Green steps up to lead Diamonds against England


Australian midcourter Kimberlee Green has been appointed acting captain for the Diamonds upcoming two Test Real Insurance Netball Test series against England, commencing in Bendigo on Sunday.

Green, pictured right, assumes the leadership position after captain Laura Geitz was ruled out of the England series with an acute left knee injury sustained in the Diamonds fourth and final Constellation Cup Test win against the Silver Ferns in Auckland on Wednesday.

“Kim (Green) understands the leadership model that we’ve implemented in the Diamonds which is to create an environment where all players contribute to leadership to reinforce the high performance behaviors that we’ve set in our ambition to be the world’s best team,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.

“Kim has her sights firmly set on that goal and she helps to drive that in the team.”

The 28-year-old NSW Swifts captain was initially appointed as acting vice-captain for the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand following the international retirement of Bianca Chatfield after the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Green said she was honored to lead Australia for the next two Tests.

“It’s a shame that the role has come in these circumstances, Laura’s absence leaves big captaincy shoes to fill, but I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead Australia in an acting capacity for the series against England,” Green said.

“We’ve done a lot of leadership training as a playing group over the last couple of years so I know that I’ll be well supported by 11 other leaders on court as we look to maintain our momentum from the Constellation Cup series.”

The Australian Diamonds have arrived in the central Victorian city of Bendigo ahead of the first outing against England since the thrilling one-goal victory at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Australia and England will renew their international rivalry when the Real Insurance Netball Test Series resumes on Sunday with the first Test at Bendigo Stadium. You can catch all the action live on FOX SPORTS 3 and SBS 2 from 2pm (AEDT) and on ABC Grandstand.