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Wallam Watch: Off back of Diamonds selection, Harvey’s sharpshooter impresses in Firebirds’ 72-60 loss

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Carly LadenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The Firebirds’  Donnell Wallam takes a pass under pressure from the Vixens’ Jo Weston during the clash at John Cain Arena.
Camera IconThe Firebirds’ Donnell Wallam takes a pass under pressure from the Vixens’ Jo Weston during the clash at John Cain Arena. Credit: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Although the Queensland Firebirds were unable to hold off a late surge from the Melbourne Vixens, Harvey’s Donnell Wallam put on a diamond performance.

Fresh off being selected as part of the 2023/24 Australian Diamonds squad, Wallam kept building form during the Firebirds’ 72-60 loss to the Vixens at John Cain Arena on Saturday.

As both sides went goal for goal early, the Firebirds’ attack managed several high passes to Wallam under the post throughout the first half.

However, as the Vixens came firing back during the second half, the Firebirds struggled to get the ball to Wallam.

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Wallam was soon forced to take Super Shots during the final quarter as her team trailed 71-58.

Despite the Firebirds’ best efforts, they fell short of fighting back against the Vixens by 12 goals.

Wallam was once again impressive, finishing with 51 goals from 53 shots, two super shots, three rebounds, four feeds and five turnovers.

Following the 2023 Super Netball season, Wallam and the rest of the extended Australian Diamonds squad will gather for a training camp before travelling to Cape Town for the 2023 Netball World Cup, which starts on July 28.

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