Panousis’ Flames locked in for upcoming road trip

December 5, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

The Sydney Flames are preparing for one of their toughest stretches of WNBL24 where they’ll play three road games in the space of eight days.

The first of those is on Wednesday when they travel to Adelaide to take on the Lightning.

This will be followed by a trip to the nation’s capital to face Canberra on Friday and then another flight to Perth to battle the Lynx on Wednesday, December 13.


“We’re ready for these road games – we’ve had a long break since Bendigo and are ready to get back on the court,” guard Vanessa Panousis said.

“If we stick to our brand of basketball, we know that we can beat anyone we play.

“Making sure we recover and take care of our bodies is going to be really important since we do have three games in eight days – we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

As the Sydney product alludes to, the Hoops Capital side will head into this fixture re-energised following their recent Harvey Norman roadshow to the Hunter region – which saw them take part in numerous activations across December 1-3.

“The Newcastle roadshow was awesome,” Flame #143 said.

“It was so cool to see all the kids get around us and also be so engaged in the clinics that we put on for them.

“It’s so important for us to do these types of initiatives so the kids can see that one day they can stand in our position and be future Flames.”

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Looking ahead, the first of this road-stand will be against the 2-5 Lightning at Adelaide Arena – tipping off at 7pm AEFDT.

“The key to defeating Adelaide is making sure we get back to playing our style of basketball again,” the Sydney Comets junior said.

“They’re really good at getting in transition so making sure our defensive transition is in place and limiting them to one shot we should take care of business.

“From our perspective, we need to stick to what works for us – once we go away from our brand of basketball, we lose our composure and teams are able to cut our leads during games, which we can’t let happen again.”

Fans can watch Wednesday’s game on ESPN via Kayo Sports.