Australia refocus for Barbados game

The Australian Netball Team isn’t getting ahead of themselves after a thrilling one-goal victory over England on Saturday.

Less than 24 hours after coming from behind to beat England 49-48 in the last minute, the Australians are back on court to take on Barbados on Sunday in their second of three consecutive games at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Australians, who remain undefeated alongside South Africa in Pool B, are focused on the task at hand as they build towards the finals.

“It’s literally one game at a time, I know it’s a cliché, but for us it’s our theme,” Australian coach Lisa Alexander said.

“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, it’s a tough tournament, we’re in the tough half (of the draw), there’s no doubt about that, we have to win every game.”

With two games in two days against Caribbean opposition, Alexander will use the matches against Barbados, ranked ninth in the world, and Trinidad & Tobago, ranked tenth in the world, as preparation for a possible meeting with Jamaica in the semi-finals.

“It will be typical Caribbean style (against Barbados), we have to make sure we take the ball very strongly, they’ll come flying through and have a crack at intercepts so our ball speed and timing has to be perfect,” Alexander said.

Despite the Australians coming from six goals down against England, Alexander admitted there’s still plenty of work to do in attack with three games to play in the preliminary round before finals.

“There’s always work to be done in attack, it’s never perfect, that’s the whole thing,” Alexander said.

“We need to be unpredictable otherwise we’ll be shut down so we’re working on something quite unique to be unpredictable which takes time.

“We don’t have a lot of time together but I’m confident that we’ve got the ability to turn the ball over and give our shooters more attempts.”

The Australians have defeated Barbados in the nine previous meetings, including the last time these two sides met at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, winning 70-26.

Australia is chasing their ninth consecutive Test victory on Sunday for the first time since 2001-2003 when they side won 20 straight Tests en route to winning the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medal and 2003 World Netball Championship in Jamaica.

Australia back up to play Barbados on Sunday at 11.30am (8.30pm AEST) and Trinidad & Tobago on Monday before concluding the preliminary round with a game against South Africa on Wednesday.

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