Diamonds plan next move

INVERCARGILL, NZ – Playing chess with Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander could prove something of a high-risk occupation if Thursday’s Constellation Cup Test against New Zealand is anything to go by.

The Diamonds came out comfortable 59-42 winners over the Silver Ferns at Stadium Southland, although the scoreline belied the intensity and physicality of the hard-fought match.

The Kiwis, beaten 58-40 by Australia in the Commonwealth Games final in August, threw everything at the Diamonds in an effort to unsettle the world champions.

“It’s a real chess game out there, and we’re going to have to keep playing like that,” Alexander said.

She knows the New Zealanders will be working overtime to find a point of weakness before the teams meet again in Melbourne and Sydney next week.

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