The Australian Diamonds have recovered from a slow start to beat New Zealand's Silver Ferns 57‑42 in the first of netball's four‑game Constellation Cup series in Brisbane.
Coming into the game after winning the Quad Series with New Zealand, South Africa and England, the Diamonds struggled early but a six‑goal burst in the second quarter secured them a comfortable win, their eighth straight over the Silver Ferns.
The Silver Ferns' mid‑game slump was particularly disappointing for the visitors, who pushed the Diamonds to five points in their Quad Series clash a fortnight ago.
Veteran New Zealand centre Laura Langman bemoaned their inability to put a full game together.
The teams will meet again in Townsville at 8pm tomorrow before ending the series with two games in New Zealand.
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