Midcourter Caitlyn Nevins describes the moment she became the 171st netballer to represent Australia as “a bit of a blur.”
The 29-year-old made her international debut during the Australian Diamonds’ seven-goal win over the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the opening Test of the Netball Quad Series.
After the win, a speechless Nevins said representing her country and becoming a Diamond was “a dream come true.”
“It’s such a huge honour to be the 171st Australian player. I’ve wanted to play for the Diamonds since I was a young girl.” Nevins said.
Coach Lisa Alexander injected Nevins into the game mid-way through the final term, at a moment where pressure was mounting from the Silver Ferns.
Nevins explained her substitution happened so quickly following her warm-up, she didn’t have time to overthink her debut to international netball.
“I got the nod mid-way through the quarter. I had just warmed up, then sat down and got the nod,” Nevins said.
“I was put on straight away, which worked in my favour because I didn’t overthink the situation and just played my natural game.”
Nevins made a seamless introduction into the Diamonds line-up, attributing her easy transition to all of the team’s preparations in the lead up to this game.
“We did so much work during the week in preparing for the Ferns, so once I got out there on court I switched and got into it,” she explained.
“We’re just wrapped to get the win.”
Attention for the Australian Diamonds now turns to the second Quad Series Test on Wednesday morning AEDT, where they face South Africa. Tune in on 9Gem.