The Bendigo Bank Spirit’s New Year’s resolution is a simple one — win the next two games.
The Spirit plays the University of Canberra Capitals at the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night, and follows it up with another home clash against the Melbourne Boomers a week later.
Coach Simon Pritchard said the two clashes will define his team’s season.
“If we win these two we only have to win four out of the last six to make the finals,” he said.
“We lose these two and our season is out of our hands.”
What also makes these games so vital is the three teams around The Spirit vying for the last two finals spots either play each other, or teams above them in the next two rounds.
“We have an opportunity, but it won’t be easy,” Pritchard said.
“Canberra is ready to win. Despite not winning a game this season, they are close, after only losing the past few by single digits.
“They are a talented team and it is only a matter of time. We need to put them under pressure defensively and capitalise on that.
“We have no doubt what Melbourne can do. They have held us back twice this season and beaten us twice. We know what to do to beat them, and now is the time to do it.”
Pritchard said The Spirit has one clear advantage over Canberra and Melbourne in the next two games.
“We have the Bendigo fans behind us and now is their chance to make a big difference,” he said.
“This Canberra-Melbourne double is vital and we know how important a loud and proud Bendigo crowd is.
“Make sure you are there this Saturday to help us get over the line. Then we can all scream loudly together against Melbourne.”
Media Release: Anthony Radford, Bendigo Bank Spirit
Photo: Steve Blake, Akuna Photography