Netball Australia has this morning announced the 18 athletes included in the 2017/18 Australian Netball Diamonds squad, which includes five NSW juniors.
April Brandley, Paige Hadley, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson have been named in the wider squad, selected by Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander alongside National Selectors Anne Sargeant OAM and Michelle Wilkins.
Within the squad, two Australian teams have also been confirmed for the upcoming 2017 Netball Quad Series and 2017 Constellation Cup.
Four of the five NSW representatives will take the court during the 2017 International Netball Series; Brandley, Ravaillion and Simpson being named for both series, while Pettitt will join the trio for the Constellation Cup against the New Zealand Silver Ferns.
Alexander confirmed that selection was based on performances during Suncorp Super Netball, in addition to performance and combinations in previous international test matches.
“We have witnessed exceptional performances in Suncorp Super Netball and on the international stage, with a number of athletes demonstrating career-best form,” explained Alexander.
“Athletes have shown great skill, drive and resilience, impressing the National Selectors and I. All selections are difficult, but given the wealth of talent on display, this has been one of the most challenging.”
“Our squad boasts versatile and flexible athletes. With the Suncorp Super Netball season commencing after the Commonwealth Games, now is the time for our athletes to get down to business in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
“All eyes are on our goal of winning the gold medal in front of a home crowd, and the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup are critical milestones leading into the pinnacle event.”
Tickets to the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup are on sale now via Ticketek.com.au (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra) and Ticketemaster.com.au (Adelaide).
2017/18 Australian Diamonds squad
Caitlin BASSETT – WA/Sunshine Coast Lightning
April BRANDLEY – NSW/Collingwood Magpies Netball
Courtney BRUCE – WA/West Coast Fever
Paige HADLEY – NSW/NSW Swifts
Sharni LAYTON – VIC/Collingwood Magpies Netball
Emily MANNIX – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Kate MOLONEY – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Caitlyn NEVINS – VIC/QLD Firebirds
Susan PETTITT – NSW/GIANTS Netball
Tegan PHILIP – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Kim RAVAILLION – NSW/Collingwood Magpies Netball
Madi ROBINSON – VIC/Collingwood Magpies Netball
Gabi SIMPSON – NSW/QLD Firebirds
Caitlin THWAITES – VIC/Collingwood Magpies Netball
Gretel TIPPETT – QLD/QLD Firebirds
Liz WATSON – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Jo WESTON – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Stephanie WOOD – QLD/Sunshine Coast Lightning
2017 Netball Quad Series Team
Caitlin BASSETT, April BRANDLEY, Courtney BRUCE, Sharni LAYTON, Tegan PHILIP, Kim RAVAILLION, Madi ROBINSON, Gabi SIMPSON, Caitlin THWAITES, Gretel TIPPETT, Liz WATSON, Jo WESTON.
2017 Constellation Cup Team
Caitlin BASSETT, April BRANDLEY, Courtney BRUCE, Sharni LAYTON, Susan PETTITT, Kim RAVAILLION, Madi ROBINSON, Gabi SIMPSON, Caitlin THWAITES, Liz WATSON, Jo WESTON, Stephanie WOOD.
|2017 Netball Quad Series FIXTURE|
|Sat 26 AUG||AUS Diamonds v ENG Roses||Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD|
|Sat 26 AUG||NZ Silver Ferns v SA SPAR Proteas||Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD|
|Wed 30 AUG||AUS Diamonds v SA SPAR Proteas||AIS Arena, ACT|
|Wed 30 AUG||NZ Silver Ferns v ENG Roses||The Trusts Arena, Auckland NZ|
|Sun 3 SEP||ENG Roses v SA SPAR Proteas||ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill NZ|
|Sun 3 SEP||NZ Silver Ferns v AUS Diamonds||ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill NZ|
|2017 Constellation Cup FIXTURE|
|Thu 5 OCT||NZ Silver Ferns v AUS Diamonds||Spark Arena, Auckland NZ|
|Sun 8 OCT||NZ Silver Ferns v AUS Diamonds||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch NZ|
|Wed 11 OCT||AUS Diamonds v NZ Silver Ferns||Titanium Security Arena, SA|
|Sat 14 OCT||AUS Diamonds v NZ Silver Ferns||Qudos Bank Arena, NSW|