Sport NZ still the hunter against Diamonds
Lisa Alexander celebrates Diamonds century
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander will become the first woman to notch 100 Tests in charge of Australia in game two of the Constellation Cup.In a neat piece of symmetry, it's also the 150th match between the trans-Tasman rivals.
Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua says her team hasn't yet earned the right to be considered the undisputed top of the netball world despite their recent wins over Australia.
NZ lead the best-of-four Constellation Cup against the Diamonds 2-1, with Sunday's clash in Perth to decide the winner.
The Silver Ferns beat Australia by a goal at the World Cup in July, and have twice beaten the Diamonds by the same margin during the current four-match series.
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Diamonds shine to equal Kiwi series
Lisa Alexander has celebrated her 100th match in charge of the Diamonds with a 48-42 win over New Zealand. 1/4 SLIDES © Getty Images AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 16: Caitlin Bassett of Australia takes a pass during the 2019 Constellation Cup match between the New Zealand Silver Ferns and the Australia Diamonds at Spark Arena on October 16, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.
But Taurua just has to take one look at her country's poor Constellation Cup history to know her team has some way to go before it can be considered the best in the world.
NZ have won the series just once in nine attempts since its inception in 2010.
That triumph arrived in 2012, with Australia winning the next six from that point on.
Beating Australia in a one-off game at a World Cup or Commonwealth Games is tough.
But beating them over a four-game series is an even bigger challenge, and one that Taurua wants to see her team do consistently.
Aussies lose Hadley for last two NZ Tests
A fractured wrist has ruled midcourter Paige Hadley out of Australia's last two Constellation Cup netball Tests against New Zealand. Going into Sunday's third game of the series at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena, the Diamonds and Silver Ferns are locked at 1-1 after two matches in New Zealand.
When asked whether she felt her team was now the hunted after their recent wins over Australia, Taurua replied: "I wish we could be in that position. It's a work in progress.
"This is a bit of a different beast for us in the Constellation Cup. I felt that the Worlds were one-offs.
"But going back-to-back four games in a row - you've got to be quite smart, strategic. You've got to be on your game.
"We haven't had the cup since 2012, and for us to back up from one game to another is a huge improvement.
"I'd like to bask in the glory, but it's not going to happen (until we win)."
A win for Australia in Perth would level the series at 2-2; a result that would secure them the Cup because of a better goal percentage.
CONSTELLATION CUP RESULTS
2010: Australian Diamonds (Won series 2-1)
2011: Australian Diamonds (Won series 3-2)
2012: New Zealand Silver Ferns (Won series 4-1)
2013: Australian Diamonds (Won series 4-1)
2014: Australian Diamonds (Won series 4-0)
2015: Australian Diamonds (Won series 2-2, determined by goal difference)
2016: Australian Diamonds (Won series 3-1)
2017: Australian Diamonds (Won series 4-0)
2018: Australian Diamonds (Won series 3-1)
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