The JCU Townsville Fire have developed a smash-and-grab blueprint ahead of Saturday’s opening Wattle Valley WNBL Grand Final in Perth.
Having coughed up home court advantage with a disappointing loss to Perth in the second semi-final, the Fire re-ignited their title defence with an imposing victory over SEQ last week to set up a re-match with the Lynx.
Having travelled west for the second time in four weeks, the reigning WNBL champions are intent on wrapping up the series in two games, but must first overcome their opponents on the road on Saturday night.
“We haven’t looked past game one to be honest but hopefully we can get that first result then come home and win a championship, that’s our goal,” Fire coach Chris Lucas said prior to departure.
“This is the reason we train all year, to be in the big dance and we’ve been there before so we know what’s required.
“We know we are going to need a pretty special effort to improve on the result from a few weeks ago but we are really looking forward to that challenge.”
The Fire will train at the Bendat Basketball Stadium over the next three days – acclimatising to the Perth facility – before confronting their Grand Final rivals.
A win would provide them with a golden opportunity to clinch back-to-back titles on their home floor, with early ticket sales pointing to a full house.
The Fire play the Lynx at the Bendat Basketball Stadium from 9pm on Saturday night before hosting game two at Townsville RSL Stadium from 7pm on Friday, March 18.
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