Coach Sarah Veale looks back momentarily and harks to the fabled championship era of Launceston Tornadoes when searching for a point of difference to replicate that early success 25 seasons on.
Even during simpler times, strength and conditioning in preseason was paramount.
The 1995 star was almost left aghast when she arrived back at the club and that sort of uniformed weight training was just not a thing.
"It was completely different. It's something that the Torns board hadn't factored in because it had never been done before," Veale said.
"Well, I guess not in the however many years. When we played, we did have one - we had an Olympic weightlifter, who was looking after us with powerlifting."
Since Rob Lewandowski has gone on to teach physical education at Riverside High and now works out with teen basketball talent Sejr Deans.
Veale's Launceston presence has also ensured the Tornadoes local hopes have a consistent approach after the club in the past two years had to wait until February for Derrick Washington to land.
"I talked to the girls about that and they all kind of had their own ad-hoc programs," Veale said.
"Like none of it written up, so I was like 'wow, this is pretty disjointed'.
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"We need to get all on the same page and do the stuff that is important to basketball and not just bicep curls."
The preseason had started earlier in the month and has run over the festive season.
That's where strength and conditioning has taken precedence over shooting hoops.
"A part of our mantra is we're developing young girls and they are at an average age of 17, so we need to develop their bodies," Veale said.
"They're just not physically strong enough at that level so partnerships with Calculated Fitness and SPR Conditioning has been fabulous."
Veale also was concerned anecdotally about the high number of ACL injuries that female basketballers sustain.
"So they have an individual assessments to see where their body is at and what they need to work on," she said.
"That's a pretty big investment from the Torns into our young group and I'm just stoked.
"Obviously it's about injury prevention, but to be able to get power that they can get quicker and stronger to compete is a big thing."
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