Queensland Fusion Star Kristen Oxenford says her side is champing at the bit to take on defending Australian Netball League champions Victorian Fury this weekend at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre.
The Fusion split their pair of matches against New South Wales Waratahs last weekend and will go into their next clashes full of confidence after posting a 6-2 record so far this season.
Oxenford said the visit of the Fury would give her side an early taste of the performances required for a successful finals campaign.
“We’ll lift the intensity at training this week and be prepared for a very tough matches this weekend,” Oxenford said.
“Victorian teams are very physical and our preparation may change in regards to our duels, but we’ll go in with our same mindset and be ready. The matches will be a good guide to see what finals will look like in a few weeks’ time.
“We’ll go in with a lot of excitement. We play our best we’re united and we just have to draw upon that and back each other up. When we work as a whole unit, we’re unstoppable. If we stay really connected as a team I have every confidence we’ll get the job done.”
The Fusion won their Saturday clash with the Waratahs 55-43 before being edged out 41-38 in the rematch on Sunday.
Oxenford said despite a missed opportunity to take all four points, Queensland drew a lot of confidence from both matches.
“I think Saturday was a really good match for us. We seemed to really connect well with each other and that was difference between the Saturday and Sunday,” she said.
“They got off to a pretty good start on Sunday and we couldn’t go with them early. But we fought really hard and were definitely in it during the last quarter. If we had a couple more minutes we would’ve got there, but a few crucial errors in those last few minutes cost us. We really beat ourselves with some of our execution.
“We’re a young team and I think we’ve got a drive together. We had a goal to be in the finals from the start of the season, but we just take it one quarter at a time, one game at a time and it’s working for us. We have a few really tough games coming up which will be a challenge, but we’re looking forward to it. Everyone is in a positive head space.”