Harrower expects Spirit squad to stick tight

TWO championships down, now for a three-peat.

Bernie Harrower’s plans for the Bendigo Spirit’s 2014-15 WNBL campaign start this week.

“We’re very confident that most of the girls will be staying with the club for next season,’’ Harrower said on Monday.

“I’ve spoken to a number of the girls in the last couple of weeks and we’re expecting to announce some signings very soon.

“The only doubts are Kristi and Chelsea (Aubry)."

Kristi Harrower, 39, won't make a final decision on her future until later in the year.

Aubry, who celebrates her 30th birthday in April, was close to retiring at the end of last season.

Talented guard Maddie Garrick will move to Melbourne shortly and will play for Frankston in the SEABL this winter.

WNBL rivals Dandenong and Melbourne Boomers are bound to court her heavily.

“I’ve had a chat with Maddie and I’m confident she’ll play with Bendigo again,’’ Harrower said.

“She’s a good kid and she’s come a long way in the past two years.

“She’s a key part of our group and we'd love her to stay.”

After the game on Sunday, Townsville coach Chris Lucas floated the idea of the WNBL grand final becoming a best of three series.

Harrower agrees.

“I support the idea in principle,’’ Harrower said.

“Three games in a short time of that calibre would be very tough.

“The logistics of it would have to be sorted out, but there’s certainly a lot of merit in the idea.

“To showcase that standard of basketball over a three-game series would be huge for women’s basketball in Australia.”

Harrower said the fact the whole season comes down to one match makes it tough.

"We had a dominant year, yet if we had have had an off day on Sunday and lost, the year is almost wasted,'' he said.

"A best of three series does give you the chance to have one slip up.

"At the moment the pressure is enormous on the coaches and players for that one game.

"I've never experienced such a pressure-packed game like we had on Sunday."

Harrower confident Spirit stars will re-sign

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