A pre-game poem and meditation: Lisa Alexander goes left-field before Diamonds victory

first_imgAustralia netball coach Lisa Alexander got to celebrate her century of Test matches with a win over New Zealand, but it was only after the match that she revealed how. The Diamonds beat the Silver Ferns with a 48-42 win in Auckland on Wednesday night, bouncing back from a first-up Constellation Cup loss to level the series at 1-1.The scoreline was an accurate reflection of a strong Australian performance, and returning the world No 1s to normal transmission. The Kiwis had edged Australia in their previous two clashes, including a heartbreaking one-goal loss in the World Cup final. Those defeats, and the magnitude of her personal milestone, prompted a switch-up. Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Lisa Alexander brings up her century having made indelible mark on netball Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian “I actually threw out the script to my pre-game,” Alexander said. “And they were all looking at me. Especially C-Bass [captain Caitlin Bassett] as she’s seen every one. I did something different because I wanted to demonstrate to the players that they needed to be brave out there and I had to be brave too.”Alexander took the tone down. “I didn’t want the players thinking ’Oh we have to play well for Lisa’. No,” she said. “You have to play well, because it’s important for Australia. That’s very heartfelt to me because I didn’t play for Australia so I want them to make sure they take every opportunity to put everything into every match.“So I did a poem in the rooms and I did a meditation … a breathing technique and centering. Just talking about a few things that are really positive, because that’s what you have to get you have to get that positive mindset to perform.“And we actually were inspired by … and don’t tell [the Silver Ferns] that, Ritchie McCaw’s movie. We had a little clip of that too, when he talks about the moments … we’re very struck by that. You know how inspirational that is to us.”The motivations certainly worked. Gretel Tippett was an all-action goal attack, ably supported by Bassett and Tegan Philip, while Courtney Bruce was the star of the showdown with five intercepts.The series now heads to Australia for two matches with the Cup on the Diamonds’ terms. “We’ve put ourselves into a great position for this for the rest of the series,” Alexander said. “We can go home and land and feel like winners.” Topics Netball Reuse this contentcenter_img Diamonds … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more news Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more


‘Good feelings’ – Salah posts positive injury update

first_imgLiverpool ‘Good feelings’ – Salah posts positive injury update as World Cup quest continues Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Getty Images Liverpool World Cup Egypt UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah African All Stars With the Liverpool star racing to be fit to play for his nation in Russia, he has now provided a positive injury update via social media Mohamed Salah has posted a positive social media update on his injury recovery ahead of the World Cup.The Liverpool star exited last weekend’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears after hurting his shoulder when he landed awkwardly following a challenge from Sergio Ramos.More than half a million people subsequently signed a petition calling for the Madrid captain to face punishment over the incident. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool and Egypt have indicated Salah’s recovery is likely to take around three weeks, leaving the 25-year-old a potential doubt for the June 15 opener against Uruguay.But Salah appears confident of being ready for Egypt’s campaign at Russia 2018 as he offered Twitter followers an update on his condition on Sunday.”Good feelings,” Salah wrote alongside a photograph of the forward carrying out a stretching exercise on his damaged left shoulder.Good feelings… pic.twitter.com/Jhyd2kYVKI— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 3, 2018Egypt will be desperate to recover their star forward after a breakout season at the forefront of Liverpool’s dynamic attack. Salah smashed 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions, including 11 in the Reds’ dramatic journey to the Champions League final. His nation face Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A of the upcoming World Cup. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more