Beveridge enjoys another taste of Aussie selection

CJG-390West Australian shooter Kate Beveridge is relishing the opportunity to be back in a national team environment ahead of this weekend’s FAST5 Netball World Series in New Zealand.

Beveridge will help spearhead the Australian FAST5 Flyers’ assault on the two-day tournament, being played in Auckland, and said she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to represent her country again.

It’s been almost four years since Beveridge played the last of her 16 Tests for the Australian Diamonds – against Jamaica in January 2011 – while she also represented Australia in three previous World Netball Series when the tournament was played under Fastnet rules, captaining the 2010 team.

“It’s really exciting to be playing for the FAST5 Flyers and with some of the best netballers in the country,” Beveridge said.

“It (selection) came as quite a shock. I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever but obviously had no hesitation in saying yes to be part of it. It will be great to go out and have a bit of fun with the girls.”

After a training camp in Melbourne on Monday, the FAST5 Flyers have left for New Zealand to prepare to take on New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

Beveridge said she was keen to test her skills in the FAST5 format.

“One of the most significant changes is that it’s gone from seven (players) on court to five. So as a goal shooter you get to be involved in the play much more,” Beveridge said.

“So it’s sort of like having two goal attacks out there. You’ve also got three-point and two point shots that we didn’t have in FastNet. So there’s a couple of differences.”IMG_8428 (1)

Not only has her selection reunited the 29-year-old with former Adelaide Thunderbirds teammate Erin Bell, Beveridge is also looking forward to being coached by Jane Searle and Jane Woodlands-Thompson at the tournament.

“Erin was there in my last year in Adelaide and the four years she’s had since have just been phenomenal,” Beveridge said.

“She’s had such a successful four years so it’s really exciting to be back with her and I think I played my best netball in Adelaide under Jane Woodlands-Thompson, so it’s nice to get that advice from her again and hopefully improve my netball.”

Beveridge is also eager to take an up close look at Australia’s emerging young talent in Gabi Simpson, Kate Moloney and Kate Shimmin.

“These girls are fitter and stronger than anything I’ve seen before so it’s really inspiring to see the young girls being as dedicated to their sport as they are,” she said.

“There’s some fantastic players in this team. It’s lovely to be part of that.

“We’ve got what it takes to win the gold medal and hopefully we can do that.”

The FAST5 World Netball Series will be broadcast lived on FOX Sports 3.