West Coast Fever defender Courtney Bruce has travelled to Canberra for this week’s Australian Diamonds Camp.
Bruce will join Head Coach Lisa Alexander and the other athletes from the 2017/18 Diamonds squad for the seven day camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, which will play a key role in the preparations for the upcoming Quad Series and Constellation Cup tournaments.
The 23-year-old said she was thrilled to be back in the national training environment.
“It’s exciting to be back in the Diamonds environment and I am really looking forward to putting my head down and challenging myself across the next seven days,” Bruce said.
“The chance to fully immerse myself in this experience, work with my teammates and continue to build those relationships will be invaluable ahead of the international season.”
Bruce’s inclusion in the squad capped an outstanding 2017 campaign in which she cemented herself as one of Suncorp Super Netball’s leading circle defenders, finishing second in interceptions and third in deflections across the competition, as well as winning the Player’s Player and PerthNow People’s Choice trophies at Fever’s recent Awards Dinner, and the Fast5 Player of the Year at the Netball Australia Awards.
Not only was her form rewarded with selection in the 18 athlete squad, she also won a place in the 12 player teams for both series.
A vote of confidence the Gosnells product says was certainly appreciated.
“My confidence is definitely sky high at the moment.”
“It was a surprise and such an honour to be named in the two series and I’m just looking forward to the challenge of continuing to improve across both.”
Bruce is still to make her Test Match debut, despite touring with the Diamonds squad to South Africa and England during January’s Quad Series tournament, an experience she credits for another stellar domestic season.
“There is no doubt in my mind I’m in a better position than at the beginning of the year.”
“I learnt a lot on that tour, about both myself and what is required to step on court as a Diamond, so this time around I know what is required of me.”
The West Australian will face off against Fever teammate and fellow defender Stacey Francis when the Diamonds meet the England Roses in the Quad Series.
While the two will be foes on the International court, Bruce says Francis has played an important role in her ongoing development.
“Stace has challenged me this entire year to both think and play differently which has helped take my game to another level.”
“I can’t wait to see what another season brings and how we can grow together and continue to lift each other’s performances.”
The International Quad Series will commence in late August, with the Constellation Cup to be contested in October.