Diamonds keen to build on strong start

2016 Constellation Cup Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns

Date: Wednesday 12 October
Time: 8.10pm AEST centre pass
Venue: The Silverdome, Launceston
Broadcast: Fox Sports 2, ONE (delayed 9.30pm in all states), Netball Live app (subscribers only)

Netball comes to Launceston for the first time in almost thirty years on Wednesday night, with the Diamonds hosting the Silver Ferns in the second Test of the Constellation Cup.

It was the Diamonds who stamped their authority in the series opener, with a 12-goal win. Despite the score line, the home side was not satisfied with their performance, seeking a consistent four-quarter effort.

It will be an intimate affair at The Silverdome, with a sold-out crowd of 3,215 sitting close to the sidelines. Expect both teams to come out firing; the Diamonds looking to maintain their winning ways, and the Ferns out to make amends.

Watch out for the match up between April Brandley and Te Paea Selby-Rickit in the Ferns shooting circle. Brandley will be tasked with shutting down Selby-Rickit, who made an impact after entering the game in the second half of the opening Test. With just a dozen international test caps between them, there is a sense that this match up is only in its early stages.

Eleven of the twelve Diamonds took to the court in Sydney and Lisa Alexander makes no secret of their depth. Keep an eye on the rotations and different combinations, which should keep their opponent on their toes.

From the coach:

“We are in a very fortunate position in the moment. We have taken a very definite decision in ensuring that we have injury free players. If there are any issues, we have players to replace those players. Everyone is really fit and healthy at the moment.

“Our aim is always to win four quarters and we didn’t quite get there in our first Test. We will be working hard on reaching our targets on Wednesday night.

“Continuing to work on our team defensive effort and connections in attack will be a high priority.

“We are overwhelmed by the support of the local community and look forward to bringing them a display of world-class netball.”

Fast Facts:

  • The last time the Australian Netball Team played in Launceston was 21 May 1989 against the West Indies at the Silverdome. Australia won 45 goals to 35 goals.
  • Natalie Medhurst is on track to surpass Michelle den Dekker as the seventh most capped Australian netball player of all time, with 85 Test caps.
  • Caitlin Bassett has shot 100 goals in her last two games, with 47 goals on 9 October (Sydney) and 53 goals on 4 September (Melbourne).