Medhurst leads the Diamonds to victory over the Silver Ferns in Auckland

Australia finished strong to score a comprehensive 10-goal victory over New Zealand to take a 2-0 lead in the Constellation Cup.

ALEX HEINKE reports.

The Diamonds won the first Test of the series 50-44 in Christchurch on Tuesday and, with two games on home soil remaining, the Diamonds are primed to retain the Cup.


The Diamonds and Silver Ferns were locked in a typically tight battle for most of the game before the world champion Australian side produced a 15-8 final quarter to complete the 58-48 triumph.

The defence of captain Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman turned into attack and the experienced Caitlin Bassett and Natalie Medhurst took advantage.

Medhurst, playing her 75th game for the Diamonds, landed 19 of her 20 shots and finished with 11 goal assists.

The third Test will be played in Melbourne on Sunday with the fourth and final game in Perth the following Friday.