CAIRNS V ILLAWARRA

The Cairns Post - - SPORT -

TONIGHT, 6.50PM head­band at col­lege in Mary­land but after an eight-game los­ing streak, he is look­ing for any in­spi­ra­tion pos­si­ble against Illawarra.

“I wore it in high school, when I was younger,” Trim­ble said. “My dad used to make me wear the head­band. I played well in it one time and he told me to keep wear­ing it.

“As I got older, I took it off and stopped wear­ing it.”

The change-up of ac­ces­sories is not new to Trim­ble as his hair­styles changed re­peat­edly dur­ing his three sea­sons at Mary­land — from close­cropped early in his fresh­man year to the or­ange-tinged, Odell Beck­ham Jr look through his sopho­more year to a scruffy beard.

Host­ing the sec­ond-from­bot­tom on the NBL lad­der Illawarra presents the Snakes with their best chance to break their los­ing streak tonight, be­fore a week­end dou­ble-header sends the club to Perth.

As­sis­tant coach Jamie O’Lough­lin says the Snakes play­ing group still be­lieve they can tri­umph against any op­po­si­tion.

“We look at ev­ery game as our next win and this is no dif­fer­ent be­cause it is Illawarra,” O’Lough­lin said.

“We be­lieve we can beat any team on any given day.

“It is not about Illawarra, they have shown they are a highly com­pet­i­tive team and are 4-7 for a rea­son.”

Cairns cap­tain Alex Loughton is set to make his re­turn from an an­kle in­jury tonight.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

MIXED FOR­TUNES: ‘Hoodie Melo’ shows the style that earned him his nick­name. IN­SET: ‘Head­band Melo’ of the Cairns Taipans is hop­ing his look will bring a lit­tle more luck.

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