Bendigo to rise to the challenge
LADY Braves coach Jonathon Goodman says the next few weeks will test his side.
After a loss to Geelong last round, the Braves were knocked out of first spot, by percentage, on the southern conference ladder.
Goodman said changes were made at training due to the 14 point loss.
"We need to be more accountable in defence," he said.
It is a massive game,especially since they beat us.
"We are nearly the worst in the league when it comes to defensive scoring and the girls identified that so hopefully we can change that."
Goodman said Friday night's game against the Ballarat Rush would be a good chance to get revenge.
Earlier this season Bendigo lost to Ballarat in a double over time thriller.
"It was a bitter pill to swallow," Goodman said.
"It is a massive game,especially since they beat us.
"We do have a rivalry against them, so we want to play a hell of game against them and fix the wrong from earlier this season."
The Ballarat Rush are currently in sixth spot on the eastern conference SEABL ladder, having won eight games and lost nine.
Goodman said the Lady Braves had a tough run until the finals.
The team will face the top of the table team Kilsyth twice as well as games against finals contenders Frankston and Hobart.
"If you look at our conference any team has a chance to win it this season," he said.
"The top four is very close."
The Lady Braves tip-off against the Rush at the Bendigo Stadium at 6pm.