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As the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 edges closer, world number ones the Australian Diamonds are looking to follow 2018’s success in the Quad Series and Constellation Cup in this month’s Quad Series.

After their defeat against South Africa last weekend at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena the competition is heating up, as the team look ahead to this weekend’s fixtures. The Diamonds will face long-time rivals New Zealand, and Commonwealth Games champions the Vitality England Roses at the Copper Box Arena in London. 

‘New Zealand are a bit of an unknown commodity right now, with changes in their line up and a new coach,’ Diamonds’ Gabi Simpson says. ‘The unknown is their biggest strength, and the game in this Quad Series will be important as we mentally put forward how we want to be viewed ahead of the World Cup.’

Current captain Caitlin Bassett, currently out of action in the Quads due to injury, added ‘we’re really looking forward to it. In the New Zealand squad, my international teammates will be facing some of my old domestic teammates from the Australian Suncorp Super Netball league too, which will be interesting. Me and Roses player Jo Harten are new teammates too, but when she’s in red, she’s the enemy!’

The final match of the series will see the Diamonds face off against the Vitality England Roses, a rivalry which is ‘getting stronger’ according to Simpson. After the shock defeat in 2018’s Commonwealth Games, the Diamonds are looking to maintain the success of the last Quad Series, where they defeated the Roses 52-47.

Coach Lisa Alexander believes the team have progressed very well: ‘we’re still the world number ones, and we have maintained this. We are looking forward to playing England on home soil, especially after the last Quad Series victory! Looking ahead to the World Cup, it’s no longer a two-horse race. There are so many contenders.’

The Vitality Netball World Cup will be held from 12 – 21 July at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, and with six months to go, the pressure is on. ‘Training really started to ramp up about three weeks ago. We’re doing everything we can, leaving no stone unturned and pushing ourselves to a new level,’ Simpson says.

Tickets for the World Cup are now on sale: https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/tickets/. 



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