Red­backs poised

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Ararat teams are poised to make their move in Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League at Ararat Fit­ness Cen­tre on Satur­day night when they take on Terang Tor­na­does.

The Red­backs, with their first dou­ble-header men’s and women’s fix­ture at home, are on the hunt for win­ning points in the league’s south-west con­fer­ence.

The Ararat women’s team has al­ready tasted suc­cess and ex­pe­ri­enced noisy home-town sup­port this sea­son.

But the men’s team re­mains on the hunt for win­ning points and will make its home-court de­but.

Red­backs men’s coach Steve Cronin said the in­jec­tion of Josh Fiegert, Zac Dunmore and point guard Jesse Poulton would make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to the team that went down to Co­lac a fort­night ago.

“We’ll pretty much have a full list with most play­ers avail­able, which means I will be able to put the strong­est team on the court,” he said.

“There is plenty of en­thu­si­asm there. Af­ter this week it will give us a bet­ter idea of where we’re at. It is hard to gauge at this stage.

“The hard­est part at the mo­ment is de­vel­op­ing team co­he­sion with peo­ple of­ten un­avail­able with shift work and other com­mit­ments and oth­ers play­ing and train­ing in Bal­larat.

“When we played Co­lac their of­fence and de­fen­sive in­ten­sity was high and I think our boys got a bit of a shock.

“But it’s all look­ing pos­i­tive and we’re ex­pect­ing a big crowd for the boys’ first home game.”

The women’s clash is at 6pm and the men’s game 8pm.

In north-west con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion, Horsham Hor­nets face a road trip fresh from a crush­ing win over Bendigo Braves in Horsham. The un­beaten top-of-the-ta­ble Hor­nets take on fifth-placed Castle­maine Can­nons at Castle­maine’s War Memo­rial Sta­dium at 8pm on Satur­day, then slip over to Kyne­ton Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre for a 2pm Sun­day en­counter with win­less Kyne­ton Tigers.

Horsham beat the Braves 94-42 in a show of strength on Satur­day night, on-court leader Tim Pick­ert, 20 points, and Matt Lovel, 17, con­tin­u­ing top form.

Matty Lloyd points.

The Lady Hor­nets also meet Castle­maine and Kyne­ton, at 6pm on Satur­day and noon, Sun­day, re­spec­tively, in a road trip. They were also on top against the Braves last week­end.

The Lady Hor­nets, also lead­ing their com­pe­ti­tion, won 71-53, Geor­gia His­cock top-scor­ing with 17 points and Olivia Jones, 11, and Caitlin Story, 10, also do­ing well. also shone with 15

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