Saints face tough task at Seymour
MYRTLEFORD will play its first Country Basketball League road game this weekend against Seymour.
In the men’s competition the Saints will face last year’s North East champions who have notched convincing wins in their first two outings.
The Blasters men beat Wangaratta 83-44 and Wodonga, who Myrtleford lost to two Sundays ago, 66-45.
Myrtleford started its campaign with a loss to Wallan and could be without captain Ben McIntyre who dislocated his finger in the October 22 clash with the Wolves.
Coach Les Stevens said it will be a test for his team, but he sees them improving.
“The men started off with a couple of narrow losses but I thought we played really well in both games, particularly against Wallan who we expect to be one of the top sides,” he said.
“We led Wallan in the first quarter but we put ourselves in a bit of a whole there in the second, we lost our way and probably had some wrong combinations on the court.
“We were in front for most of the game against Wodonga but lost it late, we just have to get consistent play for four quarters.”
The Saints women take on a Seymour outfit who have started without a win.
Seymour went down to Wodonga by 12 points and Wangaratta by 15 in its first two games while Myrtleford’s women defeated Wallan before losing to Wodonga by 18.
Stevens said the women are a good chance to grab a second win.
“The most pleasing thing about the first two games was the fight shown by the girls,” he said.
“Against Wallan we came from behind to record a good win and backing up against Wodonga who are much stronger, the girls were blown out in the first but for the next three quarters it was pretty even.
“Our ball movement was fantastic so hopefully that’s something that continues.”
Stevens said both teams will need to avoid sending their opposition to the foul line and make the most of their own attempts from the charity stripe.
“Foul shots win you basketball games and that’s something that cost both teams first up,” he said.