Limited court time during the ANZ Championship has been a blessing in disguise according to Australian Diamonds defender Rebecca Bulley.
The 32-year-old and her Australian teammates took to the court in Newcastle for the team’s first training session of Diamonds camp on Saturday morning ahead of next week’s Netball World Cup.
Fresh from two weeks at home, Bulley believes that her role as an impact player off the bench for the Queensland Firebirds has, in hindsight, paid dividends for her preparations for her maiden World Cup.
“Coming into this [camp], I’m probably the freshest I’ve ever been, I think the reduced court time during the ANZ Championship was probably really good for me,” Bulley said on Saturday.
“I’ve had a great preparation doing my weight sessions at home in Wollongong so I feel ready to go and can step up and take some of that load off the players.”
The Victorian-native was instrumental in the Firebirds’ thrilling one goal Grand Final victory over the Swifts, coming off the bench with her side training by four goals at three-quarter time.
It’s been a little over a month since the premiership and Bulley can’t wait to get back out on court in Sydney.
“I’m just looking forward to getting on court and playing a match, if feels like it’s been a while since my last big match, which was the ANZ Championship Grand Final; I love playing netball so I want to get on the court and play,” Bulley said.
“It will be so much fun, I’m looking forward to the whole opening ceremony and our first game but once we get that out of the way, it’s busy from then on.”
The Diamonds are in Newcastle until Tuesday as the team physically and mentally prepares for the eight games in ten days, beginning on Friday night against Trinidad & Tobago at Allphones Arena.
“It’s really important to have this time together away from all of that excitement [in Sydney], we can focus on what we have to do so that we’re ready to go, prepared as well as we can be for the World Cup,” Bulley said.
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 at 9.05pm (AEST).
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.