THE Bendigo Bank Spirit is hoping to continue its bright start to the 2015-16 WNBL season at home on Saturday night. Their clash at Bendigo Stadium against the University of Canberra Capitals represents the second-leg of a double header for the weekend. The Spirit will face the Dandenong Rangers in Melbourne tonight.
Guard Kerryn Harrington said there was no reason to think the Spirit could not carry their good form into this weekend’s round of games. “We had a bit of a hiccup in the first game of the season (against South East Queensland), but we quickly rectified it against Townsville and put it in a really good performance against Perth,” she said.
“We’ve got a bit of momentum now and set ourselves up nicely for the first half of the season in a really positive way.” “We just need to play to our strengths as best we can.”
Harrington, an inaugural member of the Spirit roster in 2007-2008, has returned to the club this season after stints with the with Adelaide Lightning, Bulleen Boomers and the AIS. The 23 year-old is averaging nearly four points and two assists per game in her role off the bench, with her defensive role against the Lynx last week winning huge accolades from coach Simon Pritchard.
Harrington said she was relishing being back in Bendigo and also her first injury-free start to a season in several years. “Last year I started the season with two fractured noses that required surgery three weeks apart from each other,” she said.
“The first one was in a pre-season tournament and then three weeks into the season I re-broke it. “And I’ve struggled with a knee injury for three years, which thankfully – touch wood – has all come together.”
Pritchard said the Canberra Capitals would pose a different sort of challenge to the added tall-timber of the Rangers. “Canberra are a totally different team, they are a little under-sized,” he said.
“Abbie Bishop is their only real big player and she is not on full minutes yet, coming back from a hamstring injury. “We’ll need to pound the ball inside.
Article and Photo: Kieran Iles, Bendigo Advertiser