Kelsey Griffin has been ruled fit to play in tonight’s WNBL game against Canberra Capitals at Bendigo Stadium. Picture: GLENN DANIELSRELATED:
Injury worries for Bendigo Spirit ahead of key WNBL clash against University of Canberra Capitals
Spirit confident their best is still to come
BENDIGO Spirit star Kelsey Griffin has been passed fit to play in tonight’s crucial WNBL clash against Canberra Capitals.
Griffin underwent a concussion test on Thursday night after sustaining a pair of heavy knocks at training earlier in the week.
But the two-time WNBL grand final MVP was given the all-clear by her doctor and will take her place in the line-up against the Capitals.
In further good news, centre Gabe Richards is expected to play despite still sporting a bruised eye from last weekend’s contest against Sydney Uni Flames.
American point guard Blake Dietrick is also expected to play after battling a back injury during the week.
The Spirit start the weekend in second spot on the WNBL ladder with a 9-5 record, two wins behind Dandenong Rangers (11-3).
A win would put some space between themselves and the Capitals, who are currently fourth with a 7-5 record, going into the Christmas break.
Perth Lynx (8-5), while fifth-placed Sydney Uni Flames and sixth-placed Townsville Fire each have seven wins.
Coach Simon Pritchard said a win tonight would not only bolster his own team’s finals hopes, but put a dent in the Capitals’ chances.
“A win would give us a handy break over Canberra and would make things really hard for them to get past us,” he said.
Blake Dietrick has obeen batling a back injury but is expected to tke to the court against Canberra.. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
“We have two more games against Canberra, so they could equalise those games, but (a win) puts us in a good position going into Christmas..
“A win would put us where we want to be.”
Tip-off at Bendigo Stadium tonight is 7.30pm.
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