It’s the place where star midcourter Madi Robinson made her international debut for Australia in the first Test of Australia’s tour of the UK back in 2010.
It was a memorable debut in the green and gold for Robinson, winning the Player of the Match award as Australia defeated Scotland 78-22. She’s gone onto forge herself a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic wing attacks over 31 Tests and in the ANZ Championship.
Four years later and Robinson is back in Scotland as part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games netball team and is hoping to create some new memories in Glasgow by being part of a gold medal-winning side in 11 days time.
“It was a very nerve wracking but exciting time,” Robinson recalled of her Test debut.
“It was actually snowing as well so it was an incredible experience. Glasgow does hold a special place in my heart and hopefully there’s a spot there for something else.”
Robinson was devastated after missing selection in Australia’s team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
But her determination to succeed saw her bounce back from that disappointment – along with missing the triumphant 2011 World Championship team in Singapore – to win the coveted Liz Ellis Diamond in 2012 and be part of the Melbourne Vixens ANZ Championship premiership side this season.
The 26-year-old said she’s enjoyed the build-up to Australia’s opening match against Wales tonight (10.30pm AEST) and can’t wait to start the campaign.
“It’s my first Commonwealth Games and never know how many more you might get so you’ve got to make most of the opportunity,” Robinson said.
“Of course there’ll be nerves but we’ve done some fantastic preparation as a team and we’re looking forward to building on every performance and making sure that we’re there right to that final game and have got that gold medal.
“So lots of hard work ahead but looking forward to it.”