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17 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Langman: ‘It’s business time’

New Zealand’s Laura Langman says that the Silver Ferns’ Vitality Netball World Cup campaign will step up in intensity when they face Australia tomorrow.

Both the Diamonds and the Kiwis have progressed through their opening fixtures ruthlessly, but one team’s 100% record will be dashed when they meet in the Group F decider tomorrow morning.

With both teams already in the semi-finals, tomorrow’s clash will be the first of a final three games for each team which could result in either being crowned world champions.

“It’s business time now,” Langman admits.

“We’ve got to get up there and hold our levels. The Aussies are playing very clinically. They get ball, they create ball; so we’re going to have to work on our ball retention. We’re going to need all 12 bodies.

“There has been a bit of banter about which side of the draw teams are on, and I did watch the South Africa against Jamaica game the other day and thought I’d like to be on that side of the draw! But at the end of the day, you’ve got to beat everyone and you’ve got to be prepared to stand up and put out more than 60 minutes day after day if you want to be a world champion, so it doesn’t worry me.”

Both the Australians and the Silver Ferns have their first rest day of the tournament today, something which Langman is looking forward to.

She added:

“We don’t have as much flexibility as the cricketers, so we won’t be going down to London or anything like that. It’s a real opportunity to catch up with family and friends, and to just recharge. It’s a real treat to be over here in summer, so hopefully there will be sun and we can get out and about.”

Tomorrow’s match will deliver the next instalment of one of sport’s fiercest rivalries, but Langman believes that the recent dramatic cricket world cup final would also put increased significance on any meeting with hosts England in the latter stages of the tournament.

She said:

“I think New Zealand has quite a few rivalries now – I think we’ve just got one with England (after Sunday’s cricket world cup final, at which England narrowly beat the Black Caps), so it’s all about making friends!”