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.
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. 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.
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.
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.