8 Feb 2011

Three further netball tests scheduled against Australia

1:04 pm on 8 February 2011

Three netball tests against arch-rivals Australia have been added to the New Zealand netball team's busy calendar, for later this year.

Fresh from the world championships in Singapore in July, New Zealand will play Australia in three matches in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne in October.

The two teams will be competing for the new Constellation Cup, which will be awarded at the end of the Melbourne Test to the team who has won the most of the five Tests played this year.

Two games are being played in New Zealand in June.

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer says that the increasing popularity and profile of the sport, along with the memory of an epic double-time Commonwealth Games gold medal match in Delhi between Australian and New Zealand means that the games are likely to attract big crowds.