Cat and mouse game looms for Diamonds


The Constellation Cup is once again around the corner, with the world’s two best netballing nations to go head to head.

In 2016 the series will take the Diamonds to Sydney, Launceston, Auckland and Invercargill against the New Zealand Silver Ferns. 

This will be the second Constellation Cup series appearance for midcourter Gabi Simpson, who likened the Series to a game of cat and mouse. 

“That’s the fantastic thing about the Constellation Cup. We’re going at it against the same team for four games. It’s a bit of a cat and mouse game.

“We’ve seen what they can put out and they’ve seen what we can put out. We both have to continuously adjust to what we see.”

It’s all about winning under pressure for the Australian Diamonds, according to Head Coach Lisa Alexander.

“There is no doubt that we need to be performing at our best and maintain a winning record,” Alexander stated.

“Each city will be very different. I think New Zealand will throw out some different lineups at us as well.

“We are really looking forward to the challenges that each Test match brings.”

With new faces in the Silver Ferns from their last encounter, Alexander says the Diamonds need to be ready for whatever combinations their rivals put on court. 

“The Ferns have some change ups that they can bring within their lineup and that is going to be hard to combat,” Alexander said.  

“We need to ensure that no matter what combination they put out there, we are ready for it.”

“When we are out on the court representing our country, we want to win and we want to represent our country really well.”

The Diamonds will host the Silver Ferns in the first Test of the Constellation Cup at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday October 9. Limited tickets remain, purchase yours now from Ticketek.