Netball Netball Netball – Can Australia bounce back from its Sydney loss in the Constellation Cup Series with New Zealand?

The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand in any sport has always been intense. It’s a rather strange thing – with New Zealand often coming across as ‘the mouse that roared’. Aussies aren’t too interested in Rugby Union and frankly apart from Cricket – where Australia has dominated New Zealand, there are not too many other sporting codes where the rivalry lives up to the hype.

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Except one – NETBALL!! – and right now the girls from the Shaky Isles – the land of the long white cloud – Aotearoa, have the Aussie gals on the ropes 2 series wins to 1 in the Constellation Cup series. With one game to go Australia can still claim the series with a win as their percentage is higher. Good luck to both teams from Nellakir. With luck the new courts under construction at Melbourne’s Netball Headquarters in Royal Park will be complete in time for the next series. Nellakir are the leading experts in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania and have been contracted to complete the 6 new courts scheduled for the facility.

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For now here’s an article that looks to the final game in Perth.

Constellation Cup: Diamond Caitlin Bassett set to shine at sell-out Perth clash

Fairytale endings have been few and far between for Caitlin Bassett over the past 18 months, but she hopes that will all change during her 100-game milestone for the Diamonds.

Captain Bassett will notch a century of matches for Australia in the winner-takes-all battle against New Zealand at a sold-out RAC Arena in her hometown Perth on Sunday.

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The Silver Ferns lead the four-match Constellation Cup series 2-1, but Australia will win the title on percentage if they can triumph in Perth, and that would be a welcome change of fortune for 31-year-old Bassett.

She has enjoyed enormous international success since her 2008 debut, including two world titles, but there have been some heartbreaking results in big games since she took over the captaincy in late 2017.

In July, her team lost the World Cup final to NZ by a goal, having lost the Commonwealth Games final to England by the same margin last year.

Their two losses to NZ in this current series have also been by a single goal.

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But a win in Perth on Sunday would see Australia snare the Constellation Cup for a seventh straight year.

The Diamonds notched a win in coach Lisa Alexander’s 100-game milestone earlier this month, and goal shooter Bassett hopes history will repeat itself on Sunday.

“For me the last couple of years the fairytale endings haven’t come off,“ Bassett said.

“But it would be cherry on top of the cake (if we can win this Sunday), it would be great.

“We had another great milestone in Lisa’s 100th and I think we did find that extra motivation to get that win. It was the Gatorade shower afterwards that we were so driven by.

“For us a milestone is fantastic, but for me it’s about the tradition we’ve had.

“In the past we’ve retained the Constellation Cup so many times. For me as captain it’s that motivation that I want to do what others did before me.”

So is Bassett expecting a Gatorade shower if they win?

“I’m hoping for champagne not Gatorade,” she said with a laugh.

Bassett said it was fitting her milestone was in Perth, where her glittering career first took off.

“To get out there in front of a crowd who first saw me as an uncoordinated bumbling teenager, and now (have seen me) develop into an uncoordinated bumbling adult – it’s pretty exciting,” she said.

Sunday’s crowd is expected to surpass Perth’s international netball record of 12,365.

Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/netball/constellation-cup-diamond-caitlin-bassett-set-to-shine-at-sell-out-perth-clash-ng-b881361427z

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Australia vs New Zealand – Netball – The Classic Contest

The Constellation Cup. Game 2 and Australia make up for the loss in Game 1. With the rivalry between the nations at an all time high (remember the Commonwealth Games?) – this is proving to be an interesting series.

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Here is the report on the game played in Auckland earlier this week…

Diamonds shine bright to level Constellation Cup series

Australia have atoned for their first-up loss to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup with a 48-42 victory in Auckland.

Lisa Alexander’s team lifted for the master coach in her 100th Test, levelling the four match series at 1-1 on Wednesday night.

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Gretel Tippett starred in Australia’s win over New Zealand with 23 points

Gretel Tippett (23/24) was supreme under the ring, ably assisted by captain Caitlin Bassett (17/20) and Tegan Philip (8/9).

But this was a win masterminded by the back.

Goal keeper Courtney Bruce subdued the Maria Folau-led Silver Ferns attack with an intensity that lifted the whole Diamonds side.

She made five intercepts and was called for obstruction just four times in a defensive masterclass.

‘‘She just controlled the circle. She patrolled the circle tonight. It was absolutely fantastic to watch,’’ Alexander said.

