Ravaillion's warning to Super Netball rivals
MIDCOURT star Kim Ravaillion has warned the Magpies will be "unbreakable" once their on-court connections gel as she prepares to face off against her old side for the first time.
Ravaillion returns to Brisbane tonight to take on the Queensland Firebirds - who she won back-to-back championships with the past two years - as the Magpies aim to strike back from their opening-round loss to the Melbourne Vixens.
Shattered by the defeat, the Diamonds centre admitted she did not want to watch a replay, conceding the team's on-court relationships were still developing.
"We were just devastated that all the things that we said we were going to do we just kind of went away from it," Ravaillion said.
"I got the courage to watch it and it wasn't as bad as we thought, we did some amazing things and it's just about that consistency and having that belief to let the ball go.
"It's our first year as a team together and obviously it takes time to build those connections ... yes, there are six Diamonds in the team, but we haven't been playing with each other very long.
"Once we get that to a tee, we are going to be unbreakable and people won't come close so we've just got to really gel and work on that which we have been at the start of this week.
"I just want to prove how well we can play. That was far from our best so watch this space."
Ravaillion made one of the big off-season moves to join the Magpies after four years and two premierships with the Firebirds.
The 23-year-old admitted the decision to leave the Firebirds had been hard, but felt it was the best move to help challenge her game.
"I always thought Queensland would be the one team I would with stay forever," Ravaillion said.
"But you always want to be better and put yourself in uncomfortable positions. I wanted to test my netball career because you don't want to stay in the same spot and not go anywhere."
While Ravaillion said she was excited to take on her former teammates, she was unsure how she would be received by the team's supporters.
"It will be interesting. I will like to see what response I get from the crowd, but either way I've got a job at hand and I'll be focusing on that," Ravaillion said.
"Queensland is like my second home and especially playing on that court, I played on it for four years now and I love that court ... it will be weird stepping out in a different colour dress."
Ravaillion featured in the first half against the Vixens, before Magpies coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell moved Shae Brown into centre, but she said there were no injury concerns.
"No injuries on my behalf - Kristy thought there needed to be a change and I was the change," Ravaillion said.
"She had faith in Shae and I had faith in Shae as well ... Kristy is lucky she has got so much depth in her team that she can just put anyone on, so credit to her for having the guts to do that."