Gina Crampton adjusts to step up from Southern Steel to Silver Ferns netball
Silver Ferns wing attack Gina Crampton is adjusting to the greater intensity of international netball.
The 24-year-old Southern Steel player received an international netball baptism of fire, in her test debut match against Australia in the first game of the 2016 Constellation Cup series.
Crampton entered the game for Grace Rasmussen at the three-quarter break, as the Silver Ferns reduced the margin, but were still soundly beaten 68-56 in Sydney, while she also got court time in the third test defeat in Auckland.
The former NZ U21 player has noticed the increased standard of play from domestic to international level.
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"It has definitely been a step up, it has been huge, I didn't think it would be such a big step up from ANZ, but it is," she said.
"You have got the best of the best around, it has been good though, it is a good challenge for me and it is a really good group, so it is fun as well."
"I guess it is just that everyone is at that high intensity the whole time and the professionalism you are supposed to keep at the whole time is pretty high as well, but it is a good thing everyone's up for it and holds you accountable."
Crampton who first joined the Steel in 2012, enjoys playing under former Steel coach Janine Southby at the Silver Ferns, and alongside a sprinkling of her Southern Steel teammates.
"I had a little while away from her, but it is good because I am familiar with how she does things, but I think she has brought some new things to her coaching repertoire which has been good," she said.
"It is nice to have some familiar faces around as well."
She is looking forward to Thursday night's test against the Australian Diamonds, which will be another difficult match for the Ferns.
"I think it's good we have had time against them in ANZ and this year playing week in, week out that competition was good for me," she said.
"The whole crowd and the feel of wearing the black dress just hypes it up, it is a good challenge."