Australian Diamonds midcourters Kimberley Ravaillion and Paige Hadley have spent their last day in Australia training and learning from the country’s best before departing for Glasgow on Wednesday.
The pair spent the day in camp with the Diamonds at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra before leaving to join their Australian 21/U teammates in Scotland for last minute preparations ahead of next week’s World Youth Netball Championships.
“Playing alongside the best players in Australia has give Paige and I a wonderful opportunity heading into the World Youth Netball Championships,” Ravaillion said.
“We’re so lucky to have such amazing players around us to give us that confidence and then bring that into our 21/U team, show what we’ve learnt from them and help make our team even stronger than it already is.”
“The likes of Kim Green, Madison Browne and Renae Hallinan are all amazing players, just watching them train and their work ethic is inspiring and beneficial to my game, it’s just great to be apart of.”
The rising stars have both enjoyed dream seasons, culminating with their selection in the Diamonds teams for October’s international Test series against the New Zealand Silver Ferns and Malawi Queens.
After making her ANZ Championship debut as an injury replacement player, Hadley signed her first NSW Swifts contract in 2013, going on to shine in the midcourt against the world’s best players before winning her first Diamonds selection for the Malawi series.
Ravaillion, who made her international debut in January’s England tour, went on to play a pivotal role in her debut season, helping her Queensland Firebirds to the 2013 ANZ Championship Grand Final, before being selected for the Silver Ferns series.
The Firebirds success hasn’t come without a price with Ravaillion joining her Australia 21/U teammates for the first time last weekend in Tasmania for the Australian Netball League – the first time the team has been together since selection camp.
The long awaited chance to join her team not lost on Ravaillion – the only player in Australia’s World Youth Netball Championship team to make their international Diamonds debut.
“Just being together finally felt so good and our win against the Waratahs together as a team on the weekend made us even more excited about the World Youth Netball Championships,” Ravaillion said.
“When I finally got to play with the girls, it finally felt like I was apart of the team and that we’re all going to enjoy this experience together.”
Australia begins its World Youth Netball Championship title defence against Israel on Friday 23 August at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
“It’s so exciting that it’s finally here, I’ve been waiting four years for this moment and it feels like its come quicker than expected but I’m just so excited and can’t wait to jump on the plane (on Wednesday),” Ravaillion said.
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