Road trip’s mixed re­sults

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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.

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