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21 July 2019 | Uncategorized

We’ll go again – Bassett

Caitlin Bassett says that the 'passion and drive' of the Australia team will ensure they bounce back from their Vitality Netball World Cup final defeat.

After three successive titles, Australia were beaten in today’s final in Liverpool by New Zealand, 52-51.

Bassett said:

“It’s tough. We’re so proud of the effort we’ve put it across the whole tournament. To have eight games in 10 days is huge and I think the way we fought it out and brought it back – we could have let them go.

“It sucks that they got it but a silver medal is (still) pretty impressive.”

Bassett was part of the Diamonds team which won the previous two finals, and she says that the winning mentality ingrained within the Australian set-up will ensure they come back from this disappointment.

“Everyone’s got that passion and that drive. That’s what drives us – that passion to play for your country. 

“Lisa (Alexander, coach) told us in the changing room: ‘You’re still young and you’ve got so much talent’. We’re going to go again. That’s the message.

“We’ve had that taste and that experience. We want to be on that golden podium, so everyone’s got the drive to keep going. 

“We have the depth but we feel like we’re good enough right now to be up there (winning World Cups). Every time we play we’re being chosen in this team for a reason. Lisa has that belief; she’s building something and it’s something special. I think we’re going to see big things from this group coming through in the next four years.”