Diamonds ready to shine in Canberra


The road towards the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 continued on Wednesday when the Australian Diamonds arrived at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Squad Camp.

The 18-player squad, along with five invitees, gathered in the national capital for the three-day camp as Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander and selectors run their eyes over the World Cup hopefuls.

Alexander said workloads were carefully being monitored while players were being assessed for their behaviour on and off the court and adaptability.

“It’s our job as selectors to be really thorough in our selection so that’s why this camp is so important,” Alexander said.

“It’s more than a selection camp, we’re looking at the athletes from a holistic point of view, how they’re behaving in leadership and their contribution to performance analysis, so it’s a very multifaceted and complex camp.

CJG-002“The athletes are going to have to have their minds switched on, it’s not physically taxing because they are in the middle of a season so it’s more about how they’re going to process all our strategies and tactics.”

Diamonds defender Rebecca Bulley said grudges would need to be put aside for the camp as foes become friends for the next couple of days at the Australian Institute of Sport.

“Everyone is really excited to catch up and give each other a hug, even though we’re enemies on court at the moment during the ANZ Championship, but everyone is down to business from now on,” Bulley said.

“We really want to show what we can do on court ahead of World Cup selections, I think it’s really competitive but it’s a really good place to be in.”

With the season ending injury to midcourter Madi Robinson and the international retirement of defender Bianca Chatfield, Alexander will be forced to make at least two changes to her team that won Commonwealth Games Gold last year.

Shooter Caitlin Bassett said the camp would be tough as players battle for positions.

“All the spots are hotly contested, that’s the thing about the Diamonds, we’ve got such a good pool of athletes vying for those twelve spots,” Bassett said.

“It’s going to be really tough this week.”

The Australian Diamonds begin its Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday 7 August at Allphones Arena.

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