- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have returned to the training court in numbers, as they build towards the beginning of the 2016/17 WNBL season.
After a pre-season with some interruption, such as Nat Burton and Tessa Lavey’s extended time away from the Lynx during the Olympic Games, head coach Andy Stewart was keen to get his group back together and working hard.
“They’ve come together pretty well.”
“What I’ve liked is seeing the energy that our leaders brought.”
“Nat (Burton) didn’t want to come off the court, even though it was her first session back, and Sam Whitcomb’s energy was outstanding – she set a good benchmark.”
Having worked with individuals and smaller groups for the past few months, Stewart highlighted the importance of the return to larger group training, and said the focus was simple at this time of year.
“We want to get some legs under the girls, and we want to make sure we work hard on our ball handling.”
With a strong contingent of players returning from last season’s Lynx squad, along with new signings Kisha Lee, Tenaya Phillips and WNBA pair Ruth Hamblin and Monica Wright, expectations are high throughout the team.
Stewart has introduced a more focused approach to individual training this season, as the Lynx look to go one better in 2016/17.
“We’re referring to them as breakdown sessions – once every week we just want to get in and work with the girls on fundamentals, but make it a real dedicated session.”
“There might be about ninety minutes of work (per session) on what we believe they need to get better at.”
The Perth Lynx are in the midst of their pre-season training as they build towards the 2016/17 WNBL season.
The season tips-off on Friday 7 October in Sydney, with the Lynx returning to Perth for their first home game on Saturday 22 October.