Bounc­ing back from loss vi­tal

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Natalie Bur­ton HOW does a team bounce back from a loss?

It is a ques­tion ev­ery ath­lete is all too fa­mil­iar with, and one which can be ex­tremely hard to an­swer con­sid­er­ing we are con­stantly striv­ing to per­fect the process our­selves.

Los­ing sucks! It gives you a bad taste in your mouth.

You can't help but re­play the mis­takes you made over and over in your head. That's OK, that's nor­mal. But ex­pe­ri­ence teaches us how es­sen­tial it is to move on the next day and be­gin to fo­cus on what lies ahead rather than be­hind.

We found our­selves in this po­si­tion last Fri­day fol­low­ing our sec­ond loss of the sea­son to Bendigo.

That one stung, but a quick beach re­cov­ery ses­sion the fol­low­ing morn­ing seemed to wash away the nasty af­ter­taste and we were back on the train­ing track on Mon­day to be­gin prepa­ra­tion for the Ade­laide Light­ning.

The com­puter-whiz coaches spent many sleep­less nights analysing co­pi­ous amounts of game tape in or­der to recog­nise ar­eas we needed to cor­rect and pro­duce the game plan for Ade­laide.

This could be sum­marised in three words – ex­e­cute, run, re­bound.

Seems sim­ple. But it worked, de­spite play­ing in the mid­dle of the day in 34 de­gree heat with two fans blow­ing hot air around the sta­dium.

The first three quar­ters were a rel­a­tively even ball game with Ade­laide fight­ing to stay within sin­gle dig­its.

Each Lynx player worked tire­lessly so that by the fi­nal quar­ter we had al­most lit­er­ally ran Ade­laide into the ground, and we came away with an 11point win.

We have an­other home game at the Lynx Lair this Fri­day where we can hope­fully get an­other win un­der our belt, with the help of the ever-loud and in­spir­ing Red Army. See you there.

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