THE potential of a perfect season is not being discussed by the unbeaten Bendigo Braves women, with one of the team’s stars saying the team has its sights firmly set on bigger things.
Nadeen Payne was this week named SEABL Player of the Week after another dominant showing in Bendigo’s round 12 wins over Geelong and Sydney Uni and says the team isn’t worried about its record.
The double took the Braves to 15-0 with five games to play and within reach of a perfect regular season.
Payne said the win-loss record isn’t a priority for the side, nor has it been spoken about during a dominant start to the season.
“I couldn’t care less really, all we’re worrying about is whether or not we can win a championship,” she said.
“Whether we go 20-0 and do that or 15-5 and do that, it won’t make any difference afterward.”
The Braves had to grind a win out against Geelong after trailing by 13 points midway through last Friday’s contest, before finding their best in a 13-point win over Sydney Uni on Saturday.
“I thought that win showed some real resiliency, we were up at 5am, left at 6am and had some things happen along the way so to play like we did was really encouraging,” Payne said.
Bendigo hosts Launceston on Saturday night before a rare Wednesday night prime time school holiday fixture in a blockbuster against Ballarat on July 11 in Bendigo.
The Braves men play North West Tasmania tomorrow before they gear up for the match against their arch rival in the Miners.
“I don’t know how we’ll approach next week training-wise yet but it is a bit unusual to have a Wednesday game,” Braves forward Tanner Rayner said.
“Hopefully we can come away with a win against North West Tasmania, and then look forward to the Ballarat game as something a bit different and a big game against our old rivals.”
Tomorrow night and Wednesday night’s double-headers at Bendigo Stadium begin at 6pm.
– Joel Peterson