Staring down the barrel of a second consecutive Grand Final appearance with The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds, Caitlyn Nevins is pleased with how the team has evolved.
“We have grown as a group. We’re much more familiar with one another. Some of the girls have been together for four seasons and for the attack end its two seasons together,” Nevins said.
According to the crafty midcourter, the Firebirds will do their best to keep the NSW Swifts on their toes in the Grand Final.
“We’ve got a few more tricks up our belt, we’re a bit more creative which keeps defenders guessing. If you become predictable then the opposition defence can close it down. We just need to have that creativity and that flair and be unpredictable,” she said.
“It’s going to be really tough contest and we’re expecting that it will take a full 60 minutes to get on top of the Swifts.”
Nevins made the move to Queensland after winning the 2014 title with the Melbourne Vixens, in search of more opportunities.
“It was a little bit of unknown, there were no guarantees with the move up north,” she admitted.
“I trained really hard with the girls over that first pre-season (2015) and developed some good combinations early on in the piece. When my opportunities came up on court I grabbed them with both hands.
“I feel quite lucky that Rose (Jencke) has instilled a lot of confidence and trust in my ability. I’ve been able to grow and flourish with the time out on court with the girls.”
The move has paid off for Nevins, with two back-back titles to her name and a spot secured in the Firebirds’ starting seven.
Should the Firebirds win the title this weekend, Nevins will become the only player to win an ANZ Championship title in three consecutive years.
The Firebirds will host the Swifts in the 2016 ANZ Championship Grand Final at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sunday July 31. The game will be broadcast live on Channel 10 (ONE in WA), Fox Sports Australia, Sky Sport NZ and the Netball Live App.