Constellation Cup our next step in journey to Sydney

_MCA4103LiWhile we reached the summit of our `Mount Everest’ at Glasgow two months ago, we’re only half-way on our journey towards the goals we set ourselves as a netball nation.

Our sights are firmly set on the Netball World Cup in Sydney next year and defending our crown that we won in Singapore in 2011.

That starts with the upcoming Constellation Cup Series against our fierce rivals New Zealand which gets underway at Invercargill next Thursday.

I’m looking forward to getting together with our team on Sunday morning to fly out to New Zealand as we start to prepare for a busy month.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the international netball front with both the Silver Ferns and England netball teams being named for the upcoming Real Insurance Netball Test Series.

New Zealand made four changes to its line up from Commonwealth Games and this will refresh the team ahead of the challenge of the Constellation Cup Series.

_MCA4178LiThe Diamonds will be doing our homework on all the `newcomers’ and we realise that the Silver Ferns will be determined to start the series with a win at Invercargill.

This makes for a fascinating series against our nearest neighbours which takes in Tests in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 October and Sydney (Saturday 11 October), culminating at Auckland on Wednesday 15 October.

I know that there’s still good tickets available to watch us take on the Silver Ferns in both Melbourne and Sydney, so I urge you to be there and watch the Diamonds in action on home soil for the last time before next year’s World Cup.

Click here to find out how to get your seats – we’d love to see you there!

England have an unchanged line up from the Commonwealth Games and will also be determined to have a break-through victory against the Diamonds in Australia.

The two teams fought a very close battle in the rounds of the Commonwealth Games and the two Tests in Bendigo (19 October) and our nation’s capital Canberra (22 October) will be a treat for all netball fans.

As part of our build-up to next week’s Test, the Diamonds will play against the Australian 21/U side in a practice match.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our future Diamonds to display their talents and gain invaluable experience against the two top teams in the world as they are also playing against the Silver Ferns.

Lastly, I was very sad to hear the news this week about the passing of Myrtle Bayliss, a legend of our sport.

Myrtle played 10 Tests for Australia back when netball first started to become an international sport and she was a humble, gracious champion. Our condolences go out to Myrtle’s extended family and friends from the Australian netball family.

Go Diamonds!