Australian defender Julie Corletto says she’s fit and ready for the Diamonds opening game of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 against Trinidad & Tobago at Allphones Arena on Friday.
The two-time World Cup winner has been in a moon boot for the past four weeks with foot soreness but declared herself available after training for the first time on Saturday.
Corletto completed the Diamonds’ first training session of the four-day World Cup preparation camp in Newcastle.
“It was an unreal feeling to be out there [on court] with the girls, we’ve been away from each other for the last three weeks doing individual training so it was good to have the boot off and be back out on court,” Corletto said.
“I bounced out of bed this morning [on Sunday] ready and raring to go so I’m excited that I can join the girls again and looking forward to it.”
The 28-year-old’s World Cup preparations were limited to ball work and non-weight bearing activities after succumbing to the soreness during the Diamonds camp on the Gold Coast.
While frustrated by the injury, Corletto acknowledged that the rest was in her best interest.
“It’s been a challenging time, you can probably ask my husband that, he’s seen a bit of frustration, but in saying that it [wearing the boot] was the smartest thing to do,” Corletto said.
“It’s feeling great now and this is when I wanted it to feel good leading into the World Cup so it’s the best preparation I could have had considering the circumstances.”
Corletto, who’s already announced her retirement from netball following the tournament, is excited about her third and last World Cup appearance in the green and gold.
“There’s a great bunch of youth and experience within the group, including the enthusiasm of Paige Hadley, who’s been in the team before her injury so it’s great to have her back,” Corletto said.
“Also having so many other girls that I’ve played with before over the years, it’s a fantastic experience to be apart of and I can’t wait to play in a World Cup on home soil.”
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.