The Power shot out of the blocks with a clean sweep of three sets against the Breakers and then pushed the Flames all the way, claiming a bonus point in the process.
The assignment doesn’t get any easier with the Power coming up against a red-hot Suns outfit that has won both of their opening matches.
Pete Eley knows the gravity of the match, but is confident that Perth is up to the challenge.
“Sydney is going to be a tough game, but we’ve proved that we can match it with the best,” he said.
“The Flames are a great team, they are the reigning champs so we knew coming into the game it would be tough.
“I live in Melbourne and know most of their players really well, so coming away with a set and almost winning the game is a huge confidence boost for us.”
There were plenty of positives to come out of the Melbourne loss, with Eley pointing to strong performances from Alex Shepherd, Alex Gan and Eunice Cheung who controlled the tempo and established strong connections.
But one of Sydney’s great strengths this season has been their own ability to control games and out their lightning fast receivers Dani Alexander and Rosie Dawson into space.
“We have to force the players who aren’t shot takers to be making big throws,” Eley warned
“If the Gak (Tom Rogacki) or (Mark) Evans get off shots downfield to Dani and Rosie, then that’s not going to be a good situation for us.
“That’s the key for sure – don’t allow them to play their game.”
While Sydney make look tough to beat on the surface, but Suns Cutter Sarah Perkins said they had been given a timely wake up call against the Breakers.
“The key takeaway from the Breakers game was the importance of working through everyone in the team to take the lead and generate blocks against strong competition,” she said.
“Also knowing we aren’t unbeatable. Brisbane took away a set and were definitely in every point – we can’t let up for anyone.”
And Perkins is expecting Perth to come out with the same venom they have showed in the opening matches.
“We are expecting Perth to come out firing after a tight loss against the reigning champs,” she said.
“They have proven they can take anyone and their connections are taking shape on field.”
Caro: Sydney 2-1
Matt: Sydney 2-1