Walsh ready for next challenge after World Series exploits | Latest rugby news
Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh is happy with their recent success but knows what can happen if they can continue in a stellar second half of the season.
The Sevens team returned to training on Thursday after their World Series heroics, winning four of six sets as they cruised to the title.
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While the trophies are fine, Walsh was more proud of how far the team has come since Tokyo.
“It’s nice to see silverware, but I think it’s the people you work with, when you get to know them and you strategize and you work and you see them come together, c is probably the biggest adrenaline rush,” Walsh said. Rugby.com.au
“We’re a very forward-looking team and program, so that’s definitely our approach.”
The team travel to New Zealand later in the month for an event in Oceania before heading to the Commonwealth Games in July and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in September.
Along with this, the 2022-23 World Series holds additional significance, also serving as an Olympic qualifier.
This presents a unique challenge for Walsh and the coaching staff, who are looking to peak at multiple points over the next 12 months.
“We’re looking to peak for the Commonwealth Games, but it’s such a big season with everything going on,” he said.
“It’s a brutal schedule if you don’t manage it properly. You look at the South African men’s team, they pulled off an absolute flyer and didn’t stop after the Olympics and now they are struggling, really struggling mentally and physically.
“You have to look at this schedule and ask yourself how you are going to manage your players… we are aiming for peak performance but we are looking to get what we want from Oceania.
“…We need to make sure that we go into these events with no regrets, making sure that we do everything we can to perform at our best.”
The team finished runners-up at the 2018 Commonwealth Games against New Zealand despite not tasting World Cup sevens success since the inaugural event in 2009.
However, the silverware is not what drives Walsh and the team. It’s an internal bond or “brotherhood”, as so many players have called it.
This adds to the status and glory that awaits them should they manage to return with gold at either event, with Walsh well aware of his power after being at the helm of the Olympics. of Rio 2016.
“The trophies are nice but that’s not what motivates us. I think the drive is for each other,” Walsh explained.
“When you talk about the past and the present, a lot of the conversation isn’t what happened on the pitch, (it’s) the friendships and experiences you have as a group. When you you wake up and it’s 6 degrees you wake up for the people you work with and that’s the difference that’s the driving force we appreciate that hard work and working for each other the results are all the other stuff and that’s where the responsibilities come in regarding role models and notoriety.
“This team is incredibly powerful. You look at the Charlottes (Caslick) of the world, Charlotte should be one of the greatest athletes in history for what she has done on the court and the impact she has had off the court, changing the perception of women’s contact sport and watching it thrive.
“In sport you are defined by your results, so if you don’t win you don’t have that opportunity. Look at the gold medal in 2016 (Olympics), if we come second we don’t have the ability to promote and have those conversations, so winning is imperative.
“All of our systems and processes are geared towards that, but once we get it we have to be ready to use that podium to then promote the game and build a sustainable future. If you win, that helps your performance because of how you can use these vehicles to promote and maintain the game in a healthy position.