Silver Ferns to take on Australian Diamonds behind closed doors

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Publish Date
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 12:59PM
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Silver Ferns to take on Australian Diamonds behind closed doors

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 12:59PM

Netball New Zealand has confirmed the Constellation Cup series between the Silver Ferns and Australian Diamonds will go ahead with all four tests played in Christchurch, closed to the general public.

The Silver Ferns and Diamonds will meet at Christchurch Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as scheduled, but crowds for the Constellation Cup, played as part of the Cadbury Netball Series, will not be permitted due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community and change of alert levels around the country.

The two tests which were to be played in Tauranga, on Saturday and Sunday, will now also be played in Christchurch to help minimise travel.

The White Ferns will host England in a three-match series at Sky Stadium. Photosport

NNZ Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie said it was extremely disappointing to make these decisions in what continued to be challenging times.

"We are hugely disappointed for our netball fans who were looking forward to seeing the world champion Silver Ferns take on their biggest rivals, the world number one Diamonds," she said.

"Our sporting landscape has changed and we must adapt and change with it. However, the priority for us will however always be the safety and wellbeing of the athletes, fans and all of those involved in the Cadbury Netball Series.

"The change in alert levels means we must follow the Ministry of Health guidelines regarding mass gatherings, which does not allow us to play in front of a crowd."