Star midcourter Renae Ingles has been named the Australian Diamonds acting vice-captain for next month’s Constellation Cup series against New Zealand.
The 29-year-old wing defence will fill the deputy role vacated by Kimberlee Green, who retired from international netball following the Diamonds’ triumphant Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign, for the four-Test Constellation Cup series against the Silver Ferns starting on 20 October in Christchurch.
The recently-married Ingles (nee Hallinan) said she was honoured to be elevated to the coveted leadership position.
“Representing the green and gold is a privilege anytime but to get the opportunity to do so in a leadership capacity is extremely exciting and a challenge that I look forward to against the Silver Ferns,” Ingles said.
“I am really looking forward to working with, and learning from captain Laura (Geitz). She is an incredible leader.”
The Netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist has plenty of leadership experience, appointed captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2014 following the retirement of former Diamonds and Thunderbirds skipper Natalie von Bertouch.
Ingles has made 65 Test appearances since making her international debut against the Silver Ferns in 2009. She has won two Australian International Player of the Year awards (2009, 2013) and the coveted Liz Ellis Diamond (2013).
“Renae brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Diamonds vice-captaincy and we believe her combination with captain Laura Geitz will provide a great example for the Constellation Cup,” Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
“She (Ingles) is highly respected by her peers, coaching and support staff at a domestic and international level; she leads by example on and off the court with her attitude, commitment and behaviour.”
Limited tickets are still available to purchase for the Test matches in Melbourne (25 October) and Perth (30 October).
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The 2015 Constellation Cup Series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, Network Ten and the Netball Live app.