Jess Thirlby embracing the challenge as Vitality Roses start new four-year cycle
Winning when it matters the most, creating direction in the squad’s thickness and shouldering anticipation are topics which are high on the agenda of the Vitality Roses’ head coach Jess Thirlby.
Thirlby took some time out of their camp in Sedbergh to speak exclusively to Sky Sports and was energised and excited.
The head trainer used her launching camp to begin to discuss her vision with her players but was also intensely conscious that she desires this vision to develop with her playing team.
“Winning when it matters the most is that the next little bit for me. I believe that you can win the odd game in between leading tournaments but finally you have got an England team which are more determined than ever to maintain experiencing success.
“We all know in sport, once you win everyone expects you to continue winning. Everybody is up for that challenge.”
The global has spoken publicly about the struggle of beginning a fresh four-year cycle since being declared from the function.
“Yes we need to identify with the victories of the Roses and observe them we each need to earn our right to possess similar or much more achievement,” Thirlby stated.
“We can not simply lean on that, inherit this and expect it to simply keep. The anticipation is about our shoulders now, that’s the fantastic thing about sport.
“Everybody expects England now to have the ability to topple across the Aussies, South Africans, Jamaicans and Kiwis at a certain stage because we’ve now proven that we could perform it. It is about doing this consistently.
“That is a gigantic challenge for any sport club, getting to the top is 1 thing but then staying there is another. I’m really embracing that challenge. I have learnt in myself I really don’t like anything easy. I have most probably walked into the job at a great time according to that!”
The first stop for 15 of the players that are Roses and for Thirlby will be a trip to Australia and also New Zealand. There they train and will play [behind closed doors] against Australia’s development team in Canberra, until both sides travel around to Auckland to face the New Zealand A side.
The new head coach will be joined by former England player Sonia Mkoloma that will serve as her assistant trainer and Thirlby be eager to find a continued development of an area that has been a crystal clear focus during camp – leadership.
“For me it is absolutely paramount that this group do not rely upon the mature players and that we begin to build leaders in all these guys. Yes it comes more naturally than other people and we know that leadership comes in many types,” the head coach mentioned.
Before the turn of this year sees the coming of the Vitality Netball Nations Cup, Following their trip to the Southern Hemisphere, a Visit to South Africa will be on the cards in the latter part of November.
Jamaica, New Zealand and the SPAR Proteas will arrive in mid-January in England and all will aim to complete the four weeks of competition on top.
At this time, as the players strike this busy schedule with gusto and take their first steps, what do they expect when it has to do with the head trainer’s style?
“I believe very much about becoming authentic – I can not be anything besides that. What these players will see is what they will get, I wear my heart on my plate.
“I’m 100 per cent committed and will give my all to this particular group and will try and help them to be the best player they can be and wherever that takes them fantastic.”
Sky Sports is your home of netball and it returns to your screens soon, starting with the Fast5 All-Stars Championships on Saturday, October 12, although the Roses return to action under Thirlby when they tour South Africa in November.
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