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Diamonds named for international series

The Australian Diamonds squads for the upcoming tests against the New Zealand Silver Ferns and Malawi have been set, with coach Lisa Alexander naming two different teams for each series.

It’s a new look team for the Aussies.

The Diamonds are missing a number of their experienced Australian players in the team, including Mo’onia Gerrard, Catherine Cox, Julie Corletto, Susan Pratley and former Diamonds captain Natalie von Bertouch.

Gerrard withdrew from the Diamonds squad earlier this year to follow her dream of playing rugby 7s for Australia, while von Bertouch announced her retirement from netball after she captained the Adelaide Thunderbirds to their premiership win in the ANZ Championship this year.

Pratley was omitted from the squad after the ANZ Championship season, Cox withdrew during the camp citing fatigue and Corletto is still recovering from a foot injury acquired during the ANZ Championship season.

Despite missing these seasoned campaigners, who all together account for 287 test caps for Australia, many other talents return to the team, including Bianca Chatfield, Rebecca Bulley, Kimberlee Green, Laura Geitz and Natalie Medhurst, who have been long-time members of the Australian squad.

Goal shooter Caitlin Bassett is the only West Coast Fever representative included in the team, while the Adelaide Thunderbirds boast four players from their premiership side in the team, including Rebecca Bulley, Renae Hallinan, Sharni Layton and MVP of the grand final Erin Bell.

Shooter Caitlin Thwaites, the only representative from a New Zealand team in the ANZ Championship to be named in the team, gets a chance to add to her one test cap after shooting at 100 percent for her first game for Australia.

Madison Browne, who was awarded the prestigious Liz Ellis Diamond at last year’s Australian Netball Awards and was named the Melbourne Vixens MVP for this year also returns to the team, as does Kimberley Ravaillion, who topped off her Diamonds début in January against England with an outstanding first year in the ANZ Championship.

Ravaillion and Melbourne Vixens’ captain Bianca Chatfield will be playing in the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand. The Constellation Cup is a five-test series played in both New Zealand and Australia, and provides thrilling contests between the top two netball teams in the world.

Ravaillion and Chatfield will be replaced in the Malawi tests by two new members of the team, Paige Hadley and Demelza McCloud.

Hadley will make her début against Malawi, after a stand-out season for the NSW Swifts. McCloud, who had previously represented Australia, in 2004 and 2005, got the call up from training partner for the selection camp into the team to contest the two game series against Malawi.

Teams are listed below:

 

New Zealand Series

–          Caitlin Bassett (GS)

–          Caitlin Thwaites (GS)

–          Natalie Medhurst (GA/GS)

–          Erin Bell (GS/GA/WA)

–          Madison Browne (WA/C)

–          Kimberlee Green (WA/C)

–          Kimberley Ravaillion (C/WA/WD)

–          Renae Hallinan (WD/C)

–          Rebecca Bulley (GD/GK)

–          Bianca Chatfield (GD/GK)

–          Laura Geitz (GD/GK)

–          Sharni Layton (WD/GD/GK)

Malawi Series

–          Caitlin Bassett (GS)

–          Caitlin Thwaites (GS)

–          Natalie Medhurst (GA/GS)

–          Erin Bell (GS/GA/WA)

–          Madison Browne (WA/C)

–          Kimberlee Green (WA/C)

–          Paige Hadley (C/WD/WA)

–          Renae Hallinan (WD/C)

–          Rebecca Bulley (GD/GK)

–          Laura Geitz (GD/GK)

–          Demelza McCloud (GD/GK)

–          Sharni Layton (WD/GD/GK)

The upcoming Diamonds tests begin on September 15 in Invercargill in New Zealand. The first game on Australian soil will be between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide on the October 4, and the test series against Malawi will begin on October 16 in Wollongong.

 

Cover photo credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

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