Sydney Olympic Park will host the final fixture of the 2017 Constellation Cup, with the Australian Diamonds meeting the New Zealand Silver Ferns on Saturday 14 October at Qudos Bank Arena.
Netball Australia confirmed the Diamonds’ full 2017 International Netball Fixture from late August to mid-October, which also includes the Netball Quad Series against the Silver Ferns, England Roses and South Africa SPAR Proteas.
Announced this morning on Channel 9’s The Today Show, Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander also confirmed international netball will return to Brisbane for the first time since 2009, as part of the Diamonds’ 2017 calendar.
Brisbane will open the Netball Quad Series at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, with a double header featuring the Diamonds versus the Roses, and Silver Ferns versus Proteas on Saturday 26 August.
Alexander is thrilled to bring the Quad Series to Brisbane, in front of a passionate crowd. “We cannot wait to bring international netball back to Brisbane, with two high-quality contests between four of the world’s best netballing nations.
“It will be crucial that we set the tone of the next six months at our opening test of the Netball Quad Series, by putting out a performance our fans can be proud of,” Alexander said.
The Quad Series will then move to the nation’s capital, with the Diamonds hosting the Proteas at AIS Arena, Canberra on Wednesday 30 August.
“As reigning title holders, we know there will be a target on our backs in the Quad Series. Our athletes will have to click into gear, after up to half a year apart. In order to be successful, the squad must continue to grow, through diligence and strong connections.”
The Diamonds will then travel to Invercargill, New Zealand for the Netball Quad Series decider against the Silver Ferns on Sunday 3 September.
The Australia versus New Zealand rivalry will heat up in the Constellation Cup, with the two Australian-hosted games also confirmed.
After competing in Auckland and Christchurch against the Silver Ferns, the series will move to Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide on Wednesday 11 October.
The Constellation Cup decider will take place on Sunday 14 October at Qudos Bank Arena, the site of many hotly contested trans-Tasman clashes.
“We have had our hands on the Constellation Cup trophy since 2013, and intend to keep it in our possession. This will not be an easy task against the Ferns, we will not be taking it lightly.”
Both the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup play a vital role in the Diamonds’ preparations for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, where the Australian team will defend their 2014 Gold Medal, according to Alexander.
“With just three international tours between now and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, every quarter played of every game will play its part in our preparations. We are clear on our goal to win the Gold Medal, so will ensure we put the hard work in now.”
Tickets for the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup go on sale 9AM AEST Wednesday 21 June; visit aussiediamonds.com.au for further information.
The Australian teams for the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup will be announced on Tuesday 27 June, following the conclusion of the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season.
|2017 Netball Quad Series|
|Date||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||Location|
|Sat 26 Aug||Australian Diamonds||v||England Roses||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||Brisbane, AUS|
|Sat 26 Aug||New Zealand Silver Ferns||v||South Africa SPAR Proteas||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||Brisbane, AUS|
|Wed 30 Aug||Australian Diamonds||V||South Africa SPAR Proteas||AIS Arena||Canberra, AUS|
|Wed 30 Aug||New Zealand Silver Ferns||V||England Roses||The Trusts Arena||Auckland, NZL|
|Sun 3 Sep||New Zealand Silver Ferns||V||Australian Diamonds||ILT Stadium Southland||Invercargill, NZL|
|Sun 3 Sep||England Roses||V||South Africa SPAR Proteas||ILT Stadium Southland||Invercargill, NZL|
|2017 Constellation Cup|
|Date||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||Location|
|Thurs 5 Oct||New Zealand Silver Ferns||v||Australian Diamonds||Spark Arena||Auckland, NZL|
|Sun 8 Oct||New Zealand Silver Ferns||v||Australian Diamonds||Horncastle Arena||Christchurch, NZL|
|Wed 11 Oct||Australian Diamonds||V||New Zealand Silver Ferns||Titanium Security Arena||Adelaide, AUS|
|Sun 14 Oct||Australian Diamonds||V||New Zealand Silver Ferns||Qudos Bank Arena||Sydney, AUS|
Netball Quad Series
SANZEA was formed in December 2015, bringing together four of the sport’s leading national teams (Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa) to play in a new international netball competition on a regular basis, named the Netball Quad Series.
New Zealand and Australia hosted the inaugural event in late 2016 with the competition moving to South Africa and England in early 2017. Australia has won both Netball Quad Series titles.
A review will be undertaken after the initial two years (2018), which may lead to further opportunities for the competition to grow, including the addition of other Netball nations.
Australia last played in Brisbane on 13 September 2009, defeating New Zealand 36-33 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. They last played in Queensland on 19 October 2013, defeating Malawi 64-37 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Australia last played in Adelaide on 31 August 2016, winning 66-46 against England in the inaugural Netball Quad Series.
The Constellation Cup is contested annually between the Australia and New Zealand’s National Netball Teams. It was the first perpetual trophy on offer between the nations, despite Australia and New Zealand contesting international netball since 1938. Australia has won six of the seven Constellation Cup Titles since the trophy was introduced in 2010.
Constellation Cup Results
2010: Australia (Won Series 2-1)
2011: Australia (Won Series 3-2)
2012: New Zealand (Won Series 3-2)
2013: Australia (Won Series (4-1)
2014: Australia (Won Series (4-0)
2015: Australia (Won Series 2-2, determined by goal difference)
2016: Australia (Won Series 3-1)
Australia last played in Canberra on 22 October 2014, defeating England 54-47. They last played in Sydney on 9 October 2016, beating New Zealand 65-56 in the Constellation Cup.