Jaegers coach Maria Lynch
is thrilled that the former captain is back on board for the 2006 season."Raegan is an experienced campaigner with a terrific work ethic, so we are looking forward to welcoming her back to the team," explained Lynch
..."Emma obviously has a great deal of experience, having played with the Darters and been a member of the Australian 21 & Under squad for the past few years," commented Lynch.
...Coach: Maria Lynch
...All the girls have a part to play if we are to make the finals," commented McDonald's Hunter Jaegers coach Maria Lynch.
Despite an impressive record against their opponents, three wins and no losses, the Jaegers
are aware of the threat posed by the Orioles, a team keen to enhance their own finals chances.The two teams last met in Perth in Round six this year, when the Jaegers
scored a close 54 to 48 victory over the Orioles.Both teams expect another close encounter this time around."The Orioles are an improving side and have been playing with a 'no-excuses, never give-up' attitude all season, and this is something we will have to be prepared for", explained Lynch
"The close race for fourth spot could not have produced a better script - three teams all vying for that important semi-final position and all are playing each other in the last few rounds," said Lynch
...McDonald's Hunter Jaegers coach Maria Lynch took Altschwager to see a Sydney foot and ankle specialist on Monday and has been advised that her captain will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair her tendon.
14 July 2005 - "Jaegers Up For The Two Match Challenge", says LynchMcDonald's Hunter Jaegers Coach Maria Lynch believes her team has the fitness and preparation behind them to cope well with their two scheduled matches in Commnowealth Bank Trophy action this weekend.The Jaegers
take on the Medibank Adelaide Thunderbirds on Friday night in Adelaide, before returning to Newcastle to host the Queensland Firebirds on Sunday.The short turn-around time between the two matches, less than 48 hours, is sure to test the determination and finals aspirations of the Jaegers
, who currently sit in 4th spot on the Commonwealth Bank Trophy ladder.
Although not favourites in their Round 10 encounter with the Medibank Adelaide Thunderbirds, the Jaegers
will be expecting a close contest after last week coming to within 12 goals of the competition leaders, the Sydney TAB Swifts.Coach Maria Lynch
tested a new centre pairing of Jane Menzies and Katie Walker against the TAB Swifts, wth noticeable results, and will be hoping for a similar showing against the South Australians.
, however, is not taking a victory against the Firebirds for granted."The Firebirds are an aggresive unit and have an unpredictable nature to their game.We will have to be at our best in all areas of the court in order to get the 2 points", commented Lynch
Hunter Jaegers last met the Queensland Firebirds in May this year, when the 2005 season kicked off.The Jaegers
scored an impressive 53 to 36 victory over the Firebirds in the Round One encounter in Brisbane and currently lead the head-to-head between the two teams 2 to 1.The Queensland Firebirds will come into Sunday's game looking to regain some form after a tough loss to the dominating Melbourne Phoenix outfit last week.
A good outcome from this weekend, says Lynch
, will put the Jaegers one step closer to their ultimate goal of making the 2005 finals series."The girls are upbeat ahead of this week's task and we are confident we are building towards our goal of a semi-final berth this year," said Lynch
Sunday's event is being billed as a 'Family Fun Day Out', with prizes, giveaways and lots of fun for the kids.
Jaegers coach Maria Lynch
believes the Darters will prove to be tougher competition than their 7th place on the ladder indicates."The 'young-guns' in the Darters have huge talent and are often unpredictable, so we will be hoping to set and maintain the tempo of the match," commented Lynch
"Any lapse in concentration and effort will see the Darters snatch the opportunity, however we value our 4th spot in the competition and will not relinquish the position without a fight," added Lynch
...McDonald's Hunter Jaegers' coach Maria Lynch says the team have identified their problems and are confident of rectifying them for Friday's match.
"We need to go into the game with an attack mindset.Free flowing attack and sure passes will be the lynchpin of this week's game," commented Lynch
There were some inspirational plays right across the court," commented Lynch
."We, as a team, are building momentum after weekly improvement and gaining confidence with each match."