Vitality Netball World Cup Preview: Karla Pretorius
Five Sunshine Coast Lightning players and Head Coach Noeline Taurua are headed to Liverpool to take part in the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.
We spoke exclusively to Karla Pretorius about being selected as part of the SPAR Proteas and what representing her country means to her.
What Karla Pretorius Had To Say About The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019:
On Representing SPAR Proteas:
I’m very excited. The feeling the first time being selected to the national side compared to now – it’s always exciting, humbling, it’s always an honour representing your country.
The nerves will always be there, it’s part of the game, but this time around, obviously being better prepared and a with a bit more experience under the belt, I’m confident
It’s always been a dream for me to play in big tournaments in front of a big crowd.
The Difference Between Playing For Lightning And A Tournament Like World Cup:
Comparing the Suncorp Super Netball to the Worlds – playing for Lightning it’s a more structured environment, you play one game each week and all that preparation Is going into that one game.
At the Worlds you get players from different clubs in, you need to form that combination, you play back to back games.
A big thing for worlds is forming the combinations – you need to have the strength and conditioning prepared beforehand.
When the tournament starts there’s no time to train, it’s more recovering from the game before and preparing for the next game.
On Strengthening Her Combination With Phumza This Season:
I think the opportunity for Phumza and I to train in a more structured environment at the Lightning together is really good preparation for Worlds.
It’s really good for our combination.
On Preparing To Face Off With Her Lightning Teammates When Playing World Cup:
It’s the nature of the game – you get to train with your teammates at Lightning and when you go to Worlds you catch up for coffees but on court it’s business as usual.
That’s the professionalism of the sport, friends off court and on court you challenge each other.
Preparing To (Possibly) Play One-On-One Against Steph Wood:
We always have a great little challenge going on, she’s the best goal attack to come up against.
What I know about her style of play, she equally has information on me.
We always keep that challenge going, it’s tough coming up against her but I look forward to it.
On court we keep the chat going, it’s a good contest between us, we’ll laugh, we’ll make a few comments but it’s always in good spirit.
Advice For Young Aspiring Netballers Or Athletes:
Out of personal experience, everything started for me as a dream.
Then me wanting to achieve that dream – but it required a lot of hard work. Hopefully the opportunity will come and you then you have to grab it with two hands.
What Is The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019?
The Vitality Netball World Cup is held every four years, showcasing the top tier international talent in the sport. This year the competition is being held in Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Five Lightning players and Head Coach Noeline Taurua are participating in the VNWC19 – which is a ten-day tournament, beginning on Friday 12 July.
The teams competing are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, England, Jamaica, Samoa, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Barbados, Singapore and Scotland.
How To Watch The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 in Australia?
Channel Nine have the broadcasting rights in Australia with all games available to stream live and on catch up on 9 Now.
All Australian Samsung Diamonds games will also be shown live (or close to – depending on scheduling) on Channel Nine’s Wide World Of Sport.
The first Diamonds game will be shown on Friday 12 July from 8pm against Northern Ireland.