Everything is almost in readiness for the first Two Tests of this year’s Constellation Cup series over the `ditch’. 


Everything is almost in readiness for the first Two Tests of this year’s Constellation Cup series over the `ditch’.

The Diamonds will be in camp in Melbourne from this Sunday as we begin to prepare for the first Test in Invercargill on Sunday, September 15.

All of our squad have been working hard following their training programs over the past three weeks to hone their skills and physical condition to prepare for the rigours of touring and get our tactics in place for the upcoming five Test matches against the Silver Ferns.

I’ve just returned from the World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland, where I watched closely our future Diamonds in action. Two of those, Kim Ravaillion and Paige Hadley, are already part of our squad.

For the Australian 21/U side, losing to Final against New Zealand was an extremely disappointing end to the tournament after they had swept all before them in the preliminary rounds and the Semi-Final against England.

The girls were devastated and felt they had let everyone down – but we assured them they had not only done themselves and their families proud, but their country as well.

As I said too many of them after the game, it’s what you learn from these experiences after an event like the World Youth Cup that is the most crucial aspect. They all need to review what they needed to improve on for the next opportunity.

I have to say that I was enormously proud of their efforts and the manner in which they behaved in front of our International peers.

All of the Diamonds followed their progress closely and gave the team great support from afar. What happened in the Final will give all of us that bit of an extra spur to turn the result around between our two countries in the Constellation Cup!

But, it will be a very tough series for both teams as there are even match ups all over the court and new combinations to contend with.

It will also be the first Test series for our new leadership group Laura Geitz as captain ably assisted by Bianca Chatfield as her deputy.

Laura is an extremely modest and down-to-earth person and I know that she and her tight-knit family are extremely proud that she’s now received the highest honor any netballer can have bestowed on them, to lead your country.

I know that Laura is really looking forward to the challenge of leading the Diamonds and regaining No.1 status in the world.

We are ready to change from talking and preparing to taking action where it counts – out on the netball court in front of our adoring fans.

Go Diamonds!