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 Bertouch. Lisa Alexander was appointed head coach in August 2011, taking over from Norma Plummer.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.
|World Netball Championships|
|1963||1st World Championships||Eastbourne, England||
|1967||2nd World Championships||Perth, Australia|| 2nd|
|1971||3rd World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||
|1975||4th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||
|1979||5th World Championships||Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||
|1983||6th World Championships||Singapore||
|1987||7th World Championships||Glasgow, Scotland|| 3rd|
|1991||8th World Championships||Sydney, Australia||
|1995||9th World Championships||Birmingham, England||
|1999||10th World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||
|2003||11th World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica|| 2nd|
|2007||12th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||
|2011||13th World Championships||Singapore||
|Netball at the Commonwealth Games|
|1998||XVI Games||1st Netball||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||
|2002||XVII Games||2nd Netball||Manchester, England||
|2006||XVIII Games||3rd Netball||Melbourne, Australia|| 2nd|
|2010||XIX Games||4th Netball||Delhi, India|| 2nd|
|World Netball Series|
|2009||1st World Series||Manchester, England|| 3rd|
|2010||2nd World Series||Liverpool, England||4th|
|2011||3rd World Series||Liverpool, England|| 3rd|
|Series||Year||Tests Played||Tests won by Australia||Tests won by New Zealand||Result|
|3||2012||3||1||2||New Zealand (2-1)|
|Netball at the World Games|
|1985||2nd World Games||1st Netball||London, England|| 2nd|
|1989||3rd World Games||2nd Netball||Karlsruhe, Germany|| 2nd|
|1993||4th World Games||3rd Netball||The Hague, Netherlands||
|Name||Positions||2012 ANZ Championship team|
|Natalie von Bertouch (captain)||C, WD, WA|||
|Catherine Cox (vice captain)||GS, GA|||
|Erin Bell||GA, WA|||
|Ashleigh Brazill||WD, C|||
|Madison Browne||WA, C|||
|Rebecca Bulley||GD, GK, WD|||
|Bianca Chatfield||GK, GD|||
|Julie Corletto||GD, WD, GK|||
|Laura Geitz||GK, GD|||
|Mo'onia Gerrard||GD, WD|||
|Kimberlee Green||WA, C|||
|Natalie Medhurst||GA, GS|||
|Chelsea Pitman||WA, GA|||
|Susan Pratley||GA, GS|||
- 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.
|Name||Test Caps||State||Test Team Years|
|Catherine Cox||108||NSW||1997, 2000–Present|
|Kathryn Harby-Williams||94||SA||1990, 1992-2003|
|Michelle Den Dekker||84||SA||1985-1986, 1988-1995|