The Australian Netball Team have decided to join their compatriots and march in the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on Wednesday.
With the team’s opening game against Wales the following day, Australian captain Laura Geitz said the players made the final decision to participate in the opening ceremony despite the short turn around.
“Well, we’ve only decided that we will march tomorrow night. The exciting part was the unveiling of the Australian flag bearer (Anna Meares) last night,” Geitz told a packed press conference.
“It’s exciting to be walking as part of the team, not just netball but with everyone else. It’s going to be a great experience walking behind the Australian flag.”
Geitz, who’s contesting her second Commonwealth Games, said the final decision to march with the Australian Commonwealth Games Team was left to the players after discussions with the team’s coaching and support staff.
“There was obviously some discussion going on but it was thrown to the players to what we felt about it (taking part in the opening ceremony),” Geitz said.
“The coach (Lisa Alexander) was happy for the girls to decide what they wanted to do.”
“There’s going to be a lot of adrenaline running ahead of the first game (against Wales) anyway so I don’t think a few lost hours of sleep is going to matter.”
The 25-year-old shooter is the only member of the Australian Netball Team in Glasgow without an international Test appearance to her name.
“Definitely looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and we’re there embracing the whole experience with the entire netball team and everyone in the Australian team,” Caldwell, the Victorian native, said.
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.