JCU Townsville Fire championship winner Kate Gaze believes her side is relishing the opportunity to confront SEQ again ahead of tomorrow night’s second Queensland Derby.
For the second time in 2015, the Fire will travel to Logan Metro to confront the start-up franchise, with a victory assuring them of head-to-head should the teams be locked on equal wins at the end of the season.
Having made a blistering start to their debut Wattle Valley WNBL season, the Stars have endured a tougher time in recent weeks, but returned to top form at the weekend with a win against Adelaide.
While the Fire will host Dandenong at home from 3pm on Sunday, Gaze said the team’s eyes were firmly focussed on confronting the Stars before worrying about the Rangers.
“Every team has shown to be pretty challenging,” Gaze said.
“We’ve focussed mainly on us and obviously combatting their up-tempo style game plan and their full-court press.”
With little margin for error during the tightest WNBL season in recent memory, Gaze stressed that no side wanted to enter the Christmas break on a loss.
A pair of wins, however, should provide the Fire with some much-needed breathing room, a fact not lost on the playing group.
“Hopefully we can go into the Christmas break with two wins under our belt and a bit more separation from the rest of the pack,” Gaze said.
“I think the best things is to have a lot of games – one after another – when you lose, you don’t want to have a big break after that loss.
“Hopefully we can get two wins and can go into the break without any worries in the back of our mind about where we are at as a team and that way we can come in to the New Year ready to go.”
The Fire face SEQ from 7.30pm on Friday before hosting the Rangers at Townsville RSL Stadium from 3pm on Sunday.
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