Constellation Cup: By The Numbers

The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is fierce.

Five of their past six meetings have been decided by three goals or less – four of which determined by the smallest of margins.

While New Zealand currently lead the Constellation Cup series with two wins to the Diamonds’ one, Sunday’s game could swing the momentum back Australia’s way and a victory will mean they retain the Constellation Cup for a seventh consecutive year.

Australia may have taken out the second game of the series by six goals (Aus 48 to NZ 42) but throughout the three games, the Silver Ferns have seen more opportunities under the post.

The Noeline Taurua-led side has seen 28 more feeds into the goal circle than the Diamonds, and five more goal attempts.

The Diamonds’ ability to convert from their opportunities under the post – particularly in game two – has been a strength.

Across the court, Australia have accumulated ten more gains than New Zealand (40-30) but the Silver Ferns have been more successful in creating intercepts (22-17).

Two Lightning players have featured  in the Constellation Cup so far, in Captain Laura Langman and midcourter Laura Scherian.

Langman has been in peak form and was named MVP in the Silver Ferns’ most recent win against the Diamonds in game three.

Langman is averaging over 40 feeds – in addition to this the 33-year-old is also averaging over 28 feeds per game where it results in a goal attempt.

Scherian has also shown a level of class in her international debut, contributing herself with 46 goal assists and 60 feeds from 128 minutes of court time, across the three games.

Watch the final showdown of the Constellation Cup on Channel 9’s Wide World Of Sport on Sunday from 12pm AEST.