I can still help the Diamonds: Medhurst

Justin Chadwick

Veteran goal attack Nat Medhurst says she struggled to watch any netball at the recent Commonwealth Games, but she hasn't given up hope of reviving her international career.

Medhurst was dealt a crushing blow last year when she was left out of the team for the Gold Coast by Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

The 34-year-old resisted the calls to retire from international competition, and has since played a crucial role in helping West Coast Fever become a Super Netball force.

Fever sit on top of the ladder with a 5-1 record, and are favourites to win their maiden title.

The arrival of towering Jamaican goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler has played a huge part in the team's success, but Medhurst has also been a critical piece of the puzzle.

She is ranked the best goal attack in the competition, with her assists being crucial.

The Diamonds were hot favourites to win Commonwealth gold, but suffered a heartbreaking 52-51 defeat to England in the decider.

England's winning goal came after the final siren.

Medhurst tried her best to avoid the Commonwealth Games netball coverage, but she did catch a glimpse of the final after Fever training one day.

"We all went in and watched it. I sat there for most of the second quarter, and then took off at halftime," Medhurst said.

"I remember going on Twitter and I saw the Diamonds were up by four goals. And I said to myself, 'Nat, suck it up, go watch them win the gold medal'.

"I flicked it on when I got back home. It was literally the last 30 seconds of the game, and I could not believe what I was watching. I had no idea what the hell happened."

Medhurst felt mixed emotions watching the last-gasp defeat.

"It's hard, because you feel gutted for the players who are really close friends," Medhurst said.

"But seeing them lose gave me a bit of a glimmer of hope in terms of what it might mean in the future for next year and the next squad selection."

Medhurst has set her sights on competing at a fourth World Cup in Liverpool next year.

She hopes her cards haven't been marked, saying her experience at the top level could be a huge plus for the side.

"I've got a lot to offer," Medhurst said.

"I feel fit, I'm playing well, I'm blasting out games."

Fever will be back in action on Saturday when they take on the Vixens in Melbourne.