Netball: Silver Ferns fall to Australia in Laura Langman's record-breaking test

The Australian Diamonds have spoiled Laura Langman's record-breaking appearance for the Silver Ferns, with a 56-47 win in Townsville in the second Constellation Cup test.

Langman was playing her 146th netball test, overtaking retired shooting great Irene van Dyk's mark of 145 games.

But the Ferns were no match for the rampant Diamonds, who now lead the four-match series 2-0.

Australia never trailed during the game, after scoring the first six goals.

The Diamonds led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead to five at halftime with a 29-24 advantage.

In the second half, the Ferns found more fight and trailed 41-37 heading into the final quarter.

New Zealand managed to close the gap to a single goal, but Australia scored eight straight in the final period to seal the win.

Ferns goal attack Maria Folau shot 32/38, while goal shoot Te Paea Selby-Rickit was 15/20.

Despite the loss, coach Noeline Taurua was pleased to see her side had made improvements from their 57-42 loss in the first test.

"It was a much-improved game," she said. "I thought we were way better than what we were in the first test.

"I'm looking forward to test three to see what else we can improve on."

Diamonds coach Liza Alexander was quick to praise the Ferns for pushing her side to the limit.

"From our point of view, the Silver Ferns certainly put their best performance that I've seen from them in the year so far," she said.   

"So to come away with a nine-goal win, in the end, I'm quite pleased with that."

The Diamonds' win was their ninth straight against the Ferns, dating back to last September.

The series now moves to New Zealand, with the teams playing in Hamilton next Sunday and Wellington the following Thursday.


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