While heartbreak would be the best way to describe Australia’s two-goal extra time loss to New Zealand in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games netball final, Susan Fuhrmann still has fond memories of that campaign.
The now retired Diamonds and West Coast Fever defender made her international debut at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and went onto represent her country in 33 Tests.
Fuhrmann would play in Delhi four years later before retiring from netball to concentre on her career away from netball as a pharmacist.
“It was absolutely incredible; it was my debut for Australia, first opportunity to put on the green and gold,” Fuhrmann said of being chosen for her Australian debut in Melbourne.
“To step out in that sort of atmosphere, not just representing your country with netball but going to a Commonwealth Games with so many other athletes representing this amazing nation was an incredible experience.
“It (Delhi) was a lot different; it was completely different to the 2006 games in Melbourne because of the location and for myself because I felt like I had earned my position out there on the court.”
In India, one attraction that tourists flock to is the Taj Mahal and some of the 2010 team took the opportunity to go visit – but not Fuhrmann. She would love to return there one day as a tourist and explore not just Delhi, but also the wider country in general.
“I personally didn’t go to the Taj; I know a few girls did. It was the day before our game against Jamaica which was a really important game for us, so I decided to stay home and rest up,” said Fuhrmann.
“I would actually love to go back and see Delhi and see India. The cultural performances and experiences they put in front of us were really something.”
While she enjoys her work, there’s no doubt that she misses the camaraderie and friendships that were evident during her time with Fever.
She’s still involved with Fever in corporate hospitality and it allows her to still have an interest in the sport.
“I do enjoy my work but at the same time I miss my girls, I miss my training and my team so it’s kind of hard at the same time,” Fuhrmann said.
“I’m still in partnership with the Fever where I work with their business club ambassadors.
“I speak with their corporate members and (act as) a connection with them to the players, so I’ll be at every single game that I can be; doing everything that I can to help (generate support for Fever).”
Australia kicks off its 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign in Glasgow on Thursday against Wales at 10.30pm (AEST). Follow the Australian Netball Team during the Commonwealth Games online on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aussiediamonds or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aussiediamonds