Preparation paid off in series opener

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Samsung Diamonds midcourter Kim Ravaillion said the team’s thorough preparation helped the group maintain composure when it counted, in their four goal win over the England Roses.

England had a strong start to the game, before the Diamonds took control of the contest in the second and third quarters.

But, the Roses challenged the Diamonds in the final term, narrowing the score to just three goals late in the term.

Ravaillion said their efforts were boosted by focus on resilience at the squad’s recent training camps.

“We did get tested a lot at camp and the aim from the coaches was to make us really frustrated and it worked,” Ravaillion explained.

“Having that frustration, it made us resilient heading into the game and it enabled us to maintain our composure.

“Especially in the last quarter, we had to be really composed and place that ball accurately for CBass (Caitlin Bassett) to finish it off.

“Our preparation was really good and hopefully we can carry that on into the next two games.”

The Diamonds had nine players out on court in the series opener, including debutant Courtney Bruce.

“We have a few new faces in the team. It was really good to get Courtney Bruce out there and what a blinder she had and she got MVP, so that was awesome.”

Ravaillion said analysis is key to preparing for the Diamonds’ second Quad Series encounter on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

The last time they faced South Africa in January’s Quad Series, it was the Diamonds who took the win by 16 goals.

“We’ll obviously do a lot of analysis on them, but we also look at how we played on them in January over in South Africa and what they did to frustrate us there.

“We’ll be doing a lot analysis and working on that at training and hopefully putting it out on Wednesday.”

The Diamonds host the South Africa SPAR Proteas at AIS Arena at 7.30pm AEST Wednesday 30 August. Tickets available via Ticketek or watch live on 9Gem and the Netball Live app.