Diamonds up for ‘unorthodox’ Barbados examination

The Diamonds will kick off their quest for Commonwealth Game titles netball redemption cautious of the menace posed by “unorthodox” initial-up opponents Barbados.

The 2018 silver medallists will problem for gold in Birmingham but need to to start with drive via five pool video games in seven times, setting up at The Countrywide Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Friday (Saturday AEST).

Coach Stacey Marinkovich said compared with the familiar designs of England, New Zealand or Tremendous Netball groups, Barbados would likely transfer the ball in a distinct way, building the game tougher to command.

“Obviously, they’re distinct in the way that they perform the game,” Marinkovich told reporters.

“It is really a little bit unorthodox.

“I think that is the element that worries you the most, becoming in a position to execute your sport strategy, regardless of what is actually occurring close to you.

“The nations around the world that we have not played ahead of or for a quite prolonged time, that is precisely what we’re likely out to (do), how can we adapt and change in the second to realize what they are doing out on courtroom.

“It is really a good challenge for us initially up.”

Australia’s marketing campaign is established versus the backdrop of their heartbreaking gold-medal match decline to England on dwelling soil in 2018.

Skipper Liz Watson has her sights set on coming out on best in Birmingham but famous she was a person of just 4 gamers left from the Gold Coast workforce.

“It has been spoken about but I believe it really is a diverse team, naturally, we are around here now,” Watson stated.

“We’re likely to go for gold. There is certainly no shying absent from that. We’ve spoken about that and I think no matter who it is, you want to be profitable.

“So hopefully in that closing match, we get there, irrespective of whether it really is England, New Zealand, whoever it is, we want to go for that gold medal and we are not concerned to communicate about that.”

Australia will speedily back again up by struggling with Scotland on Saturday, then play South Africa, Wales and Jamaica in the space of 3 days.

Marinkovich confirmed the punishing agenda would need significant squad rotation but was confident Australia’s depth and versatility would glow through.

Australia’s entire squad is readily available for selection, such as gun defender Jo Weston.

Before this month, Weston examined optimistic for COVID-19 but has absolutely recovered and is healthy to participate in.

“It failed to go as a result of the staff, which is terrific, but she’s also come by means of very unscathed, which is excellent,” Marinkovich said.

Paige Hadley experienced by herself on Thursday but there are no worries from the mentor over her conditioning.

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