Wild­cats back at home

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - with Greg Hire

THE New Year pe­riod: a time where peo­ple com­mit to res­o­lu­tions.

For me, it’s about try­ing to get back on court.

Un­for­tu­nately, I sus­tained a calf strain on the eve of the bru­tal road trip the team has just faced.

We played three games in nine days, trav­el­ling to Cairns, Ade­laide and Syd­ney.

It’s ob­vi­ously a very frus­trat­ing set­back to en­dure at this point of the sea­son.

Ev­ery time you sus­tain an in­jury, you look at the fac­tors that could have led to it.

Was it a knock? Fa­tigue? A lack of con­di­tion­ing?

It’s a tough ques­tion to an­swer be­cause I was feel­ing the best I’d felt in quite some time.

But there’s no point stew­ing over it, it’s some­thing I’ll just have to deal with.

It’s a te­dious process to get back be­cause the calf can be a dif­fi­cult mus­cle to treat.

It’s not smart to rush and risk an­other in­jury that could rule me out of the play­offs.

We had a rea­son­ably suc­cess­ful road trip go­ing 2-1 with wins against Cairns and Syd­ney and drop­ping against Ade­laide.

It doesn’t get any eas­ier for us this week, with the boys set to tackle Mel­bourne United in a top-of-the-table clash at Perth Arena to­mor­row night. Then an­other plane flight is on the cards in an away clash against Bris­bane on Sun­day.

I’m sure the boys are ea­ger to get back in front of a pas­sion­ate home crowd who have been starved of bas­ket­ball be­cause of the Hop­man Cup.

The last time we played at home we laid an egg in a dis­ap­point­ing loss to the Bul­lets, so I’m ex­pect­ing the boys to come out fir­ing.

We need a sell­out crowd to bring us home.

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