YOUNG VIXENS GOALING PAIR NAMED IN DIAMONDS SQUAD
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Melbourne Vixen debutante Karyn Howarth and fellow goaler Tegan Caldwell were today announced in the Australian Diamonds 22 player squad to attend a selection camp in early August.
Howarth, who has just finished her first season playing in the ANZ Championships, admits she is still ‘in shock.’
“I had to do a double take and my heart started pumping. It hasn’t sunk in yet but I’m so excited by the prospect.
“It was only a short time ago that I was asked to be in the Melbourne Vixens. To be eight months down the track, be a Vixen, get some good court time, be part of a Grand Final and then be named in the Diamonds squad – I’ve had a killer eight months. But I’ve still got a lot to learn and being part of the squad is a fantastic opportunity to do that,” Howarth said.
Caldwell played her third season with the Vixens this year, consolidating herself as the starting goal attack after former captain Sharelle McMahon announced her pregnancy in February.
“It’s very exciting and a good sign that my netball is growing and I’m heading in the right direction. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and what’s to come in the next few months,”Caldwell said.
Vixen’s captain and Diamonds veteran Bianca Chatfield, Julie Corletto and Madison Browne also got the nod in the squad. Corletto and Browne were in the Diamonds team last year, while Chatfield was part of the squad.
The Vixens had the second most inclusions in the squad with five, following the Adelaide Thunderbird’s six inclusions – a testament to the strong performance by the Vixens in the 2012 ANZ Championships.
The squad of 22 players will attend a squad camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, from 8 – 11 August. The Australian Diamonds team for the Constellation Cup and Quad-Series will be selected at the conclusion of the camp and announced on the final day.
The opening Test of the Constellation Cup against New Zealand in Melbourne is on Sunday 16th September.
Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League (ANL) from 2009-2011
Won the ANL Most Valuable Player award in 2012
Australian U/21 squad 2005-2006
Melbourne Vixens (2012)
Australian Fastnet Diamonds Team (2010), England Tour
Australian U21 Team, World Youth Championship 2009 – Gold
Melbourne Vixens (2010 – 2012)
Melbourne Vixens Rookie of the Year (2010)
Victorian Fury Team and Premiership (2008-2010)
Australian Netball Diamonds Squads - U17 TID (1998), U21 (1999-2002), Open (2000-Present)
Australian Netball Diamonds: U21 (2000-2002), Open (2001-2010)
World Netball Championships (2007) Gold
Commonwealth Games (2006) Silver
Australian Fastnet Diamonds Team (2009, 2011), Captain (2011)
Melbourne Vixens (2008-2012)
Melbourne Vixens Captain (2012)
Melbourne Vixens Co-Captain (2009-2011)
Melbourne Vixens Most Valuable Player (2011)
Melbourne Vixens Premiership (2009)
Melbourne Vixens Player of the Finals (2009)
Melbourne Vixens Coaches Award (2009, 2010)
Melbourne Vixens Most Valuable Player Runner Up (2008, 2010)
Australian Netball Diamonds Squad (2008-present)
Australian Netball Diamonds (2010-present)
Australian U21 Team (2006-09) Captain (2009)
Australian U21 Team, World Youth Championship (Gold-2009)
Australian U21 Player of the Year (2008)
Melbourne Vixens (2008, 2011-12)
Melbourne Vixens Co-Vice Captain (2012)
Melbourne Vixens Runner Up Best & Fairest (2011)
West Coast Fever (2009-10)
West Coast Fever Most Valuable Player (2009-10)
Australian Netball Diamonds Squad: U17 TID (2002), U19 TID (2003), Open (2005-present)
Australian Teams: U16 (2002), U21 (2003-04), U21 Captain (2005-06), Open (2006-present)
World Netball Championships (Gold-2007 & 2011)
Liz Ellis Diamond Award (2009)
Netball Australia 'Best New Talent' (2004)
Melbourne Vixens (2008-12)
Melbourne Vixens Coaches Award (2011)
Melbourne Vixens Premiership (2009)
Melbourne Vixens Most Valuable Player Runner Up (2009)