The 57-47 loss to Silver Ferns in September sparks unprecedented turmoil for one of Australia’s most successful teams

After a shock 10-goal loss to the Silver Ferns last month, the Australian netball Diamonds are in unfamiliar territory heading into the first Test of the coveted trans-Tasman Constellation Cup in Auckland. The reigning World and Commonwealth champions are, for the first time in recent years, under serious pressure.

The Diamonds’ 57-47 defeat in the Quad Series decider in Invercargill, labelled “simply unacceptable” by coach Lisa Alexander – which handed the perennial bridesmaid Kiwis their first series win over Australia since 2012 – has sparked a period of unprecedented turmoil for one of the country’s most successful teams; male or female.

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