Power will test Bears in basketball season start
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EXPECT plenty of fireworks when the Giants Liquor Port City Power meet the Bundaberg Bears in round one of the Southern Cross basketball season in Bundaberg tomorrow night.
The men's team are expected to test the Bears, while the women face a tough ask against a very strong Bears line-up. New men's coach Dean Page wants nothing less than a first round win in the Rum City after a long pre-season campaign.
The Power have strengthened over the summer with the addition of former Mackay star Josh Gill, Scott Nicoll and Mark Thomas into the mix.
Throw those three in with the likes of Glen Chapman, Tarron Green, the exciting Aaron Nagas and Kane Macready and the Power have a very good squad.
Coach Page knows the first round is always a case of blowing out the cobwebs, but believes his team are a great chance.
'The first round is a journey into the unknown, we have had a fairly good pre-season and now it is important to start the regular season well,' Page said.
'I have not seen that much of Bundaberg, but they will be a tough team to play and have added a couple of classy players to their roster.
'Everyone in our team has a job to do and if all our players do those jobs effectively, then I think we are good enough to get the win,'' he said.
This game should go right down to the wire with tip-off at 8pm.
Women's coach Shane Brown faces a big test in his first game in charge against a very-strong Bears side.
The Power may have finished with the wooden spoon last year, but Brown has a number of good players at his disposal.
These include Kasee Bowman, the tough Leonie Macks, Rachel Johnston and the classy Diana Neves. It is sure to be a belter with the game starting at 6pm.