The Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns will once again meet on old territory when Qudos Bank Arena hosts the opening test of the 2016 Constellation Cup in October.
Netball Australia confirmed this morning the venues to host the 2016 International Netball Series, which includes the new SANZEA international series between the Diamonds, Silver Ferns, England Roses and South Africa, before a four-test Constellation Cup between the Aussies and Kiwis.
Formerly named Allphones Arena, the Sunday 9 October match will mark the first time the Tasman rivals will meet at the venue which saw Australia defeat New Zealand to be crowned Netball World Champions in August 2015.
The new SANZEA partnership was announced following the conclusion of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, with the International Netball Series to be contested annually starting later this year.
A double-header at Auckland’s Vector Arena will launch the series on Saturday 27 August with the world champions to face South Africa to open their 2016 international campaign.
The Series will then move to Adelaide, in what will be the Diamonds’ first appearance in South Australia since October 2013, where they defeated the New Zealand Silver Ferns 58-50.
The SANZEA contest will wrap up at Melbourne’s Margaret Court, Melbourne, with fans treated to a blockbuster double header between the Diamonds and the Silver Ferns, followed by South Africa up against England.
After opening the Constellation Cup in Sydney, the Diamonds will then travel across the Tasman for the final two Tests, at Vector Arena and ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.
Australian Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander said “we are excited to be able to play in four different states this year in front of as many fans as possible.
“We look forward to hosting three strong netballing nations and giving our fans a display of world-class netball, following on from the success of Netball World Cup SYDNEY and the 2015 Constellation Cup.”
NSW Swifts’ with international experience:
Kimberlee Green (AUS) – 74 games*
Paige Hadley (AUS) – 15 games
Laura Langman (NZ) – 131 games
Sharni Layton (AUS) – 36 games
Susan Pettitt (AUS) – 54 games
Caitlin Thwaites (AUS) – 20 games
Stephanie Wood (AUS) – Invitational player for 2016 Diamonds’ Tour of England
*Kimberlee announced her retirement from international netball at the conclusion of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
|2016 International Netball Series|
|Sat 27 Aug||Australian Diamonds||South Africa||Vector Arena||Auckland, NZ|
|Wed 31 Aug||Australian Diamonds||England Roses||Adelaide Entertainment Centre||Adelaide, SA|
|Sun 4 Sep||Australian Diamonds||New Zealand Silver Ferns||Margaret Court Arena||Melbourne, VIC|
|Sun 4 Sep
|South Africa||England Roses||Margaret Court Arena||Melbourne, VIC|
|2016 Constellation Cup|
|Sun 9 Oct||Australian Diamonds||Silver Ferns||Qudos Bank Arena (previously Allphones Arena)||Sydney, NSW|
|Wed 12 Oct||Australian Diamonds||Silver Ferns||Silverdome||Launceston, TAS|
|Sat 15 Oct||Silver Ferns||Australian Diamonds||Vector Arena||Auckland, NZ|
|Thurs 20 Oct||Silver Ferns||Australian Diamonds||ILT Stadium Southland||Invercargill, NZ|
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