Pettitt adds sparkle to Diamonds
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.