Hallinan wishing for golden birthday

Constellation Cup Game 3 Australia Diamonds v New Zealand Silver FernsAustralian midcourter Renae Hallinan has one wish for her birthday – a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

The Victorian native celebrated her 28th birthday in Manchester on Friday with teammates and staff as the Australians continued their preparations for next week’s Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve said to the girls that the best birthday present would be a gold medal, it’s all I want for my birthday,” Hallinan said.

“The girls are certainly looking after me, we had a lovely dinner last night celebrating my Aussie birthday and today we celebrate my UK birthday so I’m enjoying it to the fullest.

“Getting all the birthday messages from home has been really nice but I’m exactly where I want to be with the girls and enjoying our time and getting ready to do our job in Glasgow.”

Hallinan, preparing for her second Commonwealth Games, said the pain of 2010 still haunts her four years on from losing the gold medal New Zealand in double extra-time.

The devastating result has provided Hallinan with motivation in preparation to make amends beginning in Glasgow on Thursday.

“Coming into Glasgow has been a four-year process for me, I’m still hurting from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, we lost the gold medal, we didn’t win the silver, so we’ve been really excited by this process,” Hallinan said.

“It’s certainly been a lot of hard work heading into Glasgow and we’re feeling prepared and ready to go so I’m just so excited for this chance to come into a Commonwealth Games with a great group of girls and get the job done.

“I’m not over the loss, that’s why I’m here and I’m ready to get the job done.”

The Australian Netball Team kick off their 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign against Wales on Thursday 24 July at 1.30pm (10.30pm AEST). Catch all the action on Network Ten or on ABC Grandstand.

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