Perth Lynx @ Sydney Flames – Friday Preview

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The Perth Lynx tip-off the 2016/17 WNBL season when they hit the road to face the Sydney Flames on Friday 7 October.

After a fantastic first season as a new look franchise saw the Lynx finish as runners-up in 2015/16, the team are looking to go one better this season as they pursue the club’s first WNBL Championship since 1992.

Lynx head coach Andy Stewart was keen to get the season under way, saying that the team’s east coast trip will give him a chance to take stock.

“I’m absolutely excited, it will be good to see where we’re at.”

Though the Lynx defeated Sydney in a recent pre-season clash, Stewart distanced himself from reading into the previous result.

“Everything changes; they had two of their top players out, and it changes their whole team structure. “

“I think it will be Leilani Mitchell that we need to key in on, so that she doesn’t get easy supply out to players like (Belinda) Snell, (Asia) Taylor and (Jennifer) Hamson.”

Lynx captain Tessa Lavey is set to miss several games following surgery on a blood vessel in her ankle, while an injury cloud hangs over some of the fresh faces on the team, with Stewart stating that the onus may fall on to several experienced Lynx players during a somewhat short-handed trip.

“We’ve got some players down. Obviously with Tessa out, that’s a big hole.“

“We don’t know where Tenaya (Phillips) is at, we don’t know where Kisha (Lee) is at, so it is really day to day measure with those guys.”

“Carley Mijovic has had a great pre-season, and so have Toni (Edmondson) and Sami (Whitcomb).”

“We’re really looking at Nat (Burton), Toni, Carley and Sami; they’re in great shape, they totally understand what we’re trying to get done out there, I think all four of them can have a big impact.”

The Perth Lynx face the Sydney Flames on Friday 7 October, with tip-off set for 4:30pm WST time.

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