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Australian Diamonds players are reportedly boycotting the Hancock Prospecting logo on their jerseys

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As of Sunday night, the Diamonds had not publicly addressed the issue, other than a written statement acknowledging the need to work out “certain points.”

Netball Australia says the issue will be resolved at the end of the series.

Netball Australia media manager Georgina Cahill said Marinkovic had ordered no interviews until Tuesday, when the coach planned to hold a media call.

The question was quietly addressed after New Zealand’s 52-48 win in Tauranga when Marinkovic was asked during her post-match duties if she had been able to keep her focus this week.

“When we’re together as a group, it’s all about high performance,” she said.

“It’s about improvement. It’s about our game plan. It’s about our connections and culture.

“I’m really happy with how we can be in our little bubble and be able to focus on what we need to do on the court.”

The controversy may yet spread to other sports.

Rinehart and Hancock are sponsors of the Australian Olympic Committee, Volleyball Australia, Rowing Australia, Synchronized Swimming Australia and Swimming Western Australia.

At the center of the storm, the Diamonds also have a trophy to win and netball-starved fans to be reintroduced to their national team.

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“We don’t have any [played at] at home for more than 1,000 days, so we are very happy to be in front of our home audience,” Marinkovich said.

“As a coach, I haven’t actually coached Australia on home soil. There are many girls who have not even played in front of their family and friends.

“Playing at home is a big advantage … it will be nice to be back on track.”

AAP

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