Australian defender Rebecca Bulley has double motivation to perform well in tonight’s second Test of the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand in Auckland.
Not only is she eager to make amends for her performance in the First Test of the series, which the Diamonds lost to the Silver Ferns, earlier this week.
But Bulley is also celebrating the fifth anniversary of her Test debut – which coincidently came against the Silver Ferns in Auckland.
The 31-year-old is hoping tonight’s result is a lot different to when she first stepped out in the green and gold on September 20, 2008.
“In my debut I started at wing defence, got take off at half-time and we lost the match (New Zealand won 38-31),” Bulley said.
“So hopefully, five years down the track, we can turn it around and get the win and, hopefully, if I get an opportunity to take the court I play well.”
Bulley has now played 35 Tests for Australia and said she cherishes every one.
“I’m always very proud to be part of the Diamonds and something I never take for granted,” Bulley said.
In the opening Test of the series at Invercargill, Bulley won the starting goal defence bib. But she was replaced by vice-captain Bianca Chatfield at quarter-time after conceding seven penalties in the opening term.
Bulley declared she is keen to make amends in tonight’s second Test.
“I’d love the opportunity to get out there and prove that I can do it, more so to myself because I was disappointed by my performance,” Bulley admitted.
“I pride myself on being a clean player and avoiding those penalties and I probably got more penalties in that quarter than I usually get for a whole game. So I just need to adjust (my game) and that’s something I’ve been working on at training.”
After tonight, both teams then head to Australia for the remaining three Tests in Adelaide (October 4), Melbourne (October 7) and Canberra (October 13).
Bulley said the Diamonds are determined to return home with the series level at one-all.
“It’s certainly a very big game for us,” Bulley said.
“It’s not going to be easy. We just want to get out there, play well, play for each other and enjoy it.
“When you enjoy it, you play well and hopefully come away with a win.
“We’re confident if we do our job, take care of our opponents, if we move the ball quick, shut down Maria (Tutaia) and try and get some turnovers we can win.”
The second Test will be played at Auckland’s Vector Arena from 5.30pm (AEST) on Thursday 19 September and broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 1 from 5pm (AEST) and SBS 2 from 5.30pm (AEST).