Port City charged up to take on arch-rival
PORT City has promised there will be no Power outage on Saturday night, no matter how big a force the Cyclones hit Kev Broome Stadium with.
Playing in the Queensland Basketball League quarter finals, the Power will host Rockhampton's Cyclones, who have a plan to come in and upset the hosts.
Port City forward Rebecca Haynes has quashed any thought of a cyclonic atmosphere though, saying the Power will be well and truly switched on for the clash.
"This is what we train for. This is what we were doing hill sprints in February for. It is business as usual," she said.
"There is no tomorrow if we lose."
But the plan is exactly the opposite for Haynes and the team, who plan to advance to the semi-final with a dominating display.
She said getting a win would mean more than just advancing through.
"It is Rocky. We love playing them and breaking them down," she said. "I think we will be ready to go. We dislike Rocky.
"A couple of the girls have played there for juniors and they are just the local enemy."
Being close enough to travel to Kev Broome Stadium, the Cyclones may be planning a takeover of the home crowd to make it neutral.
Haynes wants to make sure all the Power can hear on court is the positivity of the home crowd when the match tips-off at 6pm on Saturday.
"Come out for a great game of basketball," she said. "Don't let Rocky out-yell our crowd."
The only weakness which could seemingly creep into the Power game plan is the long road trip the team endured last weekend to Cairns and Townsville.
Dismissed by Haynes as just a part of the season, the team will be fit for the Cyclones clash.
Even without captain-coach Jessica Bibby on court to practice for the first half of this week, the Power is confident of blowing the Cyclones out of Kev Broome with absolutely no damage to the home-court reputation.
"People were saying we would lose the Townsville game," Haynes said.
"We never expect a win. We need to play as hard as we can but when Bibbs (Bibby) is not here she is always down there (in Canberra) training, we get the job done."
In the past few weeks the Power has slowly deteriorated mentally and let weak teams back into the game.
Haynes said it was not possible the Power would do the same against Rockhampton.
She said Port City would be ruthless and meticulous in its attack and perfectly structured in defence to prevent an upset.
"Sometimes it is hard to stay focussed," she said. "On Saturday, it is not going to be like that."