Diamonds Rebecca Bulley retires a world champion

Australian defender Rebecca Bulley has announced her immediate retirement from netball following the Diamonds’ triumphant Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign.

The 32-year-old hangs up her bib as a world champion and three-time ANZ Championship premiership player, informing teammates of her decision to retire in Canberra on Thursday.

Bulley put the crowning glory on her stellar netball career with an ANZ Championship title and Netball World Cup Gold Medal with the Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds, respectively, in 2015.

“I couldn’t have scripted this year any better so the timing feels right for me to retire from netball and start the next stage of my life,” Bulley said.

“I’ve cherished every moment on the netball court and walk away with an extended family of incredible friends and lifetime of wonderful memories, none better than last weekend’s Netball World Cup victory on home soil.”

Bulley is the third member of the Diamonds triumphant Netball World Cup team to announce their international retirements, following on from Julie Corletto and Kimberlee Green. However Green will continue to play in the ANZ Championship next season with the NSW Swifts.

After making her international debut in 2008 against the New Zealand Silver Ferns in Auckland, Bulley went on to record 42 Test appearances in the green and gold, which included a World Cup gold medal (2015) and Commonwealth Games silver medal (2010).

The Victorian-born defender played 195 national league games, including 110 ANZ Championship matches, and became the first player to win three premierships with three different trans-Tasman teams (2008 – NSW Swifts; 2013 – Adelaide Thunderbirds; 2015 – Queensland Firebirds).

Individually, Bulley was also named the Swifts Most Valuable Player in 2010 and the Thunderbirds’ club champion in 2012.

“I want to congratulate Rebecca on a wonderful netball career; it’s been a privilege to coach her,” Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.

“Rebecca epitomises the Australian Diamonds ethos with her selflessness, work ethic and dedication, whether it be in the starting seven or coming off the bench domestically or internationally.

“Her role in Australia’s Netball World Cup victory can’t be undervalued as she played her part perfectly throughout the Diamonds’ campaign on and off the court.”