Laura Geitz
Laura Geitz Dave Noonan

Geitz up for the challenge to claim victory for Diamonds

CAPTAIN Laura Geitz believes that quick ball movement will be key to an Australian Diamonds victory in tonight's third Test of the Constellation Cup against the New Zealand Silver Ferns at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The Diamonds levelled the Constellation Cup series 1-1 in Auckland a fortnight ago with a 48-45 victory after dropping the first Test in Invercargill.

"The difference in the second Test was the fact that we won the ball," Geitz said.

"In the first Test we sat back and were very reactive; we definitely changed up our style in the second and wanted to win the ball, more so than trying to stop it.

"That's something we need to carry on into this next game so that's our 'go to':, that short, sharp ball movement that works really well for us.

"Of course we have to remember is the Kiwis would have watched vision of what we did in Auckland and will have a different plan of attack against us this time around."

Geitz, who will captain the Diamonds on home soil for the first time following her appointment in August, said her side took confidence from its ability to grind out the victory.

"With our team there's so any combinations (coach) Lisa (Alexander) can put out there but it was good that she left the team out there in Auckland to sort out the problems and, mentally, that gives us an upper hand," Geitz said.

"They (New Zealand) did come back at us but we really pulled through with that win even when it got a bit tense.  Being back on home soil is always an advantage.

The opening Test of the Coles Netball Test Series has extra significance with goal attack Natalie Medhurst on the verge of recording her 50th international Test appearance for the Australian Diamonds. The 29-year-old will become just the 22nd Australian to reach the half-century milestone should she take the court tonight.

Mid-courter Kimberley Ravaillion is set to make her first international outing on home soil after her first five Diamonds appearances took place during January's England tour and two Constellation Cup Tests in New Zealand.

Off the court, retired captain Natalie von Bertouch will be honoured at the match along with members of Australia's 1983 team, who are this week celebrating the 30th anniversary of their World Netball Championship victory.

The Diamonds will play five Tests over the next two weeks with three Tests against the Silver Ferns to decide the Constellation Cup before a two-Test series against the Malawi Queens - their last international campaign before next year's Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

The opening game of the Coles Netball Test Series between the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 1 and SBS 2 from 7.30pm (CST) / 8pm (AEST).

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