Capitals forward Alicia Froling says her teammates have moved on from the private video scandal that rocked the WNBL before Christmas, despite Basketball Australia's plan to appeal an independent panel's finding to not dock competition points from the club.
Coach Paul Goriss will miss his second game on Friday night, against Townsville in north Queensland, as part of the five-match suspension he copped for engaging in prohibited conduct this pre-season.
Goriss obtained confidential footage of the Capitals' round-one opponents, the Sydney Flames, from referee Simon Cosier, who was handed a season-long ban for his involvement in the incident.
The Capitals clinched a tense five-point win in round one, and despite having used pre-season footage of the Flames to prepare, the independent panel found the Capitals gained no advantage throughout the game - a finding Sydney coach Shane Heal strongly disputed earlier this week.
Froling said her Capitals' teammates were not concerned by the prospect of losing competition points.
"That's out of our hands. That's not something that we're going to talk about as a team, so we're good. We don't worry about that stuff, we worry about the next game," Froling said.
"It's unfortunate what happened but there's nothing we can do about it. The best thing we can do is to go out there and play like Goz has helped us in pre-season ... just play hard and get some wins.
"There's a lot of talk and whatnot. Especially in the day of social media, people can say what they want when they want and it's not really filtered.
"You can go and tweet whatever you want. You can tweet your opinion. That's not our place.
"We just have to keep within ourselves and do what we need to do as a team. It's just brought us together even more, I would say."
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The Capitals impressively downed Bendigo last week in the first game of Goriss's suspension, while Heal is still chasing a first win in his debut season as Flames coach.
Speaking on Newscorp's The Basketball Show earlier this week, Heal said the assertion the Capitals obtained no advantage from the confidential video footage was "simply not right".
"They were yelling out our plays from the start, they knew exactly what we were doing," Heal said.
"The most used offensive play that they got we ran 19 times in offence, and they got our top four plays.
"It came down to the wire, with 10 seconds to go we had one chance to be able to tie the game up to run a three-point play. The three-point play that we ran was on their vision that they got and had prepared for."
Heal said the footage obtained by the Capitals was of top-secret pre-season games organised by the Flames.
"We've got nine out of 12 new players, you've only got one chance to catch the opposition by surprise," Heal said.
"We employed three WNBL referees to come in and we paid them and they refereed five games for us [in pre-season] against different teams each time. We didn't allow any of those teams to be able to video it, [and] we allowed nobody else in the stadium apart from the parents. We told everyone there's no video.
"The referees' boss asked whether they could video the session and I said, 'No'. Then he came and said, 'We really need this vision. There's been COVID. These referees haven't refereed for a long time, we need it for teaching purposes'. We worked together, we allowed them to be able to do it, got a guarantee that no one else would see that vision.
"The element of surprise was gone for us. I've got those edits of what Canberra got. These are our games.
"Everything we did was in preparation to be able to beat Canberra. We run a full-court press, we're one of the unique teams that run it for most of the game. They got our vision of what we were going to do. We ran that 27 times in the first game. To say there was no advantage is simply not right."
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