Laura and Clare head to Canberra for Diamonds camp
NETBALL: The current Diamonds’ squad will gather at the Netball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra this Sunday for a two-day squad camp, as the team begins preparations for the International Netball Super Series and Constellation Cup.
The squad includes Southern Downs pair Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman who have both captained the Diamonds in the past year.
Geitz and McMeniman are part of the Firebirds team which has won 21 straight in the ANZ Championships. They will play for the Firebirds against NSW Swifts in Sydney at noon Sunday in a replay of last year’s grand final which the Firebirds won.
The Diamonds will play eight Tests this year, five against New Zealand, two against South Africa and one against England Roses.
Coach Lisa Alexander and national selectors have invited three athletes to attend the camp, Queensland Firebirds midcourter Caitlyn Nevins, NSW Swifts defender Maddy Turner and West Coast Fever defender Courtney Bruce. The three invitees will provide additional support during the camp.
National Selectors will name the Diamonds 2016/17 Squad in August.
Diamonds camp attendees: Karyn Bailey (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Caitlin Bassett (WA/West Coast Fever), Erin Bell (NSW/Adelaide Thunderbirds), April Brandley (nee Letton) ( NSW/West Coast Fever), Ashleigh Brazill (NSW/West Coast Fever), Courtney Bruce (invitee)(WA/West Coast Fever), Laura Geitz (QLD/Queensland Firebirds), Paige Hadley (NSW/NSW Swifts), Sharni Layton (VIC/NSW Swifts), Clare McMeniman (QLD/Queensland Firebirds), Caitlyn Nevins (invitee)(VIC/Queensland Firebirds), Susan Pettitt (ACT/NSW Swifts), Kim Ravaillion (NSW/Queensland Firebirds), Madi Robinson (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Gabi Simpson (NSW/Queensland Firebirds), Caitlin Thwaites (VIC/NSW Swifts), Gretel Tippett (QLD/Queensland Firebirds), Maddy Turner (invitee)(SA/NSW Swifts), Liz Watson (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Khao Watts (SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Jo Weston (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Stephanie Wood (QLD/NSW Swifts).
Absent squad members:Renae Ingles (VIC/Adelaide Thunderbirds)(maternity leave), Kristiana Manu’a (NZ/WBOP Magic)(granted leave), Nat Medhurst (WA/West Coast Fever)(granted leave), Tegan Phillip (VIC/Melbourne Vixens)(injured – ACL).