Sensational Spirit

WOW, what a weekend.

I’m so proud of everyone involved with the Bendigo Spirit and our wonderful fans.

Two years ago I didn’t know if the club would survive.

Now we’ve won two WNBL championships.

It’s a huge effort for a regional club.

I must admit I was worried in the week leading up to the game.

I never doubted our ability, but I was really worried about us losing.

We’d had such a good season, but the fact our whole season came down to one game, had me concerned.

I didn’t want to get up on that stage and say a losing speech in front of all our fans.

By the time game day arrived I was a different person.

I was chilled out before the game, which was really surprising for me.

Even once the game started I was relaxed.

I haven’t felt that comfortable on the court all season.

I know I had a couple of other games this year where I scored a lot of points, but those games still didn’t feel comfortable to me.

On Sunday, I felt great. I just played on instinct and that was the most satisfying thing for me.

I gave my all, I played the best I have all season and I’m so glad it was in the biggest game of the year.

This Spirit team is so special.

I don’t think I’ve played on a team that is as tight on and off the court as the Spirit squads of the past two years.

It’s one-in, all-in. There’s no egos and nothing revolves around individuals.

That’s what made the celebrations after the match so emotional.

We’re like one big family.

The Spirit fans are definitely part of our extended family.

I’ll never forget the way our crowd lifted us in the final quarter of the grand final.

I’ve played Opals games in Bendigo and a lot of WNBL games, but never before has a crowd been that loud.

A huge thank-you to all Spirit fans -  never underestimate the role you’ve played in the success of the Spirit.

For the next few weeks I’ll have a break of sorts.

While I’ll put my feet up for a fortnight or so, I’m coaching the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School girls basketball team this year, so that will keep me involved in basketball.

As for my playing future, I really don’t know. I won’t be rushing any decision.

For now I’m looking forward to spending winter at home in Melbourne with my husband Aaron and our two dogs.

Aaron is assistant coach of Melton Football Club this year and he reckons he’s going to play as well.

Sounds like I’ll spend half of my winter tending to his injuries.

As this is my last column for the season I want to say thanks to everyone for their support.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the ride half as much as I have.

See you all soon.

Championship success something for all to share

I haven’t felt that comfortable on the court all season

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