Australia national netball team

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Australia
Australian Netball Diamonds.jpg
Nickname(s)Diamonds
AssociationNetball Australia
ConfederationNetball Asia
Head coachLisa Alexander
Asst coachJulie Fitzgerald
CaptainNatalie von Bertouch
Vice-captainCatherine Cox
Most capsLiz Ellis (122)
IFNA ranking1
Kit body netball.svg
Team colours
Kit skirt netball.svg
Team colours
Kit body netball.svg
Alternate
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First international
Australia  40 – 11  New Zealand
Melbourne, 1938
World Championships
2011 placingFirst
Titles won10
Commonwealth Games
2010 placingSecond
Best resultFirst (1998, 2002)
 
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Australia
Australian Netball Diamonds.jpg
Nickname(s)Diamonds
AssociationNetball Australia
ConfederationNetball Asia
Head coachLisa Alexander
Asst coachJulie Fitzgerald
CaptainNatalie von Bertouch
Vice-captainCatherine Cox
Most capsLiz Ellis (122)
IFNA ranking1
Kit body netball.svg
Team colours
Kit skirt netball.svg
Team colours
Kit body netball.svg
Alternate
Kit skirt netball.svg
Alternate
First international
Australia  40 – 11  New Zealand
Melbourne, 1938
World Championships
2011 placingFirst
Titles won10
Commonwealth Games
2010 placingSecond
Best resultFirst (1998, 2002)

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.

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History

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 a 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. [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

World Netball Championships
YearChampionshipLocationPlacing
19631st World ChampionshipsEastbourne, EnglandMed 1.png 1st
19672nd World ChampionshipsPerth, AustraliaMed 2.png 2nd
19713rd World ChampionshipsKingston, JamaicaMed 1.png 1st
19754th World ChampionshipsAuckland, New ZealandMed 1.png 1st
19795th World ChampionshipsPort of Spain, Trinidad & TobagoMed 1.png Joint 1st
19836th World ChampionshipsSingaporeMed 1.png 1st
19877th World ChampionshipsGlasgow, ScotlandMed 3.png 3rd
19918th World ChampionshipsSydney, AustraliaMed 1.png 1st
19959th World ChampionshipsBirmingham, EnglandMed 1.png 1st
199910th World ChampionshipsChristchurch, New ZealandMed 1.png 1st
200311th World ChampionshipsKingston, JamaicaMed 2.png 2nd
200712th World ChampionshipsAuckland, New ZealandMed 1.png 1st
201113th World ChampionshipsSingaporeMed 1.png 1st
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
YearGamesEventLocationPlacing
1998XVI Games1st NetballKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMed 1.png 1st
2002XVII Games2nd NetballManchester, EnglandMed 1.png 1st
2006XVIII Games3rd NetballMelbourne, AustraliaMed 2.png 2nd
2010XIX Games4th NetballDelhi, IndiaMed 2.png 2nd
World Netball Series
YearTournamentLocationPlacing
20091st World SeriesManchester, EnglandMed 3.png 3rd
20102nd World SeriesLiverpool, England4th
20113rd World SeriesLiverpool, EnglandMed 3.png 3rd
Constellation Cup
SeriesYearTests PlayedTests won by AustraliaTests won by New ZealandResult
12010321Australia (2-1)
22011532Australia (3-2)
Netball at the World Games
YearGamesEventLocationPlacing
19852nd World Games1st NetballLondon, EnglandMed 2.png 2nd
19893rd World Games2nd NetballKarlsruhe, GermanyMed 2.png 2nd
19934th World Games3rd NetballThe Hague, NetherlandsMed 1.png 1st

Players

2012 Diamonds

NamePositions2012 ANZ Championship team
Natalie von Bertouch (captain)C, WD, WAANZ Thunderbirds.svg Adelaide Thunderbirds
Catherine Cox (vice captain)GS, GAANZ Fever.svg West Coast Fever
Caitlin BassettGSANZ Fever.svg West Coast Fever
Erin BellGA, WAANZ Thunderbirds.svg Adelaide Thunderbirds
Ashleigh BrazillWD, CANZ Fever.svg West Coast Fever
Madison BrowneWA, CANZ Vixens.svg Melbourne Vixens
Rebecca BulleyGD, GK, WDANZ Thunderbirds.svg Adelaide Thunderbirds
Bianca ChatfieldGK, GDANZ Vixens.svg Melbourne Vixens
Julie CorlettoGD, WD, GKANZ Vixens.svg Melbourne Vixens
Laura GeitzGK, GDANZ Firebirds.svg Queensland Firebirds
Mo'onia GerrardGD, WDANZ Swifts.svg New South Wales Swifts
Kimberlee GreenWA, CANZ Swifts.svg New South Wales Swifts
Natalie MedhurstGA, GSANZ Firebirds.svg Queensland Firebirds
Chelsea PitmanWA, GAANZ Firebirds.svg Queensland Firebirds
Susan PratleyGA, GSANZ Swifts.svg New South Wales Swifts

Notable past players

Most-capped Australian netballers

NameTest CapsStateTest Team Years
Liz Ellis122NSW1993-2007
Sharelle McMahon118VIC1998-2011
Vicki Wilson104QLD1985-1999
Catherine Cox100WA1997, 2000-Present
Kathryn Harby-Williams94SA1990, 1992-2003
Carissa Tombs91NSW1989-1999
Michelle Den Dekker84SA1985-1986, 1988-1995
Shelley O'Donnell80VIC1990-1999
Jennifer Borlase70SA1989-1999

See also

References

  1. ^ Lulham, Amanda (2008-09-09). "Our girl's dazzling new look". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24313244-5001023,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Rookie steals netball glory for Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/605Rot5Sc. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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