Char­ity shirts to fire Heat, Flames

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

TOWNSVILLE’S QBL teams are hop­ing their spe­cial one- off jer­seys to raise money for Act for Kids will serve as good luck charms for their must- win clashes with Mackay tonight.

The Heat will don the al­lblue strip for their face- off with a red hot Mackay Me­te­ors at Townsville Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium, with a loss killing their slim hopes at a fi­nals berth.

Mackay come into tonight’s clash with plenty of mo­men­tum af­ter drop­ping just one of their 14 games this sea­son, but Heat coach Rod­ney An­der­son said his team was up for the chal­lenge of tak­ing on the starstud­ded team that in­cludes for­mer Townsville Crocodiles point guard Chris Cedar.

“They’ve only lost one game this year but our team is re­ally look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge and we are all re­ally up for this game,” he said.

“They have some re­ally good guards in Cedar and Bray­don Hobbs, their im­port, who are re­ally good at get­ting to the bas­ket, so we need to con­tain them and re­ally try and go in­side to our big guys.

“We have only lost one game at home so we don’t feel like un­der­dogs in this game and it’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge for them to come in here and try and up­set us.”

The Flames will also face a tall task in try­ing to knock off a Mackay Me­te­o­rettes side that have dom­i­nated the QBL in re­cent years on their way to the past three ti­tles.

Mackay- born Flames for­ward Jac­qui Ze­lenka knows their strengths well af­ter spend­ing a num­ber of years with the Me­te­o­rettes pro­gram and the WNBL up- and- comer is look­ing for­ward to try­ing to undo her old team.

“It’s go­ing to be tough but we need to fo­cus on what we do and when we went down there ( ear­lier this sea­son) we had a re­ally good of­fen­sive game in the first half and got our stops de­fen­sively,” Ze­lenka said.

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