Shadrock pits herself against the best in trials

AARON GOILE
Last updated 05:00 17/08/2012
Elias Shadrock
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Although the players weren't told what team was what, Elias Shadrock wasn't worried about being on the opposite side to Silver Ferns shoo-in Laura Langman in yesterday's probables versus possibles match at the national team trial in Auckland.

The four-day camp wrapped up with a 60-minute clash where the 25 players had their last on-court chance to impress the selectors before Monday's naming of the 12 to play Australia in the Constellation Cup.

Yesterday afternoon the players completed more fitness testing before they had one-on-one meetings with coach Waimarama Taumaunu.

Shadrock, who was solid at wing defence this season in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's successful ANZ Championship campaign, played a full four quarters yesterday - two at wing defence and two at centre.

On both occasions she marked maestro Langman, who is being looked at as an option as wing attack for the Ferns.

Shadrock, 22, said she was just happy to be part of the international setup for the first time, rather than concerned about whether she was in the probables team.

"I think for me I'm just really glad to still be here and to even just have a chance at this has just been awesome."

Putaruru-raised Shadrock was "quite happy" with how yesterday's game went, after an apprehensive start to the camp.

"I'm happy with how I've progressed, wasn't too happy at the start of the camp, I guess just a bit of nerves and first camp, trying to get used everyone," she said.

"It is pretty daunting coming into an environment like this, but the girls have been really good and positive."

During the camp, Shadrock was on court for at least four quarters a day and, in fitness requirements, she thought it was definitely a step up from ANZ Championship level.

"I'm not too sure confident is the word but I'm happy where I'm at at the moment as a benchmark," she said.

Shadrock joked that she wasn't too pleased about having to mark Langman but she thought she might as well play against the best.

"We do train together [and against each other] at Magic. It's a good challenge, you know.

"When you come up against Lauz, you know she's so fit and dominant in those positions so when you kind of get one up, you're like, ‘Yeah!'

"But she definitely ran me on that court today."

Shadrock hadn't been given any words of wisdom from Taumaunu throughout the camp until her individual meeting with the coach, and she was philosophical about what lay ahead.

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"I can only put out what I can out on court and if they want me, they do, if they don't, then that's fine, you know.

"But whatever happens, [I'm] looking to push forward in terms of even NPC and ANZ next year."

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