NS EXCLUSIVE: Origin Australian Diamonds and Development Squads announced

NS EXCLUSIVE: Origin Australian Diamonds and Development Squads announced

The strong form of a number of young athletes in the Suncorp Super Netball League has seen them rewarded with inclusion in the Origin Australian Diamonds and Development squads for 2021/2022.

21 athletes were named by selectors Stacey Marinkovich, Annie Sargeant and Michelle Wilkins in the Diamonds’ squad. The selectors, aided by Development Squad Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald, also chose a further 19 athletes to make up the Development Squad, with the view to growing the depth of talent within Australian pathways.

After a stellar season, 20 year old Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever) and 24 year old Amy Parmenter (GIANTS Netball) have made their first senior national squad, while Ash Brazill (Collingwood Magpies) and Maddy Turner (NSW Swifts) have both been reselected after last year’s omission.

April Brandley (GIANTS Netball) did not make herself available for selection for family reasons, although the newest mother in the league, Gretel Bueta (Queensland Firebirds), has been welcomed back.

Some pundits were tipping that Sophie Dwyer (GIANTS Netball) and Maddie Hay (GIANTS Netball) might earn Diamonds’ squad selection, but both have been picked for the Development group. However, with Kiera Austin currently recovering from an ACL injury, Dwyer has been asked to attend the Diamonds’ training camp.

Notable omissions from previous squads include Kelsey Browne, Kim Ravaillion, Kristiana Manu’a, Gabi Simpson and Laura Scherian. Maddy McAuliffe and rising star Donnell Wallam could also potentially consider themselves unlucky not to appear in the Development squad. Although there is no further information at this point, Ravaillion has been in strong form this season, and her absence may indicate that she chose not to nominate.

Head coach Stacey Marinkovich said, “Selecting a squad is never easy, especially when you look at the quality of performances that have been consistently put out during the Suncorp Super Netball season.

“I am delighted with the versatility that we have selected and the skillset that these players possess. There is an absolute belief that the players will successfully transfer their elite performances to the Diamonds’ game plan and the international stage.

“There is a huge amount of energy coming from the player about what lays ahead and that is extremely motivating, especially when they have faced many obstacles through the Suncorp Super Netball season.”

It is unknown at this point if the Diamonds will be able to meet for a camp prior to the Constellation Cup this October. Much will depend on the Covid status of various states, with a number of them currently in lockdown. Netball Australia is also exploring further test match opportunities.

More information will follow.


2021/22 Origin Australian Diamonds squad

Name Netball Club State of Origin
Jess Anstiss West Coast Fever Western Australia
Sunday Aryang West Coast Fever Western Australia
Kiera Austin GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Caitlin Bassett Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Western Australia
Ash Brazill Collingwood Magpies New South Wales
Courtney Bruce West Coast Fever Western Australia
Gretel Bueta Queensland Firebirds Queensland
Verity Charles West Coast Fever New South Wales
Sophie Garbin NSW Swifts Western Australia
Paige Hadley NSW Swifts New South Wales
Kim Jenner Queensland Firebirds Queensland
Sarah Klau NSW Swifts South Australia
Cara Koenen Sunshine Coast Lightning Queensland
Kate Moloney Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Amy Parmenter GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Jamie-Lee Price GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Maddy Proud NSW Swifts South Australia
Maddy Turner NSW Swifts South Australia
Liz Watson Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Jo Weston Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Steph Wood Sunshine Coast Lightning Queensland



2021/22 Australian Development squad

Name Club State of Origin
Mahalia Cassidy Sunshine Coast Lightning Queensland
Lara Dunkley Queensland Firebirds Victoria
Tippah Dwan Queensland Firebirds Queensland
Sophie Dwyer GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Kate Eddy Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Rudi Ellis Queensland Firebirds New South Wales
Matilda Garrett Adelaide Thunderbirds Victoria
Sasha Glasgow West Coast Fever South Australia
Maddie Hay GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Tara Hinchliffe Queensland Firebirds Queensland
Georgie Horjus Adelaide Thunderbirds South Australia
Olivia Lewis West Coast Fever Western Australia
Emily Mannix Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Tilly McDonell GIANTS Netball New South Wales
Jemma Mi Mi Queensland Firebirds Queensland
Lauren Moore NSW Swifts New South Wales
Hannah Mundy Melbourne Vixens Victoria
Maisie Nankivell Adelaide Thunderbirds South Australia
Alice Teague-Neeld West Coast Fever Victoria


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