Take that, Gina! Donnell Wallam is the hero who seals the LAST SECOND win over England on his Diamonds debut as the star recovers after ‘one of the hardest weeks of my life’ amid a $15m row with Rinehart
Donnell Wallam has made a dream start to his life as a Diamonds player after scoring a last-minute winner to seal a first Test win over England at Newcastle.
Wallam, 28, has been in the spotlight this week after she expressed discomfort wearing Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting brand logo, due to controversial comments her late father made in the 1980s.
Lang Hancock suggested that indigenous Australians should be sterilized in order to ‘disappear’ in the coming years.
Donnell Wallam scored a last-second winner to help Australia defeat England in Newcastle
The 28-year-old made her Diamonds debut in the fourth quarter and made an instant impact.
Wallam had the support of his teammates and Rinehart withdrew his company’s $15 million endorsement deal with the team, threatening the very existence of Netball Australia.
The fiasco had all eyes on Wallam in Newcastle on Wednesday night, with the 28-year-old named on the bench to face England, hoping to make her international debut.
Entering the pitch in the fourth period, Wallam received a standing ovation from the Newcastle crowd and chaos ensued as he scored with his first touch of the game.
But it was even better for Wallam, who hit an incredible layup in the dying seconds to seal a one-point win for the Diamonds against their arch-rivals, setting off scenes of jubilation in the arena.
Wallam had ‘one of the toughest weeks’ of his life amid $15 million feud with Gina Rinehart
An emotional Wallam was in tears as she spoke to Fox Netball after the match, describing the recent events as “one of the most difficult weeks of my life”.
“It was just a kind of instinct, going straight to the finish line. I just made sure that when I got the chance I would execute,” she said.
“I was a little bit relieved to finally get my chance on the court. It’s been one of the hardest weeks of my life, so getting out on the pitch was really special.
“It’s really special, I just hope to be a role model for the boys and girls who come for their shift.”