The Adelaide Thunderbirds have named an unchanged squad to take on the Melbourne Vixens in Round 11.
Speaking today, defender Kate Shimmin said she is ready to go head-to-head with Vixens goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda.
“Playing on Kumwenda is going to be a big task this weekend, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Shimmin said.
“The way she plays is unorthodox and I enjoy playing against her because you don’t know what she will do, she’s very sassy.
“I’ll consider it a win if I’m forcing Kumwenda out of the circle – it’s all about the little wins.”
At training, Shimmin said she’s relished playing on Cathrine Tuivaiti, who made her debut for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 10.
“Cat and I had a really good game against each other on Wednesday night. She’s not afraid to push you at training and be physical. She really encourages internal competition and it’s a good thing.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing on Cat at training for the last few weeks and having her in the 10 last weekend and again this round is great, she brings so much positivity to the group.
“You really feel inspired to see how far she has come throughout her rehab and seeing her run out onto the court on Sunday was special.”
The Vixens are coming off four victories in a row, but Shimmin said she and her teammates are optimistic they can match it with the Melbourne side.
“If we play like we did against Collingwood for 60 minutes then we will get that first win or come very close to it,” she said.
“It’s all about processes and that’s been our biggest gripe this whole year. We need to take it quarter by quarter.”
With the announcement this week that Tania Obst will be the Head Coach at the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2019 season, Shimmin said the players acknowledge there are changes happening at the club, but are focussed on the next four games.
“You have to acknowledge the changes, but we need to focus on the seven girls on the court and three girls on the bench and on playing our game.”
Adelaide Thunderbirds match day 10
Leana de Bruin (C)
Chelsea Pitman (VC)
The Adelaide Thunderbirds take on Melbourne Vixens at 2.30pm (ACST) on Sunday 15 July at Hisense Arena.
The game is broadcast live on Telstra TV and the Netball Live App from 2.30pm (ACST).