The Firebirds have had a topsy-turvy start to their season. They have suffered heavy defeats at the hands of the Sunshine Coast Lightning and Melbourne Vixens, but managed a draw with the Magpies. However, Poolman said, based on history, the Giants were braced for a tough battle.
“When you play against the Firebirds you know it’s a 60-minute game – you certainly won’t blow them out of the park in 15 minutes,» she said. «We have to do the work. They’ve shown in previous years they’re quite capable of putting pressure on that scoreboard. I have no doubt they’ll get it together this weekend and will be firing.”
One of the highlights of last Sunday’s triumph was the combination of star recruit Caitlin Bassett (40 goals from 42 shots) and Jo Harten in the circle.
“I was so excited in the pre-season about them playing together as a combination because I’ve played with both of them on other teams,” Poolman said. “I know how incredible they are, and how hard they are to beat.
“So, to have them come together as a formation is really exciting and I think they’ll just continue to grow each week and continue to get better. I’ll be excited to see what they’re capable of during the back half of the year.”