If you have ever played a sevens tournament you would agree that game one on day two is one of the toughest but most important games.
Your body is full of aches and pains from your efforts in the three pool games, but your mind has to be strong and you have to push past those grumbles to finish the job that you came to do.
Ultimately, the Aussie girls just didn’t show up for game one on day two – the quarter-final against England in Kitakyushu. We went down 21-7, putting us out of Cup contention.
After beating Ireland in the fifth place semi we faced New Zealand in our final game. With a score of 29-0 at half-time the game looked to be long over, but the heart and attitude shown by the Australian team was really inspiring.
We simply couldn’t get the ball in our hands in the first half but turned that around in the second half to finish the game only going down 34-26. Sixth place is far from where we had wanted to finish and is certainly not up to the standards that we hold ourselves to. However, we as a team have learnt and grown from that result to put us in a better position for future tournaments.
I’m still not quite tournament ready so will be waking up at all hours of the night to cheer on the girls in Langford. Unfortunately, my cheering won’t be quite what it used to be as I am limited now, because I have nodes. I was diagnosed last week with the voice condition but I won’t let it stop me, I am a survivor!
Back to Langford – we have drawn Ireland, Brazil and Canada in our pool for this week, all of which will be tough games. Playing Canada on home soil is very exciting and they will no doubt draw on the energy of the crowd. It is also a chance to redeem ourselves I suppose after losing to them in Kitakyushu. It will be no easy task, though, as the Canadians are looking strong after winning the title in Japan.
Attitude and focus
Our coach John Manenti has made the theme for the sevens in Langford this week ATTITUDE. And let me tell you, our team sure does have plenty of attitude!
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika presented the team with their jerseys last week before departing for Canada, meaning that I was able to be a part of it which was awesome.
And one of the points that he made was that you don’t need to worry about what is going to happen the next game or what happened in the last one, you just need to focus on the next moment. Don’t worry about how you got there, there is nothing you can do about that, simply focus on what you need to do next.
So, I think that ties in really well with the theme of attitude. We need to have a positive, determined attitude to do everything we possibly can in each moment and worry about the rest when we come to it.
Currently sitting in fourth place on the series ladder we are definitely looking for a top three finish this week to ensure that we stay in Olympic qualifying contention. New Zealand will have both Michaela Blyde and Kelly Brazier back from injury, strengthening and bringing some more experience back to their side, while USA also have a formidable team.
With just two more tournaments left for the 2019 series, the Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford is going to be super exciting!
"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing (her) attitude." – Oprah Winfrey.