Pre-sea­son games over, now for the real deal

Eastern Reporter - - Sport -

HELLO ev­ery­one!

I am Toni Farn­worth, guard for the Perth Lynx and it’s my job through this col­umn to give you an in­sight into our cam­paign for the 2017-18 WNBL sea­son.

With our first reg­u­lar sea­son game fast ap­proach­ing, the past week­end was a big one for the club.

We jet­ted off to Bur­dekin in far North Queens­land with our full squad (mi­nus im­port Court­ney Wil­liams who is still on WNBA du­ties) for two pre­sea­son games against the Townsville Fire.

Af­ter fly­ing into Townsville on Thurs­day night and mak­ing the short drive down the Bruce High­way through the su­gar cane and ‘snakey’ grass, we ar­rived in Bur­dekin ready to put our pre-sea­son work to the test.

The game that evening was a hot af­fair with nu­mer­ous lead changes and a lot of sweat spilt on the court.

The game came down to the fi­nal few pos­ses­sions, with Townsville com­ing out on top 83-82.

The sec­ond game was also a tight one, but we lost 76-88.

It was a great week­end for our new re­cruit Alice Kunek who top scored in both games, with all other new play­ers con­tribut­ing and get­ting valu­able prac­tise in our fast-paced style of play.

Per­son­ally the trip was bit­ter­sweet; it was great to fi­nally hit the court with a new group of team­mates, but af­ter a heavy fall in the first game I went to bed that night with a sore wrist.

Fol­low­ing a sleep­less night and a trip to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal with our team man­ager Dar­rell Mor­gan I found that I had sus­tained a frac­ture.

The team is now back in Perth for the fi­nal two weeks of train­ing be­fore the sea­son kicks off for real.

Please get down and sup­port us in our first home game against the Syd­ney Flames at 1pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8 at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre.

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