Spirit tips off its WNBL title defence
THE Bendigo Bank Spirit begin their WNBL championship defence on Friday night on the back of what coach Bernie Harrower labelled the club's worst pre-season in its history.
The Spirit travel to Townsville on Friday night to take on the Fire in a rematch of last season's grand final.
When they last met in March, the Spirit were victorious 71-57 to claim their maiden WNBL championship.
"It's a nice feeling to be going into the season as the defending champions, but you're always a bit apprehensive going in when you don't feel you're well enough prepared," Harrower said on Thursday.
"With a lot of the girls going so deep into the SEABL finals, it has meant that everything has been rushed and we're trying to manage a list that has been overworked and is fatigued.
"Training hasn't been at the level I would expect going into our first game, but hopefully, come game time we'll flick the switch and be able to turn it on.
"It has been very hard to manage trying to give the girls some time to rest their body as well as mentally freshen up... as far as the pre-season has been, our preparation has been the worst in our time in the competition."
Adding to Harrower's concerns on Friday night is a poor Spirit record at Townsville.
The Spirit are 1-6 in their seven games at Townsville.