20/04/2024
Sunshine Coast Lightning's Cara Koenen is one of Australia's fastest rising Diamonds and she's ready to go in next month's Constellation Cup.

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Cara Koenen is ‘over the moon’ to have received her call up to be part of the Australian Diamonds squad that is about to jet set to New Zealand to play the Constellation Cup next month.

One of Australia’s fastest rising goalers, Koenen is now preparing for the possibility of debuting for Australia against the Diamonds’ greatest rivals.

“I don’t really know what to say,” she said.

“I mean it’s been spoken about, people have been working behind the scenes trying to get something happening, but I had no idea what it was going to look like or what day it was going to happen.

“To finally have a concrete date and to be named in the touring squad, I’m so elated and I’m eager to get out on the court, and prove myself and get an opportunity to put on the green and gold.”

In a coup for the North Queensland netball community, Koenen looks set to be one of the first-ever born and bred North Queenslanders to debut for the Diamonds.

“I’ve already felt the love from up North, I know they’re watching and cheering us on from afar,” she said.

The Constellation Cup is a four-match series that will allow new head coach Stacey Marinkovich to test out new partnerships in Australia’s new-look goal circle.

Without fellow Lightning teammate Steph Wood (injured, surgery) in the lineup, there’s plenty of opportunities to take either the GA or GS bib

But Koenen isn’t getting ahead of herself.

“I definitely am looking to put my best foot forward in camp over the coming days,” she said.

“Debuting would be an absolute dream, anything else would be just icing on the cake.”

The Diamonds will head into quarantine in New Zealand and Koenen said it would be the first test for the new-look team.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge, for us as a group,” she said.

“A lot of the girls haven’t quarantined, and we’ve had some girls from Victoria do something similar.

“We’ve done a lot of groundwork on this side of the Tasman, so hopefully once we head over the two weeks won’t be too difficult.

“But I think everyone is just excited to head over and play some netball, in whatever capacity, and put up some good games against the Silver Ferns.”

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