Road trip’s mixed results
Natalie Burton LAST weekend saw the Perth Lynx leave the safety of their home court and the ‘Red Army’ fan base as they flew to Melbourne for the first road trip of the season.
Games on the road are always a challenge for any team as players are forced out of their usual routines and comforts.
Add to that the long travel times and it is easy to see why there is such a thing as ‘home court advantage’.
As the travelling team, it is so important that we do every little thing to minimise the effect road trips have on our bodies so that we are prepared to play against this adversity.
It seemed that we got it right on Saturday night as we took to the court against the Melbourne Boomers.
Our game plan was to use our speed and stamina to out-work the Boomers so they would be exhausted by the fourth quarter.
We knew this meant it would be a long, hard game, but that it would also be worth it.
Throughout the game the Boomers kept within 10 points of the Lynx but they ran out of ideas and energy, giving the Lynx a 10point 78-68 win.
It felt great that all that hard work paid off.
However, another challenge was around the corner as we had to back it up with our second game of the weekend within 18 hours.
After some essential recovery sessions, including ice baths, pool workouts and routine stretching, we drove to Bendigo to play the Bendigo Spirit on Sunday afternoon.
It was a fast-paced game which was kept relatively even throughout the first quarter.
The Spirit took an 11-point lead into halftime and despite the best efforts of the Lynx we couldn’t get the game back and ended up with our first loss. The final score was 65-81. Losing is never fun, but it is made slightly easier knowing that we can review that game and learn from it.
With the first road trip done we now have two wins and one loss, which is a strong start.