Diamonds and Silver Ferns rivalry re-ignites for Constellation Cup

NAstoryThe most fiercely contested trophy in Trans-Tasman netball, the Constellation Cup, will be on the line for the seventh time in October when the Diamonds and the Silver Ferns do battle in a four-test series.

The Diamonds and Ferns will meet at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, for the first time since the gold medal match of the Netball World Cup, in the opening match of the series.

The second Test will be played in Launceston before the series is decided in Auckland and Invercargill.

Diamonds acting co-vice captain Caitlin Bassett said it’s always a close battle with their arch-rivals, as witnessed in their most recent Netball Quad Series encounter.

“To beat them these days is really hard, you need to pull out new tricks and both teams have to put something different out there,” Bassett said.

“It’s a really tight battle, we love playing against New Zealand and challenging ourselves against the best countries in the world.

“It makes it more enjoyable when you win after a really tough battle like the last time we played them.”

Since the trophy was introduced in 2012, the Diamonds have won the Constellation Cup six times, with the most recent series decided by goal difference after the results were tied 2-games apiece.

The trophy itself is made of 3kg of solid Sterling Silver and set with 101 Diamonds.

Limited tickets are still available for the first Constellation Cup Test in Sydney via Ticketek. Don’t miss your chance for an international netball reunion in Sydney for the first time since the Netball World Cup.

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