Diamonds look to Constellation Cup for redemption

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Co-vice captain Gabi Simpson says the Diamonds 57-47 loss to the Silver Ferns came down to hunger and smart use of the ball.

The Silver Ferns claimed the Netball Quad Series trophy for the first time, their first series victory over the Samsung Diamonds since 2012.

“They just came out more hungry than us. They were attacking first ball and we were throwing into what they were setting up,” Simpson explained.

“We’re really disappointed with that. The pain and the frustration that we are feeling right now will fuel us for the Constellation Cup and beyond.”

The Diamonds will next meet the Silver Ferns at the Constellation Cup, beginning in Auckland on October 5.

Simpson says treasuring possession will be a key focus in preparations leading into the series.

“First thing’s first we will have a look at this game. The biggest thing we will be working on is our hunger, our desire and that true Aussie spirit, not from lack of effort but lack of smarts,” Simpson said.

“We need to treasure the ball a bit more and that will be a big focus for us.”

Despite the loss, Simpson said there were positives that could be taken from the series overall.

“It was a fantastic team of 12 effort across the series. That’s probably something we haven’t done as much in the past,” Simpson said.

“We have 12 phenomenal talents, we’ve learnt a lot about each other and how we use each other’s strengths, that’s probably the biggest thing that we can take going forward.”

Courtney Bruce and Emily Mannix both made their Australian netball debut in the Quad Series, with Mannix gaining valuable court time in the last quarter of the final game.

“Em has had a phenomenal year, so it was great to get her out there,” Simpson said.

“To add one more Diamond to our collection is absolutely invaluable.”

The Constellation Cup will be played in Adelaide and Sydney. Buy tickets for the game at Titanium Security Arena on October 11 and Qudos Bank Arena on October 14.