Ian HarkinModeratorMarch 4, 2021 at 10:34 amPost count: 10163
Constellation Cup, March 2021 – Tests 1 & 2
At the end of two test matches it is one win a piece and the series is alive and well. In two matches which were mirror-images of each other, the Silver Ferns came out of the blocks firing and led from start to finish in the opening match before the Diamonds responded the same way to take the win in test 2. After getting 60 minutes under their belt after 14 days in managed isolation, the Diamonds showed once again despite a lack of test caps amongst the group they can compete with the world champions. At the end of two tests, both teams have taken the opportunity to also bring some new blood into the international arena. For the Diamonds Cara Koenan, Sophie Garbin, Kiera Austin and Verity Charles have all seen court time, while the Silver Ferns have given Maddy Gordon her first cap in the second test match.
Photo Steve McLeodIan HarkinModeratorMarch 8, 2021 at 8:11 pmPost count: 10163
Constellation Cup, March 2021 – Tests 3 & 4
After nine long years, the Silver Ferns officially have their hands on the Constellation Cup. Heading into this year’s series, the Ferns had all the momentum, with many claiming in the build-up that it was their title to lose. However, after four bruising test matches in six days, the world champions held their composure and for the second time in 24 hours, ran down the Diamonds lead to finish victors 45-43. On the back of another strong defensive performance that again saw the Diamonds struggle to combat the famous New Zealand zone, shooters Maia Wilson and Ameliaranne Ekenasio showed why they are a force to be reckoned with. Across the series we saw 5 players debut as both teams look ahead to next year’s Commonwealth Games and the 2023 Netball World Cup. Three young Australian shooters went from zero tests to nine new caps, and it will be fascinating to see how the veterans Buetta and Wood are re-integrated later in the year.
photo Steve McLeod
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