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By Spirit Court Announcer and Step On Up To the Microphone’s Wes Cusworth

PLENTY UP FOR GRABS AS A CRITICAL MID-TABLE BATTLE UNFOLDS It’s not just a place in the upper echelon of the WNBL table that’s on the line tonight when sixth-positioned Bendigo Bank Spirit plays host to the Link Adelaide Lightning (fifth) in the ABC televised match-of-the-round at the Bendigo Stadium. “It’s a two game swing for us, we have the chance to get one back on them and also secure the head-to-head advantage,” Bendigo coach Bernie Harrower said in acknowledging the gravity of tonight’s battle with Adelaide.

With Adelaide averaging 81..8 points-pergame and Bendigo just 75.9, it’s clear where the work needs to occur if the game is to be won. However Harrower maintains there is much improvement required if the Spirit is to curb the typically free-wheeling Lightning offence. “I’ve been critical of our defence since the break,” he lamented.

“I don’t think our intensity has been as good While the Spirit will take an unchanged line-up as it was pre-Christmas, but it was evident in that last quarter last week against Townsville. into the vital contest, it’s the ongoing We must get back to that on a consistent improvement of key players like Canadian basis.” international Chelsea Aubry that has the host primed to repeat its early November Adelaide has at times proved a nemesis for demolition of the visitors. Bendigo, no better exemplified than last year where the previous season’s WNBL champions “She’s been getting better and better every ended the Spirit’s maiden finals campaign. game,” Harrower commented. This season’s statistics auger well for the visitors with Adelaide’s 43.6% shooting from the field eclipsing Bendigo’s current clip of 39.9%. But with the Spirit outstripping the The initial meeting between the two teams, in visitors 33% to 29% from range and a early October, manifested in a 14-point win to heightened intensity in back court there’s the Lightning in the City of Churches, while the every reason to believe the girls from central second match up just four weeks later Victoria can repeat their 23-point demolition of produced a 23-point win for Bendigo, arguably the last meeting. the best in the franchise’s short history. It’ll take a consistent four quarter effort, a Statistically the visitors look threatening, their spirited effort on the boards and a fully four heaviest hitters: Renae Camino (14.4 and functioning radar from outside the arc, but the 5.8 rebounds-per-game), Jess Foley (13.4 and Spirit has the potential to show its early 5.7), Cayla Francis (15.5 and 8.4) and Angela season success was far from a fluke with a big Marino (16.6 points and 4.5 assists-per-game) win tonight. all compare favourably with their rivals. PREDICTION: Bendigo by eight points. For Bendigo, only Kristi Harrower outstrips the Lightning’s quartet (24.3 ppg, 7 rpg and 4.4 apg), although the numbers are building for the likes of Aubry (10.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg), “In fact last week against Townsville she kept us in the game early, making shots and dragging their bigs outside.”

Lauren King (10.8 and 4.4) and Kelly Wilson (10.8, 3.8 and 2.3).


LAST WEEKS GAME PREVIEW Bendigo's fourth quarter blitz extinguishes Fire Arguably the best defensive effort in the history of the Bendigo franchise has seen the Spirit return to the winners’ list with a dramatic 15-point win over 3rd-placed Townsville.

“He said we’re really going to have to win it at the defensive end,” the evening’s hero proclaimed.

“Offensively we scored great. But to let them score, they were on track for a 100 point game at half-time; they had two The Spirit triumphed 92-77 at the Bendigo quarters of 27 points. Our Stadium on Friday night. aim is to keep teams at 15 to 18 points a quarter. The Spirit produced an amazing 21-point So we knew we had to fourth-quarter swing on the back of a 34-point knuckle down on our determ that left the Fire shell-shocked. fence in the last quarter.” Despite being held to just 11 points from the opening three terms Kristi Harrower spearheaded the assault with another 11in the final stanza, while swingman Louise McLean rode shot-gun to the Spirit skipper with nine, to finish the night with 17. “It was good to finally get a win on the board for the team,” an excited McLean exclaimed post-game. “After our first half it was good to see that we could still stay together and come out in the second half and come out with a win.”

