The Queensland Fusion are expecting two physical encounters with Western Sting in Perth this weekend in the third round of the Australian Netball League (ANL).
After two rounds the Fusion sit atop the ladder with three wins from four, including a win over Collingwood feeder Tasmanian Magpies at Ormiston College last weekend.
But despite the early success, Queensland defender Tara Hinchliffe said her team would take nothing for granted as they looked to further cement top spot.
“They’ve been a very physical team in the past and we’re expecting that again on the weekend,” Hinchliffe said.
“We’ll do our analysis on them, but from the weekend I know we had a really strong second half in one game and a strong first half in the other. We need to go out strong and maintain the intensity, because we know the Sting a good team with a tall shooting target at the back.”
The Fusion boast one of the youngest teams in ANL, but have shown maturity beyond their years to dominate their opening fixtures.
Despite holding the home ground advantage in each of their opening two weekends of match play, Hinchliffe said the travel would make the team stronger.
“Everyone is really excited to go away. We get to bond more and hangout as a team. I think everyone will do really well and we’ll just have more focus if anything,” she said.
“Our defence has been getting a lot of turnovers even though we’ve never played together before. It’s feeling really good and we’re working really well.
“Having belief in each other and being fearless is a big thing our coach Tracey (Jeanes-Fraser) has instilled in us. We’ll take it one game at a time, but finals is the goal and it’s in reach if we keep working hard and doing what we’re doing.”
Stay tuned to Netball Queensland’s Facebook page and Queensland Firebirds Twitter for all the results from the Fusion’s weekend clashes.