Skipper Suzy Batkovic believes the JCU Townsville Fire are a vastly improved team compared to the one that went down to Bendigo in the opening round.
Ahead of tomorrow night’s re-match against the Spirit, Batkovic noted the improvement in the Fire since the opening round and acknowledged the shaky start to their championship defence.
“We’re both in different places, we’ve definitely come a long way since round one,” Batkovic said.
“And we’re going to keep building on that. I’m pretty confident with the girls.”
Batkovic praised the Fire for some of their recent performances and believes they have shown that they have further built upon their championship winning season and are continuing to improve.
“We’ve had two games where we’ve put ourselves in a predicament where we’ve been down by 10 to 15 points and we’ve battled it out and turned around and won the game,” Batkovic said.
“There were times last year, even though we won the championship, we didn’t know how to battle back whereas this year I feel we’ve found ways to get it done which is really positive.
“We were a running team last year but I think we’re an even better running team this year.
“I think we definitely get out in the first eight seconds and try and push it as fast as we can and we’re trying to outlet the ball pretty quick.
“So we’ve just built on that from last year and we’re becoming better and better at it because it’s been implemented in our culture now for a little while.”
The JCU Townsville Fire host the Spirit from 7pm tomorrow night at Townsville RSL Stadium and will look for their fifth consecutive victory to retain their place at the top of the WNBL Ladder.
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