REPRESENTING Wales at the Commonwealth Games will be a dream come true for Pontllanfraith’s Cara Lea Moseley.
The Team Wales netball vice captain turns 27 just three days before the first match against Australia in Glasgow and she’s dreamed of playing for her country on the big stage since childhood.
Moseley’s father Kevin played rugby for Pontypool and Newport and won nine Wales caps between 1988 and 1991 and she has now followed in his footsteps by representing her country.
“I’ve played in two World Cups but the Commonwealths will be by far the biggest competition I’ve played in,” said Moseley.
“For netball players it’s our Olympics and we can’t wait to get up to Glasgow.
“I’ve aspired to playing at this level from such a young age and to reach that goal will be fantastic.
“My mum Carol has got tickets as well so for her to be there too will be very special. She’s very excited.”
As well as the highly-rated Australians, Wales also face England and South Africa in their group in Glasgow, as well as Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados.
“It’s a really tough group but we’re improving all the time and we know we’ve got to play the best if we want to get to be the best,” said Moseley.
“The hardest two games are up first against Australia and England and realistically we want to work towards finishing in the top five in the tournament.
“That means we probably need to win three of our five games to qualify for the fifth/sixth play-off.
“That’s our goal going into the tournament and we’re all feeling confident.”
Welsh netball head coach Melissa Hyndman was sacked last month following a disciplinary investigation with assistant Laura Williams put in charge for the Commonwealth Games.
But Moseley, who has been instructed not to comment on Hyndman’s departure, is confident that the team can continue to prosper.
“Each time we play it feels like we’re taking big steps forward,” she said.
“We’ve qualified for the World Cup in Sydney next year, which will be another amazing experience, but it’s crucial that we maintain our ranking.
“There is a bit of pressure on us now but we’ve put the hard work in and now playing should be the fun part so we’re going to enjoy showing what we can do in Glasgow.”