Liz Watson will captain the Australian Diamonds in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The Australian Diamonds, who are currently rated No. 1 in the World Netball rankings, are in Group A with Jamaica, South Africa, Scotland, Wales, and Barbados for the Commonwealth Games netball competition, which runs from July 29 to August 7.
After head coach Stacey Marinkovich selected her team for this summer’s competition, Liz Watson will captain the Australian Diamonds at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The world’s top-ranked team, the Diamonds, came up short in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final on the Gold Coast.
The Vitality Roses’ maiden netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games was made possible by Helen Housby’s last-second goal, which gave England a 52-51 victory.
Australia is in Group A, the group that England is in, and the competition this year begins on July 29. Jamaica, South Africa, Scotland, Wales, and the Diamonds are also present.
— Origin Diamonds (@AussieDiamonds) June 13, 2022
Two of the four athletes who competed in 2018 were Diamonds skipper Watson and her vice-captain Steph Wood. The other returning members are Jo Weston and Courtney Bruce.
The member on Marinkovich’s team with the most appearances is Watson.
Paige Hadley of the NSW Swifts, Kate Moloney of the Melbourne Vixens, and Ash Brazill, a newbie to the Games, make up a potent group of mid-court alternatives.
I can’t wait to see what this squad can accomplish in Birmingham, said Watson, who is ecstatic to be playing with some of the top netballers in the world.
“We all grew up watching and fantasising about the Commonwealth Games, and when we step onto the court to represent Australia, we hope to inspire the nation.”
Brazill, a specialist in wing defence, decided earlier this year to forego her AFLW obligations in order to concentrate on her selection for the Commonwealth Games. She is one of the Australian team’s parents.
After giving birth to her son Bobby last year, Gretel Bueta has been managing her netball commitments with being a parent.
— Jo Weston (@joannamweston) June 14, 2022
First African-born Diamond and rising star Sunday Aryang joins the seasoned Joanna Weston and Courtney Bruce in defence along with Sarah Klau, a two-time NSW Swifts Premiership player.
Along with her Sunshine Coast Lightning teammate Cara Koenen, vice-captain Wood was chosen.
After breaking her ACL in 2021, Kiera Austin of the Vixens will make her much awaited international comeback.
Three backup players, including former Leeds Rhinos shooter Donnell Wallam, will accompany the Diamonds to England. The team will finish its training sessions in Manchester and Perth.
Selection for any international competition, particularly the Commonwealth Games, is never simple, according to Marinkovich.
I congratulate the 12 athletes who have been chosen to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games because Australian netball has such a richness of ability at every position on the court.