Pi­rates hom­ing in on fi­nals

The Riverine Herald - - GAMES ON SUMMER - By An­drew Johnston

THE CHARGE to a fi­nals berth starts now.

And for the fi­nal time this reg­u­lar sea­son, Echuca hold the home floor ad­van­tage.

The top of the ta­ble Se­nior Pi­rates will host third placed Mary­bor­ough on Satur­day night, as the Pi­rates look to win at least one of their fi­nal two games to all but lock down a home fi­nal.

And there will be some added spice to this match.

The Pi­rates’ most re­cent meet­ing against Mary­bor­ough saw the Pi­rates suf­fer a 33-point loss to the Blaz­ers — a de­feat they will be des­per­ate to avenge in the run home.

Coach Leo Te­nace said his side is ex­cited by the prospect of the fi­nals more than any­thing.

‘‘It is in the back of our minds that this side have beaten us,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re one of the best sides in the com­pe­ti­tion, so how we see it is that if we do get the win in this game, that should lock us down a home fi­nal.

‘‘We’ve had a re­ally good year on our own floor, so for us to con­tinue to play our best basketball at home gets us that win back, and se­cures us an­other shot on our floor as fi­nals be­gin.’’

A vic­tory will also re­lieve some pres­sure for the team’s fi­nal sea­son road trip to Mil­dura.

‘‘They’re a re­ally Te­nace said.

‘‘It’s not an easy trip to make to get down to Mil­dura. We ob­vi­ously have a lot of be­lief in this side from what we have pro­duced so far this sea­son, but it would be great to get the job done this solid side,’’ week and then put a strong per­for­mance in against Mil­dura as well.’’

Te­nace said his side has not been too fo­cused on basketball dur­ing their re­cent break.

‘‘I didn’t want our side fo­cus­ing purely on basketball while they were on hol­i­days,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re young ath­letes. We knew they were go­ing to come back in good shape, so I think it was help­ful to give them a bit of a cir­cuit breaker from what was hap­pen­ing so they can be fresh head­ing into fi­nals.’’

The Lady Pi­rates will also play their fi­nal home game on Satur­day, which marks the end of their sea­son, with a 4pm show­down with Mary­bor­ough.

I think it was help­ful to give them a bit of a cir­cuit breaker from what fi­nals. ’ was hap­pen­ing so they can be fresh head­ing into

SPIN­NING HER WHEELS: So­phie Marr.

SIN­GLE FILE: Belinda Bai­ley leads the way.

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