Port City Power hopeful of wins on the roadwin despite Power drain
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Giants Liquor Port City Power face the toughest road trip of the Southern Cross Division Basketball season when they head to Ipswich and Toowoomba this weekend.
Men's coach Dean Page takes down a battered and bruised line-up minus starter Daniel Green who has suffered an ankle injury.
Other Power players with major fitness concerns include Kane Macready (knee/ankle soreness), Scott Nicol (broken hand) and Nick Such (flu).
Even so Page is set on scoring a much-needed win against Ipswich who are coming off a win over Maroochydore last weekend.
'We are putting all our energy into the Ipswich game, I believe we are a genuine chance of beating them on Saturday night,' he said.
Page is looking for the Power's group of senior players including Josh Gill, Aaron Nagas, Glen Chapman and Tarron Green to help the Power score their first road win.
'It has been said before that great things come out of adversity, that is what I am hoping for and our senior guys need to stand up to cover our under-manned team,' he said.
Page is not even thinking about the Sunday's match-up with the unbeaten Toowoomba, saying the Ipswich game is his focus. 'Our focus is putting all of our energy into the Ipswich game and getting the win, that is what I want,' he said.
Meanwhile, the Power's women are hopeful of chalking up their first victory of the season.
The Power are at full-strength for the double-header with Diana Neves, Kasee Bowman and Rachel Johnston all returning. All three provide scoring punch for the Power's team and assistant coach Danny Page believes the girls are ready to fire.
'We have had a big week in practice and with the three girls coming back into the team, I think we are good enough to get at least one win,' Page said.