Australia national netball team

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Australia
Australian Netball Diamonds.svg
Nickname(s) Diamonds
Association Netball Australia
Confederation Netball Asia
Head coach Lisa Alexander
Asst coach Michelle den Dekker
Captain Laura Geitz
Vice-captain Kimberlee Green
Most caps Liz Ellis (122)
INF ranking 1 Steady
Kit body netball.svg
Team colours
Kit skirt netball.svg
Team colours
Kit body netball.svg
Alternate
Kit skirt netball.svg
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First international
Australia  40 – 11  New Zealand
Melbourne, 1938
World Championships
2011 placing First
Titles won 10
Commonwealth Games
2014 placing First
Best result First (1998, 2002, 2014)

The Australia National Netball Team, commonly known as the Australian Netball Diamonds, represent Australia in international netball tests and competitions. The team was formed in 1938 and played in the first international game of netball, against New Zealand. In 2008 the team adopted the nickname "Diamonds" in line with other Australian sporting teams, including the national women's basketball team, the Opals.

Australia have traditionally been regarded as the most successful netball team in international netball: they have won ten of the thirteen World Netball Championships, in addition to being the current world champions and ranked first in the INF World Rankings. The Diamonds compete annually in a home-and-away test series, the Constellation Cup, with perennial rivals New Zealand. Regular test matches are also held with other major netball countries, including England and Jamaica. To date, Australia have won ten World Championships and three Commonwealth Games events.

The Diamonds are administered by Netball Australia, the national governing body for netball in the country. Players are usually selected from Australian ANZ Championship franchises. The team are presently captained by Queensland Firebirds defender Laura Geitz. Lisa Alexander was appointed head coach in August 2011, taking over from Norma Plummer.

History[edit]

Australia and England during a test match in 2008.

While they remain amongst the world's very best, they have come under increasing challenge from New Zealand's national team, the Silver Ferns, in recent years. New Zealand won the 2006 Commonwealth Games final and the grand final of the 2003 World Netball Championships, which saw Australia lose the top world ranking. However, Australia regained their status as world champions after winning the 2007 World Netball Championships.

Historically, the Australian team has had an edge over perennial rivals New Zealand, as posting 54 victories, as opposed to New Zealand's 36 out of the 90 tests they have played (as at October 2008), including two matches ending in a draw.

On 8 September 2008, Netball Australia launched officially named the national team the Australian Netball Diamonds.[1] Continuing the trend set by the Australian women's basketball team, the Opals, Netball Australia made the announcement and described it as a milestone event in the sport's 80-year history in Australia.

Australia won the 2011 World Netball Championships on 10 July 2011 when the team defeated New Zealand 58–57 overtime, giving them their tenth world championship.[2]

Competitive record[edit]

World Netball Championships
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England Med 1.png 1st
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia Med 2.png 2nd
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica Med 1.png 1st
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Med 1.png 1st
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Med 1.png Joint 1st
1983 6th World Championships Singapore Med 1.png 1st
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland Med 2.png Joint 2nd
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia Med 1.png 1st
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England Med 1.png 1st
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand Med 1.png 1st
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica Med 2.png 2nd
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Med 1.png 1st
2011 13th World Championships Singapore Med 1.png 1st
2015 14th World Championships Sydney, Australia TBD
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Med 1.png 1st
2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England Med 1.png 1st
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia Med 2.png 2nd
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India Med 2.png 2nd
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland Med 1.png 1st
Netball at the World Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1985 2nd World Games 1st Netball London, England Med 2.png 2nd
1989 3rd World Games 2nd Netball Karlsruhe, Germany Med 2.png 2nd
1993 4th World Games 3rd Netball The Hague, Netherlands Med 1.png 1st

Players[edit]

2014 Diamonds (Real Insurance Test Series)[edit]

Name Positions 2015 ANZ Championship team
Laura Geitz (captain) GK, GD Queensland Firebirds
Kimberlee Green (vice captain) WA, C New South Wales Swifts
Caitlin Bassett GS West Coast Fever
Rebecca Bulley GK, GD Queensland Firebirds
Madison Robinson WA, C Melbourne Vixens
Sharni Layton GK, GD, WD New South Wales Swifts
Kimberley Ravaillion C, WD, WA Queensland Firebirds
Natalie Medhurst GA, GS West Coast Fever
Julie Corletto WD, GD, GK New South Wales Swifts
Renae Hallinan WD, C Adelaide Thunderbirds
Caitlin Thwaites GS, GA New South Wales Swifts
Clare McMenimen GD, GK Queensland Firebirds
Tegan Caldwell GA, GS Melbourne Vixens

Notable past players[edit]

  • Liz Ellis AM: Most capped Australian Netball player with 122 test caps.
  • Sharelle McMahon: Represented Australia in 118 tests spanning 14 years including captaincy. Will be remembered for her take of the ball near the baseline and shooting the winning goal in the INF 1999 Netball World Championships final for the Diamonds in Christchurch, New Zealand. The win was later recognised by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame through the Team Sport Australia Award in 2014.
  • Catherine Cox: Accumulated 108 Test caps and more than 2000 goals for Australia. Retired after wining an emotional ANZ Championship premiership with the Melbourne Vixens in 2014. Was a side-line commentator for Sky Sports for the 2014 Constellation Cup Series in New Zealand.
  • Vicki Wilson: Was considered as the world's best shooter at the time. Has 104 test caps to her name. Coach of the Queensland Firebirds 2006–2009 and was a netball commentator for TEN and ONE HD, now assistant coach of the New Zealand Silver Ferns.
  • Kathryn Harby-Williams: Fierce defender for Australia with 94 test caps. Moved to New Zealand with her husband after retiring internationally and played and commentated there until she and her family returned in 2013.
  • Rosalie Jencke: Defender for Australia with 43 test caps. Current coach of the Queensland Firebirds.
  • Shelley O'Donnell: Played for Australia for 10 years with 80 test caps.
  • Anne Sargeant OAM: Shooter for Australia. 52 test caps to her name in a period with many fewer annual test matches compared to 2001–2013. Received Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to Australian netball. Was a commentator at the 2011 World Netball Championships.
  • Michelle den Dekker: Defender for Australia with 84 test caps and was national captain in 1985–86 and from 1988–95. Also known as Michelle Fielke after her former marriage to Adelaide based Australian Rules Football player Grantley Fielke. Current Diamonds Assistant coach.

Most-capped Australian netballers[edit]

Name Test Caps State Test Team Years
Liz Ellis 122 NSW 1993–2007
Sharelle McMahon 118 VIC 1998–2011
Catherine Cox 108 NSW 1997, 2000–2013
Vicki Wilson 104 QLD 1985–1999
Kathryn Harby-Williams 94 SA 1990, 1992–2003
Carissa Tombs 91 NSW 1989–1999
Michelle den Dekker 84 SA 1985–1986, 1988–1995
Shelley O'Donnell 80 VIC 1990–1999
Jenny Borlase 70 SA 1989–1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lulham, Amanda (9 September 2008). "Our girl's dazzling new look". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rookie steals netball glory for Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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