Vitality Netball World Cup Preview: Steph Wood

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 Steph Wood about being selected as part of the Australian Samsung Diamonds and what representing her country means to her.

Steph Wood On playing in the Samsung Diamonds in the Vitality Netball World Cup:

To play for your country, it’s something that gives me goosebumps.

It is a pinnacle – to be able to play a Comm Games and a World Cup is pretty special and I can’t wait for it.

On finding out she’d made the Diamonds team:

When I got the call from Lisa, I burst into tears and when I walked inside everyone thought I hadn’t made it.

I’m never confident to be honest, If you look across the league, the goal attacks…they are playing really good netball.

I was trying to keep my focus on the Lightning, to make sure this club is really successful.

I was very nervous, I think that showed when I burst into tears when I got that call.

Because I’m ‘W’ I’m at the end, I think you can probably tell she had to make a few tough phone calls.

On who to watch in the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019:

There’s a lot of countries that are going to be very hard, that’s the benefit of having so many internationals over here, it’s only making the game a lot better at that international level

As much as England, you’ve got to be wary of South Africa, Jamaica and New Zealand – I mean they have Noeline as their head coach!

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 05: Steph Wood of the Lightning puts a shot up during the round two Super Netball match between the Perth Fever and the Sunshine Coast Lightning at RAC Arena on May 05, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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.

16 teams will compete, from four pools in stage one in a round robin format.

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.

More Information on the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 and the Suncorp Super Netball break.