WELLINGTON - Natalie von Bertouch's stop-start netball season is about to hit full pace, with the Australian captain confident she's poised to find form after an injury-interrupted year.
Von Bertouch was late joining her Australian teammates in Wellington for the second leg of the quad series with New Zealand, South Africa and England.
An ankle injury in last Sunday's 68-48 thumping of New Zealand was her third inside a year, and she was kept back for scans and assessment.
The resulting all-clear has left her keen to take the court in today's match against South Africa. Von Bertouch made a somewhat indifferent start to the international calendar last month as Australia lost the Constellation Cup to New Zealand.
But a week-long break from netball was all she needed to recharge the batteries.
"I had a week when I didn't even go to the netball court - it was just the refreshment I needed.
"Then I got right back into it and worked really hard, fine-tuning some of my footwork, and I feel I've been playing a lot better."
As well battling ankle problems, the 29-year-old midcourter lost valuable game time towards the end of the trans-Tasman netball league.