Bench plays key role

STRENGTH from off the bench plays a key part in the Bendigo Bank Spirit's on-court success.

The depth of talent in our squad is remarkable.

In recent weeks Sara Blicavs has shown she can play really well.

Sara's play in our win on Townsville's court was superb.

The heat was on as we went into the match against Fire without Gabe Richards because of injury, and Elyse Penaluna was in foul trouble.

We were also on a court where we had won just once before.

Sara did a remarkable job at both ends of the court in one of the best wins in Spirit history.

The experience of  Chelsea Aubry, Jane Chalmers and Chantella Perera is a huge plus for us.

Tess Lavey, Heather Oliver and Maddie Garrick (No. 9, pictured) are all talented players.

Although the minutes they have played are not as high as the starting five, they all play their role when on court.

To have Chelsea Aubry, who has represented Canada, starting on the bench is a great asset.

Jane Chalmers from Echuca has played a lot of basketball.

She has been with Spirit since our first season and been a superb guard with the Bendigo Lady Braves in the SEABL for a long time.

The development of Sara Blicavs and Tess Lavey as this season has gone on is exciting.

I believe they have the potential to play for the Australian Opals.

Sara and Tess have a great work ethic, are keen to learn and take everything in.

Their ability is great for our club and the WNBL.

In the run to and then in the play-offs the impact from off the bench will be important.

Making the most of opportunities is what those who have been starting on the bench have done a lot this season.

Time on-court can vary from quarter to quarter and game to game.

Whether you have played more than 200 games or are a rookie, it's important to enjoy the ride and challenges.

Spirit's depth a massive plus to on-court success

We are striving for another championship, so the pressure is on in every game we play

As reigning champions the expectations at Spirit are greater this season.

Our senior players such as Gabe Richards, Elyse Penaluna, Kelsey Griffin and Kelly Wilson have been great all season.

We are striving for another championship, so the pressure is on in every game we play.

The self-belief and confidence has lifted again, especially after the win at Townsville.

This round the pressure is on as we play at Dandenong on Saturday night and then at home to play Melbourne Boomers on Sunday afternoon.

The Rangers are shooting the ball well, so our defence will have to be on from the start.

Injuries have hurt Melbourne recently, but the Boomers are a talented team.

Hoping to see you at Sunday's game against Melbourne Boomers.

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