Diamonds aiming to wrap up Constellation Cup

_MCA3875LiThe Australian Diamonds will get a shot at retaining the Constellation Cup when they host the Silver Ferns in the Real Insurance Netball Test Series at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Saturday night.

The Diamonds can claim an insurmountable three-nil lead in the four-Test series, with a victory over New Zealand tonight seeing them win the Constellation Cup title for the fourth time since the trophy’s inception in 2010.

Diamonds’ captain Laura Geitz said the team is keen to wrap up the series and also stretch the winning streak over their traditional arch rivals to eight Tests – and 16 overall against all nations – before returning to Auckland next Wednesday night for the fourth and final Test.

“It (win) will take the pressure off us heading back to Auckland,” Geitz said. “But heading into this campaign we wanted to win every game so if we do get this victory, we’ll still be pushing very hard for that final victory.

“This is probably our last opportunity to play the Silver Ferns in front of our home crowd before the Netball World Cup next year here in Sydney so Allphones is the perfect stadium to do so and really looking forward to the game.”

Geitz remains wary of their opponent, who showed in the second Test in Melbourne on Wednesday night they are capable of matching it with the Diamonds and knows her team must stay focused for the full 60 minutes.

“We’re putting out some really decent performances. Wednesday night in Melbourne was probably not our best game, but we still managed to get a nine-goal victory,” Geitz said.

“The challenge for us is to continue to push ourselves and fix up what didn’t work on Wednesday night and the girls doing a good job of that so far.

“I expect another step up from the Ferns. They’ve done a good job of breaking down our game and what’s working well for us. They’ll go away from Wednesday night a little bit more confident that what they did actually worked.

“They’re still a world-class side and will take it up another notch.”

With 300 days to go until the start of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, Geitz said the Diamonds are keen to keep their momentum going.

“We’re taking each game at a time and not getting too far ahead of ourselves but understanding that each game we win we get more confidence going forward,” Geitz said.

“That’s our standard; we want to be winning every game and we want to keep that record going up until hopefully the Grand Final of the world championships next year.”

The 2014 Real Insurance Netball Test Series continues on Saturday night with the Australian Diamonds hosting the Silver Ferns at Allphones Arena in Sydney from 7.15pm (AEDT). Catch all the action live on FOX SPORTS 3, SBS 2 and ABC Grandstand.