Diamonds Quad Series and Constellation Cup teams named

The Australian Diamonds have named teams for the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup, with just two changes between the sides.

Tegan Philip will return to the Australian team in the Netball Quad Series for the first time since 2014, after missing 2016 with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Philip has nine test caps and was part of Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winning team.

Philip will be joined by Gretel Tippett in the Quad Series, who put out a personal best international performance last February, in the Netball Quad Series test against South Africa. Goalers Susan Pettitt and Stephanie Wood will return to the side in the Constellation Cup, after strong Suncorp Super Netball seasons and recent international performances.

The Australian midcourt and defensive end will remain the same across both test series, with West Australian Courtney Bruce a potential Diamonds debutant, should she take to court.

Selection was based on performances in Suncorp Super Netball, in addition to performance and combinations in previous international test matches.

“We have witnessed exceptional performances in Suncorp Super Netball and on the international stage, with a number of athletes demonstrating career-best form,” explained Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander. “Athletes have shown great skill, drive and resilience, impressing the National Selectors and I.” said Alexander.

“All selections are difficult, but given the wealth of talent on display, this has been one of the most challenging,” explained the coach.

Lisa Alexander and National Selectors Anne Sargeant and Michelle Wilkins also named an 18-player squad, that will train at the Netball Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, from 18 – 24 July.

Emily Mannix and Kate Moloney have been named in the Diamonds Squad for the first time, following consistent Suncorp Super Netball seasons. Mannix travelled with the team to England and South Africa as a training partner in January this year.

“Our squad boasts versatile and flexible athletes. With the Suncorp Super Netball season commencing after the Commonwealth Games, now is the time for our athletes to get down to business in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.

“All eyes are on our goal of winning the gold medal in front of a home crowd, and the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup are critical milestones leading into the pinnacle event,” said Alexander.

Netball Quad Series Team
Name (state of origin/2017 Suncorp Super Netball team)

Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Courtney Bruce (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)
Sharni Layton (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Tegan Philip (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Madi Robinson (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Gretel Tippett (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)
Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Constellation Cup Team
Name (state of origin/2017 Suncorp Super Netball team)

Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Courtney Bruce (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)
Sharni Layton (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Susan Pettitt (New South Wales, GIANTS Netball)
Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Madi Robinson (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Stephanie Wood (Queensland, Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Australian Diamonds Squad 2017/18
Name (state of origin/2017 Suncorp Super Netball team)

Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Courtney Bruce (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)
Paige Hadley (New South Wales, NSW Swifts)
Sharni Layton (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Emily Mannix (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Kate Moloney (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Caitlyn Nevins (Victoria, Queensland Firebirds)
Susan Pettitt (New South Wales, GIANTS Netball)
Tegan Philip (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Madi Robinson (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Gretel Tippett (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)
Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Stephanie Wood (Queensland, Sunshine Coast Lightning)

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