and shifted Harten forward, and the 23-year-old Canterbury Tactix player was outstanding in sinking 16 from 17 to help her side win the quarter, like the first, by 12, and storm to a large win.

Harten finished with an impressive 35 goals from 40 attempts, while England goal keep ended the match with six intercepts.

- Fairfax Media

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