GAME TIME: Michael Cedar, captain of Port City Power, will play a big role in tonight’s semi-final with Brisbane. The women also play, at home against Ipswich.
GAME TIME: Michael Cedar, captain of Port City Power, will play a big role in tonight’s semi-final with Brisbane. The women also play, at home against Ipswich. Paul Braven

Port Power teams aim to book grand final appearances

WALKING off the court in Brisbane on June 28, Port City Power players felt a loss to the Capitals was not a true reflection of where the teams measure up.

The Power was beaten by six points, narrowly downed in the final quarter when they missed a couple of shots.

Back then, the players were as tired as any time all year.

The Brisbane match was the last of a three-game weekend, following wins against Logan and Toowoomba.

Upon returning to Gladstone, the team decided to leave the loss behind and move on.

It believed that in a one-off game, both fresh, the Power would be too good for Brisbane.

Now the chance at redemption has arrived.

Tonight, Port City has a fresh line-up to face Brisbane in a semi-final of the Queensland Basketball League, the first time the club has ever had a chance to qualify for the grand final.

It is exactly what the Power believed it would be able to overcome following the loss.

Although he can't be there, Gladstone Basketball president Barry Maluga has high hopes the team will be playing in the grand final series next weekend.

"We have a fresh set of legs, given that whenever we play them it is on the back of a triple header, I think we can win," he said.

"Brisbane are a tough side, they were second and have to be treated with respect."

Maluga is more confident about the Power women's chances, playing at Kev Broome Stadium against Ipswich.

The Power is the only club with two teams left chasing championships. Making it this far with both teams is a record for the franchise.

Maluga thought if the Power was to lose, it would have been last week against Mackay.

"I think they will probably win but it depends on the day," he said.

"With the two players (Natalie Taylor and Jess Bygate) back from NZ, we have a strong team.

"To beat Mackay not at full strength, my gut feeling is that they will win the championship."

The match at Kev Broome Stadium tips-off at 6.30pm tonight, with the men in Brisbane being live streamed at the stadium from 8pm.

Power matches:

Women v Ipswich 6.30pm Kev Broome

Men v Brisbane 8pm Brisbane



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