Swift change in attitude
NSW defender Rebecca Bulley predicts a shift in the Swifts's attitude following their disappointing extra-time loss to the West Coast Fever.
The reigning premiers fell to a 2-3 record after blowing a seven goal lead against the fast-improving Fever, who went on to win by one goal in extra-time on Monday.
Bulley said the Swifts have learned a hard lesson from the loss, that relegated them to being the bottom-placed Australian team in the trans-Tasman competition.
“Obviously it was really disappointing that we let them back into the match,” Bulley said yesterday.
“They played a great game and they didn't lay down which is I suppose something that we need to address, in making sure that we take the game out of reach rather than thinking 'yeah, we've got it won' and start cruising.”
Despite obvious cracks in the Swifts attack in their last match, Bulley said individual performances weren't being blamed.
“Training's still been quite positive and that's really important that we don't start pointing the finger and blaming other people,” she said.
“We really need to look at ourselves at look at what we need to work on to improve our performance.”
Bulley said the Swifts were looking to resurrect their season with a commanding win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Sydney on Sunday.
“At this stage we have to expect the Thunderbirds to come out really physical like they did last time and just really work the ball through from our defence line through to our attack,” she said.
“I think if we put the pressure on early I hope that they might start to crumble a bit and crack under pressure.”
The Swifts have struggled to maintain their premiership winning form despite retaining all but one of their championship winning players.
But Bulley denied the wobbly start to the season was the result of losing key defender Selina Gilsenan to retirement.
“Probably the biggest thing we miss about Selina is her presence on court, she's was a very steadying player with her experience,” she said.
“But I don't think it comes down to missing Selina, it's a team game, we've got to look at ourselves and not think about what or who we're missing, it's what we've got to do to improve.“