Timing the key for Caslick and co

by Sam Phillips

For Charlotte Caslick and her Aussie Sevens teammates, the season ahead is all about peaking at the right time.

After a 2016/17 season in which New Zealand emerged as the dominant Women's Sevens force, 2017/18 presents the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

That's simply because there has never been as much to play for in a single season.

There is a World Series title, Commonwealth Games gold medal and World Cup glory all on offer.

"New Zealand definitely upped their game," Caslick told RUGBY.com.au.Preparations for a big 2017/18 are underway. Photo: QRU Media/Meggie Whitchurch"They were clearly disappointed with a few things and changed a few things up and they ended up playing really, really great footy.

"We might have slipped up in some areas and have been a little complacent around what we were doing.

"But I think this season we are all aware as to where we went wrong and we are ready to fix those areas leading into a big 2018 where we have the Commonwealth Games and World Cup.

"We want to time it so we are peaking at the right time."

When asked how a team should attack a season with so many major trophies on offer at different stages of the year, Caslick pointed to the importance of preseason, which started in Brisbane yesterday.

Caslick was a fan favourite at Ballymore. Photo: QRU Media/Meggie WhitchurchThe squad is in Toowoomba for a session at Fairholme College today before they head to Roma, where they'll train before camping under the stars.

"We're expecting a tough few months of preseason and I hope it pays off," Caslick said.

"I know for myself, I want to be so much fitter than what I was last season so I'm going to go really hard leading into game time.

"When you are playing games, it's really hard to get that work in so we have to do it now."

Caslick also expects the inaugural Uni 7s to play a significant part in the squad's preparations.Caslick will call Bond home come Uni 7s time. Photo: QRU Media/Meggie Whitchurch"It will be great to have some games before we get to Dubai," Caslick, who will represent Bond University, said.

"Sometimes we get there and we haven't even played for four months or so.

"So I think it will be good just to keep playing footy - we have so many girls that are new to rugby so the more they can play, the better.

"We will obviously have to monitor our workloads throughout it, especially while we are in the preseason.

"But I'm really excited, hopefully we will find some new players as well that can join us for next season."