Australia trounce Scots in Games netball

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Scotland felt the full force of a clinical and ruthless Australia as the Diamonds stormed to a 83-30 win in Commonwealth Games netball.

Following on from Friday's 95-18 demolition of Barbados, the Australians saw off an early challenge from the Scots on Saturday and then stepped up a gear.

Australian coach Stacey Marinkovich shuffled her lineup and Scottish assistant coach Sara Francis-Bayman says there are selection headaches ahead for the Diamonds.

"They were very Australian - very clinical, very ruthless," she said.

"They actually got better as the game went on and Stacy has a tough decision deciding what her strongest seven is.

"They've looked great in the first two games and we understood if we gave them too much space, too much time on the ball, they'd start to punish us."

Scotland kept pace with Australia and only trailled 17-10 at quarter time.

But their inconsistency showed and Australia motored to a 35-16 lead at the main break.

Cara Koenen was brought on as goal shooter for the second half and she revelled in Australia's domination, leading their scoring with 36 goals from 37 shots.

Gretel Bueta switched from shooter to goal attack and also impressed, with 33 goals at 97 per cent.

At the other end, the Australian defending was rock-solid and Sunday Aryang starred at goal defence.

Sarah Klau played the first half as goal keeper and Courtney Bruce did not miss a beat when she took over from her.

Wing defence Ash Brazill produced a match highlight with her spectacular intercept in the second quarter.

"We had a few things we wanted to tick off from yesterday and it was a good win," Bruce said.

"That first quarter was a bit goal-for-goal, but that's what we want in these round (robin) games - we want to be challenged."

No Australian played the whole game, with Kate Moloney having most time on court with 53 minutes at centre and wing defence.

While Australia enjoyed a comprehensive win, Bruce said there remains room for improvement.

"We have another level to go to - we didn't let the ball go at times and the options were on," she said.

"Against stronger teams, we might get some hold balls.

"We've definitely got to learn to give the 'ugly' ball at times and build momentum.

"In defence our connections were better, but we can connect more as a unit."

Australia's next pool game is against South Africa on Monday.

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