Hadley soaking up words of wisdom

At the end of every day of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, Australian Diamonds midcourter Paige Hadley sits down with Renae Hallinan for a “debrief” about that day’s training session or match.

Hadley is keen to soak up as much advice that she can from her more experienced teammates to be able to contribute to the Diamonds campaign to defend their world crown.

Hallinan and her NSW Swifts captain Kimberlee Green – both who are part of the Diamonds’ leadership group – have been good sounding boards for Hadley as she builds on her international experience.

The 22-year-old has seen court time in all of Australia’s four matches to date, including playing a full match at wing attack in the 35-goal win over South Africa on Wednesday night.

“Kimmy G (Green) has been really great. Obviously we’ve been subbing a bit in that wing attack position and she says just to go out there and do my thing and not overthink it and Renae is my roommate,” Hadley said.

“Every time we come back (to the hotel) we have a little debrief so it’s nice getting advice from her.

“I’m really enjoying my first World Cup and any appearance I can get I take the opportunity and I’ve played in every game so can’t be happier with that.”

Defender Rebecca Bulley also earned her first starting bib “for a while” and played the entire 60 minutes against the Proteas, showing her versatility by spending a quarter at wing defence.

Bulley believes there’s still plenty of areas of their game that the Diamonds can improve in collectively and individually, but their form is building towards the business end of the tournament.

“That loss to New Zealand was a good wake up call,” Bulley said. “We’ve come together as a team and we enjoy each other’s company and that shows out on court with the performance against England and last night (against South Africa).”

Hadley said she’s gaining confidence every time she steps out on court and would love to be given the nod to start more matches.

“Everyone in the 12 is strong enough to start, that’s the best thing about the side,” she said. “Everyone is doing everything they can to fit the game plan and put out their best performance.”

The Diamonds take on Wales tomorrow night in their final qualification match ahead of their semi-final appearance on Saturday.

Their opponent is likely to be Jamaica and Bulley said they have been closely studying the Sunshine Girls – in particular her Queensland Firebirds teammate Romelda Aiken.

“Obviously Romelda is big target so it’s about the work we can do out front to stop the ball getting to her,” Bulley said.

“In the midcourt our height is an advantage so hopefully we can use that, get in front, force the ball up high so we can take those intercepts and turn it over.”

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.