Thunderbirds are going for three in a row
All three games are against Australian clubs.
Starting with the West Coast Fever the Adelaide Thunderbirds will then host the Melbourne Vixens and the NSW Swifts. Old rivalries are never far away.
Sitting 3-1 (and a bye) five weeks into the inaugural ANZ Championship season, the Adelaide Thunderbirds are melding into a powerful combination as coach Jane Woodlands continues to finetune the team.
Woodlands says it has been a demanding exercise to take the nucleus of the Adelaide Thunderbirds and inject three major recruiting coups and a dash of younger, inexperienced players into the squad.
And she admits it is still not without its problems on court – although off court it is going even better than she had hoped.
“The girls all get on so well – from the oldest and most experienced to the teenagers who have been included to ensure we have a flow of talent coming through the system,” Woodlands says.
“But while I am delighted to be 3-1 at this point of the season I still want to see a lot of improvement on court,” she says.
"Our error rate is clearly there to be addressed. We have had the talent to carry it but now, as all teams are really settled, there is not going to be much more room to just cough up easy turnovers, or throw the ball away."
Monday night’s game against the West Coast Fever also reflects the difficult draw of an international competition.
The sides met in Perth in Round Two when the Adelaide Thunderbirds recorded a 54-41 win, which is their biggest of the ANZ Championship to date.
And which also means Woodlands and her coaching crew know the Fever will be looking for some payback after being embarrassed on their home court.
“ETSA Park has always been such an advantage to us, with our home crowd and not having to travel,” Woodlands says.
“But every team in this competition has recruited well, and is playing well, and we know Perth will have a point to prove when they get here,” she says.
“There are no easy points to be made here. Every game is about winning, not thinking if this team or that team can be a percentage booster – this league is too hot for that.
“But having these three games this side of the bye, and one before, is a real bonus after having done so much travel in the first three weeks of the season.
“It is a chance for us to really consolidate our good start and use it as a springboard for the rest of the season.”