West Coast Fever defender Courtney Bruce has made a stunning National debut in Saturday’s opening game of the 2017 Quad Series against the England Roses.
Bruce became the 172nd Diamond, and the first West Australian to debut for the National side since Caitlin Bassett and Kate Beveridge in 2008.
The 23-year-old started the match at Goal Keeper, and finished with five interceptions, eight deflections and four rebounds to be named Samsung Player of the Match.
The Gosnell’s product said she was overwhelmed by the support of her team mates.
“To stand next to Bass (Caitlin Bassett) in particular, someone that I have known for so long, I felt safe and in control and ready to step out there,” Bruce said.
“I felt like we were in control the whole time, but they did keep coming back and we kept pushing forward.”
“I’m just looking forward to getting my opportunities and building each game I get on court.”
West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich said Bruce’s Diamonds debut was reward for her hard work both on and off the court.
“It was fantastic to see Courtney on court in the green and gold dress, and to produce such a strong performance on debut is something I am sure she won’t forget,” Marinkovich said.
“Courtney has worked incredibly hard for a number of years in the West Coast Fever environment, and the way in which she prepared herself was certainly reflected in her performance on Saturday.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to see her flourish on the international stage.”
Australia’s next game is against the SPAR Proteas on Wednesday, August 30 in Canberra, with the match to be shown live on 9Gem from 5.30pm (AWST).
The Diamonds will then travel to Invercargill to face the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the final match of the series, before turning their attention to the Constellation Cup beginning in Auckland on October 5.
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