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Diamonds to host Roses

The Origin Australian Diamonds will host the England Roses in a three match test series this September, with the final match to be played in Bendigo.

In partnership with the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, the match will be played at Bendigo Stadium on Wednesday 25 September at 7:00pm AEST.

The Premier of Victoria Jacinta Allan made the announcement in Bendigo today alongside Netball Australia CEO Stacey West and Origin Australian Diamonds Joanna Weston and Kate Moloney.

The Diamonds last played in Bendigo in 2014 – also marking the last time the national team has played in regional Victoria.  In addition to the match, Visit Victoria will work with Netball Australia and Netball Victoria to deliver a training clinic in Bendigo with Origin Australian Diamonds players and local primary school students later in the year.

The locations of the first and second matches of the England Series will be announced shortly.

Vitality Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby said: “A three-match series against the Diamonds is a welcome challenge and helps to continue the momentum we are starting to build against the world number ones, but there is still much work to do if we are to close the gap between us both. Making finals against the Diamonds, most recently at the World Cup and Nations Cup, has been an important and historic step for us but we now need to make that a habit and an expectation we have of ourselves.”

“More importantly we need to compete better and more consistently once we earn those opportunities This series presents such a great opportunity to test ourselves in back-to-back matches as we aim to elevate our performance levels game-on-game as well as stand up mentally against a team whose natural habitat is not only making finals but winning them. Not only are we looking forward to and embracing the on-court challenge, but playing away from home in the Australians’ back yard will be a great rehearsal for the Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2027 and a great experience for some of our fast-rising talent who will be competing for places in this competition. We look forward to strengthening the rivalry between the Roses and the Diamonds.”

Quotes attributable to Netball Australia CEO Stacey West

“The Origin Australian Diamonds and the England Roses have an intense rivalry on the court, and this will no doubt be another thrilling match between two of the world’s best teams competing in Bendigo.”

“We thank the Victorian Government and Visit Victoria for their support and investment in the country’s largest female team sport and our World Champions the Origin Australian Diamonds.”

Quotes attributable to City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the final match of the International Test Series between the Australian Diamonds and the English Roses. Both teams share an amazing rivalry and with the Diamonds ranked number one in the world, we are in for an exciting series and final.

“Bendigo has world-class facilities and netball is a hugely popular sport right across central Victoria, from grassroots through to having two local teams in the state competition, so this match will be the hottest ticket in town come September.

“We look forward to welcoming both teams and to seeing the very best in the world right here on our doorstep.”

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