BLOGGER TAMSIN GREENWAY TELLS US ABOUT LIFE AFTER THE NETBALL WORLD CUP
Our NEW resident blogger, Tamsin Greenway sent us this report after her recent participation in the Netball World Cup 2015 in Sydney. The England Netball team did not disappoint and brought home a BRONZE medal. Tamsin is player-coach for Surrey Storm (one of the Super 8 SuperLeague teams) and plays as part of the England team. They’ll be competing in a three match International Series against Gold medal winners Australia in January 2016.
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FROM SYDNEY TO SURREY…
Back from the World Cup with a Bronze! It’s been 10 days since I returned from Sydney, with bronze medal in tow. It was an emotional, crazy, tough 3 weeks, but such an incredible experience. It was a big decision to go back in to the England mix, but I couldn’t have spent this World Cup with a better group of ballers and although it was not quite the final result we wanted, I’m so glad I was out there to pull on the red dress and bring back the bronze medal.
Eating in Camp
One of the most important things whilst I’m away is the food, I know that sounds ridiculous, but when I’m staying in a hotel and meals are being prepared for 18 different people, 3 times a day, it can either be fantastic or a little like Groundhog Day. In my early days playing for England, when I was a little fussier, I would spend a two and half week tour being fed boiled chicken and boiled potatoes - this was a particularly low point! Thankfully, things have changed now that the team nutritionist prepares the menus and, with the help of the excellent staff at the hotel, we enjoyed some great dishes. Generally, it’s a selection of chicken, salmon or turkey dishes with pasta, noodles, rice, and of course loads of veggies and salad but occasionally, a steak pops up on the menu which is the cause for much celebration amongst the team! Sweet potato wedges also go down a treat and sometimes custard arrives for pudding, this is when know it’s really been a good day!
During the World Cup, the team had an incredible room - a penthouse suite on the 16th floor with an amazing view across Syndey and the Harbour Bridge. We all spent a lot of time up there, for physio, massage, meetings, recovery, video and of course snacking! Mrs Crimble’s had kitted us out well, with Cereal Bars and their delicious Rice Cakes, but with hungry teammates around, you have to get in quick….. During camp we get a lot of time off to rest, which was vital when we’re playing every day. We tend to grab a supply of snacks for those long afternoons of chilling out with a roomie. I was sharing with Sonia Mklomna and our favourite downtime was to put on some trashy TV and tuck into Mrs Crimble’s Chocolate Coated Rice Cakes, so rock and roll!
Back to Reality
Coming home from camp is always weird. Firstly I’m alone for the first time in 3 weeks, no one is telling me what to wear, where to be and what to do. The other issue is no one is cooking for me! However it does mean the first thing I do is treat myself. So there’s nothing better when I have a whole stash of Mrs Crimble’s goodies to come home too. For anyone that knows me, biscuits and cakes are my weakness, and after being so good for 3 weeks, I did enjoy tucking into my favourites; Choc Macaroons and of course the Double Choc Brownie - they’re the best!
One of the hardest things about being away was spending so much time from my little one. Since I’ve been back I’ve been non stop hanging out with her, but the nature of my job means we can go out quite a lot. Jamie, like all kids, loves a treat and it’s really handy grabbing some Mrs Crimble’s snacks to take with us whilst we’re out and about. Jamie loves them, especially the Cheese Bites. Juggling netball and being a mum can be tough at times, so anything that makes it a bit easier is fine by me!
You can get tickets to the England Netball International Series here (http://tickets.sky.com/Netball/International-Netball-Series).
International Series Fixture
England v Australia – Wednesday 20th January, Echo Arena, Liverpool, 7:30pm
England v Australia – Friday 22nd January, Copper Box Arena, London, 7:30pm
England v Australia – Sunday 24th January, Copper Box Arena, London, 6:30pm