Silver Ferns Named for Constellation Cup

15 September 2017

The Silver Ferns have named a 12-strong team to contest the Constellation Cup against the Australian Diamonds in October.   

After winning the Netball Quad Series and Taini Jamison Trophy, the Silver Ferns are determined to return the Constellation Cup to New Zealand for the first time since 2012.  

Centurions Katrina Grant and Maria Tutaia will lead the side, which also features recent debutant Whitney Souness.  

Coach Janine Southby says the team has plenty of speed, creativity and versatility – something they’ll need if they’re to bring back the cup.  

“This is a trophy that has eluded us for a few years now. We took a lot of confidence out of that win against Australia in the Quad Series, but we know that the Constellation Cup is a different ball game.” Southby said.  

“New Zealand v Australia battles are always fierce – fans love them, the players love them – they’re a great spectacle for our sport.”  

Netball’s greatest rivalry will return to New Zealand in October for the Constellation Cup. The four-Test Series against the Australian Diamonds will start at Spark Arena (October 5) and Horncastle Arena, Christchurch (October 8), before crossing the Tasman for the final two Tests in Australia (October 11 and October 14).  

Silver Ferns team for Constellation Cup:

Katrina Grant (c)

Maria Tutaia (vc)

Gina Crampton

Kayla Cullen

Temalisi Fakahokotau

Shannon Francois

Kelly Jury

Bailey Mes

Te Paea Selby-Rickit

Samantha Sinclair

Whitney Souness

Maia Wilson

 

CONSTELLATION CUP SCHEDULE 

Thursday 5 October

Time: 7:30pm 

Venue: Spark Arena, Auckland 

Sunday 8 October  Time: 2:15pm

Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

Wednesday 11 October Time: 7:00pm 

Venue: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide

Saturday 14 October  Time: 3:00pm 

Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

All times listed are local time

Photo Credit: Michael Bradley