Green says Diamonds “fired up” to bounce back


Australian Diamonds vice-captain Kimberlee Green says England should brace to take on a “fired up” team when they two countries meet in the next stage of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 on Tuesday night.

The Diamonds are still smarting from their five-goal loss to New Zealand in the last of their pool matches on Sunday and Green said they are keen to rectify that as quickly as possible.

“We are fired up,” Green declared.

“I can tell you every single one of those players, as soon as we walked back into the change rooms (on Sunday) wanted to go back out and play it all over it again.

“We’ll still need to have that balance of that fire in our bellies but also being smart with what we’re doing. But you can expect a very fired-up Aussie team tomorrow.”

Green, who moved into equal 10th place on the all-time list of the most Tests played for Australia against the Silver Ferns, said their performance was “unacceptable” and every player had the chance to review the game.

The Diamonds had a rest day today but were put through a solid training session ahead of their opening qualification round match.

“We’re extremely tough on ourselves and everyone was disappointed in their own performance,” Green, a veteran of 70 Tests, said.

“Everyone pretty much said the same thing; we were our own worst enemy and we need to be better. Our midcourt transition was not great, our defensive pressure was not great; everything we normally do in a game was not there and that’s not okay from us.

“They (New Zealand) had done their homework and the great thing now is we can go and do our homework and know exactly what we’re coming up against.”

Australia now play three qualification matches. England finished on top of Pool B unbeaten after three matches.

Green knows they will be a tough opponent boasting a good mix of youth and experience in captain Geva Mentor, Sonia Mkoloma, Jade Clarke and Jo Harten.

“They play very similar to us, they do a one-on-style and their attack end is extremely sharp and smart,” Green said.

“At the end of the day we want to play good netball and if we do, we’re every chance of winning the game.”

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. Check your local guides for match details.