Reigning Liz Ellis Diamond winner Madison Browne is happy to play any role to make the Australian Diamonds successful – even if that means watching on from the sidelines.
The Diamonds wrap up their Constellation Cup series against New Zealand in Canberra on Sunday before the Coles Netball Test Series continues next week with Australia taking on the Malawi Queens in two Tests at Wollongong (October 16) and the Gold Coast (October 19).
It’s the last Test matches the Diamonds will play until next year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Browne may be the reigning Liz Ellis Diamond winner, Australian International Player of the Year and the Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year, but she’s only been on court for four quarters so far this series.
Heading into the Constellation Cup series Browne had played 11 of the Diamonds past 12 Tests.
“The Australian Diamonds team is full of talented players,” Browne said today.
“You’ve got to work for that spot on court and, once you get it, you don’t want to give it. But I think our team has got a lot of versatility and we want to make sure were try all those combinations.
“So I think you might see a few different ones out this weekend and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to get out there and play in the green and gold.
“At training you’re always challenging one another and whoever is out on court, you want them to do the best they can. Any athlete you ask, they want to be out on court or playing and performing and that’s what we train hard for.
“So at training if it’s me pushing them and making sure they can play a solid performance when they play, then that’s my job and I’m happy to be there.
“It’s a really good group of 12. We are very united and get along really well together.”
With Kim Green and rising star Kim Ravaillion dominating in the wing attack and centre positions respectively, it’s relegated the 25-year-old Melbourne Vixen into a support role for the past three Tests.
Browne understands that the situation can change with coach Lisa Alexander wanting all her bench players to be ready to be called into action at any time.
“Sometimes combinations work and other times they don’t,” she said. “It’s just about finding that perfect match for the Diamonds.
“So when I get my chance I’ll get out there and obviously make the most of my opportunity. But as long as I’m part of that team and there working towards part of our bigger goals, then I’m happy to be part of the team.
“It’s such a good group of girls and all been really supportive and we each know our roles and know we’re there for end result of beating the Kiwis – which is the ultimate reward at the end of the day.”
The Diamonds lead the Silver Ferns 3-1 heading into Sunday’s Test at the AIS Arena and Browne said the team is treating the match just as important as they did the first Test at Invercargill last month.
“We know that, yes the series might be won, but we definitely don’t want to finish the series with a loss,” Browne said.
“We want to make sure we’re still improving each game and putting our best performance out on court because we still don’t feel like we’ve put out four solid quarters.
“So we’ll be looking to do that on Sunday.”
The 2013 Constellation Cup will conclude on Sunday when the Australian Diamonds take on the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Canberra’s AIS Arena. The final Test will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 3 (Channel 503) and SBS 1 from 2pm.
Despite the Canberra Test being sold out, tickets for the Australian Diamonds live site, which features a big screen, fun activities and a visit from the Diamonds post-match, are still available via Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au, on 132 849 or at any Ticketek outlet.