The bubble struggle was clear for all to see as the Dash limped through their second consecutive loss. Coach James Clarkson will hope that mental space will be the remedy for defeat ahead of their quarter-final match against the Utah Royals. Shea Groom echoed this sentiment in yesterday’s press conference, saying: “we needed to get a good day of rest...stepping back on the field, we took it very light.”
Mirroring the Dash’s own record (1-2-1) in the preliminary round, albeit with more squad rotation, the Royals also come into Friday’s match off the back of consecutive defeats. The Royals have no new injury concerns to worry about.