INF world ranking: 1
World Cups played: 14
Highest World Cup finish: 1
Australia are synonymous with the Netball World Cup, having attended every tournament since its inception in 1963. The team have also won more World Cup titles than any other team – an incredible 11 out of a possible 14. Known as the Aussie Diamonds, the team are renowned for their strength on the court, fast passing and unmissable shooting. World number one, the Diamonds automatically qualified for this year’s World Cup and as defending champions are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Liverpool.
Ones to watch
Aussie Diamonds’ captain, Caitlin Bassett has her friends to thank for getting her into the sport, as she followed them on to the court to join in the fun at school. Bassett now trains six times a week and plays the position of goal shooter for the team. The Vitality Netball World Cup will be Bassett’s third time representing Australia at netball’s pinnacle event having already competed and won at the 2011 and 2015 events. When C-Bass, as she is known to her friends, isn’t training or competing in netball, she is studying broadcast journalism or walking her giant Bernese mountain dog.
Stephanie Wood has been immersed in the world of netball from a young age. Her older sisters played the sport as children and anything they did, Stephanie wanted to be a part of. Wood currently plays in Australia’s domestic league as a goal attack for Sunshine Coast Lightning and has already experienced playing on the international stage when she competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This year’s Vitality Netball World Cup will be her first flavour of competing on the world stage as she makes her debut World Cup appearance.
Liz Watson’s passion for netball began at primary school when she entered an inter-school sports competition. Now age 25, centre player Watson is considered one of the best players in the Suncorp Super Netball league. In 2018 she made the line-up for Australia’s team at the Commonwealth Games and her netballing prowess earnt her the Liz Ellis Diamond International Player of the Year award. All eyes will be on the centre when she steps on to the court to make her debut World Cup appearance in Liverpool.