The Canberra Capitals are on the cusp of the second-worst losing streak in club history but returning forward Rachel Jarry isn’t interested in making unwanted history.
The Capitals have lost 10 games in a row and only once before have they slumped to 11 – when they lost 21 straight games in 2015-16.
The basketball gods have not smiled on the nation’s capital this season with injuries and heartbreaking losses becoming par for the course but Jarry says Canberra’s self-belief has never wavered.
Canberra face the unenviable task of trying to reverse their fortunes on the road when they face the Perth Lynx at the Bendat Basketball Centre on Thursday night.
Things are going from bad to worse for the Capitals after Mistie Bass was ruled out of the Perth fixture with her son Braven sick in hospital – however she looks set to rejoin the squad for a clash with Melbourne on Saturday.
Abbey Wehrung has been rushed back into the line-up for the Perth clash but she isn’t back to full fitness as she continues to nurse an ankle injury.
It makes Jarry’s timely return even more significant for a Capitals outfit limping through the halfway point of the season.
“Winning can become a habit and so can losing,” Jarry said.
“I think we’ve just left ourselves in a bit of a hole where we can’t quite find what we need to win games.
“Even though we might have played brilliant basketball all game we just have a five-minute lapse and it just goes back to be able to find that concentration for a full game.
“We believe that we can win and we’ve talked about it all week. We enjoy each other’s company and we work so hard at training so we just need to take the confidence that we get out of training and apply it to games.
“It does come down to concentration, and leadership as well, so myself and the other vets in the team need to do a better job of keeping everyone focused for the full 40 minutes.”
Jarry missed the best part of a month with a concussion in the latest in a string of head knocks that have cruelled the n Opals star’s career.
But she has been symptom-free for almost three weeks and now wants to reach the end of the script in Canberra’s version of Groundhog Day.
“It’s very hard, obviously with the losses it’s hard to sit on the sideline and watch that,” Jarry said.
“I’m just trying to help contribute and turn our season around a little bit. I think the girls have played some really good patches of basketball, it’s just about trying to find that consistency.
“Hopefully I can just come out this weekend and help the girls do that and contribute, and hopefully we can put a full game together.”
Canberra will travel more than 8000 kilometres in four days when they face the Perth Lynx on Thursday, before fronting up against the Boomers in Melbourne on Saturday.
Thursday: Round nine – Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, Perth, 9.30pm.
Saturday: Round nine – Melbourne Boomers v Canberra Capitals at State Basketball Centre, Melbourne, 7.30pm.