Brandley excited to be back where it all began

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The Australian Diamonds’ 2013 England tour holds bittersweet memories for the recently-married April Brandley (nee Letton).

It was where the talented defender made her international debut – at Birmingham on Australia Day – but on the flip side it came in a series that the Diamonds lost 3-0 to England.

Having been recalled to the Diamonds team last year for the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand, the 24-year-old is keen to use the current three-Test series against England as an opportunity to reignite her international career.

“It’s amazing to be back. It’s crazy to think that (international debut) was three years ago now,” Brandley said.

“I feel like I’ve grown over the last three years coming back into this experience and got a bit more ammunition behind me this time.

“It’s really great to give it another shot and get out there. I’m ready to come back with more of a vengeance after losing last time. That definitely hurt a lot so I’m looking forward to getting out there in the dress and doing my best.”

2015 _CCup_Perth_0611LiThe Diamonds face England in the opening Test at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Thursday, January 21 (6.30pm AEDT). The second and third Tests will be played in London on Saturday, 23 January (6.30am AEDT) and Monday, 25 January (5.30am AEDT).

The Diamonds tuned up with a practice match against an England `A’ side in Manchester earlier this week.

With the retirements over the past couple of years of Bianca Chatfield, Rebecca Bulley and Julie Corletto – and captain Laura Geitz absent – the Diamonds will field a new-look defensive combination over the series.

Brandley and Jo Weston are `new’ faces in the defensive end alongside Sharni Layton and acting captain Clare McMeniman.

Brandley, who moved from the NSW Swifts to West Coast Fever last year, is eager to put her hand up for court time over the three Tests.

“With Jules (Corletto) retiring, she’s definitely someone I admired and looked up to in the goal defence position because she’s such as hard worker,” Brandley said.

“I do keep that in mind coming into Aussie training camps, to push myself as hard as I can. I’m really excited about the opportunity and I feel like all the training that we’ve done counts and I’m ready to do my best

“No one is ever going to be the next Julie Corletto. But I can bring `me’ to the game and if I do my best, hopefully that’s good enough.”

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