Diamonds primed for African Queens


On the back of a dominant 4-1 series win over the New Zealand Silver Ferns, the Australian Diamonds are poised to take on the exciting Malawi Queens in a two-test series starting tonight at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong.

After dropping the opening match in Invercargill, the Diamonds regathered with four straight wins to defeat their trans-Tasman rivals to reclaim the Constellation Cup and now turn their attention to the visiting Malawi national side.

For NSW Swifts fans in particular tonight could mark a special milestone with rising midcourt star Paige Hadley set to make her Diamonds debut should she take the court alongside 2014 teammates Sharni LaytonCaitlin Twaites and Kimberlee Green, who is also the Australian Vice-Captain during the series.

Tickets are still available for NSW netball fans to watch the Diamonds in action against the exciting Malawi Queens, so head to to secure your seat to cheer on our girls in Green & Gold!

For those who can’t make it to Wollongong tonight, don’t fret – you can catch all the action LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 from 8pm AEDST; SBS 2 will also broadcast the game on delay at 10.30pm AESDT.

The game is also available via Telstra mobile through and live commentary can be heard on ABC Digital Grandstand.

The Diamonds and Queens then make the trip up to sunny Queensland for the final match of this year’s Coles Netball Series at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre this Saturday 16 October, their final international match before next year’s Commonwealth Games preparations.

But the international netball doesn’t stop there with the Australian Fast5 Flyers preparing to take the court at Vecta Arena for the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November.

The NSW Swifts will be well represented with Hadley once again donning the Green & Gold alongside 2014 teammates Carla Dziwoki,Susan Pratley and Gretel Tippet.

Netball New Zealand released the 2013 fixtures last week, with tickets on sale now for netball fans to watch the modified competition live in action – head to for ticket prices, including international packages for visiting fans.

2013 Australian Diamonds v Malawi Queens Fixture
Wednesday 16 October
WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW
BROADCAST: Fox Sports 1 @ 8pm; SBS 2 @ 10.30pm

Saturday 19 October
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast QLD
BROADCAST: Fox Sports 3 @ 8pm (Viewers’ Choice), Fox Sports 2 @ 8.30pm; SBS 2 @ 10.30pm

2013 Australian Diamonds – Malawi series
Caitlin Bassett – West Coast Fever
Erin Bell* – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Madison Browne – Melbourne Vixens
Rebecca Bulley – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Laura Geitz – QLD Firebirds
Kimberlee Green* – NSW Swifts
Paige Hadley* – NSW Swifts
Renae Hallinan – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Sharni Layton – NSW Swifts
Demelza McCloud – QLD Firebirds
Natalie Medhurst – QLD Firebirds
Caitlin Thwaites – Central Pulse
*denotes NSW junior