Diamonds aim to continue building

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Date: Wednesday 11 October
Venue: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
Time: 7.20pm ACDT centre pass (7.30pm AEDT TV coverage)
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The Constellation Cup moves to Australia, the Samsung Diamonds with one hand on the trophy, with two tests still to play.

Although the Silver Ferns leapt out of the blocks in their last encounter in Christchurch, the Diamonds grit and determination shone through, snatching an eight-goal victory.

The difference was in the hunger for possession, the Diamonds chasing down every loose ball and hunting intercepts across the court.

The midcourt was firing, with Kim Ravaillion, Gabi Simpson and Liz Watson clicking up a notch, forcing the Ferns to make multiple changes to try and combat their connections.

Who will have the upper hand in Adelaide? The key will be in which team better handles the travel across the Tasman, coach Lisa Alexander identifying that recovery will be vital during the quick turnaround between games.

Alexander has opted to keep the same 12 athletes as the previous test in Christchurch. Will we see Kate Moloney make her Australian debut?

Test Three Team
Caitlin Bassett
April Brandley
Courtney Bruce
Emily Mannix
Kate Moloney
Susan Pettitt
Kim Ravaillion
Gabi Simpson
Caitlin Thwaites
Liz Watson
Jo Weston
Stephanie Wood

From the coach…
“We just have to keep improving each game, I know it sounds really boring, but you’ve got to put the last game to bed and we’ve just got to get on with organizing what we need to do for this next one.

We are in a fortunate position, in travelling with 13 athletes. It is incredibly competitive within our squad, and for the midcourt of the travelling 13 in particular to be named in the team.

“We still have athletes who are yet to take the court in this series, and will continue to play their role and be ready to step out at any time. We don’t have much recovery time between games, and will use fresh legs to our advantage when necessary.

“This is when the Ferns are at their most dangerous, they have a point to prove and will want to finish this year’s international calendar with a strong performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some different combinations out there on Wednesday night from the Ferns, trialling something new.”

FAST FACTS

  • Should Australia win the third test, they will retain the Constellation Cup trophy for the fifth year in a row.
  • Australia has played five test matches at Titanium Security Arena, winning all five. Their last appearance at the venue was 8 October 2008, winning 43-33 against England.
  • The Diamonds last played the Ferns in Adelaide on 4 October 2013 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, winning 58-50.