The Silver Ferns 50 – 49 win over the Australian Diamonds, earned them the Constellation Cup and their first series win in eight years.
There was another international sporting contest this weekend – and the New Zealand team won.
The Silver Ferns beat the Australian Diamonds 54 -52 in the opening game of netball’s Constellation Cup in Melbourne today.
The teams meet in Auckland on Thursday and play the final game in the series next Sunday in Christchurch.
How did I manage to overlook the build up to yesterday’s series decider between the Australian Diamonds and the Silver Ferns?
Did I not notice the interviews with players and coaches, the commentary from experts, the media coverage of fans who were travelling to support the team or how they’d be gathering to watch at home, or wasn’t there much to notice?
For the record, the Diamonds won the game 44-41 in Melbourne last night.
This was their second win in three matches which gives them the Constellation Cup.
That, following the Diamonds’ World Championship win last year takes them to the number one ranking.
New Zealand has won the first of today’s tests – the Silver Ferns beat the Australian Diamonds 49 -48.
Please, All Blacks follow their example – though for the sake of the national blood pressure, it would better if it could be by a greater margin.
There is another international game today.
It might not be in our town, but it is our team: the Silver Ferns are playing the Australian Diamonds in Perth.
Go SILVER FERNS!
The Silver Ferns have an extra incentive to play well in Invercargill in the second of their two tests against England this evening.
Tonight’s second test promises to be a momentous occasion, with long-serving New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken guiding the Silver Ferns in her final test on home soil. Aitken will step down from the position after 10 years at the helm after New Zealand’s three-game away series against Australia this month. . .
Silver Fern legend Irene van Dyk will also tick off a significant milestone when she becomes the first international netballer to play 200 tests. The 39-year-old began her career with South Africa in 1994 and has racked up 127 appearances in the black dress after switching allegiances in 2000.
Invercargill always supports netball well and the milestones int he careers of these two women who have done so much for netball will make the match even more special.
Go Silver Ferns.
. . . the Silver Ferns are playing England tonight in the first of two netball tests.
The second is in Invercargill on Thursday.