Arena fortress re­ally lifts us

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport - With Greg Hire

IT has been ex­tremely im­por­tant for us to start the sea­son on a win­ning note to make the most of our fan­tas­tic home-court ad­van­tage.

And with two wins from two games at Perth Arena, it’s so far so good.

I re­mem­ber our home court was a fortress when I first en­tered the league. It was rare for an op­pos­ing team to leave with a win. I hope this sea­son we can get back to that sta­tus.

There’s no deny­ing our fans make the at­mos­phere in­tim­i­dat­ing for our ri­vals.

I hope every­one who at­tends our games rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to make it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for the vis­i­tors.

We face our first dou­ble header of the NBL sea­son against two for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents in Mel­bourne United at home on Fri­day and the Cairns Taipans away on Sun­day.

We need our fans at their pas­sion­ate best when we face the su­per-tal­ented Mel­bourne at Perth Arena.

United has po­tent in­di­vid­u­als at ev­ery po­si­tion. They have had two great wins against Ade­laide.

We also see the re­turn of Casey Prather, who I had the plea­sure to call a team­mate the past two sea­sons be­fore he joined Mel­bourne this year.

He wore his heart on his sleeve dur­ing his time with us so I hope he re­ceives the re­spect he de­serves.

What he achieved with the club with two cham­pi­onships and two MVPs was some­thing spe­cial.

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