International netball returns to Brisbane with a bang for the first time since 2008 this Saturday 26 August at the city’s Entertainment Centre.
The Samsung Diamonds will host the England Roses after which the New Zealand Silver Ferns play South Africa SPAR Proteas in a double header.
NSW juniors April Brandley, Kim Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson are all included in the Diamonds team for the Quad Series.
Last time these two sides met, it was an edge-of-your-seat thriller, with the Diamonds maintaining composure in the final moments of the game and coming away with a narrow one-goal victory.
A new-look defensive end will be expected to lull the influence of the England shooting circle, including Helen Housby who scored 26 goals back in February’s clash, and the return of Harten.
The Diamonds’ defensive end includes two potential debutants; Courtney Bruce and Emily Mannix. Both youngsters had strong and consistent Suncorp Super Netball seasons.
One of the most enticing match-ups that could hit the Diamonds goal circle is captain Caitlin Bassett against Sunshine Coast Lightning teammate Geva Mentor.
Saturday is also a big day for Tegan Philip who returns to the green and gold for the first time since October 2014, after missing 2016 with an ACL injury.
From the coach:
“We are expecting a very tough, hungry (Roses) outfit for success. We know we have a very big task on our hands and it’s going to be a fabulous game. We want lots of people watching on TV and plenty of green and gold in the stands,” Lisa Alexander says.
“It’s absolutely important on so many levels to have a strong start to our international season, not the least to give this young group a boost of confidence about what we have been doing at work. It sets the tone, and if you drop a game you can’t win a trophy, so at the end of the day we have to win this game.
“We’re very happy with our preparation camp. It’s always busy, and that’s the whole balancing act of getting enough work done and making sure the athletes are prepared and hungry for that first match.”
- Australia has an average winning margin of 15 goals against England.
- England has an average winning margin of four goals against Australia.
- Tegan Philip is three goals away from achieving 100 international goals. Philip’s most recent Diamonds appearance was 22 October 2014 against England in Canberra.
- The two teams last met in the final test of the Netball Quad Series on 5 February 2017 in Wembley, England. The Diamonds defeated the Roses 47-46.
The Diamonds host the England Roses at Brisbane Entertainment Centre Boondall at 3.00pm AEST Saturday 26 August. The New Zealand Silver Ferns will play South Africa Spar Proteas at the same venue immediately following the Australian game.
*Article by Netball Australia