Despite an injury ravaged pre-season, Queensland Firebirds leader Mahalia Cassidy is confident the squad is ready for the Super Netball season.
The 2018 season came abrupt ending after a one point semi-final defeat to rivals Sunshine Coast Lightning.
It was a match for the ages and felt like it was more of a grand final then a preliminary.
But with that behind them and the new season approaching this weekend, Cassidy believes that all the pieces are falling into place for the team.
"We're really excited to get out there this weekend, it's been a long pre-season but over the last four weeks we've really come along in leaps and bounds," she said.
However, it has been a mixed pre-season for the squad with six players suffering minor injuries including Caitlyn Nevins, Laura Clemesha, Kim Jenner, Jemma Mi Mi, Tippah Dwan and Gabi Simpson.
The team were able to use young talented players in their roster during the newly introduced Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup, a pre-season tournament held in Brisbane, plus other practice matches to fill the gaps of those missing.
"There have been some niggling injuries, but to be able to see some of the younger players in the squad step up has been great. And it will be invaluable for their development as players," Cassidy said.
Although the opening game of their 2019 campaign won't be an easy one as the Firebirds head south to face the Melbourne Vixens.
The team enjoyed a strong pre-season and were grand finalists in the inaugural #TeamGirls Cup.
The last time the two teams met was in Round 10 last season with the Vixens coming away with an important one-point victory. However, earlier in that season the Firebirds did come away with the win.
But in a new season, it's anyone's game and Cassidy knows what to expect from the Melbourne side.
"The Vixens are a well-oiled machine," she said.
"The have great structure and we know we will have to play great netball across all four quarters to come home with the win."
The Firebirds face the Vixens on Saturday afternoon from 3pm with the game to be televised live on Channel 9.