Giants’ women’s squad facing late-season test of depth

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Giants coach Jaymi Worthington addresses her players.
Camera IconGiants coach Jaymi Worthington addresses her players. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Goldfields Giants women’s coach Jaymi Worthington has backed her players to pick up the slack as the NBL1 squad faces a big test of its overall depth in pursuit of late-season wins.

The departure last week of German international Anne Zipser and the absence of teenagers Chloe Zorzi and Ash Monaghan who are in the US leaves the squad in a precarious position when they resume from a bye this weekend with two games in Perth.

Worthington, however, said it was up to the players to embrace those challenges in the last five games of the qualifiers.

Goldfields are currently 12th with a 3-12 win-loss record.

“This (player absences) will obviously test our depth, but I look forward to seeing how each of the girls respond,” Worthington said.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to get some minutes into various players who hopefully will take those chances.

“Morale has been great — everyone has trained very well and a few of the girls have come out of their shell a lot more which has been nice.

“It’s a very positive vibe and we look forward to what’s ahead because we have players who can fill specific roles — albeit under a slightly different game style.

“In terms of the teams we’re playing, they don’t have the traditionally very tall players, as opposed to the smaller, athletic ones who we’ll have the players to ideally cover them.”

Despite the Giants’ modest record, Worthington said late wins were a priority.

“We want to finish the season on a positive note as a team and take that into next season,” she said.

“We know that will be tough, but I have full confidence that the girls will rise to the occasion because they are confidence players.

“If they’re playing full of confidence, they’re a lot better.”

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