Proud with point to prove against Thun­der­birds

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - FIONA BOLLEN

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

Maddy Proud.

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