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Diamonds' depth encouraging: McMeniman

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/08/2016
Clare McMeniman of Australia passes during the International Test Match between Australia and South Africa on August 27, 2016 at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. © Getty Images Clare McMeniman of Australia passes during the International Test Match between Australia and South Africa on August 27, 2016 at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.

New Diamonds skipper Clare McMeniman says her side's strength in depth bodes well for tougher Quad Series challenges ahead.

The world champions breezed past South Africa 68-43 in their international netball season opener in Auckland on Saturday, dominating in all thirds of the court.

Lisa Alexander's outfit used all 12 players over the four quarters, including debutants Kristiana Manu'a and Stephanie Wood and young midcourter Liz Watson.

McMeniman, who led the side in the absence of captain Laura Geitz, was encouraged to see so many Australians producing the goods.

"The ability to have people like Kristiana and Stephanie debut, and also the flexibility and depth we have to play all 12 players, is exciting," McMeniman said.

"There were new combinations out on court and we'll probably see that, not just from our team, but all the teams across this series."

Manu'a, who went on in the fourth quarter as goal keeper, said she was grateful to wear the green and gold for the first time.

"It was building up to that moment and to get that call, to get on the court, was really exciting," the 20-year-old said.

"It was amazing and such a good feeling."

The Diamonds will now travel to Adelaide to take on England on Wednesday.

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