Constellation Cup: Everything you need to know

Ok Diamonds Fans, we’ve made it simple – here is everything you need to know about the upcoming 2015 Constellation Cup series between the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns.

The four-Test series gets underway next week and will be the first time these two great rivals meet each other since the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 Gold Medal Match… and we all know how that ended!

Swifts fans have plenty to get excited about with four 2016 NSW Swifts in action during the series; Paige Hadley, Sharni Layton and Caitlin Thwaites for the Diamonds, as well as the Club’s import Laura Langman for the Silver Ferns, plus more three NSW juniors; Erin Bell, Kim Ravailliion and Gabi Simpson.

So what are you waiting for? Program the TV or download the Netball Live App and get ready for another douse of exciting Australia v New Zealand netball rivalry!

When do they play?
The 2015 series will get started in Christchurch on Tuesday 20 October (that’s next week!) when the two teams meet at Horncastle Arena, before moving up the coast to Auckland for Game 2 on Thursday 22 October at Vector Arena.

The Diamonds and Silver Ferns will then continue the series on Aussie soil; first stop is Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Sunday 25 October, before the final stop at Perth Arena on Friday 30 October.

If you’re interested in attending, click the venue below for Ticket Information. However you better be quick; tickets are selling fast, particularly at the Australian-hosted games!

2015 Constellation Cup – Fixtures
Tues 20 Oct NZ Silver Ferns v Aus Diamonds Horncastle Arena, Christchurch NZ
Thurs 22 Oct NZ Silver Ferns v Aus Diamonds Vector Arena, Auckland NZ
Sun 25 Oct Aus Diamonds v NZ Silver Ferns Hisense Arena, Melbourne AUS
Fri 30 Oct Aus Diamonds v NZ Silver Ferns Perth Arena, Perth AUS

 

How can I watch?
If you can’t make it to the games to catch all the action live, thankfully Fox Sports and Network 10 are on board to bring it directly to you in your lounge room.  Fox Sports will broadcast all four games LIVE, whilst Network 10 will broadcast both Australian games live whilst the New Zealand matches will be replayed on delay.

Don’t have Fox Sport? Don’t worry! You can download the Netball Live App to be able to watch all the games live on your mobile device:
Download the Netball Live app
iPhone: http://bit.ly/itunesNLapp
Google Play: http://bit.ly/NLandroid1

2015 Constellation Cup – Broadcast (all times AEST)
Game/Date Fox Sports / Netball Live App
Game 1: Tues 20 Oct Broadcast LIVE @ 5:30pm
Game 2: Thurs 22 Oct Broadcast LIVE @ 5:30pm
Game 3: Sun 25 Oct Broadcast LIVE @ 12:00pm
Game 4: Fri 30 Oct Broadcast LIVE @ 9:30pm

*Free to air coverage tbc by Netball Australia

Who is playing?
Here’s a recap of the players who will be running out for both teams; note: the Diamonds will announce a different 12-player set-up to contest the Australian-based matches following the conclusion of Game 2 in Auckland.

AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS
Caitlin Bassett, Erin Bell, Laura Geitz (C), Paige Hadley, Renae Ingles (VC), Sharni Layton, Clare McMeniman, Nat Medhurst, Kim Ravaillion, Gabi Simpson, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett.

NEW ZEALAND SILVER FERNS
Jodi Brown, Kayla Cullen, Leana de Bruin, Shannon Francois, Katrina Grant, Phoenix Karaka, Casey Kopua, Laura Langman, Bailey Mes, Malia Paseka, Grace Rasmussen, Ameliaranne Wells.

What is the Constellation Cup?
Established in 2010, the Constellation Cup is an annual Test series played between the Diamonds and Silver Ferns.  It was developed by the then-Governor Generals of both Australia and New Zealand, Quentin Bryce and St Anand Satyanand, along with both national bodies.

Australia has won four out of five series, with New Zealand’s sole Cup-winning season coming in 2012, with an average winning margin just under seven goals.

Join the NSW Swifts with a 2016 Satellite or Supporter Membership! 
Whilst our game day RED ZONE Memberships have officially sold-out more than six months out from the NSW Swifts opening game of the 2016 ANZ Championship, the Club still has Satellite and Supporter Memberships available.

These two Membership categories enable supporters to enjoy all the same benefits and inclusions as a RED ZONE Membership, without the game tickets… although a Satellite Membership does include a reserved seat in the Members’ area to the Allphones Arena BLOCKBUSTER.
Click here to view the NSW Swifts 2016 Membership Brochure.

Members who sign up to a Satellite or Supporter Membership for 2016 will receive priority to available upgrades for the 2017 ANZ Championship.