Not the best way to start, but we re­main con­fi­dent

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Mad­die Allen

When the Sound Tele­graph asked me if I’d be in­ter­ested in writ­ing a Women’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League col­umn af­ter our games this year, I jumped at the chance.

As a new player on the Perth Lynx, I saw it as a way to prac­tice writ­ing as well as a great way to pro­mote the league.

I may or may not have thought about how it would feel to write about a loss, which is how the 2018/ 19 sea­son started for the Perth Lynx.

On Satur­day, the Ade­laide Light­ning took us down 66-78 on our home court. Ade­laide’s im­port Nia Cof­fey be­gan her WNBL ca­reer with a bang, bring­ing in 15 re­bounds to go along­side her 19 points. Sadly, it wasn’t our day, shoot­ing at just 25 per cent be­yond the arc and 63 per cent from the char­ity stripe.

While a loss al­ways stings, we’ve got plenty to look for­ward to in up­com­ing weeks — most no­tably Opals player Lau­ren Mans­field’s re­turn from in­jury to the point guard po­si­tion.

We take the court again at Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium this Sun­day at 1pm when we take on the reign­ing WNBL cham­pi­ons the Townsville Fire and I get the chance to de­fend WNBL roy­alty and my child­hood idol Suzy Batkovic.

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