Saturday night’s game between the Bendigo Bank Spirit and South East Queensland Stars at the Bendigo Stadium is being billed as the biggest game of the 2015-16 Wattle Valley WNBL season so far.
The Bendigo Bank Spirit is undefeated at home this season, and the Stars lead the competition after four round. The Spirit players and coaching staff are fired up after splitting the weekend’s Perth-Adelaide road trip.
Spirit coach Simon Pritchard said the team has something to prove to its home fans. “We are ready to play, and play well,” he said.
“We have lost three times this year, and each time we backed up the following game with a good win. We are fired up to do that again on Saturday night.”
A big crowd is expected at the game, with children wearing their Bendigo Basketball Association club singlet admitted free.
Couple that with some of the best basketball talent on the planet, and the game is sure to be the number-one ticket in town this weekend. Australian basketball legend and Stars coach Shane Heal is in little doubt about the importance of Saturday’s game to his team.
“We see this game as our biggest test this season,” he said. “We respect the success Bendigo has achieved over the past three years and we want what this club has already done.
“The Spirit has quality big-time players and we must be ready to combat their strengths. “With key players out I have been really impressed with my girls’ mindset in accepting the challenge against players with bigger reputations.
We will need to continue that if we are to cause another upset on the road. “This really will be a game that local fans won’t want to miss.”