Perth Wildcats centre Tom Jervis will play in today’s potential championship-winning match against Melbourne despite speculation he was in doubt with a back injury.
Rumours swirled yesterday that Jervis would miss the game after SBL club Perth Redbacks announced Kyle Bowen would miss their game after travelling to Victoria as Jervis’ replacement.
The Wildcats were always adamant he was fit and he captain Damian Martin said Jervis was ready to follow-up his impressive display on Friday night.
“He’s fine,” Martin said.
“Obviously it was a physical game on Friday night and he was there screening, rebounding and boxing out, so like the rest of us he pulled up a little bit ginger. But then you wake up today and feel like a little kid again. He’ll be out there. He’ll be at his best.”
The Wildcats lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and will fly home with their ninth championship if they beat Melbourne.
But they enter the game knowing only three teams have won an away grand final clash since 2009. Seven of Perth’s eighth championships have been clinched on their home floor.
Martin said walking into Melbourne Arena knowing what was on the line had everyone buzzing.
“You wake up and the first thing you think about is if we do the right thing today and get a good win, then we’re celebrating a championship in a few hours time,” he said.
“It’s hard not to get excited about but there’s a lot of hard work between now and hopefully holding up a trophy. We’re all human. It’s hard to take that excitement away.”
Star imports Bryce Cotton and Terrico White will both again be pivotal to Perth’s hopes while Martin is preparing for another defensive match-up on United star Casper Ware.