DIAMONDS STAR TO BE READY FOR WORLDS
JULIE Corletto has been told to stay in a moon boot for another week as the Diamonds maintain their conservative approach with the star goal defence ahead of next month’s World Cup.
But Diamonds’ head coach Lisa Alexander is confident Corletto will be able to hit the court to prepare with her teammates at their final training camp in Newcastle, starting next Friday.
Corletto has been in a moon boot for the past two weeks to manage foot soreness, with the team taking every precaution with the two- time world champion defender.
“The latest with Julie is she is going to stay in the boot for a little bit longer,” Alexander said yesterday.
“It means that she is not tempted to push it too soon.
“That will allow us a much more controlled reintroduction to court.
“It’s all progressing really well.well She should be able to hit the court in Newcastle.”
Alexander said Corletto, who will retire from netball after the World Cup, has been keeping up her fitness with regular pool sessions.
The coach viewed Corletto’s enforced time off the court as a positive in allowing the 29year- old’s body time to refresh after a tough trans- Tasman finals campaign.
“She’s continuing her work that she’s doing in the pool, which is all really good for her anyway, for her knees and her body,” Alexander said.
“We had to convince her that she’s going to be fit, don’t worry and that this is going to be a good thing for her.
“Then once she hits the court, she should be feeling really good and fresh because she was really hammering it ( her body) right up until the grand final. This is just going to enable her to get her body back to being as fresh and able to compete in this tournament as possible.”
ON THE MEND: Australian netball star Julie Corletto will spend another week on the sidelines.