Power prepares to bring it home

THIS weekend the Yaralla Port City Power take to the road to play Maroochydore and Caboolture.

For the women, two wins means they finish as the number-one team in the competition and earn the right to progress straight through to the semi-final.

This will mean Kev Broome Stadium and the Power will host the semi-final and grand final in Gladstone for the first time.

Maroochydore sits 12th on the ladder having only three wins for the season, all against the two teams below it on the ladder, one of which is Caboolture in 13th position, making the Power women’s team overwhelming favourites to win both games.

With Jessica Bibby once again leading the league scoring at 25.6 points per game and Natalie Hurst second, scoring 25.2 points per game and first in assists with 7.8 per game, it is no wonder the Power offence is the best in the competition and this weekend shouldn’t see anything different.

For the men it’s a case of who isn’t injured this week, with five of our top-10 players wounded.

Nick Andrew suffered what looks to be a season-ending knee injury on the weekend, while Chris Tucker, Ray Cooper and Derrick McDonald all have ankle injuries of varying degrees of seriousness and I have a broken thumb.

What this means, however, is that our young players such as Ryley Buntain, who continues to show he is one of the most exciting rookies in the league, Tim Barnes and Jacob Owen all get an opportunity to gain more valuable experience for next season.

Last weekend’s game against Mackay saw the end of an era for the Power with Aaron Nagas playing his last-ever home game for the Power ahead of a move away from Gladstone at the end of the year.

Aaron is the only player in Power history to play in all 134 games that the Power has played since its entrance to the QBL in 2004.

He has been team captain for the past three seasons and is undoubtedly the best-known basketball player in Gladstone and embodies everything we believe in at the Power.

Next weekend will see his last game in the blue and gold at Rockhampton on Saturday night; hopefully all our supporters will come along and cheer on this Power legend for his swansong.

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