Simpson, Tippett named in Quad Series squad

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Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds duo Gabi Simpson and Gretel Tippett have been named in the Samsung Diamonds squad for the January 2018 Quad Series tour of of London and Johannesburg.

Paige Hadley and Sharni Layton return to the Diamonds team after both missing the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup.

Head Coach Lisa Alexander and National Selectors Anne Sargeant and Michelle Wilkins have opted for five goalers and five midcourters, with a final 12 athletes to be named named 24 hours prior to each test.

“The selectors and I are ensuring all options are explored prior to selection of the Commonwealth Games team in February, hence the changes from our Constellation Cup team, and continuing our focus on the high performance process,” Alexander said.

“Sharni has been named for the upcoming Quad Series subject to medical clearance after taking a leave of absence over the last three months. She is looking forward to getting back into training and joining her teammates for the upcoming training block.”

The entire Diamonds squad will gather at the Netball Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from 11 – 14 January for a Commonwealth Games Simulation Camp, before the 14 Quad Series athletes travel to England.

“Although this is the final tour prior to the Commonwealth Games, the door is still open for all squad members to put their best foot forward for a position in the Commonwealth Games team of 12,” Alexander said.

“We have had an initial conversation with Laura Geitz, who is progressing well in her training. We will look at making a decision later this year around whether she will be invited into the January Simulation Camp as a training partner.”

The Netball Quad Series is the final test series for the Samsung Diamonds before the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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