Samsung Australian Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander and national selectors have confirmed five athletes have been invited to join the Samsung Diamonds squad camp at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra from 18-22 March.
Magpies Netball defender Matilda Garrett, New South Wales Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley, Queensland Firebirds defender Kim Jenner and Sunshine Coast Lightning’s shooter Cara Koenen and midcourter Laura Scherian will provide additional support to the current 18-strong Diamonds squad during the five-day camp.
The camp, while playing a role in 2019 Netball World Cup selection, will be placed alongside performances in the Suncorp Super Netball season as the World Cup approaches, with the final team to be announced in late May.
Samsung Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander is looking forward to the camp and is excited to have 23 of Australia’s best netballers gathered in Canberra.
“We’re delighted to have invited Tilly, Paige, Kim, Cara and Laura along to this camp – not only will they assist our current squad training process, but it’s a great opportunity to give them exposure to the world-class Diamonds program,” she said.
“We’re constantly monitoring the athletes within our pathway program, so selection of these athletes as camp invitees has been based on much more than just their brilliant performances at the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup pre-season tournament over the weekend.
“This camp will provide us with an opportunity to simulate some of the scheduling around World Cup so we’re able to optimise our team processes by the time July arrives.”
All athletes will arrive in Canberra next Monday 18 March.
The 2019 Netball World Cup takes place in Liverpool from 12-21 July.
Samsung Diamonds training camp invitees (March camp):
Cara Koenen – Queensland – Sunshine Coast Lightning
Kim Jenner – Queensland – Queensland Firebirds
Laura Scherian – Queensland – Sunshine Coast Lightning
Matilda Garrett – Victoria – Magpies Netball
Paige Hadley – New South Wales – NSW Swifts
Current Samsung Diamonds squad:
April Brandley – New South Wales – Magpies Netball
Caitlin Bassett – Western Australia – GIANTS Netball
Caitlin Thwaites – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens
Courtney Bruce – Western Australia – West Coast Fever
Emily Mannix – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens
Gabi Simpson – New South Wales – Queensland Firebirds
Gretel Tippett – Queensland – Queensland Firebirds
Jamie-Lee Price – New South Wales – GIANTS Netball
Jess Anstiss – Western Australia – West Coast Fever
Jo Weston – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens
Kate Moloney – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens
Kelsey Browne – Victoria – Magpies Netball
Kiera Austin – New South Wales – GIANTS Netball
Kim Ravaillion – New South Wales – Magpies Netball
Liz Watson – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens
Sarah Klau – South Australia – NSW Swifts
Stephanie Wood – Queensland – Sunshine Coast Lightning
Tegan Philip – Victoria – Melbourne Vixens