Spirit young guns ready to fire

BENDIGO Spirit young guns Tessa Lavey and Sara Blicavs are excited about playing their first WNBL semi-final with the Spirit.

The star duo say they aren’t feeling the pressure to replicate the team’s championship success from last season.

“I guess there is a little expectation for the team to win again but I think we will thrive on the pressure and just get on with the job,” Lavey said ahead of Sunday's clash with Dandenong.

Lavey said it had been great to fit into a team like Bendigo and play in her first finals series.

“I don’t know what to feel really, I am just keen to get started,” she said.  

A victory over Dandenong will secure the Spirit a home grand final.

Blicavs said she was looking forward to playing against her old Dandenong team-mates.

“I am a bit nervous, probably more so for me because they are my old team,” she said.  

“When we were going through the opposition on Tuesday I was getting very excited and really nervous at the same time because I know what Dandenong is like to play with and against.”

The 21-year-old said she expected Dandenong to put a lot of pressure on Bendigo from the opening minute.

“We know they are going to come out hard and come out firing,” Blicavs said.  

“It is not going to be an easy game we will have to play hard through all four quarters.

“I feel like we have a good chance.”

Lavey said Bendigo fans can expect a good show.

“What it will come down to is having the experience to make the big shots,” she said.

“It will be a great game either way.”

Tip-off is at 1pm on Sunday. 

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