Positive mindset name of game for Thunder

Niel Frear
Niel Frear
Backing up after two heavy losses is never easy.

Doing that at the home of the team that handed you those losses is even harder.

The Dunedin Thunder faces that task tonight and tomorrow.

It travels to Queenstown to play the Stampede, the same Stampede side that beat it twice convincingly in Dunedin last weekend.

The side remains in good spirits though and Thunder forward Matt Enright said staying positive was important.

"Mentally, this week it’s important for us to prepare for another battle in Queenstown," he said.

"There’s some good things that happened last weekend. We just need to apply for the full 60 minutes in Queenstown.

"We’re in good spirits. The key for us is just to stay motivated and have a positive mindset.

"These are going to be tough games on Friday and Saturday.

"We do need to work towards our strategy."

Enright brings experience to a young side.

The 36-year-old has played 97 games for the team, and is set to bring up his century in Dunedin on October 16 against the Canterbury Red Devils — all going well.

He is looking forward to that and said after 12 years and several broken bones, it was a "pretty cool achievement".

The Stampede is not going to be taking anything for granted despite last week’s results.

Team manager Niel Frear said the smaller rink in Queenstown would make for a different game.

"Dunedin’s got an Olympic-sized stadium and, while they expected their speed to be an advantage for them, I think our team was quicker than they thought.

"When we get to Queenstown it’s a smaller rink and I actually think that might suit them a bit better.

"It’s a totally different game in Queenstown."

Both games begin at 7pm.

 — Additional reporting Mountain Scene


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