Scott, internationals can’t be picked for the Diamonds so how is the number of internationals in the SSN affecting the Diamonds’ depth and experience?
Have a look at the Diamond’s development squad – quite a few have already played for the Diamonds so there’s lots of depth. There’s often bemoaning on this Forum about who missed out (eg Mannix v Klau, Simpson v JLP, Kara Koenen and Kate Moloney missing out, Kiera Austin missing out because she’s playing behind Bassett and Harten in her SSN team and pushed out to WA if she gets to play at all).
And in the team – we have two great GSs- the Captain of the Diamond who’s hasn’t had a great year because of injury and ???? – and one who’s relegated to the bench behind her. GA needs to be sorted – Tippett taking the GS’s space but still effective if we ignore that, and two others who run hot and cold. (But don’t other team’s GAs do the same – Housby can go missing and Mes didn’t shoot well in the second CC game and both Eke and Folau’s %’s were down that game.)
We have one of the best WAs in the world (who LA plays out of position while she has JLP and Braz and Paige in the Diamonds who play C in the SSN). And JLP and Braz are both WD’s. Bruce is a world class GK on her day and Klau is GK for the SSN Premiership team. Weston is a very solid GD who has a lot been in the Diamonds squad since 2015 and has 34 caps.