Diamonds hoping to build against South Africa

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Date: Wednesday 30 August
Venue: AIS Arena, Canberra
Time: 7.30pm AEST
Tickets via Ticketek

The Samsung Diamonds will host South Africa SPAR Proteas in their second test of the Netball Quad Series at AIS Arena, Canberra.

Both sides come off the back of tough contests in their respective series openers, with the Diamonds fighting off a surging Roses and the Proteas giving the Silver Ferns a run for their money. Which side will pull up fresh?

Last time these two teams met was in Durban, with Australia claiming the game 62 – 46. The Diamonds have made it clear that they expect a much tighter contest in Canberra, with the Proteas showing they can be a dangerous opponent if underestimated.

It will take a full-court defence from the Diamonds to shut down feeds into the South African shooting circle, with goal shooter Lenize Potgieter able to shoot at a high volume. Courtney Bruce burst onto the international scene with gusto against the Roses, causing havoc on the English shooters – will we see another debutant in Canberra in Emily Mannix?

Watch out for the contest between South Africa’s Karla Mostert and Gretel Tippett. Mostert fast became a fan favourite during Suncorp Super Netball, winning a premiership with Sunshine Coast Lightning and named Grand Final Player of the Match. Unorthodox shooter Gretel Tippett is known for her athleticism and impressive lay-up, whilst Mostert also boasts impressive aerial skills.

The Diamonds will be looking to build upon their opening test, with the Netball Quad Series hanging in the balance.

From the coach…

“South Africa has taken big strides in the past few years and we are certainly not going into this test underestimating them.

“They are a skilful and dangerous opponent who are emerging as a force to be reckoned with; you saw this in their first test against New Zealand. No doubt about it, this will be a fair dinkum test match, with both teams giving it a red-hot crack.

“We put out different combinations in both the attacking and defensive ends against England. This is something you’ll see more and more from the Diamonds. Each and every member of our team knows that they can be called upon at any moment and must be ready to play their role.”

FAST FACTS

  • Australia has an average winning margin of 21 goals against South Africa.
  • Should Emily Mannix take to court, she will become the 173rd athlete to represent Australia.
  • Australia has played South Africa in Canberra once, on 13 June 2001 in a Tri-Nations Tour. Australia won 78 – 22 at AIS Arena.
  • Australia’s last test match at AIS Arena was 22 October 2014, where the Diamonds defeated the England Roses 54-47.