Key Di­a­mond hav­ing a ball


DI­A­MONDS cen­tre Kim Ravaillion says she has re­cap­tured the “fun side” of her game af­ter her con­fi­dence took a hit at the start of the in­ter­na­tional sea­son.

As the Di­a­monds aim for a “ruth­less” fin­ish to their Con­stel­la­tion Cup cam­paign in to­day’s fi­nal Test against New Zealand in Syd­ney, Ravaillion ad­mit­ted her form dur­ing the Di­a­monds’ quad se­ries loss in Au­gust had suf­fered af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent do­mes­tic sea­son.

The Mag­pies’ mid­courter was among the play­ers put on no­tice for the four-Test Con­stel­la­tion Cup bat­tle against the Sil­ver Ferns, but has been able to turn her on-court per­for­mances around in the team’s first three wins.

Ravaillion said ad­vice from coach Lisa Alexan­der to stop “over­think­ing” her game and en­joy her­self had helped pro­vide a re­newed spark.

“My form in quad se­ries wasn’t the great­est, but you can’t be per­fect in every game,’’ Ravaillion said.

“Com­ing off a bit of an upand-down sea­son and com­ing into an in­ter­na­tional se­ries, you’ve ob­vi­ously got a lot to prove and I think that was on the back of my shoul­ders.

“(This se­ries) has been an awe­some op­por­tu­nity for me to build on every­thing that I’ve been try­ing to do and not putting pres­sure on my­self ... just putting the con­fi­dence back into my game.

“(Lisa) just said that I have to do my role and I’m in the team for a rea­son ... and that I should stop over­think­ing every­thing and just play that lit­tle game of net­ball and have fun out there.”

Ravaillion has had to ad­just to a new mid­court com­bi­na­tion with Vix­ens’ vice-cap­tain Liz Wat­son.

Wat­son has stepped im­pres­sively into the wing at­tack post dur­ing the Con­stel­la­tion Cup.

“You can’t be per­fect in every game”


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