Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has asked her team to stay focused on the job at hand when they take on the Malawi Queens in the final Test of the Coles Netball Test Series on the Gold Coast this evening.
With the lure of a well-deserved break just sixty minutes away, Alexander has told her side to remain disciplined as it chases a sixth consecutive victory.
“We need to stay on course and prepare as thoroughly as if we were playing the New Zealand Silver Ferns to leave no doubt that this team has what it takes to be the world’s best,” Alexander said.
The Diamonds are backing up to play their third Test match in less than a week following games against the Silver Ferns in Canberra on Sunday and the Queens in Wollongong on Wednesday night.
The heavy workload is providing good preparation for next year according to Alexander.
“It’s certainly more games than the players are used to but we need to prepare our athletes for the daily competition of a Commonwealth Games, where rest days are few and far between” Alexander said.
“Tonight’s Test against Malawi is a perfect dress rehearsal for a gold medal match with the need to stay focused despite all the mental and physical demands of the previous games.”
After six Tests together, tonight is the Diamonds’ last chance to work on combinations in a Test match environment before the Commonwealth Games.
“We’ve still got a job to do but we also need to enjoy this final outing together,” Alexander said.
The Australian Diamonds take on the Malawi Queens in the final game of the 2013 Coles Netball Test Series at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday night from 7.00pm (AEST). The last Test will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS and on delay on SBS 2 (10.30pm). Tickets are still available from Ticketek on www.ticketek.com.au, by phone on 132 849, and any Ticketek outlet.