I want to keep coaching Spirit: Pritchard

Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard wants to see out his contract with the club. Picture: NONI HYETT
Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard wants to see out his contract with the club. Picture: NONI HYETT

Simon Pritchard wants to see out his contract and coach the Bendigo Spirit for at least another season.

The Spirit's disastrous 2017-18 WNBL season wound up on Sunday with a gallant 75-63 loss to the Sydney Uni Flames.

The Spirit finished with the worst record (4-17) in the club's history and the wooden spoon.

Pritchard and forward Nadeen Payne are the only coach/player contracted for next season.

"There's a bit of work to be done, but with the right support behind me you want to keep going and keep developing this group,'' Pritchard said on Sunday.

"We've got a legacy that we're going to be living with for the next four to six years.

"Until that legacy is gone it's going to be tough, but someone has to do it."

It's no secret the cash-strapped Spirit spent significantly less money on their playing roster this season compared to the rest of the competition. With the club to be run by Bendigo Stadium Limited moving forward, Pritchard was hopeful the club would be more competitive on and off the court

"We need to put a plan in place. I'd like to see a 2022 plan for the Spirit. Where do we want to be in 2022?,'' he said. 

"Clearly, we need to be higher resourced. We're the lowest resourced team in the league and we need to address that whatever way we can. Then it's about attracting players here that want to stay in Bendigo. We have an ageing group that is living in Bendigo and need to get some younger girls into the group that want to live in Bendigo and move to Bendigo to make their home."

The Spirit showed some fight in their final game of the season. They trailed by 19 points at the main break before bouncing back to give the Flames a scare in the final term.

Imports Betnijah Laney and Rachel Banham led the way for the Spirit on Sunday.

In what could be their final games for the club, Banham scored a game-high 17 points, while Laney was superb with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.