The Australian Diamonds are set to travel across the Tasman to contest the first two Tests of the Constellation Cup against arch rival New Zealand, which begins on Sunday evening in Invercargill.
We take a look at some of the key numbers ahead of the five Test Constellation Cup series against the Silver Ferns.
21,789– Goals scored in Australia’s 75-year Test history (57.3 goals/per game).
730– Goals scored by shooter Natalie Medhurst, who comes into the Constellation Cup series as the team’s most prolific goal scorer.
111 – The number of trans-Tasman international Tests between Australia and New Zealand.
75 – It’s been 75 years since Australia played New Zealand for the first time in international netball – 20 August 1938 in Melbourne.
59 – Australia’s winning percentage over the Silver Ferns.
54 – Tests between Australia and New Zealand that have finished with a margin of five goals or less.
35 – The average number of goals the Australian Diamonds has conceded per game.
15 – Years since Australia last contested a Test match on September 15, the same day Australia opens its Constellation Cup campaign against the Silver Ferns in Invercargill. Australia defeated Canada 85-25 at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
12 – Years since Diamonds’ vice-captain Bianca Chatfield made her international debut. Chatfield is one game shy of recording her 50th Test appearance for Australia.
7 – Tests to prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games with a five Test Constellation Cup series against the New Zealand Silver Ferns and two Test series against Malawi.
4– Consecutive losses for the Diamonds, which includes a loss to the Silver Ferns in the final game of last year’s Quad Series and January’s three Test loss to England. It’s the Diamonds longest losing streak.
2– Tests the Diamonds have previously played in Invercargill. The Diamonds won 47-46 the last time the two sides met in Invercargill while the Silver Ferns won the first meeting 58-47.
0 – Diamonds players coming into the Constellation Cup series with more than 50 Test caps.