What a positive start the Diamonds made to the Constellation Cup series in the first Test against the Silver Ferns at Invercargill.
We played some slick netball but we are well aware there’s still some work to do to make sure the Constellation Cup stays in our hands in three Tests time.
The starting seven who played in the Gold Medal match at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earned the opportunity to retain their spots on their training form in the lead-up to the game.
While we were a little nervous to start, we were able to withstand some terrific defensive pressure from the Silver Ferns and then get away to a strong lead.
It was also a positive to be able to get Tegan Caldwell, Sharni Layton and Kimberlee Green out on court in the final term – where they kept up the momentum created in the first three quarters.
However, as all netball fans know, this series is still alive and one thing is for certain – the Silver Ferns will do their homework and provide a big challenge for us when we meet again in the second Test next Wednesday night in Melbourne, the first of the Real Insurance Netball Test Series.
Our build up to Thursday night’s Test was helped by being able to have a practice match against the Australian 21/U side, who spent the week at Invercargill. These future Diamonds also had a hit-out against the Silver Ferns – what a great experience for these young stars!
A big thanks to the players and coach Tania Obst for giving us a great hit-out two days before the Test. It was also great to see their smiling faces in the parochial crowd during the match as well as the other Aussie supporters who made the trek.
Bring your voice, wear your green and gold and be our `eighth player’ out on court.
The other very special occasion on Wednesday night will be the chance for Diamonds fans to say thank you to Bianca Chatfield on her amazing career for the Diamonds that culminated in her winning that gold medal in Glasgow.
Be there for B!
Can’t wait to see you all!