Only once in the match did the contest look to be slipping from Australia’s grasp – the third-quarter spell when Folau (31/41) sank six shots without reply to whittle the Diamonds’ lead from 10 to four.

The four-Test series now heads to Sydney and Perth, where wins will allow Australia to retain the trans-Tasman trophy for the seventh-straight time.

‘‘We’ve put ourselves in a great position now for the rest of the series,’’ Alexander said. ‘‘We’ll go home and land and feel like winners.’’

While the Diamonds boasted historical dominance over the Kiwis, New Zealand had won the previous two hitouts – including the World Cup final – by a single goal.

So when Bassett missed her first effort of the night to the delight of the sold-out crowd, the Kiwis were confident.

It was the only time they led all night. Australia shot at 100 per cent for the rest of the quarter and kept up their sharpness.

Together with Jo Weston, Bruce showed superb intensity inside the circle.

Australia’s three-goal quarter-time lead was whittled to one when a contentious stepping call on Tippett went against the goal attack.

But the Diamonds responded, with Bruce leading the way. Her three first-half intercepts each led to Australian goals, helping the visitors to a five-goal lead at the break.

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Maria Folau did her best to spark something for the Silver Ferns

Tippett was rested as one of three half-time changes, allowing Philip to return to international netball for the first time in three years.

Alexander’s switch-ups didn’t slow Australia, who soon boasted a 10-goal lead that should have killed the contest.

Instead, Folau roared the Silver Ferns to life with a superb run.

The veteran attacker had a chance to narrow the lead to three on the eve of the last change, only to miss a long-range effort to end a damaging streak.

Bassett sat out the fourth quarter, with Philip deputising superbly as the Diamonds shut out hopes of a Kiwi comeback.

Source: smh.com.au

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Next year’s National Netball Championships are to be held in Hobart in April (2020). By this time the 6 new Netball courts at Victoria’s netball HQ in Royal Park will probably be completed or well under way with Nellakir the selected provider and expert contractor. Nellakir are passionate about Netball, with a full recognition that not only is it Australia’s leading sport for women, it is also the fastest growing team participation sport in Australia.

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Hobart to host 2020 National Netball Championships

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Australia’s emerging netballers will descend on Hobart in April 2020 for the 17-under and 19-under annual National Netball Championships.

The tournament will be held from the 18-23 April, at the Hobart Netball and Sports Centre, with teams represented from each state and territory in each age group. Gold medal matches will be played on Thursday 23 April to decide the 2020 National Netball Champions in both divisions.

Netball Australia’s Executive General Manager of Performance Andrew Collins said the tournament continues to be a crucial component in identifying future Australian Diamonds players.

“The National Netball Championships are a key fixture on Netball Australia’s calendar and an important part of the elite pathway program, allowing the best young talent to showcase their abilities in front of national selectors.

“It is an environment that reflects elite level netball. The tournament will provide a valuable learning opportunity for all athletes where they will experience the intensity of having to compete at a higher level and challenge themselves to find consistency across a demanding week.

“The event brings together the most talented netballers from around the country and we expect to see some exciting netball,” Collins said.

Netball Tasmania CEO Aaron Pidgeon said the organisation is honoured to be hosting the major netball pathway event and is looking forward to seeing the talent on display.

“Netball Tasmania is very excited about the opportunity to host the National Netball Championships in 2020 and for the Tasmanian netball community to witness firsthand the best up-and-coming talent across the country and the future stars of our Suncorp Super Netball competition.”

Details on ticketing and more information on how to keep up to date with your state will be available closer to the date.

Source: netball.com.au

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The National Basketball League Australia Game One goes to South East Melbourne Phoenix over Melbourne United

A great start to the NBL season with its latest franchise addition being a first round winner.

The 2019-20 NBL season is the 42nd season since the League’s inception in 1979. The addition of South East Melbourne Phoenix sees nine teams contesting the championship. The regular season is played between October 2019 and February 2020. This is followed by a post season playoff featuring the top 4 teams in March 2020.

This year the series will be televised, Free to Air, via SBS Viceland, in the first year of a two year deal. Streaming of all 126 games will be available live and free on streaming platforms such as SBS on Demand. ESPN will also broadcast 59 games including all games after 7.30 pm AEDT. Further details are below.

Read all about the South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Melbourne United game here:

Phoenix Open #NBL20 with Throwdown Triumph

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South East Melbourne Phoenix have risen to victory in their first game in the NBL with the league’s newest franchise scoring a 91-88 win over Melbourne United in their first ever ‘Throwdown’ at Melbourne Arena on Thursday night.

