Power ready for Rockets
THE Port City Power teams are getting ready for their traditional Queensland Basketball League grudge match against neighbouring team Rockhampton this weekend.
Playing at Gladstone’s Kev Broome stadium, the Power will have the home advantage, but according to men’s coach Blair Smith, they have plenty of obstacles.
Returning to face Gladstone for the first time since leaving to play with the Rockets, the 207cm giant Michael Kingma, will suit up to face his old team-mates.
Smith said, however, the influential centre was not the Power’s main concern.
“They’ve got so many weapons,” the player/coach said.
“So (with) Kingma, obviously you don’t want to let him get involved too much, but he’s not the key focus for them in their scoring.
“They’ve got Cameron Tragardh ... and Reggie Golson.”
In his second season in the state league Golson has already proved a danger on the court.
The 29-year-old American received the QBL Player of the Week award in rounds four and 11 last year and backed up his 2009 statistics with another Player of the Week performance in his first game back for the Rockets over the weekend.
Tragardh was last year’s QBL Player of the Year and put in a strong performance to help lead the Rockhampton team to a 95-73 win over the Mackay Meteors last week with 25 points and six rebounds.
Smith said the Rockhampton-Gladstone round was always fiercely fought.
“They’re never friendly against Rocky; there is usually always a bit of spite and push and shove and niggle in there for sure,” he told The Observer.
“We always look forward to it. I can always tell you on the calendar when we play Rocky.”