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Hiccups no cause for panic

The Adelaide Thunderbirds suffered their first home defeat of the ANZ Championships last week but coach Jane Woodlands sees it as a hiccup rather than a disaster.

She also sees it as a game of two halves - in the first half both sides were locked in a tight struggle and in the second the Melbourne Vixens finally prised open the Adelaide defence to break away.

Woodlands says if anyone ever needed proof that against top sides there is no margin for error this was it.

"We had a real imbalance out there, and as fast as we tried to cover one problem, we created another and it was a real tussle to get both ends of the court working together," Woodlands says.

"Wendy Jacobsen at wing attack was in devastating form and when we tweaked the defence to try and contain her it just made it harder somewhere else," she says.

"At certain times our shooters were outstanding and our defence struggling and when we turned that around with some change the shooters went cool and the defence started to deliver."

But Woodlands and her coaching brains trust have been working hard all week on some tactical adjustments in time for Monday night`s clash with the NSW Swifts.

They are a team she describes as a "class act" and very evenly matched with her own side - for example both sides scored 66 goals against the West Coast Fever.

"They lost Australian captain Liz Ellis out of their defence from last season, and Mo`onia Gerrard transferred to our team but they have still been able to step up and fill the gaps," Woodlands says.

"Having to replace two Australian players of that calibre at the same time cannot be easy, but the full length of the court they have raised the benchmark so Monday`s game should be very close," she says.

Despite the punishing schedule and the need to step on court and play at what is virtually a world cup standard every week, Woodlands is relieved she still has a clean sheet with her squad.

There are no injuries or illnesses and she can choose what she believes will be the best possible match ups for Monday night`s game.

"We are still managing to get most players on the court every week, and they are all delivering, so that is a significant positive for us," she added.

"To be sitting 4-2 and in fourth place at this point of the season is a good result and a great launching pad for the second half of the season."


Match Details:

WHEN: Monday 26th May
TIME: 6.30pm
WHERE: ETSA Park

Doors open at 5.30pm

Tickets available through Venue*Tix


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The Adelaide Thunderbirds suffered their first home defeat of the ANZ Championships last week but coach Jane Woodlands sees it as a hiccup rather than a disaster.She also sees it as a game of two halv

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