Ravaillion ready to keep on running for Diamonds

No one in the Australian Diamonds team – let alone the world – has played more netball than Kim Ravaillion in the last three years.

The talented midcourter has played in 48 ANZ Championship matches for the Queensland Firebirds and appeared in 22 of a possible 27 Tests for the Diamonds since making her debut on Australia’s UK Tour in January, 2013.

Ravaillion also represented Australia at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland – alongside current Diamonds’ teammate Paige Hadley.

But the Diamonds coaching staff have managed Ravaillion’s court time well in their opening five matches of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 to ensure she’s not overworked and in the best shape possible for the finals.

The 22-year-old played full games against New Zealand and England and was rested at half-time of the Diamonds win over South Africa on Wednesday night having done her bit to set up the victory.

Ravaillion said Thursday’s rest day came at an ideal time for her as it gave her a chance to “switch off” from netball for a while and get herself ready for Australia’s last three matches.

“After playing so many games I know what makes me switch off and fall asleep really easily,” Ravaillion said.

What has Ravaillion discovered about herself having played five games in seven days?

“That I’m not Iron Woman,” she laughed.

“That I do need a rest. I’ve learned a lot actually. I needed that rest day. Those two games (against New Zealand and England) were very intense and took a toll on me.

“But we have great support staff and they’ve massaged all my muscles and I’m feeling good and ready to go. Having the day off really helped me.”

Australia takes on Wales tonight in its final qualification match ahead of a likely semi-final showdown against Jamaica – where Ravaillion will come up against a familiar face in Romelda Aiken.

Only this time she won’t be wearing the maroon of the Firebirds but the multi-colors of the Sunshine Girls.

Ravaillion’s combination with Aiken was one of the major factors in the Firebirds’ ANZ Championship title and jokes she may have to remind herself that they’ll be opponents this time around.

“Hopefully I don’t accidently throw her the ball,” Ravaillion said. “It will be interesting playing against her considering I play with her all year.”

Ravaillion has only played against Wales once previously, in last year’s Commonwealth Games, and said the Diamonds will be well prepared for the world number eight.

“They were really tough in the first half so we’re going to have to go out hard in first quarter. We can’t take it easy, we’ve got to play hard one-on-one and fast ball movement and get the win.”

Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 will be broadcast in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Network TEN and via the Netball Live app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Check your local guides for match details.