How to prepare for a Super Netball match
Melbourne Vixens defender Jo Weston’s game plan.
The Melbourne Vixens are about to kick off the Super Netball season, first up taking on the Queensland Firebirds in a Saturday-afternoon match at Melbourne Arena on 27 April. We asked defender Jo Weston what she does to prepare body and mind for a fast-paced Super Netball match.
Melbourne Vixens star Jo Weston gets ready for a powerful pass.
THE NIGHT BEFORE: SETTLE IN
The night before a game, I love watching the footy with a large bowl of pasta. This helps me get a good night’s sleep which is key to my preparation – it helps me wake up with a clear mind and relaxed body.
GAME MORNING: TAKE IT EASY
In the morning, I go for a walk with my dog to get a coffee, followed by a brief session of limbering up. This could be anything on the foam roller, back stretches – just a bit of mobility.
GETTING GAME READY: ANALYSE AND PREPARE
Just before I get ready, I watch a few last-minute bits of footage from our performance analyst – it’s all about the pre-analysis, helping to read the play.
GETTING READY: IN THE MOOD
I allow myself enough time to get ready with the tunes cranked high – disco or electric funk is mainly what the neighbours will hear on a game-day morning.
ARRIVING AT THE COURT: CHILL
When I get to the court, I have a banana and hang out with my teammates before getting in the zone. I don’t like to isolate myself, I prefer to be around the team. Once I’m at the court, I put my phone away. I organise tickets for my family and friends in advance so it’s something I’m not worrying about on game day.
GAME ON: IN THE ZONE
As it gets closer to game time, the mood changes. At Melbourne Arena, there’s a wall I go and throw the ball up against. Our physios are on hand to help with pre-hab and injury preventative exercises, although we’re well equipped to do a lot of that for ourselves. The on-court warm-up you see us doing before the game has been used in training during the week so we’re not too distracted by what’s next on game day. This is great for getting the muscles moving, blood pumping and feeling the atmosphere of those Vixens fans!
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