Serena Guthrie opens up about how she stocks her Netball World Cup reflections with Sky Sports and handled the pressure of captaining the Vitality Roses on home soil.
By July 12 to 21, the Netball World Cup enraptured us all and set a new benchmark for the sport’s pinnacle championship which eclipse and South Africa 2023 will endeavour to reach.
The Vitality Roses’ build-up within this summer’s World Cup has been a about one. The competition was eagerly expected and the strain on the shoulders of the whole squad was considerable after Quad Series performances and their Commonwealth Games victory.
Guthrie was given the task of leading the 12-player squad and, now over six weeks of England on from the contest’s end, the mid-court participant remains taking stock of those 10 days.
“It feels like a tiny surreal experience, the World Cup, because of how amazing it was,” reflected Guthrie around July’s championship in Liverpool.
“To have the ability to stand on a podium in the end of what was such an intense championship for us [was incredible], especially after losing Layla (Guscoth) and pretty much going for 75 percent of the championship with 11 players, that took a significant toll on us. The way that the group stuck together and got through this was amazing.
“Then you’ve got the audiences which were just mad, we felt like rock stars for 2 weeks which was wonderful! It was an amazing experience and it is still sinking into a whole great deal.”
Then-head trainer Tracey Neville declared as captain guthrie on May 23. At the moment, Neville commended the manner by which the Roses were headed by the mid-court participant by instance.
“If she entered our programme in July she brought a new degree. She introduced a role that we did not have, she brought a direction,” commented Neville on squad-announcement moment.
“She educated off, off and on the courtroom, and she headed with her performance. Our programme forward are taken by her, she sweats entire class and speaks out.
“She had been flabbergasted [when I told her she was ] and I think the phone call to her was quite emotional. I got very teary about it as it probably was not something that she was expecting.
“With Serena, she probably underestimates herself more than anybody else. She’s a player. She’s a beautiful man and so valuable as a team member”
The Netball World Cup itself saw appreciable hardship is handled by the home side, along with the tournament-ending injury, the devastation of a loss of Layla Guscoth to New Zealand trim profound.
Before the tournament the Roses was clear about their target – being at the World Cup final in order to have a possibility of accepting glory – and failing to do that hurt them tremendously.
But, the side as a whole and Guthrie as captain, revealed psychological and fortitude resilience to come back and dominate South Africa on the day to take bronze.
“It was probably the most extreme netball experience that I’ve needed, but in a really positive way,” Guthrie said.
“I asked myself quite a few questions going into the championship in terms of how exactly I was planning to try and manage everything and that which my approach was going to be. It is fair to say that I wished to try and remain true to Serena because I might be and just have a whole lot of fun along the way.
“It had been ensuring I was very comfortable in who I was as a person and that certainly let me lead through this kind of extreme experience. It turned out to be a great; it turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience as well.”
The 2019 Netball World Cup, the edition of the championship, was hailed as one which continued to put netball in England, possibly about the map and around the globe and an incredible showcase for the sport.
Us enraptured with their play on court and the support they received in their fans from the stands.
The champions New Zealand astounded with their bounce and, general, the 10 days Guthrie believes has further improved the game’s foundations for the future.
“I believe that we had a competition such as that to show the UK and England exactly what netball is all about,” she said.
“It was not just about England Netball that championship, it had been about showcasing netball along with also the best athletes on the planet, coming together and enjoying their kind of netball into the top of their ability.
“I think that everybody did this and it felt just like a huge party of sport and of women in game also.
“we’ve been moving steadily and slowly advancing in terms of the game over the past couple of years however I believe the World Cup can help accelerate the development of netball and the growth of this Superleague too.
“The leagues now will need to secure better so we could have more girls training and hopefully experiencing what we did at the World Cup.”
For Guthrie the time because the World Cup has been action-packed. She has flown head into a wealth of matters that were different when it comes to her personal life and has settled back at home.
“It has been enjoyable. To come back from an wonderful experience in the World Cup to Bob [Guthrie ] trying to renovate a house from top to bottom and also opening his cafe up, has been interesting!
“However, I do not really know life any other way than at a million miles an hour, so it didn’t really feel too much from home! It’s been a really fun summertime.”
Netball will return into Sky Sports together with the Fast5 All Stars Championship and we will continue to hear from a number of players seeing their particular paths forward and everything that may involve, as summer begins to turn into autumn.
For the time being, the World Cup’s memories remain firmly within our minds and Guthrie will remain to allow a tournament sink in.
Netball is back on your displays in October with the Fast5 All Stars Championship. We will cover all the turns and twists of the off-season as the Vitality Netball Superleague teams form their squads for the 2020 period, which you are able to follow on Sky Sports.

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