Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

ANOTHER away game: this time in Toowoomba against SWQ Thun­der.

We can ex­pect cold con­di­tions and a chal­leng­ing game ahead of us.

Even though SWQ hasn’t won a game this sea­son, they’ve come oh- so- close on a few oc­ca­sions.

At this level, no game is an easy game, and ev­ery­one has a chance of win­ning on a given day.

That goes for us play­ing top sides, as much as it goes for SWQ against ev­ery team they’ve met so far this sea­son.

I know that our boys have got what it takes to win. If we keep play­ing the way we did last week, we’ll do so. I was re­ally pleased with last week’s per­for­mance.

We’re back to play­ing the way we started off the sea­son: play­ing de­cent football and play­ing through the lines, not boot­ing the ball up one end of the park from the other.

But with any game, there’s no room for com­pla­cency. I keep urg­ing the boys to fo­cus, have the right at­ti­tude, win the in­di­vid­ual bat­tles on the park and earn the right to win.

In this re­gard, I’ve been pleased with the way young Hamish Cas­sady has re­sponded at left back.

Ben Stan­ley is do­ing a great job for us in the mid­dle of the park as a num­ber 10. Our “el­der states­man” goal­keeper, Dan Wile­smith, has pulled off some great saves.

And the ever- re­li­able Ja­cob Crow­ley and Ari Is­man give us 100 per cent ef­fort ev­ery game.

TOWNSVILLE ju­nior Damon Heuir likes to prove him­self against es­tab­lished Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League play­ers.

And it won’t get any tougher than tonight’s as­sign­ment when the Cairns Mar­lins guard meets Townsville’s Mitch Nor­ton.

Heuir is no stranger to match­ing up against his home­town QBL club, hav­ing played with Mackay last year, and faces a stern in­di­vid­ual test against Crocodiles point guard Nor­ton.

The 24- year- old is a de­vel- op­ment player with the Crocs’ NBL ri­vals Cairns Taipans and his for­mer team­mates ex­pect him to rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to try and show he also be­longs in the coun­try’s top league.

“I know Damon pretty well from his ju­nior days back in Townsville and I know he’s go­ing to want to try and prove him­self against Mitch,” Heat coach Rod An­der­son said.

Heuir is just one of a few at­tack­ing weapons with NBL ex­pe­ri­ence the Mar­lins boast, with Nathan Sobey and Corey May­nard also post­ing strong num­bers this year. Sobey looms as the big­gest dan­ger to a Heat side need­ing to keep win­ning to be any chance of mak­ing QBL fi­nals and de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist Cor­ban Wroe is set to earn that de­fen­sive as­sign­ment.

“Sobey has got a lit­tle bit of NBL ex­pe­ri­ence and he has the ball in his hands more than any­one else in that team and he can make the big shots,” An­der­son said. In a strange set of QBL ros­ter­ing for the Heat and women’s coun­ter­parts Townsville Flames, they will meet Cairns in the Far North tonight be­fore re­turn­ing to face off in Townsville next week.

LOVE A CHAL­LENGE: Townsville bas­ket­ball

prod­uct and for­mer Mackay Me­teor Damon Heuir will come up against the Heat in

Cairns tonight.

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