NS EXCLUSIVE: The Diamonds are shaping up and getting ready to ship out

NS EXCLUSIVE: The Diamonds are shaping up and getting ready to ship out2021-12-16T04:54:01+10:00

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    By Jenny Sinclair

    When the Origin Australian Diamonds arrive at the Commonwealth Games next year, it will be on the back of less international match practice than the other top ranked nations. Courtesy of Covid, border closures and cancelled series, they will – most likely – have played just eight test matches since the 2019 Netball World Cup.

    It’s in stark contrast to most of their rivals, with the host nation, England, topping the list with 25 games under their belts.

    National coach, Stacey Marinkovich, said, “The situation is a challenge. We’ve got athleticism in abundance, the mindset of being competitive, and are working towards putting the right strategies in place at the right time, getting connection and cohesion out on court.

    “We haven’t had much of an opportunity to do that under pressure (of international match play).”

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