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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 IFNA 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 two 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 Adelaide Thunderbirds midcourter Natalie von BertouchLisa Alexander was appointed head coach in August 2011, taking over from Norma Plummer.

History[edit]Edit

[1][2]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 the 8th of 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.

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.

Competitive record[edit]Edit

World Netball Championships
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England [3]

1st

1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia [4] 2nd
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica [5]

1st

1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand [6]

1st

1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago [7]

Joint 1st

1983 6th World Championships Singapore [8]

1st

1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland [9] 3rd
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia [10]

1st

1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England [11]

1st

1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand [12]

1st

2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica [13] 2nd
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand [14]

1st

2011 13th World Championships Singapore [15]

1st

Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [16]

1st

2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England [17]

1st

2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia [18] 2nd
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India [19] 2nd
World Netball Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England [20] 3rd
2010 2nd World Series Liverpool, England 4th
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England [21] 3rd
Constellation Cup
Series Year Tests Played Tests won by Australia Tests won by New Zealand Result
1 2010 3 2 1 Australia (2-1)
2 2011 5 3 2 Australia (3-2)
3 2012 3 1 2 New Zealand (2-1)
Netball at the World Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1985 2nd World Games 1st Netball London, England [22] 2nd
1989 3rd World Games 2nd Netball Karlsruhe, Germany [23] 2nd
1993 4th World Games 3rd Netball The Hague, Netherlands [24]

1st

Players[edit]Edit

2012 Diamonds[edit]Edit

Name Positions 2012 ANZ Championship team
Natalie von Bertouch (captain) C, WD, WA [25]

Adelaide Thunderbirds

Catherine Cox (vice captain) GS, GA [26]

West Coast Fever

Caitlin Bassett GS [27]

West Coast Fever

Erin Bell GA, WA [28]

Adelaide Thunderbirds

Ashleigh Brazill WD, C [29]

West Coast Fever

Madison Browne WA, C [30]

Melbourne Vixens

Rebecca Bulley GD, GK, WD [31]

Adelaide Thunderbirds

Bianca Chatfield GK, GD [32]

Melbourne Vixens

Julie Corletto GD, WD, GK [33]

Northern Mystics

Laura Geitz GK, GD [34]

Queensland Firebirds

Mo'onia Gerrard GD, WD [35]

New South Wales Swifts

Kimberlee Green WA, C [36]

New South Wales Swifts

Natalie Medhurst GA, GS [37]

Queensland Firebirds

Chelsea Pitman WA, GA [38]

Queensland Firebirds

Susan Pratley GA, GS [39]

New South Wales Swifts

Notable past players[edit]Edit

  • Liz Ellis A.M: Most capped Australian Netball player with 122 test caps. Current netball commentator for TEN and ONE HD for the ANZ Championship and Holden Netball Test Series.
  • Vicki Wilson: Was considered as the world's best shooter of the time. Has 104 test caps to her name. Coach of the Queensland Firebirds 2006-2009 and current netball commentator for TEN and ONE HD.
  • Kathryn Harby-Williams: Fierce defender for Australia with 94 test caps. Now a commentator for Sky Sports coverage of the ANZ Championship in new Zealand.
  • 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. Received Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to Australian netball. Was a commentator at the 2011 World Netball Championships.

Most-capped Australian netballers[edit]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–Present
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
Jennifer Borlase 70 SA 1989-1999
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