English homework for Australian coaches

AustvEng2013It’s back to school for Australian coach Lisa Alexander as she turns her focus to Saturday’s much anticipated game against England on day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Alexander, a former high school mathematics teacher before being appointed as coach in 2011, said that she’s got homework to do following Australia’s 63-36 victory over Wales on Thursday.

“We certainly saw some different combinations and performances that will make us think very carefully about what we put out against England in that first quarter on Saturday,” Alexander said.

“We’ve got 12 awesome athletes and it’s a privilege to coach them so I’ve got to make sure that I’ve done my home work today, have a look at England then the coaches and I will make a considered decision.

“At the end of the day, it could take 12 players to beat England on Saturday.”

The Australians will need to find an extra 20 per cent in their performance when they line up against England according to Alexander after the world champions overcame a slow start to record their seventh consecutive Test victory.

Held to a one-goal lead at quarter-time, the Australians scored eight unanswered goals to start the second term to put the result beyond doubt before Alexander cleared her bench for the second half.

Shooter Tegan Caldwell was handed her international debut, becoming just the third Australian to make their international debut at a Commonwealth Games, converting her first shot as an Australian international before finishing the game with 12/15 at 80 per cent.

“I think there was a bit of nerves there,” Alexander said of Caldwell coming off the bench to become Australia’s 162nd Test player.

“We made a bit of a fuss with her at half-time because it is a big deal to make your debut, I think she handled it really well, she knew we were all behind her and supporting her and certainly it will be great to get her first game under her belt.

“She will know now what the pace (of international netball) is like, she’s understand what the whole environment is about, it is different, and I think she’ll go from strength to strength.”

The Australian Netball Team take on England in a rematch of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games semi-final on Saturday at the Scottish Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC) from 9.30am (6.30pm AEST).

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