Diamonds ready for tough Quad Series opener

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Date:
Saturday 26 August
Venue: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Time: 3.00pm
Tickets via Ticketek

International netball returns to Brisbane with a bang, for the first time since 2008. The Samsung Diamonds will host the England Roses, after which the New Zealand Silver Ferns play South Africa SPAR Proteas in a double header.

Last time these two sides met, it was an edge-of-your-seat thriller, with the Diamonds maintaining composure in the final moments of the game and coming away with a narrow one-goal victory over the Roses.

A new-look defensive end will be expected to lull the influence of the England shooting circle, including Helen Housby who scored 26 goals back in February’s clash, and the return of Jo Harten.

The Diamonds defensive end includes two potential debutants; Courtney Bruce and Emily Mannix. Both youngsters had strong and consistent Suncorp Super Netball seasons.

One of the most enticing match-ups that could hit the Diamonds goal circle at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, is captain Caitlin Bassett against Sunshine Coast Lightning teammate Geva Mentor. Suncorp Super Netball’s Player of the Year in Geva Mentor versus Suncorp Super Netball’s most accurate shooter in Caitlin Bassett. What more needs to be said?

Saturday is also a big day for Tegan Philip who returns to the green and gold for the first time since October 2014, after missing 2016 with an ACL injury.

From the coach:

“We are expecting a very tough, hungry (Roses) outfit for success. We know we have a very big task on our hands and it’s going to be a fabulous game. We want lots of people watching on TV and plenty of green and gold in the stands.”

“It’s absolutely important on so many levels to have a strong start to our international season, not the least to give this young group a boost of confidence about what we have been doing at work. It sets the tone, and if you drop a game you can’t win a trophy, so at the end of the day we have to win this game.”

“We’re very happy with our preparation camp. It’s always busy, and that’s the whole balancing act of getting enough work done and making sure the athletes are prepared and hungry for that first match.”

Fast Facts

  • Australia has an average winning margin of 15 goals against England.
  • England has an average winning margin of 4 goals against Australia.
  • Tegan Philip is three goals away from achieving 100 international goals. Philip’s most recent Diamonds appearance was 22 October 2014 against England in Canberra.
  • The two teams last met in the final test of the Netball Quad Series on 5 February 2-17 in Wembley, England. The Diamonds defeated the Roses 47-46.

The Diamonds host the England Roses at Brisbane Entertainment Centre Boondall at 3.00pm AEST Saturday 26 August. The New Zealand Silver Ferns will play South Africa Spar Proteas at the same venue immediately following the Australian game. Tickets available via Ticketek or watch live on Channel 9 and the Netball Live app.