And knuckle down the Spirit did. The Fire were contained to just 13 points while Wilson (seven) and Jasmine Finnigan (five) joined Harrower and McLean in smashing the visitors at the Spirits’ offensive end to the tune of 34. By game’s end the host had closed to within seven (37-30) on the boards, while Townsville's ascendancy extended to points-in-the-paint (advantage of eight) and points-off-the-bench (five).

Despite the visitors’ spread of scorers, it was An evenly fought opening term was the the Spirit’s commitment to locking down their precursor to a lop-sided second quarter where firepower that proved the difference, best the North Queenslanders flexed their imposing summed up Bendigo assistant coach Paul muscle to lead by 11 at the main break, shoot- O’Brien. ing at 53%. “I think it was probably the best defensive efTowering centre Tanya Smith dominated the fort that I’ve seen in my entire WNBL involveboards – sparking a 13-rebound differential ment,” the astute judge offered in the afterwhile she found allies on the scoresheet in match. guard Rachael Flanagan and Rohanee Cox, off the bench, draining 12 points apiece. BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT 92 (Kristi Harrower 22, Louise McLean 17, Chelsea Aubry 17, Kelly Flanagan’s team-high 15-point effort was all Wilson 17) bt the more meritorious after she crashed heavily into a Chelsea Aubry screen on the quarterTOWNSVILLE MCCAFE FIRE 77 (Rachael time buzzer. Flanagan 15, Amy Lewis 14, Rohanee Cox 12, Aneka Davis 12, Tanya Smith 12) The Spirit's Canadian centre was playing largely a lone hand with Aubry clocking up 13 By Wes Cusworth for Step on Up to the Mipoints at the main interval, while Kelly Wilson crophone Communications was her effervescent self with 10. Photos courtesy of Andrew Perryman for While an even third term unfolded the wise www.bendigoweekly.com.au and words of Bendigo mentor Bernie Harrower www.bendigophotos.com resonated with McLean and her team.


WNBL LADDER TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

% WON

1

BULLEEN

17

16

1

94.12

2

SYDNEY

17

13

4

76.47

3

TOWNSVILLE

17

12

5

70.59

4

CANBERRA

17

12

5

70.59

5

ADELAIDE

17

10

7

58.82

6

BENDIGO

16

9

7

56.25

7

LOGAN

17

6

11

35.29

8

DANDENONG

17

5

12

29.41

9

PERTH

16

1

15

06.25

10

AIS

17

0

17

00.00

SPIRIT PLAYER STATS (AVG. per game)

                                             

NO.

PLAYER

POINTS

REBOUNDS

ASSISTS

5

ANDREA WILSON

1.0

1.0

0.2

6

LAUREN KING

10.8

4.4

1.3

7

LOUISE McLEAN

6.6

3.6

2.0

8

JASMINE FINNIGAN

5.9

5.4

1.3

9

KERRYN HARRINGTON

0.0

0.0

0.0

10

KRISTI HARROWER

24.3

7.0

4.4

11

CHLOE LITTLE

1.7

0.3

0.0

12

JACLYN SMITH

0.3

0.2

0.2

14

CHELSEA AUBRY

10.2

4.4

1.1

22

KELLY WILSON

10.8

3.8

2.3

24

JANE CHALMERS

2.6

2.4

1.1

54

ELEANOR HARING

1.8

1.7

0.5

ROUND 15 GAMES     Fri 22 Fri 22 Fri 22 Fri 22 Sat 23 Sat 23 Sun 24

7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 3.00pm

AIS vs. Sydney Bendigo vs. Adelaide Logan vs. Bulleen Perth vs. Dandenong Canberra vs. Sydney Townsville vs. Bulleen Adelaide vs. Townsville


BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT NO.

