JCU Townsville Fire coach Chris Lucas believes his team is a ready and raring to go after enjoying a much-needed Christmas break.
With the defending champions stalking a return to the finals ahead of this week’s doomsday double against Perth and Adelaide, Lucas said the break came just at the right time and now the Fire were setting their sights on the next three-game block.
“It’s a pretty challenging series for us,” Lucas said.
“We’re looking forward to the weekend – Perth are top of the table – so it’s going to be a good challenge and Adelaide have proven that they can beat anybody on their day so it’s a really tough double and we’ll see how we go.
“We had six days break…I think the timing for a break was really good, more mentally for the girls, and probably a break from each other which is always important.
“They came back in on Sunday and we had a really good session last night.”
The Lynx (11-4) have paced the WNBL from the outset of the season, but with the Fire (9-5) roaring over the top of them earlier this year, they can bridge the gap to a solitary game, and just as importantly, would secure a series win against one of the title contenders.
Following the New Year’s Eve encounter against the Lynx, the Fire will face the Lightning at Adelaide Arena in Cherie Gallagher’s 200th WNBL appearance.
In a twist of fate, Gallagher will line up against the Adelaide Lightning – her inaugural WNBL team – before forging her career in North Queensland over three stints.
“She’s a tremendous player,” Lucas said.
“A tremendous team person and is hassle free and just does her job and she’s a pretty special person in our group.
“It’s a testament to her to have two children and play 200 games.”
The Fire face the Lync from 9pm on Thursday night before backing up against the Lightning in Adelaide from 7pm on Saturday.