Looking for wins on road trip
THIS weekend both teams hit the road again on the longest, toughest and potentially the most important trip of the season as we venture to Cairns and Townsville.
For the men, two wins this weekend would see us go ahead of both teams on the ladder and move into third place in our conference and into a playoff position. For the women they will be looking to extend their league leading eight-game winning streak and further establish themselves as the best team in the league, moving one step closer to securing a home final series. The men's team is coming off a disappointing narrow loss on the weekend.
The team played hard all night, not giving an inch, and the result could have easily gone either way.
New import Ray Canady was impressive, recording 29 points and 11 rebounds after only arriving in the country Friday night and not having an opportunity to practice with the team. This included a massive alley-oop dunk which brought the roof off the stadium. With a week to recover from jet lag and to learn the team's offences and his teammate's names, we can look forward to some even more spectacular plays from him.
Derrick McDonald and Keith Borgan both continued their good form from the past few weeks and will be entering this weekend's games high in confidence.
The women's team recorded another strong win over last year's grand final opponent winning 82-63 on the weekend. Natalie Hurst and Rebecca Haynes again dominated. Cairns are this season's biggest improvers with a 7 win 3 loss record, while perennial finalists Townsville is also sitting on 7 wins and 3 loses. With fellow league leader Northside on the tough Rockhampton/Mackay road trip, two wins for the women could potentially see them finish the weekend by themselves on top of the ladder.