Off sea­son ef­fort to reap re­wards

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport - with Greg Hire

AN­OTHER sea­son has dawned upon us and, just like that, the count­less hours each in­di­vid­ual has put in dur­ing the off sea­son come to fruition.

There is noth­ing that helps bond a team to­gether more than shar­ing in each other’s pain and push­ing each other to the limit.

The first few of weeks of pre-sea­son are tor­ture, but those chal­leng­ing times can pro­vide the dif­fer­ence in the back end of the sea­son.

It wouldn’t be a Perth Wild­cats pre-sea­son with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a lit­tle drama.

Un­for­tu­nately, we lost US im­port Devon­drick Walker, who would’ve been an ex­cep­tional tal­ent, to a longterm in­jury.

But his in­jury al­lowed us to re­cruit su­per ath­letic Amer­i­can JeanPierre Tokoto who has slot­ted in nicely and will cer­tainly add to the high­light reels of the Wild­cats’ ar­chives.

Big man Matty Knight suf­fered a in­jury to his hand.

I don’t think there is an un­luck­ier man in the sport­ing world, but there is no doubt he will re­turn with plenty of hunger.

The team en­joyed some great stand­out per­for­mances dur­ing the pre-sea­son games, par­tic­u­larly from Lu­cas Walker, who has taken his op­por­tu­ni­ties with both hands.

As a guy who was out of the league last year, he is play­ing with a chip on his shoul­der, which is great for the club.

Satur­day it starts all again against the Bris­bane Bul­lets, play­ing in front of 13,000 fans.

As you head out of that tun­nel along­side your broth­ers, you re­mem­ber why you love the game and why you sac­ri­fice so much - for that end­less pur­suit of win­ning a cham­pi­onship.

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