Saturday see’s the SBC Game of the Week travel to Glasgow, as Glasgow Fever host title challengers, Sony Centre Fury in the Women’s SBC. It’s 3rd hosting 6th as Fury trail Fever by 2 points in the league standings.
Some would say that Fever’s amazing performances this season, boasting 2 wins over rivals St Mirren as well as taking down Glasgow Uni, have come as a surprise. But the team are confident in their abilities and believe this is where they belong, contending with Scotland’s elite at the top of the table, 2 points behind first place.
Fury head coach, John Bunyan, recognises that his team have had to adapt to a new era of players, with the youth stepping up and demanding minutes with their excellent play.
“We have had season in transition, in the respect that we have seen a lot more court time given to our younger players and that’s been positive, but it also takes time to adjust. We have committed to playing up tempo basketball and pressing as much as we can.”
With the mentioned transition, comes many difficulties, resulting in their current standing of sixth place in the league. Depth across the board is vital to any team to produce a winning side. This season, Fury have plenty of depth in the backcourt, something that can be a positive, as well as a negative.
“With Kirstie Young returning this season and Ailie Gardiner back from injury we have a very strong group of 4/5 players at the guard spot, but we know we have to work hard on the boards as we do not have a lot of size. Games against Fever have historically been close with little between the teams and I expect that trend to continue.”
Fever have been a team not to be taken lightly this year. Taking Lady Rocks and Edinburgh Uni to the wire, they have been on the wrong end of close encounters, something the side will be looking rectify on Saturday.
Head coach Stacey MacDonald acknowledged the tough outing last week at the hands of the Lady Rocks, but emphasised the positive energy going into Saturday’s fixture,
“We’re looking forward to getting back on court and having a really positive team performance. We had a tough game against Rocks, but we are clear and focused on the improvements that we need to make this weekend.”
An early start for this week’s Game of the Week, 10:30 tip at Douglas Academy. Make sure you follow the updates across our social media and let us know your prediction on who’ll take home the W.