That's us wrapped up for the blog today. Thanks for tuning in as Laura Geitz accepts the Constellation Cup. Australia wins four in a row against New Zealand for the first time since 1998 and Canberra has again shown it can host big events.
A couple of games left in the international season for the Diamonds and then a well-earned break.
AUSTRALIA 50 (Caitlin Bassett 20/25, Caitlyn Thwaites 17/19, Natalie Medhurst 10/13, Erin Bell 3/3) bt NEW ZEALAND 49 (Catherine Latu 25/27, Maria Tutaia 24/33) at AIS Arena
That was another absolute classic in the Australia v NZ rivalry in netball. There's no doubt it's the tightest contest of all trans-Tasman sports and Australia launched a late fightback to clinch that one. Bassett was huge in the dying stages, Bell was strong in her short time on the court and Hallinan was outstanding in defence.
That gives the Diamonds a 4-1 series win in the Constellation Cup. It's the first time in 15 years Australia has won four games in a row against New Zealand.
Bassett nails one and the crowd goes wild. 1 minute left and only one goal in it. Bassett gets another!! ALl locked up 50 seconds left! Australian turnover and this could win it!
Australia 49 New Zealand 49.
Oh No an NZ turnover and they're on the attack. WAIT. An AUS turnover with 20 seconds left and teh crowd goes wild!! Bassett nails another with 13 seconds left and it's game over! What a thriller!!!
Australia 50 New Zealand 49
Only two minutes left and New Zealand's looking comfortable in this one but the Diamonds are refusing to give in. Less than two minutes now, an Australian turnover and they go on the attack down by two goals
New Zealand 49 Australia 47
BOOM and we're back within one point. Australia's working well in attack with Bell and Bassett combining nicely. A few favourable calls in defence have helped as well. Back out to two as Latu nails another one. Four minutes 30seconds remaining.
New Zealand 48 Australia 46
Alexander has made some changes with time running out. Erin Bell on for the first time at goal attack with Medhurst on the bench. Madison Browne goes to win attack and Green goes to centre.
New Zealand 46 Australia 42
Timeout to Australia. Boy oh boy did they need that. There's only about 10 Kiwis in the crowd, but their New Zealand chant is the only thing you can hear at the AIS Arena. They've charged to a four-goal lead with nine minutes remaining. The Canberra crowd is stunned.
New Zealand 45 Australia 41
New Zealand open up another gap with less than 10 minutes to go now.
New Zealand 44 Australia 41
If Australia wins this match, it will be the first time since 1998 the Diamonds have beaten New Zealand in four consecutive matches.
New Zealand 42 Australia 41
We're locked back up here this last quarter is going to be intense. 12 minutes to go and the Kiwis hit the front again, but it's on pass in the middle.
New Zealand 41 Australia 40
THREE QUARTER TIME
New Zealand captain Casey Kopua getting stuck into Australian captain Laura Geitz for some great "Hollywood" acting as she hits the floor after a bump. We're set for another Australia-New Zealand classic here. We're locked up at the last change and we've got a last-quarter thriller. There's no doubt this is the best trans-Tasman rivalry in terms of closeness between the teams. Australia already has the series wrapped up, but neither team is willing to budge.
Australia 38 New Zealand 38
Chatfield has swapped on to Latu and a big bump sends the big Kiwi flying off court. The crowd loved it. The Kiwis didn't. #biff
Renae Hallinan has been outstanding at wing defence for the Diamonds today. Plenty of steals around the circle and being a general pest. Geitz has been strong as well.
Australia 31 New Zealand 30
A big change in the attacking circle for the Diamonds with Bassett coming in and it's paying immediate dividends with the lanky goal shooter latching on to long passes and helping the Diamonds steal the lead.
Australia 29 New Zealand 27
Great start to the second half by the Diamonds. They score the first five goals and now lead 28-26
Some half-time stats:
New Zealand 26 (Tutaia 16/21, Latu 10/11)
Australia 23 (Thwaites 17/19, Medhurst 6/8)
Rebounds: Australia 5, New Zealand 3
Intercepts: Australia 3, New Zealand 5
Turnovers: Australia 12, New Zealand 14
Penalties: Australia 20, New Zealand 16
That's the end of the first half here in Canberra in the first trans-Tasman clash for netball.
