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Proud Aussies out to reclaim NWC crown

“Fast, dynamic and relentless.” That’s how coach Stacey Marinkovich describes the current Australian netball side’s style of play.

It’s an ominous prospect for the teams taking on the Aussie Diamonds at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 which gets under way in Cape Town in less than a month.

Ranked number one in the world, the Australians head into the 28 July to 6 August tournament among the favourites for the title. But they still know they have to be on top of their game to regain the title they last held in 2015, having lost by just one goal to New Zealand in the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 final.

Since then, they’ve gone on to claim Commonwealth Games gold in 2022, but not before losing a group game to Jamaica.

“Australia is a proud netball nation. We know we are going to have to play at our very best at the Netball World Cup,” said Marinkovich, who took over the reins as Australia’s coach in 2020.

“The Australian team is constantly striving to improve and challenge against the best teams in the world.

“Our connection both on and off the court is our strength, and we have a real understanding of what we are trying to achieve together,” she added.

Marinkovich said team preparations are on track and her side are feeling confident. “We’ve had a really targeted approach as we build towards the Netball World Cup. We’re really pleased with how the squad is coming together, and making sure our time together is purposeful.”

While heading into the tournament as 11-time champions comes with certain pressures, Marinkovich believes that’s all just part of the team culture.

“When you’re part of the Diamonds programme, you inherit a successful history. This group of players is really focused on how they can contribute to the Diamonds’ legacy and looks forward to the challenge of taking on the world’s best in Cape Town,” she said.

The last time the Australian netball side were in Cape Town was at the beginning of this year for the 2023 Netball Quad Series which also featured New Zealand, England and South Africa. They dominated that tournament, winning all their matches and emerging with a seventh title.

“The Netball Quad Series in January was incredibly important, both from a performance and travel perspective,” explained Marinkovich.

“We were able to familiarise ourselves with the environment and the courts, and continue our build to Cape Town.”

As for returning to the continent for a first ever Netball World Cup on African soil, Marinkovich reckoned: “It is exciting for the people of Africa, to be able to host and watch the world’s best netballers.

“It provides a great opportunity to showcase the sport in Africa, and we are really excited to experience the magic of Cape Town again this year.

“Netball has a growing reach, and I hope the Netball World Cup will inspire the next generation of netballers in Africa and globally.”

Australia will kick off their campaign with their first Pool A game against Zimbabwe on 28 th July before facing Tonga on 29 th July and Fiji the following day.

Details on tickets and travel packages and more information are all available on the official tournament website (www.nwc2023.org.za) with a range of tickets and packages still available.

Photo by Skhu Nkomphela

Australia World Cup Team Announced

Origin Australian Diamonds 2023 Netball World Cup team announced

WORLD CUP TEAM ANNOUNCED

The Origin Australian Diamonds 2023 Netball World Cup team has been announced, with 12 athletes selected to travel to South Africa.

The 12-strong team, plus three reserves, is led by captain Liz Watson and vice captain Steph Wood.

The Diamonds, the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallists, will start their 2023 Netball World Cup campaign on Friday 28 July against Zimbabwe.

Ruby Bakewell-Doran, Kate Moloney and Donnell Wallam have been selected as the traveling reserves.

The Origin Australian Diamonds 2023 Netball World Cup team was selected by Marinkovich and national selectors Anne Sargeant OAM and Michelle Wilkins.

2023 Origin Australian Diamonds World Cup team

Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever/Western Australia)

Kiera Austin (Melbourne Vixens/New South Wales)

Ash Brazill (Collingwood Magpies/New South Wales)

Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever/Western Australia)

Sophie Garbin (Collingwood Magpies/Western Australia)

Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts/New South Wales)

Sarah Klau (NSW Swifts/South Australia)

Cara Koenen (Sunshine Coast Lightning/Queensland)

Jamie-Lee Price (GIANTS Netball/New South Wales)

Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)

Joanna Weston (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)

Steph Wood (Sunshine Coast Lightning/Queensland)

Reserves

Ruby Bakewell-Doran (Queensland Firebirds/Queensland)

Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)

Donnell Wallam (Queensland Firebirds/Western Australia)

Australia to see every VNWC2023 game live

World Netball today announced that the Foxtel Group will be showing every game of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 live from Cape Town, with free to air broadcaster SBS also showing the semi-finals and final matches live.  

The deal with Fox, facilitated by World Netball’s international broadcast agency SPORTFIVE, mean that the broadcasters will show every game from the event, taking place from the 28th July to the 6th August live with every Diamonds game plus the Semi-Finals and Final available live and free via Kayo Freebies.

Whilst the deal with SBS, also facilitated by SPORTFIVE, means that the Semi-Final and Final matches will be live and free on the 5th and 6th August, on SBS Viceland and available to live stream to SBS on demand.

The Foxtel Group will have a dedicated Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 carousel feature on the Kayo Sports homepage, which will include Australian Diamonds matches from previous Netball World Cup’s, along with live and on-demand matches and analysis. 

Highlights will be available, via Fox, in the form of ‘Kayo Minis’ shortly after the final whistle, for every Diamonds match and all semi-finals and the final, and ahead of the event on the 24th July, fans in Australia will be able to watch a one-hour preview show too.

World Netball Coaching Advisory Panel member, Sue Gaudion, will be among the star-studded commentary team for Fox in South Africa, working with former Australian Diamond Madison Browne. Diamonds stars Cath Cox, Kim Green and Caitlin Bassett will provide additional coverage and analysis from the Fox Netball Studio in Artarmon.

In addition to the Foxtel Group’s match-day coverage, three half-hour specials on different international players from various competing countries will also be featured throughout the tournament. 

Speaking on this exciting news, World Netball CEO Clare Briegal said: “We are thrilled that the Foxtel Group will be showing all games live to the Australian Netball Family from the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023.

“It will be great to see our very own Coaching Advisory Panel Member, Sue Gaudion, as part of their commentary team. We know she will provide expert analysis, as the coverage of our sport continues to reach new heights around the world.”

“Netball is so much more than just a game, and it is fantastic the Fox is taking this opportunity to cover the sport and our amazing players in more depth, outside of the match-coverage.

“We are also very pleased that SBS will be showing the Semi-Finals and Final live and free. This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation and grow our already passionate audience in Australia. 

“Thank you to the Foxtel Group and SBS for their continued commitment to bringing our sport to more people, more often.”

Rebecca McCloy, Foxtel Group Commercial Director – Sport said: “As the proud home of netball in Australia, we are thrilled to confirm that every game of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 will be available live and ad-break free to Foxtel and Kayo Sports customers powered by Fox Netball’s world-class coverage and commentary team.”

SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp added: “We’re pleased to be able to broadcast the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 finals matches exclusive and free-to-air for Australians on SBS and SBS On Demand. 

“Netball has a fantastic grassroots following in Australia, and we’re strong supporters of women’s sport. With the Aussie side in great form and looking to take home the win after 2019’s narrow miss, it’s sure to be an exciting competition.”

SPORTFIVE’s Malcolm Thorpe added: “We are delighted to help bring about these partnerships between World Netball, Fox Sports and SBS for the upcoming Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town. 

“The Netball World Cup is the pinnacle event in the international netball calendar, and we are pleased to help grow netball’s reach to more audiences through these broadcasters.”

To watch the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 on Kayo Freebies in Australia, download the Kayo Sports app or visit www.kayosports.com.au/freebies.

Kayo Freebies are free to stream with no credit card details required.