"We're fighting fit and ready to go" - Parker
The Willetton Tigers WSBL team are seeking out a championship this season according to head coach Simon Parker.
With a successful preseason under their belt, the Tigers are ready to take on the challenges of the upcoming season, starting with the opening game against the Joondalup Wolves this Saturday.
Parker says there are no excuses for his team to underperform on game day.
“Our biggest thing this year is that our work rate and intensity needs to be there for training so there are no excuses when we are playing,” Parker said.
“We want to be a top 4 team this year and make a run for the championship.”
A key element to their championship campaign is increasing the pace of the game and working hard as a team.
“We’re looking to be faster and more mobile to speed the game up a little bit, change the offenses around so there’s more motion time and get the ball through everybody,” Parker said.
“We want to be a very attacking and just a really fast team on offense and defence,
“We want to make sure we work as hard as we can work and play as a team, just make sure whatever we do together we do it as a group.”
The Tigers are starting their season with some new personnel, however they will need to be patient as they wait for their imports to come in.
“We’ve got a whole new bunch of girls, we’ve had a few retire and some players return to the club,” Parker said.
“We’ve got an import coming out on April 1, her name’s Leah Cotton and she’s a one/two combo guard and we are still trying to find a three/four import as well which we’re working on now.”
The Tigers are taking on the Wolves in round one this weekend, who are also waiting for their imports to arrive.
“I’m calling it battle of the locals at the moment because I think the Wolves have all got Wanneroo kids at the moment until they get a couple of imports in, and we’re the same.” Parker said.
Parker says it’s difficult to create a plan for taking on the Wolves, leaving the focus on how his team can perform.
“The first game’s pretty hard to work out what you can do, you sort of have to do it on the fly and after everyone’s played you have to sort of go from there and sort out your prep,” Parker said.
“We’ve just got to worry about what we’re going to do this weekend.”
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the new season as the team looks forward to introducing some young faces to their side.
“We’re looking forward to the upcoming season, we’ve got a lot of juniors coming in throughout the year which we’re pretty excited about,” said Parker.
“We’re all fighting fit and ready to go.”
The round one clash between the Tigers and the Wolves starts at 6pm and will be the opening game of the new stadium at HBF Arena. The SBL game will play after at 8pm.