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Koenen Shining Bright With Diamond Selection

Cara Koenen is one step closer to making her international debut, today named in the travelling Origin Diamonds side headed to New Zealand for the Constellation Cup series.

The shooter has been deep in preparations for the tournament in addition to the Club’s pre-season regime, with Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne praising Koenen’s diligence and dedication.

“The work Cara’s put in since about November to get ready for this series is actually quite amazing,” Byrne said.

“I’ve never seen her this driven and motivated, so this opportunity to now step up on the international stage is huge for her.

“She’s worked so hard in the last few months to prepare for any circumstance that may come her way.”

Byrne believes Koenen is more than deserving of the opportunity to step out on court and represent Australia given the standard of netball she produced in 2020 and her ongoing dedication to her craft.

“She keeps talking to me about her first cap and getting that first one under her belt – she’s excited,” she said.

“Cara’s in a really good place right now.”

The tour includes a three-day Diamonds camp based out of Sydney before the squad of 18 athletes travel to Christchurch where they will undergo a managed 14 day quarantine.

The four match Constellation Cup will commence on 2 March 2021 in Christchurch, with the final two games to be played on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March in Tauranga.

All Constellation Cup games will be broadcast live on Nine, 9Gem and the Netball Live Mobile App for Australian audiences.

Fellow Lightning Diamond representative Steph Wood was ineligible for selection in next month’s Constellation Cup series due to the ongoing conservative approach and management of her knee.

The full Origin Diamonds touring squad can be found here.