Layton chasing outright victory in final Test


Sharni Layton would rather not have to pull out the calculator to determine whether the Australian Diamonds or New Zealand wins the 2015 Constellation Cup in Perth on Friday night.

The Diamonds lead the series 2-1 heading into the fourth and final Test at Perth Arena and, if Australia is to retain the trophy for the third straight year, the star defender wants to do it in emphatic style by winning the game.

A New Zealand victory would see goal percentage will be used to determine the winner.

“Let’s not leave it to that,” Layton said. “Let’s just win it (match) and we’ll be okay.

“Unfortunately we dropped the game in Melbourne (last Sunday). We didn’t play well enough and our intensity wasn’t high enough to finish up with the cup already so we’re going to have to go out strong on Friday night to retain it.

2015 Constellation Cup Australia v NZ Game 3“We’ve been working really hard and obviously reflecting on what we didn’t do in Melbourne, so we know what we have to do – but the Ferns are playing extremely well at the moment.

“It’s not going to be as easy as just going out and playing; they’re going to bring it to us harder than what they did on Sunday and we have to be prepared for that.”

Captain Laura Geitz returns to the team after sitting out of the third Test and Layton said the group welcomes back her experience and leadership.

“She’s just a phenomenal leader and we really do look up to her and really work for her,” Layton said of Geitz.

“I wish we could have had the win (in Melbourne) without her to show the influence that she has had on us.”

A crowd of around 12,000 is expected to fill Perth Arena to watch the first netball international in the West Australian capital since 2011.

“I’ve only ever played in Perth when I’ve been playing against the (West Coast) Fever so I’m excited to have them on my side,” Layton said. “They’re such a loud crowd and I know they’re going to get right behind us.”

The Diamonds host New Zealand in the fourth and deciding Test of the 2015 Constellation Cup at Perth Arena on Friday at 6.30pm, local time (9.30pm AEDT).

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