Happy 21st for Diamonds as streak continues

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The Australian Diamonds team took a further step towards cementing its position as one of the sport’s best after recording its third longest winning streak on Saturday afternoon with a 83-16 victory over Barbados.

The Australians extended their streak to 21 consecutive international victories, surpassing the mark set in 2001-2003, and 14th straight Netball World Cup win since losing the 2003 final in Jamaica.

Saturday’s 67-goal victory on day two of the Netball World Cup also continued an impressive run on the world stage that dates back to the second Test of the 2013 Constellation Cup series against the New Zealand Silver Ferns.

“I think we’re as sharp as we can be at this stage of the tournament,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.

“It’s always hard because you’ve got to try and build for your best performances towards the end of the tournament but we’ve got to put a good one out tomorrow (against New Zealand).

2015 _WNC_080815_0363LiUndefeated after the opening two games of the tournament, another record beckons for the Diamonds in Sunday’s much-anticipated showdown with the Silver Ferns to round out the group stage.

The team can again make history during the latter stages of the tournament as they close in on the team’s second longest winning streak of 26 games, established between 1994-1997.

The team’s greatest ever winning streak is 37 Tests.

A victory on Sunday will also equal Australia’s longest ever winning streak against New Zealand with 10 wins.

“It’s massively different (playing against New Zealand); we absolutely respect Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados but they’re not at the same level as the Silver Ferns,” Alexander said post-match.

“From what we’ve seen of the Silver Ferns’ performances so far, they’ve come to play, they’re ready and raring to go and have nothing to lose.”

The Australian Diamonds take on the New Zealand Silver Ferns on day three of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 at Allphones Arena, Sydney, at 2.20pm (AEST).

Don’t miss a minute of action with the game to be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, Network Ten, Netball Live app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play, and on ABC Grandstand. Check your local guides for match details.