ON COURT: Kimberley Ravaillion is ready to go for the Diamonds.
ON COURT: Kimberley Ravaillion is ready to go for the Diamonds. Mark Kolbegetty IMAGES

Firebird hoping for the perfect double

SHE already has a Commonwealth Games gold medal and an ANZ Championship to her name, and now 22-year-old Kim Ravaillion is ready to complete the set with a World Cup title.

The Diamonds begin their campaign against Trinidad and Tobago in Sydney on Friday night, and Ravaillion said adding the World Cup to her domestic championship would complete a fabulous 2015.

"It would be awesome to bring home the double in one year, winning an ANZ Championship with the Firebirds and then the World Cup with the Diamonds, that would be a dream come true," she said.

Ravaillion holds the unique distinction of being the first player to debut for Australia before playing a single ANZ Championship match.

As well as winning the World Cup, the dynamic midcourter will have the chance to add another record to her CV after re-signing with the Firebirds for the 2016 season.

Ravaillion and Diamonds teammate Gabi Simpson both confirmed yesterday they would be back in purple next season, hoping to become the first team to go back-to-back in the eight-year history of the ANZ Championship.

"I can not wait to have a crack at being the first team to win back-to-back championships," Ravaillion said.

"It will be exciting to build on the combinations we have established, especially getting to play alongside Gabi for a fourth year.

"Hopefully the roster will not change too much and we can explore versatility within our line-up and can continue to build on the amazing season we just had."

The duo will round out an exciting new mid-court combination of Caitlyn Nevins and newcomer Mahalia Cassidy at the Firebirds, with Verity Simmons having signed with West Coast Fever.

Defensive powerhouse Clare McMeniman and Laura Clemesha have also been confirmed in the 2016 roster.

Meanwhile, the New South Wales Swifts also had some good news with captain Kimberlee Green announcing she had signed on for a 14th season with the team.

The Diamonds vice-captain led the Swifts to their first grand final in seven seasons this year, and also became just the second player behind goal shooter Claire Pettit to reach 100 ANZ Championship games for the franchise.



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