Australian Diamonds vice-captain Kimberlee Green has announced her retirement from international netball following the team’s triumphant Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign.
Green told Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander of her decision last night following Australia’s 58-55 victory over New Zealand and broke the news to the rest of her teammates this morning, saying winning the world title in her home town was the perfect way to bow out.
“It’s time for me to move on; I’ve had a fantastic career and loved every second of it,” Green said.
“I have loved every second of playing for the Diamonds. Our culture is incredible, it’s something that you never take for granted putting on the gold dress and finishing the way that we did, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
“I’m pretty excited to go out the way we have with the World Cup. It’s just incredible. I have still got the drive and passion that I did when I first stepped out in the green and gold, however my body does need a break.
“I’m super happy with my decision and I can’t wait to watch these girls blossom in the next four years and win another World Cup.”
The 29-year-old will continue to play in the ANZ Championship with the NSW Swifts in 2016.
She moved into 10th spot on the all-time list of Tests played for Australia during the Diamonds Netball World Cup SYDNEY campaign.
Green was part of Australia’s 2011 world title winning team and the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal side. She has served as vice-captain since 2013 and captained the Diamonds in two Tests against England last year when Laura Geitz was sidelined through injury.
Green revealed she had been considering retiring from international netball since the start of the year and tried to soak up every moment of Australia’s campaign that culminated in its memorable three-goal win over the Silver Ferns in Sunday’s final at Allphones Arena in front of a world record crowd.
“The whole last 10 days you could not wipe the smile off my face,” Green said. “Every moment I embraced, I spent a lot of time with everyone because when you know you know.
“Last night was just incredible. We had a great after party and all of our family and friends were there and it was a fantastic way to finish off a great tournament.”
With Green and Julie Corletto confirmed departures from Australia’s team, it opens up the opportunity for some new blood to come in for October’s four-Test Constellation Cup series against the Silver Ferns.
“We have got so much depth in Australian netball,” Green declared. “The girls coming through nipping at our heels, they’re going to slide straight into those positions.
“I can’t wait to cheer the girls on from the sidelines. I’m going to be their number one cheerleader.”
Green will have four months to recharge before the 2016 ANZ Championship pre-season begins. “I’m going to absolutely enjoy every second of it,” she declared.