Ash Brazill shines in her return to the Australian Diamonds as the team took home the Constellation Cup for the seventh time in a row.
Firstly, we’re stoked with how Brazill played in her return to the national side. Her return saw her start in the WD position in all four games, and play out the majority of all four games on court. Game one saw heartbreak for the Aussies as they went down by one in Christchurch, however, some defensive plays from Braz (six intercepts for the game) helped the Aussies stay in the hunt until the last whistle.
In game two the squad moved to Auckland and almost looked like a new team in their intensity for coach Lisa Alexander’s 100th game, eventually taking the win by six goals, to level the series before heading back to Australia. Brazill was crucial in this win, shutting down Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman, taking nine centre pass receives, one intercept and two general play turnovers. Braz was a part of the defensive trio that played a massive part in the win, alongside Jo Western and match MVP Courtney Bruce.
In game three the team crossed the Tasman to Sydney where the Aussies lined up in front of a record-breaking 14,000 crowd at Qudos Bank Arena. Unfortunately, the home crowd was not enough to get the Aussies over the line, after a massive first quarter where they lead by six, the Silver Ferns fought back hard to eventually take game three by one goal. Another massive performance for Brazill saw her take 11 centre passes and two intercepts, playing three quarters in WD.
Over in Perth for the decider, we again saw Brazill start in WD before moving into C in the third quarter – which the sold out crowd of over 13,000 at RAC Arena loved. The Diamonds early on lead the Ferns by 16-goals, however the Ferns faught hard in the second half where they crept back, at one point were only four goals behind. The Diamonds eventually took the series with a 53-46 win, and our superstar Ash Brazill earning herself the match MVP with three goal assists, eight centre pass receives, nine feeds and two intercepts.
The conclusion of the Constellation Cup sees the end of international netball for 2019, Brazill will now turn her focus to AFLW pre-season and pre-seaon one for netball as the team prepares for Super Club in New Zealand (8th-14th December).