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International netball is back and first up in the Quad Series the Diamonds take on South Africa, at Spark Arena in Auckland. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 12pm AEST.
Lisa Alexander has retained nine Commonwealth Games’ players in the squad for the Quad Series, however, they have been put on notice with the World Cup right around the corner.
The retirements of Laura Geitz, Susan Pettitt and Madi Robinson open the door for new inclusions Emily Mannix and Kelsey Browne – Robinson’s younger sister – and the recall of shooter Gretel Tippett.
Proteas head coach Australian Norma Plummer has named some new players as well, as her experienced midcourt are sidelined with injuries.
Rome Dreyer, Khanyisa Chawane and Jessica Khomo get their opportunity to show Plummer the impact they can have in a national team.
Many of the South African representatives spend their time over in New Zealand and Australia, playing in the high-quality competitions; Karla Pretorius just won the Suncorp Super Netball title with the Sunshine Coast Lighting and Bongiwe Msomi played this year with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, to name just two.
The last time these two international teams met was at the Commonwealth Games in the pool stage.
Australia took home their strongest win in recent times over South Africa, dominating the Gold Coast Convention Centre stage for a 22-goal victory.
The spread of talent and experience across the Australian line-up is, on paper, far too good for the South African’s to match.
The Diamonds’ midcourt has a wealth of international experience over the new-look Proteas’ selections, the biggest challenge for the Australian’s will be cohesion on court.
It will be a good warm up for Australia, with the tougher games against England and New Zealand to come, they should comfortably get the job done against the Proteas.
Australia by 16 goals.
Venue: Spark Arena, Auckland
Time: 12pm AEST
TV: Channel Nine – GEM
Betting: Australia $1.01, South Africa $15.00
Shadine van der Merwe