Lightning's Cara Koenen thanks the crowd after game. Picture: Evan Morgan
Lightning's Cara Koenen thanks the crowd after game. Picture: Evan Morgan

Lightning’s Koenen wins milestone Diamonds selection

In a milestone feat, Sunshine Coast Lightning's Cara Koenen will join teammate Steph Wood in green and gold after being named in her maiden Diamonds squad.

 

Netball Australia announced a 19-strong Origin Australian Diamonds squad for 2020/21 on Friday following the announcement that the Diamonds would play for two Constellation Cup titles next year.

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Koenen is among five debutantes, joining Verity Charles, Sophie Garbin, Kim Jenner and Maddy Proud as newcomers.

 

Lightning's Cara Koenen. Picture: Evan Morgan
Lightning's Cara Koenen. Picture: Evan Morgan

After serving an apprenticeship under Caitlin Bassett at Lightning, Koenen enjoyed a breakout season last year at goal-shooter alongside Peace Proscovia.

She earned an invite to the national netball squad's training camp early last year and was named in Netball Australia's 20-strong development squad late last year.

However, Friday's announcement marked her first naming in the official Diamonds squad.

Meanwhile, Steph Wood first debuted in 2016 for the Diamonds and has remained a strong part of the squad's makeup since.

The pair will be in action this weekend as Lightning look to lock-in second spot on the Super Netball ladder when they take on Melbourne Vixens at USC Stadium at 1pm on Sunday in the final round of the regular season.

The Lightning head into the match on the back of a strong win over Collingwood Magpies 63-53 last week.

It's a top of the table clash, with Vixens defeating Lightning in their last outing in Round 3.

With the 2020 Constellation Cup postponed until early 2021, the squad will not play any matches this year and the team for the Constellation Cup tour will be announced as the details of the series are confirmed.

 

Lightning's Steph Wood. Picture: Evan Morgan
Lightning's Steph Wood. Picture: Evan Morgan

Netball Australia is working with the Queensland Government with the aim of hosting a camp for the new squad shortly after the Super Netball grand final which will be held in Brisbane on October 18.



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