Trans-Tasman rivalry will boil over again when the Samsung Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns face off in the Constellation Cup netball series starting this Sunday October 7 at 1pm AEDST on Nine and 9Gem.
The Diamonds, the world number two team, hold a five-year winning streak in this annual four-game clash.
In the last Quad Series, it all came down to the final game where the Diamonds defeated the Silver Ferns 60-55 at Melbourne Arena.
Nine’s head of netball Keeley Devery said: “In the recent Quad Series, New Zealand really looked to be finding form that has been lacking in the last few years, so it won’t be one way at all this series.”
The Diamonds’ veteran mid-courter Kim Ravaillion is out of the Constellation Cup and will be replaced by Kate Moloney and Jamie-Lee Price.
Moloney will play in the first two matches of the series in Brisbane and Townsville and Price will play in the final two matches, in Hamilton and Wellington in New Zealand
Liz Ellis, Sue Gaudion and Cath Cox will front Nine’s commentary team, joined by recently retired Diamond, Laura Geitz, in Brisbane and Townsville.
Clint Stanaway and Aislin Kriukelis will host the coverage on Nine.
Shortly after the Constellation Cup comes the FAST 5 Netball World Series beginning on October 27 on Nine.