Another taste of international netball is coming to Queensland, with Brisbane holding the Indoor Netball Association (INA) World Cup next month.
From June 10 through to 16, teams from England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be battling it out in Indoor 6′s and Indoor 7′s version of netball.
Indoor netball is played within the confines of a netted court, with Indoor 7′s being the standard version whilst the faster Indoor 6′s consists of 2 defence, 2 links and 2 attack.
For England INA Men’s captain Kosta Tsiligeridis, this will be his 3rd World Cup and it has been “the toughest training yet”.
“We have come together as a squad almost every weekend since January for gruelling 4 hour sessions,” he said.
“We also have league games mid-week and individual programmes which we have to follow.”
It all began a distant 8 years ago, when Kosta’s wife, Melissa, introduced him to social netball. Although reluctant and frustrated with learning the new rules, he surprised himself by really enjoying the game.
“Before I knew it, I was organising teams and playing in most tournaments,” the captain said.
Interestingly enough, Melissa will also be captaining a side, leading the England Indoor Mixed team. Recently wed, the couple have a completely different attitude on the netball court.
“We are the most competitive people out there and it’s an on-going joke how fierce the contest is between us.”
“More often than not, I come out with a couple of bruises. But what goes on on the netball court, stays on the netball court.”
“We are good like that,” he added.
The 2012 Indoor World Netball Cup will be held from June 10-16 at the Brisbane West Indoor Netball Centre in Darra.
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