Breakers’ handler Kat Smith admitted those losses stung after coming into the season as one of the favourites to make the grand final.
“Our game against the Freeze was super important for our confidence and belief as a team,” she said.
“With the two losses against the Sydney Suns and the Perth Power really kinda shook our team resolve and so it was really nice to see a few of the connections flow and build the belief that we do have what it takes.”
Adelaide failed to win a single match in 2018 but have been a different side this season – breaking their duck with a win against defending champions Melbourne last week.
And Kat admitted the Breakers were on high alert against a strong Dragons side that will threaten another upset this weekend.
“Every team in the AUL is a total threat – its anyone’s game,”
“To hear that they (Adelaide) beat the Melbourne Flames – who have some impressive players in their line up – was a wake up call.
Adelaide’s Mandy Fung said the new set system employed in the 2019 season had favoured the Dragons and they were looking for another large scalp to add to their victory over the Flames.
“We definitely found our fire,” she said.
“The game against Melbourne was epic and an example of how the set system has turned the league on its head – bottom of the ladder 2018 triumphed over the 2018 champions.
“A few unforced errors certainly gave us the edge that we capitalised on and momentum was certainly in our favour.
While many believe Brisbane turned a corner with their win over Canberra, Mandy believes there are still chinks in their armour that can be exposed.
“Brisbane have had a shaky start and we are on the rise so hopefully it’ll tip in our favour,” she said.
“The AUL Best Perspective hot tip seems to have been Brisbane throughout the season based on their fantastic star-studded roster who would lead a team in their own right such as Rachel Parsons, Lyra Meehan and John McNaughton.
“But let’s see if they can pull it together.”
Caro: Adelaide 2-1
Matt: Brisbane 2-1
Simar: Brisbane 2-1