Testing times for Di­a­monds

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

LO­CAL net­ball fans will be able to en­joy the game at a world-class level when the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds take on New Zealand at Perth Arena on Oc­to­ber 30.

It will be the first in­ter­na­tional net­ball Test held at Perth Arena and the fourth, and pos­si­bly de­cid­ing, Con­stel­la­tion Cup match against the Sil­ver Ferns, fol­low­ing two games in New Zealand and a third in­ter­state.

It will be the first time WA has hosted an in­ter­na­tional Test match since 2011 and will be the cul­mi­na­tion of the big­gest year of net­ball in Australia fol­low­ing the Net­ball World Cup Syd­ney 2015 in Au­gust.

Tourism Min­is­ter Kim Hames said Australia had brag­ging rights af­ter de­feat­ing New Zealand 4-0 last year.

“Net­ball matches be­tween the Di­a­monds and Sil­ver Ferns have be­come one of Australia’s great sport­ing ri­val­ries and I ex­pect that com­pet­i­tive streak to be at its height in the de­cid­ing Test of the Con­stel­la­tion Cup,” he said.

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