Wollongong-based Diamonds defender Rebecca Bulley is hopeful of playing a key role in quelling Malawi's free-flowing attack when the pair meet at WIN Entertainment Centre next week.
The Corrimal local has happily played a supporting role from the bench during the Diamonds current Constellation Cup series with New Zealand, but is buoyed by the prospect of getting on the court in the city she now calls home.
After moving to Wollongong's northern suburbs with her husband in 2011, Bulley is looking forward to being a part of the first netball Test ever played in the region.
"I am really excited for family and friends that don't often get that opportunity or often do a lot of travelling, it is nice that they have game in their backyard," Bulley said.
"It is a great opportunity to showcase the Diamonds amongst the netball community in the Illawarra and the South Coast region and I'm just hoping I get the opportunity to play.
"I think that people don't really appreciate how fast and how physical our game is until you come along and watch a live game."
The Diamonds' Test with Malawi at the WEC will be the first of a two-Test series in Australia, in the Queens' first visit to the country.
Despite Australia coming up trumps in all three previous encounters with the Queens, Bulley believes it would be unwise for the highly-rated Diamonds to underestimate their sixth-ranked opponents.
"Malawi will surely be tougher than a lot of people expect," Bulley said.
"They have a different style of play and are very flamboyant, so it is tough work for defenders. "Hopefully I get the opportunity and play and work with the other defenders and just keep building this great team unit that we have."
Before Wednesday's clash, the Diamonds will be aiming to finish their five-Test series against New Zealand on high, as they attempt to round out the Constellation Cup with a 4-1 scoreline in Canberra tomorrow.
"Whilst we are delighted with the series win and getting the Constellation Cup back in Australia, we certainly won't be taking our foot off the pedal," Bulley said.
"We want to push on and consolidate the good work we have done so far.
"This is the last time we will play New Zealand before the Commonwealth Games, so it is really important that we get that edge over them mentally and on the scoreboard.
"At the moment we are just focusing on that, but I am sure that will be taken into account when it comes to selection as well."
The back-to-back series will go a long way to helping Bulley reach her goal of keeping a spot in the squad for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2015 World Championships in Sydney.
"I would love to be going to the Commonwealth Games, I had the opportunity in 2010 in Delhi and I loved the whole experience."