Newcastle Basketball

HUNTERS READY FOR CENTRAL COAST CRUSADE

08/07/2011

The Newcastle Hunters Men will take on country rivals Central Coast Crusaders at home in Round 20 of the Basketball NSW Waratah Championship this Saturday night at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium.

The Hunters will host the Crusaders at home for the first time since April 2008 after the Central Coast withdrew from the Waratah Championship over the past 3 years. In that last encounter, the Hunters snuck home by 5 points, winning 93-88, and will be looking to do the same again.

After edging past Illawarra last week 66-57 in overtime to extend their winning streak to five, the Hunters will be aiming for an improved performance against their local rivals.

“It’s always a physical, fiery game between ourselves and Central Coast and it’s something we will be well prepared for,” said Head Coach Darren Nichols. “Positions on the table matter for little in games like these and I expect a tense tussle.”

“Once again we will be looking at Matt McGovern to continue leading strongly from the front as he has the past couple weeks,” said Nichols. “Also the impact our bench players have been providing has been a highlight recently so I’m hoping we continue to have that contribution.”

“It’s important we play well and do the little things right on Saturday night so our focus is right for when we back up on Sunday.”

On Sunday, the Hunters Men travel to Alexandria Basketball Stadium to take on Championship leaders Sydney Comets at 3pm. The Hunters beat the Comets 80-74 earlier in the season, but know this game will be a harder task playing away.

“They ended our season there last year, and we know a win there would help soothe some of that hurt”, said Nichols. “It would also go a long way to ensure we stay in the top 2 positions on the ladder and get a direct path to a home finals weekend come finals time.”

In Saturday’s lead up matches the Hunters Men and Women also take on the Crusaders in the Waratah Youth League, while Bellinger Valley will make the trip to face our Women in the Waratah State League.

The Hunters Youth teams both travel to Sydney to take on the Comets on Sunday.

The Hunters Women’s Championship team has a bye on Saturday but travel to Sydney to take on the Comets and look to reverse 3 game losing streak.

All games statistics will be available from www.newcastlebasketball.com.au live via LIVESTATS during the games.

 

Saturday 9 July  -  7pm

Championship Men

Newcastle Hunters v Central Coast Crusaders

Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow

 

Saturday 9 July  -  5pm

Youth Men

Newcastle Hunters v Central Coast Crusaders

Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow

 

Saturday 9 July  -  5pm

Youth Women

Newcastle Hunters v Central Coast Crusaders

Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow

 

Saturday 9 July  -  3pm

State Women

Newcastle Hunters v Bellinger Valley Braves

Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow

 

Doors Open 2pm

Entry: Adults $6, Children $3, Family (2A & 2C) $12. 

 

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