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13 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Centurion O’Hanlon relieved to get opening win on the board

Northern Ireland captain Caroline O'Hanlon was delighted to bring up her 100th cap with an opening Vitality Netball World Cup win today.

The Warriors endured a tough start to the tournament yesterday, losing heavily to reigning champions Australia as O’Hanlon was forced from the court with a head injury.

However, they bounced back today, defeating Sri Lanka 67-50 to mark O’Hanlon’s 100th appearance in style.

She said:

“I’m just delighted to get out on the court and get a win, which is the most important thing. But it’s an honour every time I get to play for Northern Ireland – I’m delighted that the 100th time was on such a big occasion and that we got the win.

“We went back after the Australia game and prepared as we normally would for any game. Our medical staff assessed me but I didn’t dwell too much on it and just focused on today’s game. I was keen to play anyway, but I got the nod from Dan (Ryan) this morning.”

Northern Ireland now face World Cup debutants Zimbabwe in their next Group A game tomorrow, and O’Hanlon admits that there are areas they need to work on.

She added:

“It’s a relief to get those points on the board today. We were nervous going into this game – Sri Lanka are a difficult team; they’re a bit different to other teams we’ve played before so we didn’t really know what to expect.

“There’s always that little bit of anxiety, so we’re just relieved to get through that game, get the points on the board and prepare for a tough game tomorrow.

“We have to focus on ourselves. That was a patchy performance today – there were some really good elements but we dropped concentration at times and made some silly errors, so I think if we can go and tidy up our own game that’s all we can really do. We’ll look at the footage of Zimbabwe but we’ll be focusing on the things we can control.”