Diamonds keen to sparkle from opening whistle

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Australia wants to set the tone for its Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign in the first 15 minutes of its opening match, declares captain Laura Geitz.

The Diamonds begin their title defence against Trinidad & Tobago at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Friday night at 9.05pm (AEST).

Having wrapped up their preparations with a training session at Netball Central this afternoon, Geitz said the team was eager to take the court and start their pool matches.

Geitz said the team knows getting away to a strong start will be important against the Caribbean nation.

“It’s such a short competitive week, it will be here and over and done with before we know it,” Geitz said.

“So we need to make sure we are putting out our A-Grade performances every time.

“The girls are starting to really feel the vibe and energy floating around and excited to have opening ceremony and into our first match.”

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Australia and Trinidad & Tobago have met 11 times in the Netball World Cup with the Diamonds winning nine occasions and playing a draw in 1987.

It will also be the 1000th match played overall in Netball World Cup history, which first began in 1963.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has declared her squad was “in the best shape possible that we could be in” heading into the start of Netball World Cup.

CJG089A6823With matches to come against Barbados (Saturday, 3.20pm AEST) and arch rivals New Zealand (Sunday, 2.20pm AEST), over the weekend, Alexander hinted that all 12 athletes would most likely see court time at some stage heading into next week.

“We won’t be taking Trinidad lightly,” Alexander said. “They’re a really proud country and they’re going to put out what their best is in that first quarter as well.”

Geitz believes coming up against the Silver Ferns early in the tournament will only benefit the Diamonds for later in the campaign, highlighting last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where they only overcame England by a goal in early matches.

“That was probably a bit of a turning point for us, a really tight match,” Geitz said. “So I think it’s a bit of blessing to have that really big hit out against a challenging opponent and be able to get things set in place heading into later part of the week.”

Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 will be broadcast in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Network TEN and via the Netball Live app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

For more information on tickets visit www.nwc2015.com.au/tickets.