Cats keen to an­swer crit­ics

Hills Gazette - - SPORT - with Greg Hire

THERE is one thing that has al­ways re­mained con­stant while I have been with the Perth Wild­cats.

That is, the play­ing group will al­ways re­spond to ad­ver­sity.

We can be hon­est and say we have been play­ing in­con­sis­tent bas­ket­ball over the last eight games.

We have been em­bar­rassed along the way and ques­tioned on the out­side.

But as one of the more ex­pe­ri­enced guys on the team, it was def­i­nitely pleas­ing to see the team re­spond in an em­phatic man­ner.

We held a tough meet­ing last Tues­day, which al­lowed guys the op­por­tu­nity to air any sug­ges­tions they may have for the group.

That com­mit­ment on the train­ing track car­ried over to the vic­tory against New Zealand on Fri­day.

There were plenty of pos­i­tives to take out of the game but this is the busi­ness end of the sea­son and you want to be play­ing your best bas­ket­ball most of the time.

We have a great match-up this week­end play­ing both games against Ade­laide, who sit above us on the lad­der. They are a young con­fi­dent group and if you al­low them to find their groove, they are ex­tremely tough to stop.

For me, it’s ob­vi­ously a frus­trat­ing time, suf­fer­ing a lit­tle set­back with the calf.

All of last week it felt like I was a spritely 21-year-old; OK maybe not 21, but you get my point.

I will have to be smart in terms of how I man­age my work­load in the fu­ture. No longer can I come in on my days off and get in ex­tra weights ses­sions, which I’m ac­cus­tomed to do­ing. It’s frus­trat­ing, but I’ve had big­ger chal­lenges in the past.

A team meet­ing has re­set the Wild­cats.

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