The JCU Townsville Fire and the Perth Lynx will square off for the eighth time in the past 12 months tomorrow night in the WNBL Game of the Week.
In a quirk of the draw, the Fire are poised to clash with the Lynx once again – having met three times in the post-season en route to successfully defending their WNBL title – and can shore up as series win with victory over the visitors.
Having played each other on so many occasions, championship winning forward Darcee Garbin believes there will be few surprises between the two teams.
“We’ve played them so many times, we know them so well, that we’ve got a really good scout on them (and probably vice-versa),” Garbin said.
“We know they love to shoot early shots, lots of threes, and they crash the boards really hard so I think if we can control the tempo and get a hand out to their shots and force them off the three-point line we’ll be in good shape.”
The Fire are hosting their inaugural Dads and Daughters fixture, with head coach Claudia Brassard echoing her young charge’s comments.
“Perth is a team we know really well. We played them a bunch of times at the end of last season so we don’t necessarily need to spend a whole lot of time on that scout,” Brassard said.
“I think there’s some tired bodies and tired heads so the first thing we need to do is just recover really well and make sure we’re ready to go because again it’s a short turnaround.
“This section of the draw was always highlighted in red when you’ve got four games in eight days all on the road and all in different states.”
The Fire and the Lynx tip-off at Townsville Stadium from 7pm.
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