Hadley ready to shine for Diamonds

This time last year NSW Swifts’ Paige Hadley was still on monitored load as part of her ten-month recovery program from a season-ending knee injury.

12 months on, the lively and highly-valued midcourt player will be putting on the green and gold for the Australian Diamonds during their three-test Tour of England which starts 21 January (AEDT).

“I was just saying to my brother that this time last year I hadn’t even taken the court yet,” explained Hadley before her departure to the UK.

“Now I’m going on my third tour for Australia and played in the ANZ Championship Grand Final last year, so it’s pretty exciting and very special to me.”

The 23-year-old, who has played 12 Tests for Australia – and will be the most-capped midcourt player on tour – admits while the midcourt has a youthful feel, the squad has been swatting up on their opponents and putting in the work ahead of this tour.

“I have gone from Rookie to World Cup to now the veteran of midcourt, how times change so quickly,” she remarked.

“While there are a number of new faces in the team, as a whole we have done our homework on England and know the job we each need to do.

“I have definitely been doing my homework and I will be doing more to prepare myself as best I can.”

The England Roses line-up also has a number of fresh faces which will give the Diamonds plenty to focus on, but one face Hadley is happy to see is former Swifts’ teammate and good friend Jade Clarke.

“It will be fantastic to see her (Jade), I haven’t seen her since the World Cup, so if we do line up against each other it would be great to play against her.”

“But I’m more focused on my role and trying to get the win for Australia.”

While Hadley’s immediate priority is for the Diamonds, she has a big domestic season ahead of her with the NSW Swifts; one Paige is more than eager to start.

“I love being a New South Wales girl and having the fans behind me.”

“I absolutely love the ANZ Championship and I absolutely love the Swifts, so I’m really excited for the new season.” Hadley concluded.

2016 Tour of England Fixture (all game times AEDT) England Roses v Australian Diamonds
Netball Australia announced on Saturday 16 January that all three games will be broadcast live in Australia – view the announcement.

1st Test
Thursday 21 January, 2016
Echo Arena, Liverpool
6.00am (AEDT) Live on ONE
Fox Sports 2 (Channel 502), 6.30am AEDT
Replay: Fox Sports 3, 21 January, 5.30pm AEDT

2nd Test
Saturday 23 January, 2016
Copperbox Arena, London
6.00am (AEDT) Live on ONE
Fox Sports 3 (Channel 503), 6.30am AEDT
Replay: Fox Sports 3, 23 January, 4.30pm AEDT

3rd Test
Monday 25 January, 2016
Copperbox Arena, London
5.00am (AEDT) Live on ONE
Fox Sports 3 (Channel 503), 5.30am AEDT
Replay: Fox Sports 3, 25 January, 8.00pm AEDT

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