Who are some of the Silver Ferns to watch this upcoming Constellation Cup series? (Photo: Silver Ferns/Twitter)

This Wednesday will see one of the greatest rivalries in netball history resume as the Diamonds battle the Silver Ferns for the Constellation Cup.

And there’s plenty of stars across the court for the Silver Ferns. The Inner Sanctum takes a look at some of the New Zealand players to watch this upcoming Constellation Cup series.

Grace Nweke

It’s been a remarkable rise for towering goal shooter Grace Nweke, who will look to cause plenty of headaches for Australia’s defensive circle.

Having been at school girl status in 2019, she’s since become a full time and a key member of her club Northern Mystics in 2021, as well as making her international debut in the same year against the England Roses.

An athletic and as consistent shooter as they come, Nweke had another stellar 2022 ANZ Championship season where she had the fourth most goals in the competition (545), shot at 92.2 per cent and collected 49 offensive rebounds.

Her first Commonwealth Games also saw her start in six out of seven games, scoring 241 goals at 91.6 per cent.

Nweke preparing for action. (Photo: Silver Ferns/Instagram)

Whilst Maia Wilson might get the starting job over her this time around, Nweke could prove to be an invaluable asset coming off the bench for the Silver Ferns

Maddy Gordon

Another member of the young stars of New Zealand coming through, Maddy Gordon could be set to play a key role for the Silver Ferns this upcoming Constellation Cup.

Originally from Auckland but playing for Wellington-based side Central Pulse, the quick and skilful midcourter has continued to develop her game since making her ANZ Premiership debut in 2019 as well as her Silver Ferns debut in March last year against Australia.

This past ANZ Premiership season saw her play a key role in the Pulse’s premiership run at wing defence, collecting eight intercepts, 30 deflections and 17 pickups in 11 matches this season.

Despite only being selected for the Australia leg of the Constellation Cup, Gordon will look to develop even further against the world’s best.

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Whitney Souness

She’s started to make a name for herself in this strong New Zealand outfit, but now Souness will look to strut her stuff against the Diamonds.

One of three members of the squad from the Central Pulse, Souness has played a key role in the Pulse, getting three ANZ premierships in four seasons, including this year.

Playing in every game this season at wing attack, Souness had the second most centre pass receives (395), the fourth most feeds (536), and six intercepts. She also started six of seven matches at the Commonwealth Games at centre, and had 127 feeds and 95 goal assists.

Souness in action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games vs. Malawi. (Photo: Silver Ferns/Instagram)

Whilst this time around will see her presented with one of her biggest challenges, Souness will still be up to it and look to prove herself against the best.

Sulu Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick has played a key role for the Silver Ferns since 2018, and will continue to do so in New Zealand’s defence of the Constellation Cup.

After making a one-off test debut 11 years ago, Fitzpatrick continued to develop and grow as a player to help push her back into the Silver Ferns line-up. Most recently she’s led the Northern Mystics into two grand finals, in another stellar season.

Playing in all but one game, Fitzpatrick led the ANZ Premiership in defensive rebounds (38), had the fourth-most deflections (65) and equal eighth most intercepts (19). In her six appearances at the 2022 Commonwealth Games she had four intercepts, seven deflections, and five rebounds.

Despite only being selected for the New Zealand leg of the series, Fitzpatrick will look to make an impact in the first two games.

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