Paige to sparkle with Di­a­monds

‘EX­CITED AND HON­OURED’ TO BE ON TOUR

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

ST CLAIR net­ball star Paige Hadley has touched down in Eng­land with the rest of the Di­a­monds net­ball squad ahead of the Aus­tralians’ three-Test se­ries against the Eng­land Roses.

The 14-player squad ar­rived in chilly Manch­ester last week and en­joyed a few days of snow as the girls trained at Sal­ford Univer­sity prior to the first Test.

Hadley, 23, a mid­court player, told her Face­book fol­low­ers she was very ex­cited to be named in the squad.

“(I am) Su­per ex­cited and hon­oured to be named in the Aussie Di­a­monds team to tour the UK,” she said. Hadley made her se­nior de­but for the Di­a­monds in 2013 against Malawi.

The Di­a­monds play their first game in Liverpool this af­ter­noon (Wed­nes­day). The team then trav­els to Lon- don for the fi­nal two games on Fri­day and Sun­day.

The Di­a­monds have beaten Eng­land in their past four meet­ings, in­clud­ing in the Net­ball World Cup in Syd­ney in Au­gust last year.

How­ever, the team’s act­ing vice­cap­tain Sharni Lay­ton said the Di­a­monds still had their work cut out.

“Eng­land have re­ally stepped up in re­gards to their per­for­mances against us in re­cent years,” she said.

“Last time we were here it was 3-0 not in our favour so we can’t take this lightly.

“They’re go­ing to come out ab­so­lutely fir­ing and we’ve got to be pre­pared for that.”

Hadley’s fans won’t miss a minute of ac­tion, with the Test se­ries be­ing tele­vised live on Net­work Ten and Fox Sports Aus­tralia.

The first game will air at 6am to­mor­row (AEST).

Pic­ture: MARK EVANS

Paige Hadley shows her de­ter­mi­na­tion against Trinidad and Tobago at the Net­ball World Cup at All­phones Arena, Syd­ney Olympic Park in 2015.

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