NBL: Perth Wildcats win over Adelaide 36ers puts team in right place

Wildcats vice captain Greg Hire enjoyed the first hitout of the season. Picture: Getty Images
Wildcats vice captain Greg Hire enjoyed the first hitout of the season. Picture: Getty Images

YOU always want to start the season on a positive note and we did just that at the Perth Wildcats with a first up win against our traditional rivals the Adelaide 36ers.

Heading into that first game there is a mix of emotions.

Excitement is high, nerves a little bit unsettled, you’re anxious, adrenaline is flowing and there is also a level of uncertainty.

Even though you have given your all heading into the first game with the amount of work done during the off-season and pre-season phases, sometimes things don’t go your way.

Adelaide played three nights earlier and it definitely benefited them.

They were more settled and their home crowd was already on a high.

What I love about this group is that we don’t get rattled.

We’ve got a great combination of experienced players plus an injection of youth.

Jermaine Beal came up huge in the fourth and ever-reliable stalwart Shawn Redhage answered the call with some timely shots.

Nate Jawai’s impact was definitely noticeable.

He commanded presence in the middle. The next step for us to reward his unselfishness with some sweet plays.

This Friday night is our first home game of the year and I am extremely pumped.

After a pretty disappointing campaign for myself and the team last season I know we are extremely excited to be in front of our loyal fans.

We are aiming for 30 straight years in the play-offs but we are also on the quest for a seventh championship.

The Breakers have been dominant in recent years, so no better way to continue a positive start to the season than with a great win in front of the Red Army.