Honest Firebirds on the rebound
After their record-breaking winning streak came to an end, the Queensland Firebirds are hellbent on avoiding a losing streak.
The reigning ANZ Championship winners suffered their first loss in 22 outings when bowing to the NSW Swifts last weekend.
They will be on the rebound when they host the Melbourne Vixens at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight.
The Firebirds (8-1), who have dropped behind the Swifts on percentage on the Australian conference ladder, had honesty sessions during the week in a bid to bounce back.
"At the end of the day we were just struggling to find connections down in the attacking end and were making silly turnovers against the Swifts," star goal shooter Romelda Aiken said.
"We're not afraid of hard chat and taking feedback on board - we'll do whatever it takes. We just have to focus on our own individual game and the rest will come."
Back to square one, the Firebirds will need to return to their best quickly as the Vixens (5-3) come with red-hot form having beaten West Coast Fever and Adelaide Thunderbirds in consecutive weeks.
"We know the Vixens are coming off a pretty big win. They'll definitely have their tails up, but we're good at regrouping as a team," Aiken (pictured) said.
Meanwhile, the winless Thunderbirds host the Fever tomorrow and will do so without coach Michelle den Dekker, who has stepped down from the role immediately.