Layton: ‘It’s such a great crowd always’

27.08.2016 Action during the Netball Quad Series match between South Africa and Australia at Vector Arena in Auckland. Mandatory Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

Acting Vice-Captain Sharni Layton relishes the opportunity to play in Adelaide, a place she called home for four years.

The Diamonds return to the city of churches for the first time since 2013, to host the England Roses in their second test of the Netball Quad Series and their first game on home soil for 2016.

“I’m always so happy to be back here in Adelaide, as soon as that plane lands I just get the warm and fuzzies,” Layton said.

“It has been a while since we have been able to play here in Adelaide and it’s such a great crowd always, and for us that’s the most exciting thing coming up this week.”

The Roses fell to the Silver Ferns 65-39 in their first Test in Auckland on Sunday, although Layton says they are anticipating a tough contest when they meet for the first time since January on Wednesday night.

Layton acknowledges there are areas that the team will be looking to improve on heading into the second Test.

“You always want a really good contest and we’re not expecting anything less from England. New Zealand played extremely well but we know that England are going to come out firing and they put up such a great contest,” Layton explained.

“We had a really slow start against South Africa and we can’t allow that against England because we know they will get a jump on us.

“We were a bit inconsistent and the intensity wasn’t high enough so we’re going to have to bring our A-game if we’re going to beat them on Wednesday.”

Against the South Africa Spar Proteas, coach Lisa Alexander rotated the Diamonds roster so all of the 12-deep squad received court time, including debutants Stephanie Wood and Kristiana Manu’a.

“Something that has we have been priding ourselves on in the Diamonds over the last couple of years and the last year in particular is that we can get all 12 out there.”

“We know our game plan and we have confidence to put everyone out there. We can always mix it up which is one of our strengths now as the Diamonds.”

Photography: Michael Bradley

Watch the Diamonds take on the England Roses on August 31 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre from 7.30pm ACST. Purchase tickets. The game will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports Australia and the Netball Live App, and delay on ONE at 9.30pm.