JARRYD MCGUANE THE ADVOCATE The North-West Thunder’s finals hopes hang by a thread and coach Sam Armstrong says this weekend’s Victorian road trip will go a long way to deciding their fate.
The Thunder sit 11th on the ladder with a 7-10 record and travel to face the Ringwood Hawks (17th) on Saturday and the Diamond Valley Eagles (15th) on Sunday.
Armstrong said things were getting desperate for his side and the focus was on winning their remaining games to keep the chance of playing finals alive.
“I think the goal for us is to win all three games left if we want to play finals, there is probably going to be some things that will have to go our way as well,” he said.
“We have remained focused on what we have to do, we are not looking past our game against Ringwood on Saturday night.
“If we can get the win there, that will probably leapfrog us into a possible three-win series.”
Consistency has been an issue for the Thunder in recent weeks, but Armstrong believed the team was starting to iron out all the kinks.
“I think we started to find our identity a little bit, it did look a little different when we did have Tre (Armstrong) here.
“We did have to reinvent ourselves with Kai (Woodfall) coming in, we are starting to see the reward from that, but we also know that time is running out.”
Despite the Thunder sitting higher on the ladder than both of their opponents this weekend, Armstrong said the team will not be underestimating the threats of either team.
“I think the things about this league is that ladder positions have basically become irrelevant, Ringwood are second from the bottom and they pushed Nunawading on their home floor.
“We are expecting two really tough games on the weekend and with Diamond Valley on their home court, we haven’t played at either of these venues before.”
Saturday’s game will start at 8pm and Sunday’s will begin at 2pm.