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Adelaide fires up for international netball grudge match

Australian Diamonds
Hon Katrine Hildyard MP
Minister assisting the Minister for Sport

Australia’s Samsung Diamonds take on arch rivals the New Zealand’s Silver Ferns tonight at Titanium Security Arena as part of the Constellation Cup in the latest major international sporting event to be held in Adelaide.

Netball’s biggest rivalry will be on show as the Diamonds and Silver Ferns go head to head in what is expected to be an intense battle ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The first two games of the series were held in New Zealand where the Diamonds defeated the Silver Ferns, consolidating Australia’s position as netball’s strongest nation.

The match will give fans a chance to see their favourite players in action before the closing game and final international series of the year in Sydney on Sunday.

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The second and final game of the Constellation Cup will be played in Sydney at the Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday 15 October.

The State Government has invested $70 million over two years to market South Australia nationally and internationally, and to attract major events and conferences.

Quotes attributable to Minister assisting the Minister for Sport Katrine Hildyard
Sporting rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is always fierce and with tensions high ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games we can expect a great clash.

The Diamonds are in great form and with netball being our nation’s most popular female sport, we are expecting a full house to cheer our reining champs.

In a major boost to women’s sport, an additional $7.2 million will be spent on female facilities right across the state.

The funding will ensure South Australia’s 110,000 netballers and other athletes have top-class facilities.

Quotes attributable to Australian Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander
There is nothing that compares to standing arm in arm and singing the Australian national anthem in front of a capacity home crowd. It still gives me tingles, after coaching 68 tests.

We can't wait to play in front of our South Australian fans on Wednesday night, in a sea of green and gold.

Thank you to the South Australian government for supporting the Samsung Diamonds.