Diamonds open international calendar in Adelaide

The Australian Diamonds will play on Australian soil for the first time this year in Adelaide, when they host the England Roses on Wednesday 31 August.

The Australian venues for the International Netball Series and Constellation Cup have been finalised, with the Diamonds travelling to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Launceston later this year.

SANZEA is a new partnership between four of international netball’s strongest nations Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa, with the International Netball Series to be contested annually.

A double-header at Auckland’s Vector Arena will launch the series on Saturday 27 August with the world champion Australian Diamonds to face South Africa in their opening game.

The Series will then move to Adelaide, in what will be the Diamonds’ first appearance in South Australia since October 2013, where they defeated the New Zealand Silver Ferns 58-50.

South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Leon Bignell MP said, “since 2002, the State Government has invested more than $11.25 million in the sport. More than 110,000 people play the game in South Australia and we know it has massive appeal.

“The State Government also invested $35 million in this year’s State Budget over two years to market South Australia nationally and internationally and continue to attract major events and conferences.

“The Adelaide Entertainment Centre holds 10,000 people and is the perfect venue to host this game.”

The International Netball Series will wrap up at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, with fans treated to a blockbuster double header between the Diamonds and the Silver Ferns, in addition to South Africa and the England Roses.

The Diamonds’ next international campaign, the Constellation Cup, will kick start at Qudos Bank Arena (formerly Allphones Arena), Sydney, followed by the Silverdome, Launceston.

The Diamonds will then travel to New Zealand for the final two Tests, at Vector Arena in Auckland and ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill, to determine who will claim the Cup.

Australian Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander said “we are excited to be able to play in four different states this year in front of as many fans as possible.

“We look forward to hosting three strong netballing nations and giving our fans a display of world-class netball, following on from the success of Netball World Cup SYDNEY and the 2015 Constellation Cup.”

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2016 International Netball Series

Sat 27 Aug TBC Australian Diamonds v South Africa Vector Arena, Auckland
Wed 31 Aug TBC Australian Diamonds v England Roses Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sun 4 Sep TBC Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Sun 4 Sep TBC South Africa v England Roses Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

2016 Constellation Cup

Sun 9 Oct TBC Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns Qudos Bank Arena (previously Allphones Arena), Sydney
Wed 12 Oct TBC Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns Launceston, Tasmania
Sat 15 Oct TBC New Zealand Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds Vector Arena, Auckland
Thurs 20 Oct TBC New Zealand Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill