Wilson unfazed by Spirit clash


Boom JCU Townsville Fire recruit Kelly Wilson says she remains unfazed about facing the Bendigo Spirit for the first time since her off-season departure on Sunday.

In between stints with the Fire, Wilson became the cornerstone of the Spirit’s program, leading the Victorian-based outfit to back-to-back championships during a golden run.

Now facing the prospect of playing against the Spirit for the first time in nine years, Wilson was nonchalant about the build up to the encounter, placing the Fire’s need to halt a two-game losing streak above her own emotions.

“I’m not thinking about it too much as though I’m playing against my old team,” Wilson said.

“We’ve just come off a weekend when we’ve had two road losses and I think we all understand the importance of this game for our season. We need to get the win and be focused.

“There’s always emotion when you’re playing against your old club, but there’s been a huge change in the personnel that are playing for Bendigo. It’s doesn’t necessarily feel like my club.

“I had some great years there, but I’m a member of the Fire now and that’s what my focus is.”

Having suffered a shoulder injury heading into the SEABL finals, Wilson has yet to find her best form with the Fire, despite sitting inside the top-five in the WNBL for assists.

With her confidence slowly returning, the former Opals playmaker is well aware that she needs to boast a more aggressive mindset for her team.

“I know that I need to be a lot more aggressive and a scoring threat for our team,” Wilson said.

“But we also have a lot of offensive threats in our team, and as a point guard, it’s my role is to get those players the ball.

“I guess I just want to help us win games.”

The Fire host the Spirit at Townsville Stadium from 1pm on Sunday.

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