Life after Swift exit

WORLD championship-winning Australian Diamonds netballer Catherine Cox won't let a falling out with new NSW Swifts coach Lisa Beehag get her down.

Goal shooter Cox was stripped of the club captaincy, which precipitated her move to the West Coast Fever just two weeks after being named the Swifts' most valuable player in the 2010 ANZ Championship.

The 35-year-old will now link up with former Diamonds coach Norma Plummer in a two-year deal.

But Cox, in Lismore today as part of a NSW Swifts coaching clinic at Trinity Catholic College with fellow Australian representative Kimberlee Green and Swifts' birthday girl Rebecca Bulley, was still in good spirits when contacted by The Northern Star yesterday.

In fact, when we rang Cox she laughed: "I have a bottle of champagne in my hand just relaxing and enjoying Rebecca's birthday with plenty of giggles."

Cox admitted leaving the Swifts was one of the toughest decisions of her illustrious career but she is excited about a number of opportunities she will get at the Fever.

"It's gut-wrenching to leave the Swifts," Cox said.

"I thought I'd play out my career there.

"I don't know my new teammates yet but the Fever has a really young team full of great players and a great coach.

"Linking up with Caitlin Bassett will be exciting - she's one of the best shooters in the world."

Bassett came on for Cox at half-time in the Diamonds' thrilling 58-57 world championship final win over New Zealand in Singapore last month.

It was Cox's second win at a world championship and one she will cherish forever.

"These wins are always sweet but this one was especially so because we lost to New Zealand in the previous world championship," Cox said.

"That, and the fact I was an older player this year and with the game going into overtime made it so exciting."

Cox believes she can still be a force at international level well into her late 30s.

"The body feels good for an old girl," she said.

Cox is impressed at the amount of netball talent on the Northern Rivers and spoke glowingly about local product Kristy Durheim, who was drafted into the Swifts' squad last year.

"Kristy reads the play well and is very fit and fast," Cox said.

"It's a great netball region."

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