The Riverine Herald

PIRATES IN HUNT FOR FOR TROPHY TROPHY

- By Andrew Johnston

‘ After this year it's exciting just to be here and I can't wait to see what we finals. ’ can do in — Leo Tenace, Echuca Pirates coach

THE Echuca Pirates are back in the Country Basketball League finals.

The 2018/19 premier — which missed the top four last year — will head to Maryboroug­h on Saturday night to play the Blazers for a spot in its second grand final in three years after finishing fourth in this season's shortened campaign.

Pirates coach Leo Tenace said the team was excited to be headed to another finals campaign after a difficult year.

“We came into this season just looking to enjoy ourselves,” he said.

“It had been such a rough year for everyone. We wanted to just get out on the court and have a bit of fun, and anything that came from that was going to be a bonus.

“In the end that was a top four finish, an opportunit­y to go back to the finals and hopefully to play for a bit more at the end of the season.”

While a lot has changed in the past two years, the core of the Pirates line-up remains almost identical to the side which claimed the premiershi­p two seasons ago.

And Tenace believes this group will have a lot of belief in those prior results.

“These guys have played well together in the past,” Tenace said.

“They've been to the top of the mountain as a side and they know what it takes to get there.

“I also think we have a group who loves to rise to the occasion.

“When they have big moments in games they go up a level and I believe they are able to continue to do that.

“I think we are in a good position for this game. After this year it's exciting just to be here and I can't wait to see what we can do in finals.”

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TITLE ON THE HORIZON: Luke Edwards and his Pirates teammates have a chance to end the season as champions.

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