The NSW Swifts have embarked on a week of soul-searching after a shock 13-point loss to the Queensland Firebirds on Saturday.
The Firebirds sit in seventh place and were predicted to crumble under the second-placed powerhouse.
But with the Swifts still not settling into their usual structure, the dream of a back-to-back premierships is fast slipping away.
Swamped: Swifts attack Helen Housby surrounded by the Firebirds defence.Credit:Getty
"I want the Firebirds game to be a watershed moment for this team in 2020. Just plodding along and relying on smarts won’t cut it. Put simply, we’ve got to be better."
The Swifts are up against the ladder-leading Vixens on Tuesday, and star midcourter Paige Hadley hoped to turn around recent "patchy" performances.
Hadley blamed a lack of solid defence for Saturday's downfall, with the Firebirds leading all four quarters for the first time since 2018.
"For us, it's about going back to the basics and stop trying to over analyse everything," she said. "If you look at our team you've got such a strong squad."
Before the loss, coach Briony Akle had noted homesickness was creeping into her squad inside the Queensland hub for their second month.
But Hadley said the time away from home is also proving a motivational tool.
"I know personally I did not take six weeks from my family to not come away with that gold medal," she said. "It is driving me each and every day and I want to look back as our time in Queensland an awesome memory – it's definitely motivating us."
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