The cross-town rivals locked horns to open the 2019/20 season and with a sold out crowd in attendance to show how hungry Melbourne is to have rival NBL teams battling again, it was a game that went down to the wire.

The stars weren’t quite all there with Casey Prather and David Barlow missing for Melbourne while Tai Wesley hurt his hamstring for the Phoenix in the first quarter joining Adam Gibson and Terry Armstrong sidelined.

But those on the floor delivered and none more so than South East Melbourne superstar Mitch Creek.

Just back from two stints in the NBA, the Phoenix franchise player was a man-possessed stepping up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to cover for the early injury to Wesley.

The power forward scored their first NBL points, but went down with a flare up of his hamstring injury five minutes into the game.

Melbourne United were down nine heading into the last term but fought back at the finish as Chris Goulding nailed some crucial buckets including a lay-up to tie the game 84-84 with a minute to play.

But Creek stood tall nailing a three on the next play and as gallant as Melbourne were, they couldn’t outlast the Phoenix.

Melo Trimble attempted a three from the top of the key to force overtime in the final seconds but his shot missed. Shawn Long put it back in and, after being fouled by Kyle Adnam, nailed two key free throws with 0.6 seconds to play assuring his club of its inaugural win.

Goulding had 27 points while Long was a force in the second half with 26 points and 12 rebounds while import guard John Roberson finished with a classy 20 points for the Phoenix.

Phoenix coach Simon Mitchell praised his players for their gritty display.

“We weren’t the most composed team down the stretch but I thought we played our asses off,” Mitchell said.

“I thought we were tremendously gritty. I thought in a short time these guys have been able to establish a real pride in their uniform and what we are doing in the south-east.

“While we weren’t great, anyone who is thinking about following us is going to see what we are about from tonight’s game. Hopefully we will be a little cool under pressure next game.”

United coach Dean Vickerman said his side made too many errors and started too slowly.

“We were a step behind with how we came out and the offensive rebounds and second chance points they got early on,” Vickerman said.

“We didn’t really push the pace. Part of it was getting to your spacing and we made so many errors to get started and that disrupted a lot of our offence.

“We got four points outside of our main guys so we needed more people to step up as we had three guys out [injured]. But give credit to Mitch Creek. The two threes he made down the stretch were extremely tough, that’s why you pay a marquee guy like that.”

Melbourne plays Perth Wildcats at RAC Arena on Saturday in a Grand Final rematch before then embarking on their United States trip for games against the LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings.

The Phoenix rest until Round 2 when they host Brisbane Bullets at Melbourne Arena next Sunday afternoon.

NBL ROUND 1
MELBOURNE UNITED 88 (Goulding 27, Long 26, Trimble 16)
SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX 91 (Creek 28, Roberson 20, Adnam 11)

Source: nbl.com.au

How to Watch Round 1 of NBL20

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Hungry Jack’s NBL20 tips off on Thursday, October 3 and there are no shortage of viewing options as we begin one of our biggest seasons to date!

With new TV broadcast partners SBS VICELAND and ESPN on board, you can tune in there with games before 7:30pm AEST on SBS VICELAND, and games after 7:30pm AEST on ESPN.

For the digital viewer, you can catch every game live on SBS on Demand as well as NBL TV which also boast a selection of NBL Classics and other featured content including Condensed Games, giving you everything you need from the game in 10 minutes.

One game every round will be broadcast live on Facebook Watch, with Round featuring Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix in The Throwdown to open the season.

Thursday October 3
Melbourne United v South East Melbourne Phoenix – Melbourne Arena, 7:30pm AEST
ESPN, SBS on Demand, Facebook Watch, NBL TV

Friday October 4
Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings – Cairns Convention Centre, 7:30pm AEST
ESPN, SBS on Demand, NBL TV

Saturday October 5
Perth Wildcats v Melbourne United – RAC Arena, 5:30pm AEST
SBS VICELAND (Channel 31), SBS on Demand, NBL TV

Sunday October 6
Illawarra Hawks v Brisbane Bullets – WIN Entertainment Centre, 3:00pm AEDT
SBS VICELAND (Channel 31), SBS on Demand, NBL TV

Source: nbl.com.au

The Australian competition is now a genuine stepping stone to the world’s leading Basketball Competition, the NBA.

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