CBL tip off

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Ararat and Hor­sham men’s teams will tip off their 2019-20 Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League cam­paigns with games against Mil­li­cent this week­end.

The Red­backs will host the Magic on Satur­day at 7pm at Ararat Fit­ness Cen­tre, with the Hor­nets tak­ing on the South Aus­tralian out­fit the next day at Hor­sham Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium at 2pm.

The Magic should be an in­ter­est­ing test for both sides in its re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a sea­son off from men’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Mil­li­cent’s women’s team cap­tured last sea­son’s south-west con­fer­ence ti­tle, de­feat­ing Gee­long in the grand fi­nal.

Ararat also en­ters the sea­son with ques­tion marks sur­round­ing it af­ter los­ing star guard Zac Dun­more from last sea­son.

The Red­backs were com­pet­i­tive in 2018-19 with five wins and 10 losses, but could find the go­ing harder with­out Dun­more.

Hor­sham has re­tained all of last sea­son’s play­ers bar for­mer coach Cam Bruce, who has re­tired.

The Hor­nets fin­ished atop the lad­der with a 14-1 record be­fore fall­ing to Bac­chus Marsh in a semi-fi­nal, and should again be among the con­fer­ence ti­tle con­tenders.

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