The goal was ticked off in refereeing drama as the Diamonds clinched the quad series win

“This is crazy, we have evidence that the goal was scored.”

The referees do not have access to video recordings.

By beating the Kiwi World Champion for the fourth consecutive time and completing a four-game unbeaten week, coach Stacey Marinkovich’s side showed why they will be taking all the hits at the World Cup in August at the same Cape Town International Convention Centre.

“Really happy with it. We built something up in that second game against the Silver Ferns. It’s a really big confidence giver for us – we had a really great last quarter that we wanted to do this whole series,” said Diamonds captain Liz Watson.

The Ferns’ shocking World Cup triumph in Liverpool in 2019 left the Australians in pain – and they’ve seized every opportunity since to reassert their supremacy, with another quad crown now adding to their Constellation Cup and Commonwealth Games victories would.

As in the first win against the New Zealanders, the star of the Australian show was once again Steph Wood, whose long-range shots, superb movement and interaction with attacking partner Cara Koenen scored 33 goals from 34 tries to earn him player of the match.

Referee Allison Harrison speaks to Grace Nweke and Sarah Klau after the goal was chalked.

Referee Allison Harrison speaks to Grace Nweke and Sarah Klau after the goal was chalked.Credit:Getty Images

“It was a really tough match, a real quality match – and every time we play the Ferns, they get better and better,” Wood said.

“We train against our own defenders who definitely make life difficult for us – and we want to make training harder than games so you know what to do when you come to the game against strong defenders.”

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The Australians definitely won the battle of physical attrition, although they had to bounce back from a poor start, going into the first break 19-15 and four goals down.

Before and after the break, however, the New Zealanders began to pressure the Silver Ferns, giving up seven turnovers in a crucial third quarter, where an early 10-3 run allowed the Diamonds to take control with four goals.

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