Fusion star Alexia Baker says her Queensland Fusion side will be ready for a physical encounter when Tasmanian Magpies visit for a double-header at Ormiston College this weekend.
The Magpies beat perennial league heavyweights Victorian Fury in their first game last weekend, before falling to the navy and green in the return leg.
Baker said Queensland were working hard at training this week to have success against the competition surprise packets.
“Our preparations have been strong. We’re doing what we always do, but making sure we’re really hard onto that ball because we know they’re going to have strong on the body defence,” she said.
“That’s the big thing for us coming into this game – to be really strong and physical. We need to have strong one-on-one defence to shut them down.
“I know their attackers are very fast, so our defence coming into this weekend is going to be one of the biggest things for us.”
The Fusion have their eye on finals this year after a disappointing season in 2016 where they just missed out on the top four.
Baker said belief in the squad was strong and was benefitting from the injection of new coaching trio Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, Christine Voge and Gary Pashen.
“Making finals is always the mission. I think one thing for us is taking each game as it comes,” Baker said.
“It’s exciting having all these young players playing ANL for the first time. It’s a new challenge for them and a new challenge for us as a team. The culture is great this year. We really want to make finals and that’s what we’ve been speaking about.
“Having Trace as the head coach this year is really exciting. She’s so enthusiastic which really works well with us young ones. It’s fantastic to know she’s behind us every step of the way. Having Chris and Gaz there is exciting. Not having worked with Gary before, he brings a lot to the team having played himself. He brings plenty of skills and tricks up his sleeve.”
Queensland Fusion take on Tasmanian Magpies in ANL round two at Ormiston College at 5pm this Saturday and 11am this Sunday. Entry is free!