Queensland Fusion will look to draw inspiration from their famous parent club as they launch a fresh assault on the Australian Netball League (ANL) against Territory Storm tonight at Ormiston College.
In a Saturday/Sunday double-header, the Fusion will call on the talents of Alexia Baker, Tippah Dwan and Tara Hinchliffe who have benefitted from a full pre-season with the Firebirds.
Fusion coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser said her side were well prepared to combat the unknown of the Storm.
“The girls have worked extremely hard over the last five weeks. We’ve got a young cohort across the court, but by no means should we dismiss the fact they’re extremely tenacious and have an intensity that is fantastic,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“They’re prepared to be adaptable, which is one of the things we’re really focused on for tonight. NT have got some of our former Fusion girls, so we have an understanding of their background, but some of those other players we aren’t as familiar with.
“We have worked hard to have a kitbag of tricks up our sleeve.”
The Fusion missed ANL finals last year and will be looking to go one better than their memorable run in 2014 where they finished runners-up.
Jeanes-Fraser said the influence of her Firebirds trio could prove telling in the race to finals netball.
“Having the girls come back from Firebirds is an absolute delight. They bring a standard our Fusion girls are really thriving under,” she said.
“Having our match play at the Firebirds has been brilliant. Rose and Jen have been extremely supportive of that linkage between the two teams and I feel it’s a very supportive environment. They’ve brought back the culture to our environment.
“We’ll take it one week at a time, but in saying that our number one priority is to hit that top four. We’ve got a team that can certainly take it to any of those other teams in the competition. We just want to run one game after another and build on successes to get into that top four. From there it’s anyone’s to win.”
Queensland Fusion play Territory Storm at Ormiston College at 5pm on Saturday 18 February and 11am on Sunday 19 February. Entry is free.