Match Report – Australia vs. New Zealand (Constellation Cup Test 1, October 2018)
BY KATRINA NISSEN
A series of poor decisions and sloppy footwork gave the Samsung Australian Diamonds a scare during the first quarter of the opening Constellation Cup game against the New Zealand Silver Ferns. The game started well for the Diamonds with Kate Moloney granted the start at centre in only her fourth test cap. It took less than 20 seconds for Caitlin Bassett to open her account. Then, in the Silver Ferns scoring third, Maria Folau overcooked a pass to Gina Crampton which Courtney Bruce pounced on. From there, it looked like the Diamonds would run out to a two-goal lead, but a miss from Bassett allowed the Ferns to retain their centre.