LAUNCESTON Tornadoes players Alex Wilson and Edwina Kidd talked up their team's chances yesterday of grabbing its second victory of the season and claiming regional bragging rights when it takes on the Hobart Lady Chargers at Elphin Stadium on Saturday night.
The Torns have not beaten their Southern rival since early in 2012 and have their best chance with the Lady Chargers winless so far this season due to a wave of injuries throughout their squad.
Wilson, 20, from Murray Bridge in South Australia, was thrown in at the deep end with her first game of the SEABL season last week as an import after arriving the day before the game.
``We're excited about the game being our rivals but I've only had two training sessions so far and we're still working out how I fit in with all the other girls around me,'' Wilson said.
``I was getting the cobwebs out last week after having two weeks rest at home following the end of the WNBL season and, considering we hadn't played together before, I thought we did very well.
``I'm hoping to bring a little bit of leadership to the team with a really young group.
``I thought we were fine offensively against Nunawading, who are a top-four team, but we need to concentrate on getting back in defence and locking down our players.''
Kidd, 19, is one of the Torns home-grown talents and the former St Patrick's College student said she was keen to take on Hobart.
``I think so far we have shown the rest of the league that we have the potential to win this game, so I think we should be able to stamp our authority on it and show them that we mean business,'' Kidd said.
``I think a few of our younger players have been able to step up so far and show they are ready for the league and capable of playing at this level.''
Kidd said she hoped to increase her court time this season and being able to play with and against experienced players like Lauren Mansfield, Nadeen Payne and Wilson was an advantage for local players.
``As a Launcestonian I've grown up with the Hobart rivalry all my life and they are definitely our biggest rivals,'' she said.
``Hopefully we can have Olivia Howard back this week from injury so we should have our best starting five and all the girls are keen and excited about getting on court.''