Perth Wildcats’ Hire: NBL schedule challenges all teams

Perth Wildcats’ Hire: NBL schedule challenges all teams

THE NBL schedule has been a talking point early this season throughout the league, including at the Perth Wildcats. Personally, I am a massive fan.

I know there has been some criticism from opposition sides regarding the difficulty they are facing but all teams will have challenging fixtures at some time.

In rounds three and four, we travelled to Wollongong, Melbourne and back to Perth.

Last night we were in Townsville for round five and will be on the same flight as the Crocs on the way back to Perth to play them again on Friday night.

A positive with the short turnaround in games is that we aren’t practising as much.

I’m sure the coaches aren’t as pleased as the players about that, but training can often be harder than a game, so we certainly appreciate the reduced practice time.

Another benefit of spending so much time on the road is how the adversity and challenge of it brings teammates together; we see different players rise to the occasion week to week.

Sitting in second place on the ladder, we would say we are somewhat pleased, but it would be nice to be on top of the standings.

We know it’s a journey and championships aren’t won this early in the piece so there will be plenty of obstacles we will face.

We definitely took the right step against our old coach in Rob Beveridge and the Illawarra Hawks in our 91-62 win on Saturday.

That needs to remain our benchmark. Nate Jawai was a menace and Casey Prather provided plenty of energy, showing a glimpse of what he will provide for the rest of the season.

If you haven’t jumped on board, this is the perfect time; we are building as a unit, a team and hope to be there come business end of the season.