Dandenong Rangers captain Aimie Clydesdale say the Rangers are still feeling good.
Dandenong Rangers captain Aimie Clydesdale say the Rangers are still feeling good.

Feeling good for Rangers, says Clydesdale

BASKETBALL: Despite playing only a few seconds in the dying stages, Aimie Clydesdale remembers Dandenong Rangers' 2011-12 WNBL grand final triumph fondly.

"I wasn't playing a whole lot of minutes but I just remember how intense the game was," Clydesdale said.

"Every single shot that was made, you're up on your feet excited about it and the feeling when the siren went was just amazing."

It is that feeling that is driving Clydesdale - now the Rangers' captain - as her side looks to turn around a Game 1 loss to Sydney Uni Flames in their best-of-three grand final series.

Playing in Sydney last Saturday night, the Rangers fought bravely and trailed by just one point at the final change but ultimately fell short, 91-82.

Clydesdale, 23, and her team have a chance to even the ledger on Friday night when the two sides meet again at Dandenong Stadium and the Rangers are confident of doing just that.

"The feeling's still good," Clydesdale, a starting guard, said.

"It would have been ideal to win that game and try and win the championship back at home but it wasn't the case.

"But I think that's the good thing about a series, we get another crack and we're still super confident we can get it done in three.

"We've looked over some really small adjustments that we need to make that will go a really long way.

"I think we're confident that if we make the adjustments defensively we should be able to win this game."

Some shooting practice has also been on the agenda this week, the Rangers having had 10 more shots from the field against Sydney Uni last weekend but hitting just 48% overall.

Sara Blicavs (25 points), Stephanie Cumming (16 points) and Natalie Novosel (14 points) were the only Dandenong players to finish in double figures.

Clydesdale said while the Rangers had already taken a step forward this season they would not be content with finishing runners-up.

"To go from being knocked out in the semi-finals last year to making the grand final this year, I think that just shows that we have grown over the past year," she said.

"It's just been such a great thing to be a part of and it would be even more special if we can win it."