Fresh from starring in the Diamonds' 4-1 Constellation Cup win over New Zealand, Australian shooter Caitlin Bassett is expecting big things when the 2011 world champions play Malawi Queens in the Illawarra tomorrow night.
After sharing a room with Wollongong-based defender Rebecca Bulley, Bassett has heard all about the coastal city and is keen to bring the region its first netball Test.
The Diamonds arrived in town yesterday for the first of a two-Test series with the Queens and are expecting a tough encounter at WIN Entertainment Centre.
"I think it will be a great series," Bassett said before the Diamonds conducted a clinic at Berkeley yesterday.
"The last time we played them was over at the World Championships in Singapore in 2011, so it has been a little while.
"I am sure their team has changed as much as ours has since then. I know they have an amazing shooter [Mwai Kumwenda] who has been playing in Australia the last couple of years so I will be looking forward to seeing her in action."
The Diamonds are aiming to make it back-to-back series successes after rounding out a crushing of the Silver Ferns in Canberra on Sunday.
Bassett was a key figure throughout the dominating series win and is hoping to maintain the momentum against the Queens.
"I think I want to consolidate the work that I have done over the past couple of weeks [in this series]," Bassett said.
"I want to keep being a strong target under the post and deliver score quickly to our team and obviously keep building combinations with Erin Bell, Natalie Medhurst and Caitlin Thwaites."
Bassett has only recently locked down a spot in the starting side, after veteran Catherine Cox abandoned her position for the 2013 Test calendar due to fatigue.
"I suppose for a little while now I have been pushing and pushing to be a starter in the Aussie team and there are some fantastic players going around," Bassett said.
"I have really enjoyed it, being out there on court.
"It is definitely different starting a game than coming out there at half time or the last quarter. I am really happy with how it all went."
With Cox expected to return to the Australian side for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Bassett could be in a battle to retain her starting role.
But the West Coast Fever product says keeping the position isn't her primary goal.
"To be honest I just want to make the Commonwealth Games team," Bassett said.
"That is the first step because I missed out in 2010 for Delhi."