Robinson celebrates 50 internationals

15.10.2016 Australia's coach Lisa Alexander and Madi Robinson in action during the Silver Ferns v Australia netball test match played at Vector Arena in Auckland. Mandatory Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

Madi Robinson, notched up her 50th appearance in the green and gold in the Diamonds’ 12-goal win in the third test of the Constellation Cup.

The milestone caps of a remarkable return to netball for Robinson, who missed the 2015 international season with an ACL injury.

Teammate Nat Medhurst said it was “amazing” to see Robinson reach the milestone in Auckland.

“Obviously, since she has made her debut a lot has happened, particularly in the last 12 or 18 months,” Medhurst said.

“To see Madi come back so strongly after her knee reconstruction in the ANZ Championship and then pretty much seamlessly work back into this Diamonds environment has been pretty spectacular.

“To have a 50th game and to cap it off with a win and, particularly for her, a really solid performance was awesome to watch.”

The 28-year-old made her debut in 2010 against Scotland in Glasgow and has been a member of the Diamonds ever since, excluding last year when she was sidelined with injury.

Robinson is the only player to win two Liz Ellis Diamond awards, claiming the accolade in 2012 and then again in 2014.

Medhurst said she loves playing alongside Robinson, describing her as a “twinkle toes.”

“Her decision making and her creativity is second to none,” Medhurst explained.

“ I absolutely love playing alongside Madi, she is extremely easy to read and she creates so much space.

“I am sure Caitlin (Bassett) would also agree, her ball placement creates so much space for us attackers and her feeds are just spot on. She finds the smallest of spaces to squeeze through or to be able to get that pass off.

“She is certainly one of the best wing attacks that has ever played for this country.”

Photography: Michael Bradley