Unlike our Round 1 game against the
Adelaide Thunderbirds where a broken hair tie pushed me to the brink of tears,
I felt completely confident going into battle with the GIANTS. We had put in a
solid week of training. Our on-court sessions had been pertinent and left me
feeling physically prepared. Our off-court debrief, video analysis and match
preparation had re-focused my mind. Having been to Sydney a few weeks prior to
visit friends, I was prepared for the travel and the hotel we were staying at
and venue we were playing at were both comfortable and familiar, having been
based at the same place throughout the 2015 World Cup. Oh… and let’s not forget
that we came up against an almost full-strength GIANTS twice in the pre-season
where we were able to turn a 13 goal deficit to a three goal loss within a
matter of days.
So what the hell happened?? Trust me, this
is a question that we’ve all been asking ourselves this week. Staring down the
barrel of two losses, it would be extremely easy to go into panic mode and
start re-evaluating every aspect of how we operate as a Club. However, we have
complete confidence in our game plan and that the Fever way will be a force to
be reckoned with when executed to plan. Subsequently, our ambitions for the
season remain realistic, whilst the solutions to the problems that we have
encountered, or even created ourselves, lie within reach.
In my constant endeavour to not let netball
completely absorb me, this week I squeezed in some all important beach time
with Summer slipping away, managed to get through an entire book and continued
my physical and mental recovery (aka torturing my UK friends with social media
posts)! I also attended my first ever game of AFL (combined with my first
snow cone) and was really impressed by the physicality of the game between the
Fremantle and Adelaide women’s teams.
Our performances have yet to equal the
capacity of this group which is motivation in itself and to be able to step
into Round. 3, our first home fixture of the 2017 season at Perth Arena against
another winless team is precisely the platform that we need to capitalise on. I
can’t wait to feel the full force of the state behind us an walk out to an
audible sea of green. KB’s potential 150th national league game
seems like added motivation to be able to pull out a cracking team performance.
Tickets are still available here.