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Watson out to push Games cause in Quad Series

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MIDCOURTER Liz Watson is ready to show she can raise her game to international level as she chases a place in her first major event for the Diamonds at the Commonwealth Games.

As the Diamonds prepare to kick off their build-up for next year’s Games in Saturday night’s opening Quad Series clash against England in Brisbane, Watson is hoping to convert her club champion form with the Melbourne Vixens into a powerful audition for a Gold Coast ticket.

Watson claimed her first best-and-fairest honour with the Vixens this year and was rewarded by Aussie coach Lisa Alexander with selection in the teams for both this month’s Quad Series and October’s Constellation Cup.

The 23-year-old, who has six Test caps after making her debut in England early last year, felt she was well prepared to step up her game on the big stage again.

“This season with the Vixens I felt really good and had some great people around me and great combinations,’’ Watson said.

“Now it is that next level up, that international level is obviously a lot harder and a lot more physical, a lot more intense, so it’s (about me) being able to bring that as well.

“I feel like I’m in the right space to do that, but it’s just making sure once I get my opportunity I actually go out there and do it.”

Liz Watson is hoping to get a shot at the English.

While Watson is competing against the likes of Diamonds vice captain Madi Robinson and Kim Ravaillion for court time at wing attack and centre, her impressive form should give her an advantage..

Her versatility in being able to switch seamlessly between either position will also make her an attractive midcourt proposition for Alexander.

“It was great to have that confidence from Lisa to know that she has put me in both tours based on my performances this season,’’ Watson said.

“She has just said that the midcourt group is very tight and is a hard group to break into, so it’s nice that I’ve been part of the team for both of these (series).

“But like we speak about all the time, you need to keep pushing and protect that position once you have been given that opportunity because it can be taken away from you.

“It’s obviously every young netballer’s dream to play in a world champs or Comm Games. It would be amazing, but there is a big process to get there and I just want to make sure that every time that I put on the green and gold dress … that I put out the best that I can for this country.’’

Diamonds Quad Series team

Caitlin Bassett (C) (Sunshine Coast Lightning) April Brandley (Collingwood Magpies) Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever) Emily Mannix (Melbourne Vixens) Tegan Philip (Melbourne Vixens) Kim Ravaillion (Collingwood Magpies) Madi Robinson (VC) (Collingwood Magpies) Gabi Simpson (VC) (Queensland Firebirds) Caitlin Thwaites (Collingwood Magpies) Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds) Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens) Jo Weston (Melbourne Vixens)

Possible starting seven

GS — Caitlin Bassett GA — Gretel Tippett WA — Madi Robinson C — Kim Ravaillion WD — Gabi Simpson GD — April Brandley GK — Courtney Bruce

Originally published as Watson out to push Games cause in Quad Series

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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