The Podcast Snack with Katrina Hibbert

December 5, 2019 | WNBL news

Sydney Uni Flames have had a taste of success in #WNBL20 and are chasing that winning feeling.

The Flames notched win #3 last round, defeating the Spirit in Bendigo, and coach Katrina Hibbert believes the victory was a reward for effort.

“Success is based on wins and losses, but people don’t see the small steps along the way,’’ she told The Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show.

“It was that little bit of reward the girls have been putting in all the effort on and off the court for so it’s nice to see the win column tick over because it keeps spirits up, you can keep motivating and trying to achieve the goal of making finals.”

A two-time WNBL MVP with the Bulleen Boomers, Hibbert is enjoying her first season as a head coach and bringing a new-look group together in the harbour city.

“Obviously it’s a work in progress but I think learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses on the court is a process and we’re kind of getting there now, we’re just past a third of the way through the season,’’ she said.

“We’ve been on the road a lot, so we’re looking forward to being at home a little bit more post-Christmas and having that consistency.”

The Flames have been without 2 of their guards but the news from the medical room is positive according to Hibbert.

“Tahlia Tupaea is on track for training later this week and possibly playing on Sunday, so hopefully we’ll have her back in the rotation. Her experience, maturity and IQ of the game really helps settle the group at times,” she said.

“Britt Smart re-strained her calf last week so we’re evaluating week-by-week where she’s at.”

Sydney play host to the Lightning at home on Sunday, part of a huge double-header with the Sydney Kings taking on the Cairns Taipans.

Listen to Katrina Hibbert on the Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show here.

The Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show drops every Wednesday during the #WNBL20 season


Photo credit: Courtesy of Basketball Australia 2019.