Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins says the club’s unbeaten start to the season has come as no surprise following a near-perfect build-up to the new campaign.
Aside from Robbins’ wrist injury, which kept him sidelined for the entire pre-season, and a few other minor niggles, the Wildcats enjoyed a smooth ride into round one.
Robbins admitted the playing group didn’t hold realistic hopes of a 3-0 start before the season, but said consecutive wins over New Zealand, Townsville and Melbourne hadn’t come as a major shock.
“We could not have prepared better for this season with the schedule that we’ve been given,” Robbins said.
“When you reflect back on how the off-season went for us, it’s no surprise that we’re sitting where we are.
“We kind of said we wanted to get three out of the first five and we’ve got the first three, so we want to try to get the next two really.”
Robbins made his first appearance of the season away to Melbourne last week, playing less than 11 minutes as coach Rob Beveridge eased him back into the fray.
He said the experience of playing in front of more than 5000 fans at Hisense Arena had given the Wildcats a taste of what to expect for their proposed move to the new Perth Arena this season.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play their first home game at the $550 million arena on November 16, but are yet to sign a contract with venue management.
“Playing at an arena like Hisense, it gives you that feel of it’s just so big,” Robbins said.
“We actually haven’t seen the (Perth) arena yet, which we hopefully will pretty soon, but we’re at 6500 members now with ‘Project 10k’ and it’s something that’s going to really be exciting.”
Centre Matt Knight missed today’s training session due to personal issues but is in no doubt to play next week.
Knight, originally from Burnie in Tasmania, is with his family and will return to Perth next week.
“Matty’s fine. He’s got some personal things going on at the moment and the team’s supporting him,” Robbins said.
“He’s dealing with them but he’s absolutely fine. He’s 100 per cent committed to the group and he’s in good shape.”The Wildcats are enjoying a lighter week on the practice court due to a bye in round four and will take on Wollongong in another road game on Sunday week.