The Diamonds have slipped to defeat in their return to Test netball, losing 49-44 to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup opener on Tuesday night.
- Australia’s national netball team, the Diamonds, have won the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand seven times in a row
- However the Diamonds have lost game one of the 2021 series to the Silver Ferns in Christchurch
- New Zealand led by seven goals at half-time, and although the Diamonds edged the final quarter, the home side won 49-44
Some 492 days since their last outing and just two days out of quarantine, Australia were beaten out of the blocks in Christchurch and never recovered.
The match was Stacey Marinkovich’s first as Australia coach and the victory will raise Kiwi hopes…