Tasmanian Magpies taking advantage of Melbourne home court

UNITE: Homegrown Tasmanians Caitlin Petrie and Kelsie Rainbow share in the Magpies win over Southern Force.
UNITE: Homegrown Tasmanians Caitlin Petrie and Kelsie Rainbow share in the Magpies win over Southern Force.

Melbourne might not be home court for Tasmanians, but Magpies ANL assistant coach Claire Dennis feels the “home away from home” will be a distinct advantage.

The double-header games at the weekend pits members of the Territory Storm flying 3,750 kms from Darwin and for others close to 2,000 kms from their Sunshine Coast Super Netball base to play.

The Hobart-based Dennis said her players can freshen on trips to Melbourne easier. 

“It is quite nice to play at our home away from home – and it means less travel for all of us Tasmanians,” she said.

“So fresher bodies, their own beds, stuff like that. 

“It does play an advantage when you’re against players from NT as they have quite a fair bit of travel.

“I know our first week away in WA, there was quite a few sore muscles just from sitting on the plane. So we now need to hit the ground running and go from there.”

The Tasmanians will return home once for its own two games in two weeks time that includes a Sunday clash as a Super Netball curtain-raiser to Collingwood playing host to Queensland Firebirds.

Dennis said that measures were put in place to protect against complacency.

The Magpies place second in the ANL standings off the back of three straight wins while the Storm are yet to win any of their four matches. 

“We don’t ever focus on our opposition’s form – we just focus on ourselves and our process,” Dennis said.

“We believe if we put in our own best, we’ll come away with a good result. But it’s about the processes.

“So we’re confident if we do the right thing that the score will take care of itself.”

Past 21 and 15 goal victories last year away will fill the Magpies with confidence.

But homegrown defender Zanna Jodlowska is looking to the present rather than reflecting on the past.

“We’re establishing connections and combinations on the court and we are looking forward to another opportunity to use these and to play consistent netball,” Jodlowska said.

“It’s always a tough weekend – no ANL teams can be underestimated.

“You can just see from the results as well how the games and scorelines can change from day one to day two.”