NSW representatives and GIANTS Netball teammates Susan Pettitt and Sam Poolman have been called up to the Samsung Australian Diamonds training camp in QLD, ahead of their 2017 Netball Quad Series opener against the England Roses this weekend at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Pettitt and Poolman are two of four training partners who will train with the Diamonds’ Quad Series team to assist with preparations; the other two athletes are Victorians Kate Moloney and Caitlyn Nevins. Fellow VIC Kelsey Browne and Queenslander Laura Scherian have also been invited into the training camp to participate in courtwork sessions held at USC Stadium.
For Poolman, it will be the defender’s second training opportunity with the national team in a matter of months after the Newcastle local attended camp in Canberra earlier this year. While Pettitt’s inclusion will assist the veteran shooter’s preparations ahead of returning to the Green & Gold for the Constellation Cup series against the New Zealand Silver Ferns later this year.
“Our training partners play an important role in refining our preparations for the Netball Quad Series,” Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander said.
“The four athletes will participate in all aspects of the camp, including performance analysis, courtwork and off court activities.
“Kelsey and Laura have also been invited in, after attending Diamonds courtwork sessions in the lead in to this tour. We look to provide opportunities in exposing local Suncorp Super Netball athletes to Diamonds courtwork sessions where possible.”
The Diamonds host the England Roses at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, with the match starting at 3.00pm AEST Saturday 26 August. The Silver Ferns will play South Africa SPAR Proteas at the same venue immediately after the game, which will be shown live on Channel 9 and the Netball Live app (check local guide for details).
The 2017 Netball Quad Series will also head to Canberra with the Diamonds taking on South Africa at AIS Arena on Wednesday 30 August – GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
International netball continues with the Constellation Cup, which will hold its final test at Qudos Bank Arena between Tasman rivals, the Diamonds and Silver Ferns, on Saturday 14 October – GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Australian Diamonds 2017 Netball Quad Series Team
Caitlin BASSETT (Captain, WA), Madi ROBINSON (Vice-Captain, VIC), Gabi SIMPSON (Vice-Captain, NSW), April BRANDLEY (NSW), Courtney BRUCE (WA), Emily MANNIX (VIC), Tegan PHILIP (VIC), Kim RAVAILLION (NSW), Caitlin THWAITES (VIC), Gretel TIPPETT (QLD), Liz WATSON (VIC), Jo WESTON (VIC).
TRAINING PARTNERS: Kate MOLONEY (VIC), Caitlyn NEVINS (VIC), Susan PETTITT (NSW), Sam POOLMAN (NSW).
Head Coach: Lisa Alexander
|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|
Image courtesy of Samsung Diamonds Facebook page.