Diamonds to shine in Launceston

2015 Constellation Cup Australia v New Zealand Melbourne Sharni Layton

Netball’s biggest rivalry the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns, will face off in Tasmania this October for the first time in 30 years.

The Diamonds and Silver Ferns, world netball’s oldest and fiercest rivals, will clash in Launceston on Wednesday 12 October.

The two nations’ previous meeting on the Island State was when the Australian Netball Team defeated New Zealand 31-19 in May 1986 at the Velodrome – now known as The Silverdome – Launceston.
The defending Constellation Cup holders will host a two-Test series against the Silver Ferns in October, with the final Diamonds Test on Australian soil for the year to be held in Launceston.
The Diamonds will then travel to New Zealand, for the final two Tests of the Constellation Cup at Vector Arena in Auckland (Saturday 15 October) and ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill (Thursday 20 October), to determine who will claim the Cup.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing the contest between the Diamonds and Silver Ferns to Tasmania for the first time in 30 years.

“Tasmania has a vibrant netball community and we can’t wait to see our fans out in force, in green and gold,” Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
The Australian Netball Team last contested an international Test in Tasmania in May 1989, when it hosted the West Indies.
Australia has won five of the six Constellation Cup Series against the Silver Ferns since the trophy was introduced in 2010.

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2016 Constellation Cup
Sun 9 Oct Australian Diamonds Silver Ferns TBC TBC
Wed 12 Oct Australian Diamonds Silver Ferns Silverdome Launceston, AUS
Sat 15 Oct Silver Ferns Australian Diamonds Vector Arena Auckland, NZ
Thurs 20 Oct Silver Ferns Australian Diamonds ILT Stadium Southland Invercargill, NZ