Only four days to go until the Commonwealth games Squad is announced for netball.
Many of our prominent sports have been selecting their squads based on criteria specific to each sport.
The Athletics Australia’s championships were just held in Melbourne and the team for Glasgow will be finalised soon based on times, distances and overall results.
Our selection process is based around the three national selectors viewing every game and collecting statistical data on every player in the ANZ championship, as well as past international performances, Diamonds camps and adherence to individual athlete performance plans to name a few of the criteria.
It is a complex business and also involves comparing players’ performances directly and indirectly.
The fact that we can’t pick 18 goalers means we need balance in our squad amongst all playing positions and the fact that we are choosing athletes for a tournament means fitness, being versatile across a couple of positions and injury management are therefore very important considerations.
I can assure all of our fans that we have been diligent as selectors and also regularly meet to discuss the state of play of what we are all thinking. The discussions of the performances of athletes are robustly debated to make better and more accurate decisions.
This was also the theme of my meeting with the national junior selectors at Waverley on Thursday night at the 17/U & 19/U National Netball Championships. The need to keep the big picture in mind and the overarching question is always, does this athlete have the potential to represent the Diamonds in the future?
Performance and potential need to be very clearly weighed up with this theme front of mind.
I wish all the athletes the very best for the finals for junior national championships and may the best state win and all teams play with great skill, energy and discipline.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the retirement of one of our greatest, Catherine Cox.
It has been a privilege and honour to be involved with Catherine as her Diamonds Head Coach for the past two and half years.
I have long been an admirer of her playing ability and the longevity of her career in the Diamonds.
We will miss Catherine greatly in the Diamonds environment but know that she have so much to look forward to in the next chapter of her life.
Great career Catherine!