Diamonds putting polish on World Cup plans

_MCA7707Li

There’s no relaxing for the Australian Diamonds at their training camp on the Gold Coast this week with one month to go before the team’s opening match of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander is putting her team through a five-day training camp on the Gold Coast and vice-captain Kimberlee Green said it was an important part of their preparations for the Netball World Cup that begins on August 7.

Green will be making her second Netball World Cup appearance having been part of Australia’s triumphant 2011 team that won in Singapore.

“I can’t even believe it’s been four years since Singapore,” Green said. “It’s come around really quickly but all the girls are really excited.

_MCA7563Li“This is what were good at – we’re good at playing netball. Training has been pretty tough but it’s nice to be up on the Gold Coast.

“We’ve got a new team, players have been in and out before, it’s just reconnecting and making sure we’re spot on with all the court work.

“Lisa has said it a few times, we’re just working on combinations and units and making sure they’re nice and tight and rest will look after itself.”

Green has recovered from a calf injury that troubled her late in the ANZ Championship season while leading the NSW Swifts to a Grand Final appearance. She said the fortnight between the Grand Final and the start of this training camp had been beneficial to allowing more time for the injury to heal.

After a two-week break, the Diamonds will wrap up their Netball World Cup preparations at another training camp in Newcastle.

“There is a lot of work to be done and it’s on your own back. But we’ve got extremely professional athletes willing to do that and we can’t wait to hit Newcastle and get into the Netball World Cup.”