Association’s support ‘really special’

Australia's Liz Watson in action during the Constellation Cup match at John Cain Arena in...
Australian Diamonds captain Liz Watson in action last year. Photo: Getty Images
Australian Diamonds captain Liz Watson has applauded the Australian Cricketers’ Association for throwing its support behind netballers in their time of need.

But she will not let it deter her from retaining the Constellation Cup, and bouncing back for their third game loss, against the Silver Ferns in Auckland on Monday.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association has established a $200,000 fighting fund to support Australian netballers who have been battling pay negotiations with Netball Australia for months. The Australia Netball Players’ Association rejected Netball Australia’s most recent offer.

Speaking to media in Invercargill, Watson said it was "really cool" another national organisation was prepared to help.

"It’s really special to know that we’ve got that support," Watson said.

But they left those disputes back home in Australia and the news was not distracting the Diamonds from their task in New Zealand.

"We’re focused on this job that we need to do.

"We’ve got really great delegates, and the rest of the league at home, who are supporting us.

"To know that we’ve got the wider support at home had been really great. But I think for all of us here at Diamonds, [we have] definitely kind of taken a step back from that, and fully focusing here, and knowing that the right people are helping us out back home."