The Constellation Cup – Australia defeats New Zealand for the seventh year.

The Kiwis just missed. Australia won the Constellation Cup series in Perth. With both teams taking 2 wins it came down to percentage.

Netball has long been the most popular sport for women and girls in Australia. There was a time when in the winter the boys would play football and the girls would play netball.  That’s just how it was.  However, these days, there are many more sports to choose from and girls are venturing into previously male dominated sports.  But, netball still has a very high participation level, with over 37% of girls aged 6-13 playing netball.

Accordingly, this high level of participation and a strong grassroots organisation has put the Australian women’s team (The Diamonds) at the top of the world rankings for many years.  Taking out numerous Commonwealth Games and World Cup Gold Medals.

The most popular national sport in Australia is Cricket, in which Australians are very successful at. There are two major football codes Rugby League played predominantly in New South Wales and Queensland, and Aussie Rules popular in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. Rugby Union and Association Football (known mostly as Soccer) is also played. The most popular female sport is Netball.

And we pay due homage to the all conquering Diamonds who simply blitzed the Silver Ferns in the final game of the series in Perth.

Kiwi coach slams refereeing as Diamonds win Constellation Cup

New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua has launched an extraordinary spray at Singaporean referee Joan Yuliani after the Australian Diamonds retained the Constellation Cup with a 53-46 netball win in Perth.

The Diamonds blitzed the Silver Ferns with a 16-7 opening-quarter onslaught at RAC Arena on Sunday, and led by as many as 16 goals during the second term as their suffocating pressure proved too much to handle.

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Noeline Taurua was not happy with the officiating in the fourth Test

But with star shooter Maria Folau nailing almost everything that came her way, the Silver Ferns reduced the margin to seven goals in the third quarter, and then just four goals with seven minutes remaining.

The Diamonds kept their cool at the death to secure the win and level the series at 2-2, claiming the Constellation Cup on superior goal percentage.

But it was the quality of refereeing that was a big talking point after the match, with Taurua furious at Yuliani’s performance.

New Zealand are renowned for their on-court discipline, often committing 25 per cent less fouls than Australia whenever the arch-rivals meet.

But Sunday’s match told a different statistical tale, with NZ called for 66 penalties to Australia’s 63.

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The Diamonds celebrate their Constellation Cup victory

Taurua believed many of those calls were wrong, and even went to the trouble of analysing the foul count from the past five matches between the two sides to prove her point.

She said the fact that Yuliani was handed the refereeing gig in the fourth Test despite not officiating in any of the previous three matches of the series was a huge mistake.

“We have somebody that comes in from Singapore – where are they ranked? – and blows it [the interpretations of the rules] out of the window,” Taurua said.

“I thought the Diamonds were confused [as well] to some respect.

“One minute it’s a two-second held ball, next minute it’s a four-minute held ball, next minute there’s nothing, there’s no call at all.

“That really disturbs me, because we are not a 60-penalty team. We want to put something out there that’s really competitive.

“But yet the decisions that are made behind the scenes in regards to that quality is unacceptable. For that I’m really disappointed.”

Taurua made a special point to praise the Diamonds, declaring them the better team on the day.

But she said the issue of referee quality needed to be addressed, and she’s vowed to put in a formal complaint.

Star Diamonds goal shooter Caitlin Bassett nailed 25 of her 28 goal attempts to ensure she celebrated her 100-game milestone with a win in front of 13,233 fans – a new netball record crowd for Perth.

The win was also the perfect send-off for retiring shooter Caitlin Thwaites, who replaced Bassett in the third quarter to finish with six goals.

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The retiring Caitlin Thwaites waves farewell to the crowd

“Definitely the pressure’s off,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said after the match.”I just had the feeling they weren’t going to let it slip. We practised all week. They just dug in and they dug really deep, and they did a fantastic job.”

The victory was sweet revenge for Australia, who lost the World Cup final to New Zealand by a goal in July, and also twice lost to the Silver Ferns during the current series by a goal.

Source: smh.com.au

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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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