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Canberra in cruise mode ahead of Qld test

17 Oct, 2010 10:15 AM
The formalities are now out of the way.

Now Canberra's focus is firmly on the toughest test of its season thus far.

After cruising to a predictable 80-46 victory over AIS at AIS Arena last night, the Capitals have set their sights on maintaining their unbeaten start to the season in Queensland next weekend. It was the defending champions' fourth straight victory to begin their title defence and was an ideal warm-up for the looming road double-header against Logan and Townsville.

Canberra coach Carrie Graf gave her bench players more court time and guard Nicole Romeo was one player who took full advantage of the extra minutes with 19 points and six assists, while Michelle Cosier enjoyed a fine all-round game with 15 points and seven rebounds.

''Romeo's got some spunk as a player and games like that suit her,'' Graf said.

''She can focus offensively and I thought she was the MVP tonight for sure.''

Tessa Lavey (11 points, four steals, four rebounds) and Madeleine Garrick (10 points) led the way for the AIS, while Olivia Thompson also had a solid game.

There was cause for concern for Canberra when gun centre Marianna Tolo played just the opening five minutes of the game before retiring to the bench, where strapping and ice was applied to both her ankles.

But the Opals centre insisted it was merely a precautionary measure.

For more on this story, see the print edition of today's Canberra Times.

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