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14 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Smart thinking key to tournament progression – Thwaites

Australia's Caitlin Thwaites believes that intelligence and adaptability will be crucial as teams look to plot their way through the Vitality Netball World Cup.

Thwaites starred in the shooting circle as the Diamonds wrapped up a convincing 99-24 victory over Sri Lanka today, topping their preliminaries stage one group in the process.

With the tournament now moving into its next phase, Thwaites emphasised the importance of conserving energy and managing games in the right way.

She said:

“Tournament play is a different beast in itself. As we progress through the stages, we’re going to come up against some tougher opposition.

“We’re going to end up against some bigger bodies and in some tougher physical fights, so it’s a matter of us being able to deal with that in a smart way.

“In the tournament, we don’t want to have to be getting into a massive physical battle and then having to back that up the next day. For us to be able to use our smarts and not put ourselves in those tussles (will be important).”

Despite the crushing nature of today’s win, Thwaites believes that Australia can still learn lessons from the Group A encounter.

She added:

“It was tough going out there. We didn’t really know what to expect going out, so it was a real challenge for us to adapt. We haven’t had a lot of practice against Sri Lanka, so it was good to know we’ve got the ability to be able to adapt to what’s happening. 

“In the first quarter, it took us a couple of minutes to find our rhythm – it was a timing thing. I think one of the things we try to do is work it really nicely, short and sharp to the circle edge and allow our skill on the angles of the ball to do the work.”