Layton says Diamonds prepared for hard schedule

Australian Diamonds defender Sharni Layton believes the team is as well prepared as they can be for their grueling Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 schedule as they prepare for their opening match.

The Diamonds open their title defence against Trinidad & Tobago at Allphones Arena on Friday night and then face matches against Barbados and arch rival New Zealand in consecutive days.

But Layton said the team’s recent training camps on the Gold Coast and in Newcastle has them prepared for anything that’s thrown at them over the 10 days of the tournament.

“At the end of the day we’ve got eight games in 10 days and every country is pretty much the same and we’re really prepared for it,” Layton said.

“We know we’ve got to do our recovery properly and I guess that’s best part of being part of Aussie team is the support we get around us.”

CJG089A6649Layton said competition for spots in coach Lisa Alexander’s starting line-up is intense and all 12 athletes in the squad can expect to play their role over the campaign.

“We love that in our team. We’re all great mates but we still fight hard at every training session and every single person wants to get on the court,” Layton said.

“But that’s the great part about tournament play – everybody can get out there. Not everyone is going to be able to back up every day and we all have our role in the team and know what it takes to win and are willing to do that.”

It’s the second Netball World Cup campaign for the 27-year-old Layton. She was part of the triumphant 2011 team and said the excitement is building now that the team has arrived in Sydney and are only days out from their opening game.

“We’ve been training really hard for a long time and to actually get in and see the stadium (Allphones Arena) set up was an exciting feeling and can’t wait to get out there.”

Layton declared there’s no chance that the Diamonds are going to “ease” into their campaign against Trinidad & Tobago.

“You have to go hard from the start. You can’t underestimate anyone,” Layton, who’s played 23 Tests, said.

“I think the gap between us and the other countries is getting smaller so we need to be at our best for everyone. So it’s exciting for us as a sport and I can’t see what every country is going to put out there.”

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