The Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves are back in action after an extended break and they are fit and raring to go against a struggling Canberra Capitals side this Saturday night at The Sandpit.
The Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves hit the court for the first time in 2013 this weekend in what is set to be an exciting second half of the season and it all starts with the Capitals clash.
Canberra currently sit on an eight game losing streak with their last win back in Round 6 over the Bendigo Spirit. While the West Coast Waves are looking for their fourth win of the season with their third victory recorded in December at the last Capitals match up.
Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves head coach, Kennedy Kereama, said he is not taking a win for granted and expects Canberra to be a fighting force.
“I think they’d be very hungry to get a win, we’ve certainly been in a similar situation to have a losing streak like that. We have to prepare as we normally would, but expect that Canberra are going to come out firing,” Kereama said.
But he admitted there are circumstances putting the Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves in good stead.
“Getting them [Canberra] second on the road is obviously a big advantage for us with traveling and going back to back after playing Adelaide [on Friday night], you’d expect them to get fairly fatigued but they are going to expect to win and we’re going to come out wanting to win as well so we’re going to be prepared for a tough game,” Kereama said.
The coach said the Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves will be putting in a full court effort to ensure a win over Canberra’s talented guards and forwards.
Although the Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves secured a 13-point win over the Capitals in Round 11, Canberra’s Jessica Bibby scored 18 points while Brigitte Ardossi was outstanding with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
“We’re going to have to do a good job on Jess Bibby who came out and played really well last time and Brigitte [Ardossi] had a good game as well, so certainly there are two players who you’ve got to contain,” Kereama said.
“I still think they’ve got players who can come out and do a good job on the night too.
“Luckily last time it was just two players that really hurt us for the entire game. So you’ve got to try and make those key players work hard for their baskets and try and limit everyone else their opportunities on court,” he added.
“It will just come down to a good team effort on us; we need everyone to contribute in some way shape or form, both defensively and then offensively we need a number of contributors down that end as well. We are relying on a team effort to get us over the line this week.”
The Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves return from the League break as well as a Bye, but the players continued individual training sessions and were back as a team in the week leading up to Round 14.
But Kereama, said the team has not lost focus or fitness during their time off, with a strict testing day set before their first game back.
“They’ve all come back in shape,” Kereama said.
“We have done fitness testing and the team knew they had to come back in shape.”
Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves V Canberra Capitals
Saturday 12 January 2013
WA Basketball Centre 7:30pm
Alcohol.Think Again West Coast Waves
5 Amelia Todhunter Guard
6 Adrienne Jones Guard
7 Antonia Edmondson Guard/Forward
10 Lisa Wallbutton Forward
11 Darcee Garbin Forward
12 Kate Fielding Guard
14 Melissa Marsh Guard
16 Natalie Burton Forward
18 Rachel Lisch Guard
19 Hayley Moffatt Guard
22 Shani Amos Guard
42 Kaye Tucker Guard