Courtney Bruce says Commonwealth Games heartbreak will drive her to greater heights for West Coast Fever this season.
Bruce and star import Jhanielle Fowler will rejoin their Fever teammates at training this week ahead of the new season of Super Netball starting in less than a fortnight after they came away with silver and bronze medals respectively from the Gold Coast Games.
New Fever captain Bruce admitted she was struggling to come to terms with the last-gasp 52-51 loss to England in the gold medal match.
The 24-year-old played the second half as goal keeper but was forced to watch on helplessly as Helen Housby slotted the match winner after being penalised out of play.
“England were the better team on the day,” a tearful Bruce said.
“I don’t think there is a worse or better (being on court or not).
“We are a team of 12 so everyone is feeling it. We all had to contribute out there and we just didn’t do enough.
“I think I just need to debrief and go through the process and review. Definitely, it hurts.
“It’s just going to drive me to have a ripper season with Fever. I’m excited to get home and be back in that environment.”
Fowler was jubilant after she led Jamaica to a breakthrough bronze medal with a five-goal win over New Zealand.
The goal shooter warned the Sunshine Girls would continue to rise.
“We are just soaking it all up,” Fowler said.
“It’s true, yes, it’s so unreal. We’ve never beaten New Zealand in a major tournament and me and my girls just stuck to the task and we completed it.
“We are only going to get better and better.”
Fowler believed they would be able to keep the squad together for next year’s World Cup in Liverpool.
“This squad is a very young squad. I might be the oldest,” Fowler said.
“You just have to prepare. It’s going to be a hard road. All these teams are going to go back and see what went wrong so it’s not going to be easy.”
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