Cats in un­charted ter­ri­tory

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT - With Greg Hire

THE last cou­ple of weeks have been the most chal­leng­ing in my ca­reer.

I can’t re­mem­ber a time when we have lost three from four games at home and ex­pe­ri­enced a streak of losses.

We pride our­selves on mak­ing the Perth Arena our fortress.

There’s def­i­nitely noth­ing like our home court with 12,000 pas­sion­ate Red Army fans go­ing berserk at ev­ery great play you make.

The one thing I’ve no­ticed over my ca­reer is that, re­gard­less of how you are shoot­ing, the ma­jor­ity of fans just want to see ef­fort.

We’ve lacked a cou­ple of key pieces in Damian Martin and Matty Knight but there is ab­so­lutely no chance we can use that as an ex­cuse. That’s a part of pro­fes­sional sport.

In­di­vid­u­als must take own­er­ship of the op­por­tu­nity and pro­vide a lit­tle ex­tra to the squad.

We aren’t a team of su­per­stars but when we come to­gether we are a su­per­star team; we have shown that and I be­lieve we can be that.

It won’t be easy against Mel­bourne United at Perth Arena on Fri­day.

The re­cent ad­di­tion of Casper Ware at Mel­bourne’s point guard spot has seen them take some big scalps in re­cent weeks.

You also can’t go past the ta­lent of Chris Gould­ing and David An­der­son.

We know we will have a bat­tle on our hands.

We need to go back to ba­sics, which is feed­ing off the crowd’s energy and play­ing our brand of basketball.

It’s time to stop talk­ing, and time to start back­ing it up on the court.

Dex­ter Ker­nich- Drew, Jameel McKay and Jaron John­son af­ter the side’s most re­cent loss to Ade­laide.

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