The Silver Ferns are heading to Tauranga next weekend for a double header trans-Tasman netball clash.
New Zealand’s women will take on the Australian Diamonds as part of the four-match Constellation Cup in the Cadbury Netball Series.
The matches are taking place in Christchurch and Tauranga, with the Silver Ferns playing at Trustpower Baypark Arena on Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7.
It is the first time the Silver Ferns have played in Tauranga since they beat South Africa 61-37 in September 2018. New Zealand come into the game in fine form after a clean sweep over England in the three-match Taini Jamison Trophy series in Hamilton last year.
The number one world-ranked Australian Diamonds will be playing their first international test in over a year. Australia won their last outing against the Silver Ferns, 53-46, in October 2019, and head coach Dame Noeline Taurua will be hoping for a positive result.
“I know the Diamonds will be excited to get back out on court after such a long break from playing international netball,” says Taurua. “We are equally excited to play all four Tests against the world number one netball team on our home soil in front of our home crowd.”
The squad includes shooter Bailey Mes, who returns from a serious knee injury, and midcourter Maddy Gordon who could make her Silver Ferns debut.
With the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and the 2023 Netball World Cup on the horizon, head coach Taurua decided to take a bigger squad from which she would pick a team of 12 before each match.
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