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  • Caps showing commitment to the cause

    They've lost one of the finest players in the world in Lauren Jackson, Golden Goose Sale an experienced tall and world champion in Jenny Whittle, a quality veteran in Eleanor Sharp and an international point guard in Angela Marino, but has it seen the reigning premier fall from grace?

    The answer at this stage is quite simplay no.

    Three rounds into the WNBL season, the Canberra Capitals are the only team boasting a perfect record.

    The Caps opened the season with a mauling of an under-manned Dandenong (77-46) in a grand final re-match while in week two, it was the team's cross-town rivals at the Institute who got a touch-up 81-67.

    Round three was the side's first double-header which they started in emphatic fashion with a 90-60 demolition of Perth, before backing up on Sunday to hold off Bulleen 64-62.

    These results are testimony to the know-how of four-time WNBL premiership coach Carrie Graf, who appears to be extracting quality basketball from her charges - and of course the sheer grit and commitment to the cause by the entire squad.

    Graf is a classy operator and in her five seasons at the helm has a fourth place as the worst finish beside her name - a result many coaches would only dream of.

    There would have been plenty of doubters in September as the Capitals entered the season for the first time since 1999-00 without Jackson on the roster.

    There's no doubt she's a match-winner and has been a go-to player for Canberra, and had much the same role at the AIS during her scholarship years.

    But no doubt when the Opals captain parted ways with the Capitals to take up a lucrative deal in Asia, she urged the playing group to continue the successful culture that has developed since the club's first ever premiership in 2000.

    With players like Jessica Bibby, Kelly Abrams, Tracey Beattie and of course the ever-reliable workhorse in Tully Bevilaqua, the Capitals still have a quality side.

    Going back to back will be a tough ask but from observations in the first three rounds, there's no outright favourite for this year's title.

    So avoiding injury and maintaining consistency throughout the season will be the key for all teams.

    At this stage throwing the likes of Canberra, Bulleen, Townsville, Sydney and Adelaide into a cap and drawing two out would be the best way for picking just who will face off for the flag in February.