Echuca-Moama’s Lady Pirates will play their third Country Basketball League semi-final in four years tomorrow night.GEORDIE COWAN January 31, 2014 4:00am
The team will take on the undefeated Wodonga Lady Wolves on their home turf but Lady Pirates former coach Lisa Baker thinks the team has every chance of pulling off an upset result with a full squad available.
‘‘They’re very hard to beat at home, but we’ve got a full team,’’ Baker said.
‘‘But in finals, anything can happen.
‘‘(Coach) Simon (Eishold) is very excited about coaching his first final for the Lady Pirates.’’
The winner of the semi-final will return to Wodonga for the grand final the following week.
Baker said it had been a really good year for the team considering the different faces in the squad.
Two new players in Leah French and Rochelle Henderson, who have played in other towns, have proven to be handy players.
‘‘They have really lifted the team spirit and showed some leadership,’’ she said.
‘‘Leah French, who played for the Shepparton Gators, she’s been our major ball winner and she’s just a really good player.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of young players this year and they have really stepped up.
‘‘Some of them have never played Lady Pirates before — they’ve come straight from the 18s to senior women and it is a massive change, a massive difference in the level of basketball.
‘‘They’ve adapted well
Baker said opponent Wodonga’s strengths lay in its speed and familiarity with one another.
‘‘They’re not as tall as what they were, but they’re very, very quick and they’ve been together for a long time so that really helps them,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve actually filtered a lot of young players as well, which is good for them, but they’ve still got a couple of experienced players there
Eishold thanked April Richardson for helping with coaching this season.
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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