Bouncing back from loss vital
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.