The Melbourne Vixens have shown their dominance as a powerhouse Club once again, with three athletes today announced as members of the Australian Diamonds 2016/17 Squad.
Midcourters Madi Robinson and Liz Watson have been named in the 12-player team to contest the upcoming Quad Series against New Zealand, England and South Africa, and versatile defender Jo Weston as part of the Squad.
For Vixens Captain Robinson, the opportunity to get back in the green and gold has been a long time coming.
The Wing Attack missed the Diamonds’ 2015 Netball World Cup campaign after she suffered a ruptured ACL only months out from the tournament, and said she will relish the chance to represent Australia once again.
“I’m pumped to be named in the team and it’s a really nice way to cap off the year,” said Robinson, who had an outstanding 2016 season and was named the ANZ Championship Australian Conference MVP.
“I know how hard it is to represent your country and I’m really looking forward to getting that opportunity again. I’m rapt to be able to get out there with Liz as well.”
Robinson will be in good company with her Vixens teammate Watson, selected for her second stint in the Australian team.
“I couldn’t believe it when Lisa [Alexander] called me,” said an elated Watson, who made her debut for Australia in 2015.
Reflecting on her call-up, the 22-year-old said she couldn’t wait to play against the other powerhouses of international netball.
“I played three games for the Diamonds and had only played against England, so it will be great to be play against New Zealand and South Africa. And to be able to play alongside some of the girls as teammates, where they’re usually our opposition will be awesome as well.”
Australian Diamonds Squad 2016/17
Name (state of origin/ANZ Championship team)
Athletes identified with an * have been selected in the Diamonds team for the Quad Series
Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)*
April Brandley (New South Wales, West Coast Fever)*
Laura Geitz (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)
Paige Hadley (New South Wales, NSW Swifts)
Sharni Layton (Victoria, NSW Swifts)*
Kristiana Manu’a (New South Wales, WBOP Magic)*
Clare McMeniman (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)*
Natalie Medhurst (South Australia, West Coast Fever)*
Caitlyn Nevins (Victoria, Queensland Firebirds)
Susan Pettitt (New South Wales, NSW Swifts)
Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)*
Madi Robinson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)*
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)*
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, NSW Swifts)*
Gretel Tippet (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)
Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)*
Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Stephanie Wood (Queensland, NSW Swifts)*
2016 Netball Quad Series
Sat 27 Aug: Australian Diamonds vs. South Africa Spar Proteas, Vector Arena, Auckland, NZ
Wed 31 Aug: Australian Diamonds vs. England Roses, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, AUS
Sun 4 Sept: Australian Diamonds vs. New Zealand Silver Ferns, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, AUS
Sun 4 Sept: South Africa vs. England Roses, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, AU