AUSTRALIA is gearing up for it’s remaining netball sequence of the 12 months in opposition to conventional foes New Zealand within the annual Constellation Cup.
Netball’s equal of rugby union’s Bledisloe Cup, Australia are the present holders of the Constellation Cup.
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But New Zealand not too long ago beat Australia within the Quad sequence for that title and that’s left a foul style.
Changes have been made to the unique Diamonds squad named for the sequence because the Australia’s bid to avenge the final loss.
Our information to what’s being tipped as an explosive sequence between the 2 powers of netball.
WHAT IS THE CONSTELLATION CUP
It’s a four-game sequence performed yearly between the 2 greatest netball groups on the planet — Australia and New Zealand.
Since the inception of the sequence in 2010, Australia has solely misplaced it as soon as — in 2012.
WHY IS THE CUP SO IMPORTANT?
It’s essential for each groups.
One, it is going to give them boasting rights heading into the brand new 12 months.
Two, is essential as selectors look to substantiate groups for the Commonwealth Games.
Three, any time Australia and New Zealand meet within the sporting area it’s essential.
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CONSTELLATION CUP 2017 DATES
Oct. 5: New Zealand Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds, Spark Arena, Auckland
Oct. eight: New Zealand Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch.
Oct. 11: Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide.
Oct. 14: three.00pm Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.
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HOW ARE THE AUSSIES LOOKING?
Not dangerous. Obviously Lisa Alexander is utilizing the time out there to offer as many gamers as attainable a crack at impressing earlier than a group is finalised for the Commonwealth Games.
But Alexander was lower than blissful along with her aspect once they have been overwhelmed by the Silver Ferns of their final assembly within the Quad sequence so count on the Diamonds to come back out tougher than ever.
KEYS TO AUSTRALIA’S SUCCESS
Getting it proper within the midcourt and incurring far much less penalties.
The Diamonds have been smashed within the penalty depend within the Quad sequence and this can’t occur once more.
The midcourt additionally wants to seek out its groove — and quick.
Caitlin Bassett (Cpt), April Brandley, Courtney Bruce, Emily Mannix, Kate Moloney, Caitlyn Nevins, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion, Gabi Simpson, Caitlin Thwaites, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Stephanie Wood
THE SILVER FERNS
Katrina Grant (Cpt), Maria Tutaia (vc), Gina Crampton, Kayla Cullen, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Shannon Francois, Kelly Jury, Bailey Mes, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Samantha Sinclair, Whitney Souness, Maia Wilson.
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CURRENT WORLD RANKINGS
2 New Zealand
5 South Africa
9 Trinidad & Tobago