Proud with point to prove against Thunderbirds
THE nerves are a little less for Maddy Proud now she’s more than a full season away from her home town of Adelaide and former team the Thunderbirds.
She still has a point to prove though.
“Last year I was probably more nervous it being my first year away from the team,” Proud said. “That first game we played against them I felt pretty sick before that and I was glad that the first game was in Sydney and not back in Adelaide.
“A lot of the Thunderbirds team is very different to when I was playing … (but) you always have that bit of extra rivalry and bit of extra fire in your belly when you’re going against your home team and want to show what you’ve got and how you’ve been going since moving away.”
Today shapes as a bit of a danger game for the Swifts, who slipped down the ladder to sixth last week despite taking away a solid 10-goal win over Collingwood.
NSW want to go into the bye break next week as winners but are also wary of the Thunderbirds, a team still winless this season. Complacency could easily creep in, but the Swifts are not taking any chances having seen improvement in Adelaide as the weeks go on.
“Every week they get a little bit better so I think for us we’ll definitely need our A-game,” Proud said. “But you never take any team lightly, the Thunderbirds have probably been unlucky a few weeks as well not to get some more points than they have. They’re hitting their straps and it will be a good battle on the weekend.”
Swifts v Thunderbirds
Quay Centre, today, 1pm