Quad Series axed, but Silver Ferns still set to play Australia in Constellation Cup

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 May 2020, 4:52PM
The Constellation Cup series is set to go ahead later this year. (Photo / Photosport)
The Constellation Cup series is set to go ahead later this year. (Photo / Photosport)

Quad Series axed, but Silver Ferns still set to play Australia in Constellation Cup

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 May 2020, 4:52PM

Netball's Quad Series tournament has been cancelled due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on international travel although it's not all bad news for the Silver Ferns.

The annual four-match Constellation Cup test series between the Silver Ferns and Australian Diamonds is still being planned with the intention of being held towards the end of 2020.

The series between the two transtasman rivals is expected to take place following the completion of the two nations' domestic leagues and pending travel allowances across the Tasman.

Netball returns to action in New Zealand on June 19 with the 10-week long ANZ Premiership season.

The Netball Quad Series which features South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand was due to be played in both New Zealand and Australia in September.

Netball New Zealand Head of High Performance Keir Hansen said it was disappointing to not have the Netball Quad Series this year, but that player and fan safety was the number one priority.

The Cadbury Netball Series will return however, which sees the New Zealand men's side square off against their female counterparts.

"All four participating nations have together looked at various scenarios to see if we could make it work however we all agreed that due to impact of Covid-19 on international travel cancelling the 2020 Netball Quad Series scheduled for September was the only option.

"Last year we hosted a very successful Cadbury Netball Series that included the NZ Men's Invitational team and the All Stars side. We are now considering all our options for our Cadbury Netball Series which would likely be scheduled in October and depending on travel restrictions then the Constellation Cup once Australia finish their domestic League," he said.

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England will continue to meet regularly whilst monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and to determine when and how the four nations will be able to schedule the next Netball Quad Series.