After a dramatic Quad Series in which New Zealand finished in third position, Silver Ferns’ assistant coach, Deb Fuller, tells us how she is feeling about the team’s performance as the focus turns to the World Cup in just under six months’ time.
How are you feeling following the Quad Series?
The good thing about our performance is that we know how far away we are from the other teams. The strength of the teams has risen across the board which is really exciting for international netball. I think we have also grown as a unit and the game style that we finished the competition with is really exciting.
How are you feeling going into the Vitality Netball World Cup?
We’re feeling really good because now we have a list of 25 girls who have been tested at international test matches so they have had playing opportunities against international world-class players. We have exposed the girls to touring, game style and the way we want to play, so it’s really great.
Will training look any different between now and when the girls are ready to step out at Liverpool?
Absolutely! The girls now have time to transfer their learnings from the Quad Series to their ANZ Championship teams and from that they have got to grow. They are very clear on where our gaps are and now the girls have the next three months to prepare.
What are you most looking forward to about the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019?
I’m looking forward to what I felt when I was over there. The English girls are really competitive, the Australian team is really strong, the South African team just keeps getting better with every match so I’m really looking forward to the competition. The ability to be competitive on the world stage is something that really excites us all.
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