The England U19s are currently on tour in Canberra, based at the Australian Institute of Sport, and will face a number of Australian U19 teams between the 8th – 12th July.
The tour will be a fantastic opportunity for the Young Roses to gain invaluable international experience – for some of the athletes, this will be their first tour with England – and also allow them to put into practise everything they’ve been working on in training and benchmark where they’re at.
They’ll be blogging all their adventures so check back each day for a new update!
Day One – travelling to Australia
Written by Chartie and Zara
We started off at Heathrow on Monday morning with breakfast at Leon followed by a 13 hour flight to Singapore, where we completed some recovery in the roof top pool!
We then had another eight hours flying before stopping in Sydney and then a quick 40 minute flight into Canberra, landing Tuesday night.
We arrived at the AIS around midnight and settled into our pods with everyone very excited to lie horizontally!
Written by Beth and Amelia
Day two was our first day training in the AIS Netball centre.
It consisted of a two hour court session where we did predicted change of direction drills to complete the second stage of jet lag recovery.
We then had a quick gym session firing up the muscles to prepare us for the matches ahead.
Straight from the gym we went to the recovery centre where we repaired our muscles in the freezing pool, river rapids and the hot pool.
To finish off the day we had some down time in the evening which we spent at Canberra shopping centre where we looked through the shops and had a team dinner out at Grill’d.
Today was our first match day!
We had a light training session in the morning looking at key areas to work on in the match in the afternoon.
We then had our match against ACT state side with everyone getting on court.
It was so nice to be able to play properly as a team and use everything we had learnt.
We came out with a 64-47 win in the end.
This morning commenced with a training session focusing on through court attack from live turnover.
We had watched our match video, decided our focus and tried to make our play more clinical.
The afternoon was filled with the second match against ACT, where we performed well, putting our principles practiced earlier in the day into action.
We managed to secure the win with a slightly larger margin than yesterday, happy with our progress but ready to continue pushing on.
We look forward to tomorrow’s training with the Aussie team!