Match Report – Australia vs New Zealand (Constellation Cup Test 2, October 2018)
BY GEORGIA MUSOLINO
Match two of the Constellation Cup was truly a game of momentum swings and historic moments. The Samsung Australian Netball Diamonds’ 56-47 victory was bolstered by the sold-out crowd in Townsville, Queensland, who hosted their first ever international match. Also going down in netball history was Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman, who played her 146th record-breaking test cap to overtake Irene Van Dyk and become the most-capped Silver Ferns player of all time. While New Zealand fell short on her milestone match, their obsession for thrilling comebacks positively highlighted the passion emerging back into their play. Their ability to remediate a dire situation was exemplified following their clumsy start to the first quarter, where a footwork call, break and overthrown pass provided the Diamonds with three easy turnovers in the first four minutes.