FOUR PIES NAMED IN 2018 QUAD SERIES TEAM
Tiarne Swersky - November 2, 2017
The Australian Diamonds are set to have a strong Collingwood presence in the 2018 Quad Series after Kim Ravaillion, April Brandley, Caitlin Thwaites and Sharni Layton were all selected in the team of 14.
Collingwood’s quartet will travel with the national squad who will tour England and South Africa in January next year, as confirmed by Netball Australia on Thursday morning.
With four Magpies selected, Collingwood becomes the most represented Super Netball club for the Australian Diamonds ahead the upcoming Quad Series.
After taking a break from the sport earlier this year, Magpies defender Sharni Layton will be back in the national mix after being named in the squad by head coach Lisa Alexander and the national selectors.
“The selectors and I are ensuring all options are explored prior to selection of the Commonwealth Games team in February, hence the changes from our Constellation Cup team, and continuing our focus on the high performance process,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
“Sharni has been named for the upcoming Quad Series subject to medical clearance after taking a leave of absence over the last three months.
“She is looking forward to getting back into training and joining her teammates for the upcoming training block.”
After successfully retaining the Constellation Cup in October, the Diamonds will be vying for a strong start to the 2018 season after falling to New Zealand in the most recent Quad Series in September.
The 2018 Netball Quad Series will be the final test series for the Australian Diamonds before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, set to be commence in April next year.
AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS 2018 QUAD SERIES TEAM
Caitlin Bassett (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (Collingwood Magpies) – 18 caps
Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever)
Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts)
Sharni Layton (Collingwood Magpies) – 46 caps
Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens)
Susan Pettitt (Giants Netball)
Kimberly Ravaillion (Collingwood Magpies) – 47 caps
Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Collingwood Magpies) 31 caps
Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds)
Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Melbourne Vixens)
Steph Wood (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
2018 QUAD SERIES FIXTURE
Sat 20 Jan – London, ENG
South Africa Spar Proteas v Samsung Diamonds
England Roses v New Zealand Silver Ferns
Mon 22 Jan – London, ENG
England Roses v Samsung Diamonds
Thurs 25 Jan – Johannesburg, RSA
South Africa Spar Proteas v New Zealand Silver Ferns
Sun 28 Jan – Johannesburg, RSA
New Zealand Silver Ferns v Samsung Diamonds
Sun 28 Jan – ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill, NZL
South Africa Spar Proteas v England Roses