Green eager to thrive on home town support

CJG_007lrOne of Kimberlee Green’s enduring memories of the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore was the noise level of the crowds, particularly for the Diamonds’ pulsating final against New Zealand.

Green has played numerous Test matches for Australia on home soil, but the star midcourter said the opportunity to play a world championship in her home town of Sydney will be a special moment.

The Diamonds begin their title defence against Trinidad & Tobago at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Friday night at 9.05pm (AEST) and Green said she’s looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere over the next 10 days.

“We had so many Australian fans go over to Singapore in 2011 and the crowd was deafening,” Green said.

“So to have that for all of our round games starting off with Trinidad & Tobago is going to be pretty special. It will be like playing in front of a (NSW) Swifts crowd – times about a thousand more.

“It’s always really nice to walk out in front of your home crowd and the Sydney crowds just love netball and the contest.

“There’s a lot of passionate fans from all over Australia coming to Sydney so that’s going to be really exciting.”

It’s the first time since 1991 that Australia has hosted the Netball World Cup and Green said it was an exciting occasion for netball.

“As soon as it was announced that Sydney would host (the Netball World Cup), it was something that I definitely wanted to be a part of.

“You never take it for granted that you’re going to be in that team, but it’s something you want for your career and to play in front of family and friends I hold very dearly to me.

“To be part of this team has been pretty special and it’s always an honor to represent your country at a Netball World Cup. But to be doing that at home is just that extra bit special.

“We’ve got a long road ahead of us but everyone in the team are just extremely excited.”

The 29-year-old is one of the contenders putting their hand up to coach Lisa Alexander to replace the injured Madi Robinson in the wing attack position.

After overcoming a calf problem that troubled her during the ANZ Championship Finals Series, Green is eager to make a major contribution to Australia’s quest for a third straight world crown.

“The good thing about our team is that everyone is extremely versatile and we all bring something different,” Green said.

“So the dynamics do change with different combinations. For me, I just need to keep playing my role for the team and what I’m good at and stick to that.

“At the end of the day Lisa will choose the right team for the right games and, if that’s me, then I’m ready to put my hand up and do everything that I can.”

The Diamonds have spent the past week at their pre-World Cup training camp at Newcastle to put the finishing touches on the squad and allow them to start focusing on their early preliminary round opponents – including the Silver Ferns.

“We’re chomping at the bit to get out there and we’re wanting to put out a good performance each time and keep building throughout the whole World Cup,” Green declared.

You can watch the Diamonds open their Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign against Trinidad & Tobago from 9pm (AEST) on Friday, August 7 live on FOX SPORTS, ONE or via the Netball Live app.

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