15/04/2024

Australian Diamonds in March 2021. Photo: Origin Diamonds Twitter

A significant amount of young talent has been identified as Diamond standard following the selection of Australian representatives yesterday.

A significant amount of young netball talent has been identified as Diamond standard following the selection of the Australian representatives yesterday.

With the inclusion of 20-year-old defender Sunday Aryang in the Australian Diamonds squad and Giants shooter Sophie Dwyer being named as a camp invitee, Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich believes the future of Australian netball is exciting.

Many athletes have also received the call up to feature in the Australian Development Squad, a pathway to becoming a future Diamond.

Marinkovich says there are a significant amount of young athletes recognised in the squad who all possess qualities that embody the Diamonds culture.

“When you’re selected in the Diamonds squad, there’s the thought that you can step out on court and play an international competition,” she said.

“Whilst they’re young players, they’ve shown that they can match it against world class athletes week-in week-out.

“They show that they’ve got a skillset that really aligns to the game plan in which we want to play.”

Amy Parmenter has been earned a place in the Diamonds squad this year, after selectors identified her tenacity and versatility as a perfect-fit for the evolving team.

Amy Parmenter features as a Diamond for the first time. (Photo: Super Netball/Twitter)

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Whilst some players will be inexperienced on the international stage, the opportunity to play in the Constellation Cup and train with the Diamonds team strengthens the Suncorp Super Netball competition overall.

Marinkovich says senior members of the team will play an instrumental role whether they play or not.

“There’s times where players play a huge role on the court, but there’s also a time where players have a huge contribution off the court with their leadership and their understanding of what we’re trying to do is a group,” she said.

Admitting there may be nerves present for new additions, Marinkovich says she plans to balance the team out with experienced players.

“The camaraderie that comes across the group when they come together is seamless, and I guess that’s the part that people don’t see initially,” she said.

“Once everyone puts on that yellow uniform, there’s a unity that evolves and comes together.

“We’ve got a very clear vision with the Diamonds as to what success looks like and once you bring a group of people looking at that one vision, it’s a very powerful thing.”

There have also been support systems set up within individual clubs, as well as the league itself, to ensure player’s mental health is supported after a chaotic season.

“We want to make sure that our players are enjoying what they do,” Marinkovich said

The talent pool for Australian netball is ever-growing, with many athletes establishing themselves as players to watch each year.

The addition of talented youngsters comes has come at the right time in order to build connections as the Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup approach.

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