Retiring defender Julie Corletto was given a fitting send-off from her stellar netball career, winning her third consecutive Netball World Cup title with the Australian Diamonds.
Corletto, who made her international debut in 2007, was a part of the Diamonds’ previous two successful Netball World Cup campaigns in 2007 and 2011.
“(I played) my third World Cup with Natalie Medhurst and we have won the three together so it’s an amazing feeling and such a great way to go out,” a teary Corletto said after Australia’s 58-55 victory over New Zealand.
“It’s such an amazing feeling. It’s hard to believe it’s all over. It’s obviously so great to go out with a gold medal and just to play alongside these girls.”
Problematic injuries to both knees sidelined Corletto in 2009 and 2010, however captain Laura Geitz said Corletto, who reached her 50th Test cap milestone during the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 was a “warrior.”
“I don’t think any of you sitting here understand just what this girl puts herself through to be out on court and just what she brings to the team,” Geitz said.
Teammate and good friend Renae Hallinan has played alongside Corletto since they were young, up-and-coming aspiring netballers and said she is proud of her achievements.
“I still remember the very first training session we ran out together in primary school and then under 13’s for the Melbourne Waverley in our matching shorts,” Hallinan said.
“Ever since then we’ve been twins and played alongside each other for years and years and years so I’m so unbelievably proud of her and the career that she has had.
“(I) know that she’s going to go onto bigger and better and greater things.”
Corletto said she is looking forward to celebrating the Netball World Cup win with family and friends, and thanking them for their support.
“They were all in the crowd today to share it with me and they have been such a big support in my career,” Corletto said.
photos Janos Schmidt