Pet­titt adds sparkle to Di­a­monds

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - WAR­REN PARTLAND

VET­ERAN NSW goal at­tack Su­san Pet­titt con­fesses there were times she had given up on a re­call to the Di­a­monds.

Af­ter mak­ing her de­but against Wales in 2006, Pet­titt made more than 50 ap­pear­ances in seven years for the na­tional team be­fore fall­ing out of favour.

For four sea­sons she was con­tin­u­ally over­looked.

Nat Med­hurst was the pre­ferred goal at­tack op­tion while young stars were brought into the side to be tested on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

That was un­til the Quad Se­ries in Jan­uary when Pet­titt re­turned to the Di­a­monds.

“At times I had given up on se­lec­tion,” Pet­titt said. “It was a roller-coaster ride, but I didn’t worry about it too much.

‘‘I just fo­cused on the na­tional league.’’

Med­hurst was a sur­prise omis­sion from the Di­a­monds for the in­ter­na­tional sea­son, pro­vid­ing Pet­titt with another op­por­tu­nity to push her claims for a spot in the team for next year’s Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

She was rested from the Quad Se­ries last month with the in­ten­tion of bring­ing her, as well as fel­low goal at­tack Stephanie Wood, back for the four-Test Con­stel­la­tion Cup against New Zealand.

The old­est player in the Di­a­monds at 33 shone in the first Test in Auck­land on Thurs­day be­fore be­ing re­placed by Wood for the sec­ond half.

The Di­a­monds won 57-54, bounc­ing back from a 10-goal loss to the Sil­ver Ferns in the fi­nal game of the Quad Se­ries.

Pet­titt was aim­ing to back up the en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance in the sec­ond game in Christchurch to­day.

The third Test is at Ade­laide Arena on Wed­nes­day night.

REVITALISED: Su­san Pet­titt.

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