Vitality Netball World Cup Preview: Laura Langman
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 Laura Langman about being selected as part of the Silver Ferns and what representing her country means to her.
What Laura Langman Had To Say About The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019:
It’s pretty special this one in particular because it wasn’t even on my radar 12 months earlier.
There’s a big feeling of being grateful for the opportunity but, if anything, taking forward the learnings from the earlier three to make sure I enjoy the moment and the outcome will be the outcome.
On Being Named The Captain Of The Silver Ferns:
It’s a huge honour to have been nominated by your peers into a leadership role – what’s so fantastic about our New Zealand team is everyone takes a leadership role, so I am essentially just a coin tosser before the game.
How The World Cup Format Differs From The Suncorp Super Netball:
Physically your attention to detail in your recovery are where the wins are going to be made – how fast can you recover and bounce back.
Mentally we’ve done this style multiple times before and I think the great thing with Noels’ planning is we practice or we have games where we are tested for that game after game after game.
On Playing Against Her Lightning Teammates In An International Series:
If anything, I sometimes get caught admiring them.
I remember in Quad Series, Steph [Wood] put a magnificent long shot against us and I was like, ‘Oh Steph! Amazing!’ and did a wee clap and ran back to the centre circle.
It’s admiration, it’s always really neat to see teammates don their national colours and see them excel. It adds to the occasion of what World Cup is.
Advice For Aspiring Netball Players Or Athletes:
Get out there and play any sport and every sport that goes, the skills that you develop from other codes – not only physical but mental resilience or mental strategy – will all contribute or help you excel in the chosen sport that you eventually end up in.
Spread your wings and just give everything a go.
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.