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Diamonds named for Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Australian Diamonds Netball Team has been named for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A squad of 18 engaged in a training camp in Canberra on Monday, with the final team of 12 announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The 12 players consist of four shooters, four midcourters and four defenders, all representing a team in the ANZ Championship.

Laura Geitz retained her captaincy of the team after taking over from the retired Natalie von Bertouch last year, whilst Melbourne Vixens Bianca Chatfield was named vice-captain.

The 2014 Australian Diamonds Commonwealth Games team are as follows:

CAITLIN BASSETT – Goal shooter at the West Coast Fever. Bassett was influential in the Australian Diamonds World Championship win in 2011, shooting the winning goal. Bassett this year has been the most prolific Australian shooter, scoring 335 goals from 381 attempts at 87.5%, and 23 rebounds. Bassett’s combination with Diamonds’ goal attack, Natalie Medhurst, been strengthened after Medhurst’s move to the Fever for the 2014 season. Bassett has 34 test caps.

TEGAN CALDWELL – Goal attack at the Melbourne Vixens. Caldwell is the only player named in the team who is yet to make her debut for the Diamonds. Having a career-best season with the Melbourne Vixens, Caldwell has shot 195 goals from 226 attempts at 86.3%, 60 goal assists and seven rebounds. Caldwell represented Australia in the Fast5 Flyers last year, in a modified version of the game.

BIANCA CHATFIELD – Goal defence at the Melbourne Vixens. Chatfield makes her return to the Commonwealth Games team, after missing out on the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2011 World Championships. Chatfield this season has 28 deflections, 11 intercepts and 13 rebounds to her name. Her work on and off the court have been recognised, being named vice-captain of the team. Chatfield has 54 test caps.

JULIE CORLETTO – Goal defence at the Northern Mystics. Corletto makes the team for her first Commonwealth Games appearance, after missing the last one due to knee injuries. Corletto has been an important member of the Diamonds, being a member of the winning 2007 and 2011 World Championship teams. Corletto is the only Diamond playing for a New Zealand franchise in the ANZ Championship, and plays both goal defence and wing defence, and has 18 deflections, 12 intercepts and six rebounds for the 2014 season. Corletto has 35 test caps.

LAURA GEITZ – Goal keeper at the Queensland Firebirds. Geitz retains her position as captain of the Australian Diamonds, after taking over the role from the retired Natalie von Bertouch. Geitz has 54 deflections, 28 intercepts and 24 rebounds to her name for the 2014 season. Geitz has 42 test caps.

KIMBERLEE GREEN – Centre at the NSW Swifts. Green has had a stand-out season this year, with 138 goal assists, 11 deflections and seven intercepts. Green’s ability to combine with any player has been shown this year with the Swifts’ injury-riddled midcourt, making her a valuable asset to the Diamonds team. Green has 56 test caps.

RENAE HALLINAN – Wing defence at the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Hallinan is the only Thunderbirds player to make the team this year. Following her great form last year, in which she was awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond, Hallinan again has cemented herself as the dominant wing defender for Australia. This year, Hallinan has 15 deflections, seven intercepts and 39 goal assists. Hallinan has 44 test caps.

SHARNI LAYTON – Goal keeper at the NSW Swifts. Layton has again proved to be a fierce player in defence. This year, Layton has 25 deflections, 20 intercepts and seven rebounds. Layton was a pivotal member of the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ premiership team in 2013, and her versatility enables her to play any of the three defensive positions. Layton has 12 test caps.

NATALIE MEDHURST – Goal attack at the West Coast Fever. Medhurst is a crucial player for the Diamonds, with the ability to stand-up in high-pressure matches, particularly against New Zealand. Despite not having her best season this year, shooting 135 goals from 173 attempts at 78%, seven rebounds and 99 goal assists, Medhurst’s combination with Diamonds shooter, Caitlin Bassett, continues to grow at the Fever, and will prove valuable for the Diamonds’ hopes at the Commonwealth Games. Medhurst has 54 test caps.

KIMBERLEY RAVAILLION – Centre at the Queensland Firebirds. In only her second year in the ANZ Championship, Ravaillion has continued to improve her game after debuting for the Diamonds against England. Ravaillion this year has 65 goal assists, 16 deflections and six intercepts. Ravaillion has seven test caps.

MADISON ROBINSON – Wing attack at the Melbourne Vixens. Robinson (nee Browne) has cemented herself as the starting wing attack for the Diamonds, after making her way back into the team after the 2011 World Championship. Robinson is the most dominant wing attack in the competition, with 161 goal assists and 206 centre pass receives. Robinson has 31 test caps.

CAITLIN THWAITES – Goal shooter at the NSW Swifts. Thwaites Thwaites makes her return to an Australian franchise, after playing for the Central Pulse in New Zealand. Thwaites’ game continues to improve after making her debut for the Diamonds and has had a dominant season this year at the Swifts, shooting 236 goals from 268 attempts at 88.1% and eight rebounds. Thwaites has 4 test caps.

The Diamonds team will finish the ANZ Championship season, which is in round 11, before heading into training before the start of the Commonwealth Games in July.

 

Australian Diamonds Team 2014

THE SHOOTERS

Caitlin Bassett (West Coast Fever) GS

Caitlin Thwaites (NSW Swifts) GS

Natalie Medhurst (West Coast Fever) GS/GA

Tegan Caldwell (Melbourne Vixens) GA

THE MIDCOURTERS

Madison Robinson (Melbourne Vixens) WA/C

Kimberlee Green (NSW Swifts) WA/C

Kimberley Ravaillion (Queensland Firebirds) WA/C/WD

Renae Hallinan (Adelaide Thunderbirds) C/WD

THE DEFENDERS

Bianca Chatfield (Melbourne Vixens) GD/GK

Julie Corletto (Northern Mystics) WD/GD

Laura Geitz (Queensland Firebirds) GD/GK

Sharni Layton (NSW Swifts) WD/GD/GK

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