Gretel Tippett of the Diamonds looks to pass during game two of the Constellation Cup series in Launceston.
Gretel Tippett of the Diamonds looks to pass during game two of the Constellation Cup series in Launceston. SCOTT GELSTON

Silver Ferns ready to host Diamonds

NETBALL: A tight turnaround between matches may turn tomorrow night's third Constellation Cup clash between the Silver Ferns and Australia into a survival of the fittest.

The two sides only arrived in Auckland late Thursday following the Silver Ferns' thrilling 53-51 victory over the Diamonds in Tasmania, giving them just one day to prepare for the clash at Vector Arena tomorrow.

After a meek performance in the series opener, the Ferns' win breathed life back into the series.

The challenge for the team now is to be able to string together wins consistently and prove the game in Launceston was not an anomaly.

But they will likely need to win the remaining two Tests to close out the series, as a 2-2 result will see the title decided by goal percentage - an area Australia has a healthy advantage in after its comprehensive victory in game one.

The final Test will be held in Invercargill on Thursday.


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