Diamonds squad goes from foes to friends

CJG9217LRThe Australian Diamonds are this week reacquainting themselves as teammates on the Gold Coast after spending the last few months as fierce rivals during the ANZ Championship.

Four of the five Australian ANZ Championship sides are represented in the Diamonds’ team of 12, including eight athletes from the thrilling decider between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts played three weeks ago.

“This week at camp is about getting everyone on the same page, we’ve gone from competing against each other for the last six months to all of a sudden being in a team with each other,” Diamonds captain Laura Geitz said at training on Wednesday.

“We’ve had opportunities to play with each other during internationals along the way but this [camp] is a time that we can work on our combinations, get used to each other and develop the style of play that we want to put out on court against our opposition in August.”

The Diamonds are on the Gold Coast for a five-day training camp, the first team commitment since coach Lisa Alexander named the team at the Sydney Opera House a fortnight ago.

With less than a month until Australia’s opening game of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 against Trinidad & Tobago, Geitz said momentum from the Australian teams’ performances in the ANZ Championship has carried over to camp.

“We’ve got momentum coming off a really exciting month and when everything is going well you just want to continue playing netball and doing well.CJG9375LR

“The excitement of playing a World Cup is your home country is an outstanding thought and I know the girls are looking forward to the opportunity.”

With camp a second camp to come in Newcastle at the end of the month, the Australians are easing their way back on court following the trans-Tasman season.

“I think Lisa’s gone with a very smart team that are all players in great form,” Geitz said.

“The big thing for us is understanding that we’ve got some really tough opposition in New Zealand, England and Jamaica.

“I think this is a great team, we’re not playing our best netball which you wouldn’t imagine at this particular time seeing that we’ve just come together, but we’ve got a month to work together.

CJG9224LR“We’ve got full confidence in Lisa and the coaching staff, they know what they’re doing and we know they’ll have us firing when it counts in August.”

Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from August 7–16. The Diamonds begin their World Cup campaign against Trinidad and Tobago on Friday 7 August at Allphones Arena.

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.

Tickets for Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 are available from www.nwc2015.com.au/tickets