Captain Laura Geitz says Australia is ready and looking forward to the challenge of the Commonwealth Games ahead of her team’s departure this weekend.
The Australians finished up a five-day training and simulation camp at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra where they were put through their paces in the last hit out on home soil before the team travels to Manchester on Sunday.
“We’re really excited by the challenge, it has been twelve years since Australia has brought home a gold medal so a lot of us in the team can hardly remember that win,” Geitz told ABC Grandstand TV this week.
“We’re a playing group that performs well under pressure and the challenge of it has the girls really excited.
“We’re definitely not feeling under the pump, we’ve done all the hard work and feeling prepared and ready to head over to Glasgow and take on whoever is going to stand in our way of that gold medal.
“There’s a great confidence in the group right now and we need to harness that moving forward over the next few weeks.”
Geitz said the excitement among the team’s younger players, including midcourter Kimberley Ravaillion and debutant Tegan Caldwell, has rubbed off on the side’s more experienced players – reminding them to enjoy the moment.
Chasing its first Commonwealth Games gold medal since the 2002, the Australians will leave in just a few days to put the final touches on their preparation with a six-day camp in Manchester before the team’s arrival in Glasgow.
“We’ll spend a week in Manchester which will help us acclimatise to the time zone and get our bodies right in the first few days before a fair bit of training and matches towards the end of the week,” Geitz said.
“We’ll then head to Glasgow, get settled in the village, enjoy the Opening Ceremony and then get underway so it will come very quickly.”
Australia will begin its 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign against Wales at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on Thursday 24 July at 9.30pm (AEST). Catch all the Commonwealth Games action on Network Ten or online via @AussieDiamonds in Twitter.