PLAYER

POSITION

5

ANDREA WILSON

GUARD

6

LAUREN KING

FWD

7

LOUISE McLEAN

GUARD/FWD

8

JASMINE FINNIGAN

FWD/CENTRE

9

KERRYN HARRINGTON

GUARD

10

KRISTI HARROWER

GUARD

11

CHLOE LITTLE

FWD

12

JACLYN SMITH

GUARD

14

CHELSEA AUBRY

FWD/CENTRE

22

KELLY WILSON

GUARD

24

JANE CHALMERS

GUARD

54

ELEANOR HARING

FWD

COACHING STAFF BERNIE HARROWER

COACH

PAUL O’BRIEN

ASST. COACH

KYLEE HARROWER

TEAM MANAGER

GRAHAM TAYLOR

TEAM STATISTICIAN

MICHAEL SEEARS

FITNESS COACH

KEVIN NOLAN

SPORTS TRAINER

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PHYSIO

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MYOTHERAPIST


ADELAIDE LINK LIGHTNING NO.

PLAYER

POSITION

4

CAYLA FRANCIS

CENTRE

5

NIKITA-LEE MARTIN

GUARD

6

MIA NEWLEY

GUARD

7

REBECCA DUKE

FWD

9

SAM WOOSNAM

FWD

10

TRUDY HOLLAND

GUARD

11

ANGLEA MARINO

GUARD

21

RENEA CAMINO

GUARD

24

JESS FOLEY

GUARD

32

KELSEY IRELAND

GUARD

COACHING STAFF VICKI VALK

COACH

TANIA DHU

ASST. COACH

ANDREA SEXTON

TEAM MANAGER


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1.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy? I don’t know.

2.

What are your nicknames? Moppy, Andy.

3.

What bad habits would your roomies say you have? Singing, prank phone calling people in the same room, hiding the margarine at the bottom back of the fridge.

5.

If you could be a time traveller, would you go back or forward in time? Why? Back... because I want the future to be a secret.

6.

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7.

Favourite work treat? Homemade baked goods or Kelly’s surprise sandwiches.. you never know what’s in them.

8.

TV crush of the moment? Nate off Gossip Girl or Ryan Sheckler.

9.

Who would win a fight between a ninja and a pirate? A ninja, cos a wise man once told me that ninjas are “awesome”.

10. If you could have a superpower, which one would you pick and why? Freeze time and change stuff, like Hiro in Heroes. 11. Favourite lollies? Where to start.... Giant Jelly Babies and Allen’s Retro Mix at the moment.

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WERE YOU PAYING ATTENTION LAST ROUND? BENDIGO V TOWNSVILLE 1. Who began their evening with consecutive three-pointers in the game’s opening minutes? 2. What was the biggest lead enjoyed by Townsville during the game? 3. Who was the game’s leading scorer? 4. Which Townsville player did Chelsea Aubry deck with a perfectly legitimate screen right on the quarter-time buzzer? 5. Name the three Spirit players to finish with 17 points apiece.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WNBL 6. Who was Adelaide’s most potent scoring force in last round’s 19-point defeat of Perth? 7. Name the Dandenong Rangers’ player who reached the 200-game milestone against the Canberra Capitals and scored 27 points in the process. 8. By what margin did Townsville eclipse the AIS last Sunday? 9. Who was last round’s heaviest scorer? 10. Which former Bendigo girl scored 17 points in Bulleen’s 50-point crushing of Logan?

ANSWERS: 1. Chelsea Aubry; 2. 15 points during second quarter; 3. Kristi Harrower, 22 points; 4. Rachael Flanagan; 5. Kelly Wilson, Chelsea Aubry and Louise McLean; 6. Jess Foley, 30; 7. Alison Downie; 8. 44 points; 9. Lauren Jackson, 30 points of 79 against Dandenong; 10. Jenna O’Hea.


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UPCOMING GAMES: DATE

HOME TEAM

AWAY TEAM

Fri Jan 22

BENDIGO

vs.

ADELAIDE

Sat Jan 30

BULLEEN

vs.

BENDIGO

Sun Jan 31

BENDIGO

vs.

AIS

Sun Feb 7

BENDIGO

vs.

PERTH

Fri Feb 12

LOGAN

vs.

BENDIGO

Sat Feb 13

TOWNSVILLE

vs.

BENDIGO

UPCOMING MILESTONES: Louise McLean 3 Games to 50 Andrea Wilson 5 Games to 50 Kelly Wilson 21 Rebounds to 500 Kristi Harrower 29 Rebounds to 1000


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