NSW Swifts midcourter Abbey McCulloch says the team has been kept on their toes by Rob Wright’s interchange tactics.
“It’s been a different year than what we’ve been used to, but it’s been really good.
“It’s been really beneficial for all of us, it keeps us all on our toes. No one has been able to get complacent or confident that they would be taking the court week in week out,” she explained.
With nothing guaranteed, Swifts players have ensured they are in the best shape possible, competing for bibs.
“We’ve pushed each other in training and go hard each week to get the spots,” McCulloch said.
The benefits of Wright’s tactics have extended beyond training intensity, with players conducting more performance analysis on their opposition.
“We do sit down as a midcourt unit and do a lot of research and video analysis on each team that we are playing, to make sure that we are all over it, no matter where we get out on court.
“It’s been really good as players to make sure that we are training hard, but it has also helped us in terms of our tactical development. It’s been an interesting way to look at it week in week out,” she said.
The Swifts will work to their strengths as they prepare for their must-win Semi-Final against Cold Power Magic and are weary of their opposition.
Last time they met in Sydney, the Swifts were victorious 78-50, however the Magic were without veterans Grace Rasmussen and Leana de Bruin.
“We didn’t underestimate them when we played them earlier in the year. They were missing a few key players and they came into that game a little bit underdone.
“They are definitely going really well at the moment, after knocking off Steel who were undefeated all season. Something we need to be weary of.”
The Cold Power Magic will host the NSW Swifts in the New Zealand-hosted Semi-Final on Monday 25 July at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton – GET TICKETS. The winner of the Semi-Final will contest the Grand Final against The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds.