THE Bendigo Spirit is out to avenge a horror early-season loss to Adelaide on Sunday, when the two sides meet in round eight of the Women’s National Basketball League.
Bendigo was beaten by the then-winless Lightning in round four in the first matchup between the teams this season.
That weekend Bendigo had played in Perth the night prior and is far better prepared this time, according to coach Simon Pritchard.
“We are definitely more prepared, but they have added Kayla Standish which makes it a bit of a different challenge,” he said.
“They basically have three Americans now, so from my perspective that makes them different and harder to guard but we are much better prepared and playing better basketball.”
Bendigo had a mixed lot last weekend, being embarrassed by Melbourne to the tune of 20 points on Saturday night before a bounce-back win over Dandenong on
Bendigo prevailed over the Rangers 63-49 in what Dandenong coach Larissa Anderson described as “an ugly game”, but Simon Pritchard is happy for his side to win by any means necessary.
“We are a blue collar team, we should make no apologies about that and that’s how we should be winning, like we did on Sunday,” he said.
“We want to pride ourselves on working hard to get our results. I’m perfectly happy for us to win when things aren’t necessarily pretty.”
Another positive for Bendigo out of Sunday was Kelsey Griffin’s Australian citizenship ceremony that took place post-game.
Mayor Rod Fyffe, council CEO Craig Niemann and federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters were all in attendance at the ceremony, which saw a beaming Griffin sworn in as Australian for the first time.
One key for Bendigo heading into this weekend is keeping Kelly Wilson involved on offence.
The Australian Opals guard played an important role in the win over Dandenong, scoring 16 points, but more importantly staying aggressive throughout the contest, something Pritchard is looking for more of.
Bendigo’s clash with Adelaide tips off at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.