Australian Netball Diamonds coach Norma Plummer has today named her 2010/11 Diamonds squad. The 22 players will be in contention for the 12-player team to travel to Delhi in October for Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medal campaign and for the Holden Netball Test Series against the Jamaica Sunshine Girls and New Zealand Silver Ferns in August.
Two news faces were named in a Diamonds squad that boasts strength and class all over the court.
After their integral role in the Adelaide Thunderbirds 2010 ANZ Championship Premiership victory on Sunday, Erin Bell and Sharni Layton have been rewarded with their first spot on the Australian Diamonds squad while NSW Swifts wing defence Kimberley Smith returns to the squad after missing selection last year.
Both new players have taken very different roads to their first national selection with Layton graduating from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra last year while Bell experienced her breakthrough year after spending 2008 and 2009 on the NSW Swifts bench behind Diamonds shooters Catherine Cox and Susan Pratley.
After the long selection process Diamonds coach Norma Plummer is satisfied that her 2010/11 squad is still a great combination of up and coming talent and experienced players.
“We’ve got a couple of new selected players in, Bell and Layton, after they put in such great performances over the ANZ Championship season,” Plummer explained.
“So the squad is definitely still reflecting youth and experience and we are really pleased about that because we want to keep the development coming so we are not left with too many holes.”
The 22-player squad will head to the AIS on July 21 for a selection camp before a touring team is named for the Holden Netball Test Series commencing August 8 in Melbourne.
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