Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Geitz, Diamonds Savour Day of Atonement against Silver Ferns

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Geitz, Diamonds Savour Day of Atonement against Silver Ferns

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NETBALL: Laura Geitz's 50th test for the Australian Diamonds was a memorable one as Australia continued their recent dominance over New Zealand to take a 1-0 lead in the 2014 Constellation Cup.

The Diamonds downed the Silver Ferns 59-42 on Thursday evening in front of a capacity crowd in Invercargill.

The Diamonds have now won 14 Tests in a row overall. It was Australia's first win at Invercargill since 2009 and made amends for last year's four-goal defeat in the corresponding match against the Silver Ferns.

Geitz said the Diamonds focused on making a strong start, but even she was surprised with how quickly they were able to take control.

"We wanted to come out and have a great first 15 (minutes) and eliminate the crowd (because) we know how vocal they can be," Geitz said after the game.

"I didn't think we'd have such a handy lead, even going into the second half."

Both sides were surprisingly sloppy with their ball handling in the opening minutes before the Diamonds settled and quickly raced to an early lead. …

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