Rodney Anderson – Townsville Heat
“We are looking forward to this weekend’s games against Brisbane and Bundaberg on the road. Our home court has been very good to us this season winning 6 of our 8 games at The Furnace, but we need to be able to get wins on the road in the QBL if you are going to be taken seriously.
“Brisbane play a style all of their own in the QBL under a highly underrated coach in Geoff Tarrant. It will be our primary focus this week to find a way to score more freely in offense against their pack defense. We only scored 52 last week against Mackay but I’m pretty confident that was just one of those games and not something that will bother us going forward.
“Defense is where we have hung our hat this season; making the opposition fight for every catch, have every shot contested and work hard on every possession. This will be so important in both games this weekend, limiting guys like Aaron Anderson, Dusty Rychart, Ricky James and Willie Shackleford, will go a long ways towards giving ourselves a chance at the end of the game.
“We will be relying on our big guns to step up; the likes of Mitch Norton, Matt Rees, Luke Brennan and one of the most improved players in the QBL, Tom Howard, will need to play at their best but I’m also looking forward to our young trio of Chris Kann, Jarrad Figg and Ethan Betts to give us a spark off the bench. Our team this week has an average age of 23 so it’s exciting times ahead for Townsville Basketball!”
Kent – Suncoast Clippers Women’s Team
“As we had the bye last round. I gave the team the weekend off to enjoy themselfs. As we had a tough month before the bye with three double-header weekends all on the road and with on game at home.
“The ladies have battled hard this season. We started the season with some tough close games and with a win against Brisbane Capitals. But as the season has gone on with the lost of Nat Hurst to play overseas, and with injuries to Ashlee Wallis and Diana Neves, it has put pressure on all the young local girls. They all have stood up and become better players. They have worked hard on their game and have improved every week.
“This week we play against Toowoomba and will be a great test for both teams. Both teams are improving with young players and we are looking for to the challenge that they will bring. As this is our last game for the year we would like to finish our season with a win.”