After an intense three week training regime in our home states it’s time for the team to come together and kick off our 2015 World Cup campaign. The vibe is well and truly buzzing as all of the other competing nations make their way into Sydney. We have opted to escape the hustle and bustle of the harbour city and spend four days of preparation in the more relaxed coastal town of Newcastle. This period of time will see us hitting the court to work through the final preparations of our game plan and combinations out on court. We will also spend some time in the gym and no doubt making the most of the chilly salt water to recover the bodies and have us in the best shape possible come the 7th August.
While we have all been working particularly hard back home, nothing can replicate the time we have together on the court. Getting combinations old and new back together will be an important focus for the next few days for the Diamonds. The physical side of training is obviously incredibly important however we will also spend a lot of time analysing our opposition via video footage breaking down their game plans and tactics.
Once the playing group comes together it is only natural that a sense of excitement starts to set in. With excitement also comes a small does of nerves however with an experienced playing group everybody has come to learn how to deal best with the added pressure or other commitments that are part and parcel with any major event.
The training regime in Newcastle over the past four days has seen us out on court, in the gym and taking our younger counterparts in a match play session against where they really put us to the test. We will now taper off and concentration will be focused on freshening all the girls up ready for our first match against Trinidad and Tobago.
This will be when all the excitement starts to well and truly set in! The World Cup really is our Olympics it’s our biggest event on the netball calendar. We will take place in a candle lighting ceremony on Thursday night with all of the other countries which is a tradition that has occurred for years. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon and we will then embark on our first match against Trinidad and Tobago.
We simply cannot wait to get to Sydney and see first hand just how great the netball venue out at Homebush will be. We are also very excited and grateful to have a huge support crew behind us heading into this major tournament.