Lowther on the North Melbourne Challenge Ahead

There is a bit of fire in the belly for the girls to play well, to see what we have done over the pre season in full effect. 

It's just a matter of how we take our chances on the night. It's not about redemption, it's more about seeing how our system stacks up against North Melbourne which is exciting for us. 

We saw some of our development over the opening two rounds, we'll keep growing in our game style and the girls are switched on and ready to go.

We just haven't beaten them, I feel like there has been a bit of a rivalry growing over the last couple of seasons. 

Plenty of close games where we just haven't gotten over the line, so for me it would be nice to get one over the Kangaroos for the first time.

Lowther on the Cats Strong Start

Our first game against the Dogs, against a historically strong team I was happy to see the growth in the team and the way they played our brand of footy. 

Then going into Sydney who are much improved, and weathering the storm where they really pushed us through the middle of the game. 

We responded well and won reasonably comfortably; we would like to do better for longer but very happy with the way the group is progressing.

Lowther on the Dealing with a Tag 

Last week Sydney put plenty of time into stopping Georgie (Presparkis) after quarter time, but then Nina Morrison was allowed to play more freely and Amy McDonald also. 

We need to make sure that if something like a tag happens, the players have the strategies in place to handle it from the very start of the game rather than trying to pull levers after half time. 

Opponents putting work into our midfielders has become a bit of a reality for Georgie and some of our players. 

But it's also a feather in their cap to have so much respect from the opposition, to make sure they are putting work into stopping them and sacrificing their own game to stop us. 


Lowther on the Midfield Battle  

It will be a really tough battle this week against a really strong midfield in North Melbourne, particularly Garner and Riddell to name a few.

It's going to be fun to watch. 

That group at North have played together for a really long time and they have gelled really well, learning how to play instinctively together. 

You watch their handball shape and the way they drive out of contested situations; they are very in tune with each other.

They get those metres gained from stoppage with a strong ruck support as well. 

It will be interesting to see if we can nullify that, we have our own strengths in there and a lot of depth that we carry to provide support. 

They have had a ripping start to the season, so our transition and pressure around the ball needs to be elite because they are too dangerous to let free.

It will be a really strong battle, they are a really well connected group and we just need to make sure that we are on from the start.