Date: October 07, 2008

TUESDAY- Australia faces the media

The Australian team fronted the media for the final time on Tuesday before Wednesday&aposs opening round of the 2008 World Amateur Team Championships. In matching uniforms with the Australian Coat of Arms emblazoned on the lapel, the Australians said they had done everything possible to ensure they performed well. Team captain Jo-Anne Atkin said she was pleased with how things were shaping up. “We have a great team of girls here and they get on well and we just want them to have fun and enjoy the opportunity,” Atkin said. South Australian local and Grange member Stephanie Na said she was keen to get started but her membership at the club would not have a big impact on her performance. “The course is playing a little differently at the moment but it&aposs great to be in a team like this and enjoy these chances to represent your country.” NSW&aposs Julia Boland admitted that host-country advantage could be viewed in a number of ways. “Obviously it&aposs a thrill to pull on the green and gold and do well but there&aposs also some pressure from being the host nation so we will need to handle that well,” Boland said. But Boland didn&apost shirk the pressure. “I come from a family where there is plenty of competition and it&aposs fair to say I&aposm not a big fan of losing,” Boland said. Victorian Clare Choi said she was keen to get going. “We&aposve been through lots of practice, I&aposm happy with my own form and we&aposre just looking forward to getting started. Coach Ian Triggs said it was a pleasure to be involved in big international tournaments like the World Amateur Team Championships. “I&aposve been the national team coach for 8 years now and there&aposs no less of a thrill this time round in the chance to represent Australia and do well,” Triggs said. Australia will begin its challenge for the Espirito Santo Trophy grouped with Italy and France.