Shepparton export set to gear up for another WNBL finals series

By Aydin Payne

The hustle and bustle of the WNBL season is set to continue into finals territory once again for Shepparton product and Melbourne Boomers co-captain Maddie Garrick.

Garrick, 27, is preparing for another post-season campaign after the Boomers locked in a semi-final series spot with a win in the final round of the regular season.

Melbourne was far too good for Perth, running out 29-point winners at the State Basketball Centre.

That result sees the Boomers meet reigning premier University of Canberra Capitals tomorrow in game one of a three-game series at AIS Arena.

Garrick and her teammates will be hoping that this year's second versus third finals series will have a better outcome than last season's series against Adelaide Lightning.

Melbourne got bundled out of the grand final race to Lightning 2-0 in the semi-finals and will be desperate to return to play-off territory for the first time in two years.

Despite becoming a regular attendee in the post-season, Garrick told the Melbourne Boomers website she believes this year's finals campaign is different to the rest.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be apart of finals campaigns before,” Garrick said.

“But I’ve never been so excited in my career to head into finals with a team like I am with this year’s playing group.

“There is just such an electric vibe amongst the place and the playing group has such an incredible bond that I know together we can create something really special.”

It has been another superb season for the two-time WNBL champion, who is averaging more than 10 points a game and has been lights out beyond the three-point line.

Garrick sits inside the competition's top-five for three-point shooters this season and is coming off a dazzling 4-7 effort from deep in the final against Perth.

The Shepparton export expects her side to be fit and firing when they take on the Capitals - who has a 2-1 record over the Boomers this campaign - tomorrow night in Canberra.

“I wouldn’t expect us to prepare any different to how we have all year,” she said.

“We know what needs to be done, we know what we’re capable of – so we will do everything we can to make that happen.”