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Diamonds team named for International Test Series

Via Netball Australia

Netball Australia can today confirm the 12 athletes selected for the Samsung Australian Diamonds team to compete in the upcoming 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup this September and October in Australia and New Zealand.

Nine of the selected athletes featured during Australia’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign and will be the nucleus of a high quality group, which will welcome three new faces.

In preparation for next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, the team will be focused on delivering success in the International Test Series against traditional rivals New Zealand, England and South Africa.

Centre court player Kelsey Browne is the only addition to the initial 17-strong 2018/19 Diamonds squad announced last month.

Diamonds Head Coach, Lisa Alexander said she is really pleased with the balance and composition of the team.

“The national selectors Michelle Wilkins, Annie Sargeant and myself believe this is a team that will build on the lessons learnt, grow and deliver winning performances.

“We have highly talented athletes who understand the pressures of international netball and, with an injection of new faces that have stood up in Suncorp Super Netball at key moments, we are confident we have the right mix to compete against any style of netball.

“Kelsey [Browne] is a prime example. We had our eye on her and it was extremely exciting to see her flourish during the SSN finals series. It will be a quick learning curve when she gets into camp, but we believe she is ready to make the step up and have an impact for the Diamonds.

“We know there is a lot of flexibility in the team and this was something we were conscious of, with such a short preparation window. We are also focused on getting the combinations right ahead of the World Cup, so based on performances across the Quad Series we won’t hesitate to change the 12 if that is warranted.

“We’re working with a very strong squad and this highlights the depth of Australian netball,” Alexander said.

The national selectors have announced the one team at this stage to compete in both the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup.

To enhance the transition of emerging talent to the Diamonds squad, the national selectors have nominated two Diamonds training partners, Kiera Austin and Kim Jenner, to attend the pre-departure camp in September.

The Diamonds will start their Quad Series campaign on 15 September against the South African Spar Proteas in Auckland before coming-up against the England Roses in Newcastle on 19 September, for the first time since the Commonwealth Games gold medal match.

The Diamonds last game in Australia will take place in Townsville, hosting an international netball game for the first time against the New Zealand Silver Ferns on 10 October.

Tickets for the International Test Series are still available via https://netball.com.au/tickets.

A full schedule for the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup can be found here: https://netball.com.au/fixtures-results.

Media wishing to obtain accreditation for the 2018 International Test Series please click here.

2018 Australian Diamonds Quad Series and Constellation Cup Team

Caitlin Bassett – Western Australia
April Brandley – New South Wales
Kelsey Browne – Victoria
Courtney Bruce – Western Australia
Emily Mannix – Victoria
Kimberley Ravaillion – New South Wales
Gabi Simpson – New South Wales
Caitlin Thwaites – Victoria
Gretel Tippett – Queensland
Liz Watson – Victoria
Jo Weston – Victoria
Stephanie Wood – Queensland

2018 Diamonds Training Partners (September 2018 Camp)

Kiera Austin – New South Wales
Kim Jenner – Queensland

2018/19 Australian Diamonds Squad (Will be involved in the September pre-departure camp)

Jessica Anstiss – Western Australia
Caitlin Bassett – Western Australia
April Brandley – New South Wales
Kelsey Browne – Victoria
Courtney Bruce – Western Australia
Sarah Klau – South Australia
Emily Mannix – Victoria
Kate Moloney – Victoria
Tegan Philip – Victoria
Jamie-Lee Price – New South Wales
Kim Ravaillion – New South Wales
Gabi Simpson – New South Wales
Caitlin Thwaites – Victoria
Gretel Tippett – Queensland
Liz Watson – Victoria
Jo Weston – Victoria
Stephanie Wood – Queensland