BENDIGO netballer Caitlin Thwaites repaid the faith shown by Australian coach Lisa Alexander as the Diamonds overcame New Zealand at the last-gasp in the fifth and final Test on Sunday.
Named to start on court for the first time in just her second Test match, Thwaites scored 17 goals from 19 attempts in her two quarters as Australia triumphed 50-49 in Canberra.
The Diamonds came from three goals down at half-time to level the scores 38-all at the final change.
Super shooter Caitlan Bassett (20 from 25) nailed the deciding goal.
The Diamonds took out the Constellation Cup 4-1 and beat the Kiwis in four consecutive Tests for the first time since 1998.
Thwaites, who switched ANZ Championship teams to the Sydney Swifts after three years with New Zealand outfit Central Pulse, has taken a firm grip on a goaling spot when given a chance for the Diamonds.
She sparkled on debut against South Africa last October, scoring a perfect 23 goals from 23 attempts.
It took the former volleyball star about six years of being on the fringes of the Diamonds to be handed her chance by Alexander.
Thwaites is aiming for more court time in Test matches against Malawi in Wollongong on Wednesday night and on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.