It is a privilege and honour to represent Australia on the international stage. And the significance of being presented with an Australian Diamonds dress is not lost on Sunshine Coast Lightning midcourter Laura Scherian.
The opportunity was hard-earned. It took patience. The 31-year-old’s long-awaited Diamonds’ selection means she now refuses to waste any opportunity that comes her way.
That hunger and drive has been exhibited in a string of solid on court performances in the first three Constellation Cup games, punctuated by a full four quarter effort in Sydney on Sunday.
While this may be the midcourter’s first international series, she looks far from out of place.
“I wasn’t expecting the call from [Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander] at all,” Scherian said.
“I couldn’t really hear her to be honest, because I was sobbing so much through my tears.
“I had to get her to repeat what she said [about team selection].
“Once it sunk in a little bit, I was just so excited and couldn’t wait to call my family.”
The underlying tradition of playing for the Australian Diamonds and the footprint of those who came before her provided extra motivation in the lead up to her debut.
“I speak a lot about the tradition behind the Diamonds and I think it’s so amazing,” she said.
“So many awesome players and people have played and been a part of this team and this environment and have built it into something really special.”
Scherian believes her ability to play through Wing Attack and at Centre is a strength of hers, as well as an already established combination with Diamonds Captain and former Lightning player Caitlin Bassett.
“I think I bring some versatility to the centre court in those two areas and probably the fact that I’ve had some experience feeding CBass, we also bring that to the court as well,” she said.
Scherian has built on her strong form for Sunshine Coast Lightning through the 2019 season, with her trademark pinpoint feeds benefitting the Australian side.
Across three games, Laura has contributed with 46 goal assists and 60 feeds.
The 2019 Constellation Cup has seen the rivalry between the Australian Diamonds and Silver Ferns continue to play out.
New Zealand took out game one and three of the series, albeit by just one goal on both occasions.
However, Australia’s six goal defeat over the Kiwis in game two show that either side is more than capable of taking out the series.
Watch the final game of the Constellation Cup live on Channel 9’s Wide World Of Sport from 12pm on Sunday 27 October 2019.
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