Persistence pays off

FOR a split-second I was not sure whether to celebrate when a three-point shot finally fell in Spirit's semi-final win on Sunday.

Although the margin was eight there was still plenty of time to play.

The emotion of the occasion and finally hitting from long range took over.

I had hardly hit a three-pointer all season, so to do so in such a big game against a quality opponent such as Dandenong Ranges meant a lot.

For whatever reason I have not shot the ball as well from three-point territory this season.

It's not through a lack of practice or effort.

In many ways it's more about the mental side of the game than my technique.

I have been practising my shots a lot, probably more this season than any other.

Having a five-month break in the last off-season may have a bit to do with it.

That time off was important in being refreshed and ready for another WNBL season and trying to win back-to-back championships with .

The key in Sunday's final was to keep trying, especially when I had an open shot.

It's what all the Spirit girls aim to do.

Having confidence in your ability to nail the shot is really important.

Having confidence in your ability to nail the shot is really important

If you don't try then you will never know.

At the Spirit we have two of the league's best from three-point range in Kelly Wilson and Chelsea Aubry.

Although Chelsea missed some early shots against the Ranges she didn't give up.

The nine-point win against Dandenong means we are in to a home-court grand final for the second year in a row.

It's an exciting time for all at the club.

Relief, more so than excitement, was what I felt in the seconds after the final buzzer on Sunday.

As a group we are rapt to be in another final and the opportunity to play for the WNBL title.

The focus is now on either a rematch with Dandenong Ranges on March 9, or against the Townsville Fire.

Either way, it's going to be a massive test for us.

We went into this season under more pressure and higher expectations after winning last year's title.

There have been lots of challenges along the way, but so far we have handled them extremely well.

The belief, confidence and trust we have in one another plays a big part in our success.

Playing before home fans in Bendigo always means a lot to me.

I have played on courts in many parts of the world, but playing at Bendigo Stadium is always special.

I feel the pressure playing at home more than anywhere else.

It's not the pressure from the fans, but my own expectations of wanting to play as well as I can in a city where I was born and raised.

Over the next week there will be more work on my shooting and on the team plays as we prepare to fight for the WNBL championship once again.

Try, try and try again a key to on-court success

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