Queensland Fusion will look to continue their winnings ways against a struggling New South Wales Waratahs side in round four of the Australian Netball League this weekend.
The Fusion have won five games from their opening six matches, completing a gutsy double victory over Western Sting in Perth last weekend to perch them equal top of the ladder with Victorian Fury.
The Waratahs have struggled for consistency, splitting wins and losses during the opening two weekends before being trounced by defending champions Fury last weekend.
Fusion coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser said her side’s success was in large part down to their quarter-by-quarter approach.
“Our environment is process-based. We don’t look to the next match. We go through each 15-minute quarter on its own merits,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“Our training sessions have been very much around that process too – we’re focusing on match-specific outputs. We work at 15 minute intervals to simulate the intensity we’re looking for.
“Our start has been encouraging, but we don’t talk about finals. It’s about the whole process of breaking down our opposition each week to get those two points.”
Jeanes-Fraser said she was thrilled by her team’s double win in Perth last weekend following a tough travel schedule.
“The weekend in itself was really good. The girls travelled well together and we had a great strategy prepared,” she said.
“The communication from all of our staff to each individual athlete – from nutrition staff, to physios, to coaches – eased the burden of travel and helped them focus on netball.
“As coaching staff we’ve worked really hard to help our girls back up for that second day. It might be just a quick change of a combination to rest some legs, but not upset the overall base. We want to be a team with options and so far, it’s working well.”
While the return to home court will help the Fusion refocus in their pursuit of finals, the visit of traditional rivals New South Wales would customarily add an extra layer of pressure.
But the prospect doesn’t bother Jeanes-Fraser, who backed her side to retain the same clinical approach which has brought so much early success.
“While we’ve got the home ground advantage, we’ll just go into the matches as we have over the past three weeks,” she said.
“We’ve already looked at our games from last week and identified a couple of key areas we’d like to address for this week. We’ll take that to the court and hopefully have some good results again this weekend.”
Queensland Fusion play New South Wales Waratahs at Ormiston College on Saturday (5pm) and Sunday (11am) at Ormiston College. Entry is free!