We've got the Silver Ferns making a charge late to lead 26-23. They dominated the second quarter and got things going in the attacking circle. Australia looked messy going forward and there were too many turnovers. They ended up being extremely costly. Caitlyn Thwaites has looked fantastic in her debut as a Diamonds starter. But will be interesting to see if coach Lisa Alexander injects Erin Bell and Caitlin Bassett after the break.
New Zealand 26 lead Australia 23
All locked up at 20-20 with four minutes left in the first half.
Hold that, New Zealand take the lead with Tutaia hitting another long bomb. Then Medhurst answers back at the other end and we're at 21-21.
New Zealand have clawed their way back to level the scores with nine minutes left before half-time. Thwaites has been strong for Australia in attack, but she's not getting any support. Turnovers have been costly as the Silver Ferns upped the defensive intensity.
Australia 16 New Zealand 16
That's the end of the first 15 minutes of play and Australia holds a three-goal lead.
Thwaites has 11 goals from her 13 attempts in her starting debut for Australia. At the other end, Tutaia has six from eight.
Australia 13 New Zealand 10
Been pretty brutal in the attacking circle for New Zealand. The Kiwis have been complaining that Aussie captain Geitz pushes the boundaries in her defensive play, even suggesting she cheats. She won a couple of early penalties and Latu looked off her game. But the Kiwis have fought back into it and Tutaia has been the star. Australia's attacking combinations still trying to click.
Courtside seats here at the AIS Arena
Not long until the game starts at ais arena pic.twitter.com/IBF74QcNeb— Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) October 13, 2013
Sitting next to a few New Zealand journos on the bench and they're not happy with the way Geitz is physical against Latu in the New Zealand attacking circle. Geitz has already hit the deck once pretty hard and she's making Latu work for every touch of the ball. The first timeout of the game is called with 4mins 53sec left in the first quarter. It's Australia 9 New Zealand 7
A bit sloppy from the Diamonds to start. But the Silver Ferns are just as loose with plenty of missed passes and turnovers. The new-look Diamonds attack is still finding its groove. We're all locked up. Wait, Thwaites gets another and it's Australia 7 New Zealand 6
These matches have been brutal in the first four Tests and New Zealand goal shooter Catherine Latu is penalised a couple of times early.S he's got a massive bruise on her arm from previous clashes.
Australia draw first blood with Caitlyn Thwaites opening the scoring with her first shot as an international starter. Thwaites started at the AIS as a volleyballer before switching to netball. Australia 2 New Zealand 1
Just about centre pass here. The Voice's Sarah de Bono belts out the anthem and the teams are on the court ready to roll in the first trans-Tasman international netball match in Canberra.
The fire trucks were racing to Canberra Stadium, not the AIS Arena. All fans are fine both inside the Arena and at the live site at Canberra Stadium. It was an alarm triggered by some work at the venue.
We're about 21 minutes until the first pass here. Reports of a couple of fire trucks racing to the AIS Arena and Canberra Stadium. Will investigate and find out if it was the fireworks that set it off.
We'll do a quick run through of the teams. The Diamonds are tinkering a bit with an unassailable 3-1 lead in the last Test of the Constellation Cup.
GS - Caitlyn Thwaites
GA - Natalie Medhurst
WA - Kimberlee Green
C - Madison Browne
WD - Renae Hallinan
GD - Bianca Chatfield
GK - Laura Geitz
GS - Catherine Latu
GA - Maria Tutaia
WA - Shannon Francois
C - Laura Langman
WD - Joline Henry
GD - Casey Kopua
GK - Leana De Bruin
The teams are now out on the benches about to start their warm ups. There were fireworks going off inside the the Arena. That hasn't happened since the Canberra Cannons turned the Arena into "The Palace" back in the 1980s and 90s.