Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds vice-captain Caitlyn Nevins has been called up to the Samsung Diamonds for the upcoming Constellation Cup.
Nevins made her debut for Australia in January’s Quad Series tour and acted as a training partner for the team’s recent matches against England, South Africa and New Zealand.
The 30-year-old Firebirds star replaces Australian vice-captain Madi Robinson in the squad and will be joined by uncapped Vixens midcourter Kate Moloney and one-cap Diamonds defender Emily Mannix.
Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander said she was looking forward to seeing what Nevins could bring to the side ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April.
“With limited test matches prior to the Commonwealth Games, national selectors and I want to see further options through the midcourt,” Alexander said.
“As squad members, Caitlyn and Kate have already been training alongside the team to assist in all preparations and will be ready to play their role for the team.
“We will be working with Madi on the areas of her game requiring improvement and she will continue this work at home base. We look forward to seeing her back on court in 2018.”
Constellation Cup Team
Name (state of origin/2018 Suncorp Super Netball team)
Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)
April Brandley (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Courtney Bruce (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)
Emily Mannix (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Kate Moloney (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Caitlyn Nevins (Victoria, Queensland Firebirds)
Susan Pettitt (New South Wales, GIANTS Netball)
Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)
Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)
Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)
Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)
Stephanie Wood (Queensland, Sunshine Coast Lightning)
|CONSTELLATION CUP FIXTURE|
|DATE||LOCAL TIME||AEST TIME||TEAM 1||v||TEAM 2||VENUE||LOCATION|
|Thurs 5 Oct||7.45pm||5.45pm||New Zealand Silver Ferns||v||Australian Diamonds||Spark Arena||Auckland, NZL|
|Sun 8 Oct||2.00pm||12.00pm||New Zealand Silver Ferns||v||Australian Diamonds||Horncastle Arena||Christchurch, NZL|
|Wed 11 Oct||7.00pm||7.30pm||Australian Diamonds||v||New Zealand Silver Ferns||Titanium Security Arena||Adelaide, AUS|
|Sat 14 Oct||3.00pm||3.00pm||Australian Diamonds||v||New Zealand Silver Ferns||Qudos Bank Arena||Sydney, AUS|