Forget the win, it is how you played the game
Netball Chat with Linda Bunch
"SO GIRLS, how is your day going?”
"Yeah good. We're playing well - actually, we're playing really well. We haven't won a game yet but we're playing well.”
Music to my ears and soul. To have a team of 13-14 years players understand that winning isn't always what makes a good and/or successful day is full credit to them, their coaches and supporters.
The above conversation occurred at a representative carnival last weekend. Don't get me wrong, carnivals at the representative level are about winning and achieving the very best outcome as individual players and as a team.
But as important as the score is, it's not everything - especially for first representative level junior players.
Representative players should be giving each trainin gsession and game their absolute best. Another comment this week perfectly defines this: "Come on girls, we can do this, leave it all on the court.”
Players need to walk off a court knowing they gave it their all, put into practice the hours of training they've received, are proud of their efforts and know if the score is not in their favour the other team was the better on the day.
To play well and lose a game to a better team is acceptable, to lose a game due to non-commitment and lack of dedication at this level is not.
The wonderful Australian tennis player and French Open winner Ash Barty would never leave a court having not given the game her all.
I look forward to seeing the Australian Diamonds players doing just this in 27 days' time when the Netball World Cup begins.