Wildcats plan to shake up finals

STAWELL’S Lady Wildcats will play the David to Portland’s Goliath in tomorrow’s semi-final in Portland.

Portland remains undefeated from six matches, while the Wildcats are still searching for their first win.

Coach Trevor Holmes is non-plussed by the statistics. 

“With only four teams in the competition we didn’t have to win a game to make finals,” he said.

“It would have been great if we could have notched a win – but it’ll be even better if we get our first win this weekend and go straight through to the grand final.”

Holmes is confident his charges will perform well against the Coasters, who defeated the Wildcats by 34 points in their first encounter on December 1.

The teams last met in Portland on Saturday night, with Portland getting the better of Stawell 76-38.

Holmes said his team would be as strong – if not stronger – tomorrow.

“We will probably have a bit more experience,” he said.

Holmes said the Wildcats had addressed minimising the impact of Portland’s three-point shooters, who caused trouble for them at the weekend.

“They’ve got a few players who love to shoot threes, so we have been working on that,” he said.

“We’ve also got to be wary of Julie Caldow. She’s one of their taller, more experienced players.

"She hurt us last weekend, but we’ve got something up our sleeves to work on that this time.”

Holmes expects regular standout Jess Williamson to lead the way for the Wildcats.

“Jess has been our top scorer for the year,” he said.

“She dropped 26 last week against Warrnambool and will be a key for us against Portland.”

Holmes was happy with his charges’ performance against the Mermaids on Sunday.

“To only lose by six to Warrnambool and to keep them to 56 was a great achievement,” he said.

“The girls came away really impressed by their efforts.”

Holmes said it was a shame lack of teams meant the Wildcats had only played six games for the season.

“They’re really starting to come together and come into their own,” he said.

“They will take the things they have learnt during the season and put them to good use.”

Holmes said anything could happen during finals.

“If you are physically and mentally prepared then you have more than a chance,” he said.

“The girls are pumped. They’re feeling confident and they’re looking forward to the game."

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