Diamonds out to sparkle as World Cup games begin

NETBALL: With its first game of the World Cup set to start at 9.05pm tomorrow against Trinidad and Tobago in Sydney, competition for a starting spot in the Australian team has never been more intense.

And despite the fact a schedule of eight games in 10 days would be needed to win the tournament, meaning everyone in the squad will see plenty of action, defender Sharni Layton said no one wanted to spend a lot of time sitting on the bench.

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"Every single person wants to get on that court," Layton (pictured) said.

"We're all great mates, but we still fight hard at every training session. We all know what it takes to win, and we're all willing to do whatever it takes."

After the game against Trinidad and Tobago, the Diamonds will play Barbados on Saturday and New Zealand on Sunday.

The top two teams from each pool will then play three crossover finals games to decide the top four.


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