Five NSW representatives have been selected for the Samsung Diamonds’ 2018 Quad Series tour to England and South Africa.
April Brandley, Paige Hadley, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson will all travel with the Australian side as they look to retain the Quad Series title ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Hadley and Sharni Layton return to the team, after both missing the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup. Layton’s inclusion is subject to medical clearance. Gretel Tippett has also been included in the team.
Head Coach Lisa Alexander and National Selectors Anne Sargeant and Michelle Wilkins have opted for five goalers and five midcourters, with a final 12 athletes named 24 hours prior to each test.
Alexander said, “the selectors and I are ensuring all options are explored prior to selection of the Commonwealth Games team in February, hence the changes from our Constellation Cup team, and continuing our focus on the high performance process.”
The entire Diamonds squad will gather at the Netball Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from 11 – 14 January for a Commonwealth Games Simulation Camp, before the 14 Quad Series athletes travel to England.
“Although this is the final tour prior to the Commonwealth Games, the door is still open for all squad members to put their best foot forward for a position in the Commonwealth Games team of 12,” explained Alexander.
“We have had an initial conversation with Laura Geitz, who is progressing well in her training. We will look at making a decision later this year around whether she will be invited into the January Simulation Camp as a training partner.”
The Netball Quad Series is the final test series for the Samsung Diamonds before the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Caitlin Bassett (West Australia/Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (New South Wales/Collingwood Magpies)
Courtney Bruce (West Australia/West Coast Fever)
Paige Hadley (New South Wales/NSW Swifts)
Sharni Layton (VIctoria/Collingwood Magpies)*
Kate Moloney (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens)
Susan Pettitt (New South Wales/GIANTS Netball)
Kimberley Ravaillion (New South Wales/Collingwood Magpies)
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales/QLD Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria/Collingwood Magpies)
Gretel Tippett (Queensland/QLD Firebirds)
Liz Watson (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens)
Stephanie Wood (Queensland/Sunshine Coast Lightning)
*Subject to medical clearance.
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