04/03/2024

Can the Diamonds start 2023 the way they started their stellar 2022? (Photo: Australian Diamonds/Twitter)

The seven-time Quad Series champions will head into this series with a very familiar side that saw them dominate 2022.

The seven-time Quad Series champions will head into this series with a very familiar side to the one that saw them dominate 2022.

But who are the ones worth keeping a close eye on? The Inner Sanctum takes a look at the five Diamonds to watch for the upcoming Quad Series.

Sophie Garbin

With no Gretel Bueta in the Australian lineup late last year, Magpies GS Garbin was the one that flourished in her absence.

Initially starting the Constellation Cup as the backup shooter behind Cara Koenen, Garbin then played in all but one of the home tests against the Silver Ferns and Roses, scoring 120 goals at 87 per cent, 70 of which came in the final two Constellation Cup tests at 91 per cent.

Bueta will once again miss out on this Quad Series, giving Garbin the opportunity to prove her credentials against some of the world’s best once again.

Ash Brazill

After a stint back in the black and white of Collingwood’s AFLW side late last year, the uber talented Brazil is back in the green and gold for this upcoming Quad Series.

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Since returning to the Diamonds fold in 2019, Brazill has been a consistent performer for Stacey Marinkovich when available, including last Quad Series where she had five intercepts and five deflections across all four games.

Providing energy and a had work rate to any position she plays, the versatile midcourter should slot back into the Wing Defence spot immediately.

Kiera Austin

Star Vixens GA Austin may have missed out on a fair chunk of international netball in recent history, however she’s starting to slowly make up for lost time in recent history.

Making her return to the Diamonds in the Constellation Cup plus England series, she struggled initially before finding her feet against the Roses, scoring 45 goals at 87 per cent as well as providing 19 goal assists, 29 feeds and two intercepts.

While Steph Wood will most likely gain the starting job, Austin’s energy and accuracy around the net could prove crucial in Australia’s charge for another Quad Series victory.

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Sunday Aryang

It could be set to be a big Quad Series for young defender Aryang following the injury to star GD Jo Weston.

Last year’s series saw her show potential despite limited game time, finishing with four deflections, an intercept and three rebounds. This saw her rewarded with a Comm Games selection where she had four intercepts, 11 gains, and nine deflections across five games.

Despite missing out on Australia’s most recent tests due to injury, Aryang looks most likely to start at GD due to her chemistry with GK Courtney Bruce.

Tara Hinchliffe

Bolting into the squad following Jo Weston’s injury, young defender Hinchliffe could be set to complete her long yet remarkable rise to the top.

Compiling a strong first season in the SSN with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Hinchliffe would later go on to star as captain in the 2022 Fast5 World Series for Australia, collecting seven intercepts, 11 rebounds and 20 gains (11 of which came in the final two games).

Hinchliffe may only get limited game time, however she’ll look to grasp at any opportunity she gets to play in this series.

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