Huge ask for NE Bushrangers as double-header looms

The North East Bushrangers face one of their toughest tests this weekend as they face the Western Port Steelers at home tonight and then travel to Pakenham tomorrow.

Coming off a confidence-boosting showing last week, the Bushrangers will be keen to carry the momentum into tonight’s clash.

The Bushrangers will need to play close attention to Western Port’s Manny Hendrix, who is averaging a league-leading 31.5 points a game.

The task of guarding Hendrix could fall to tenacious defender Bobby Tye, but while Hendrix is a must-stop, the Bushrangers will need to lock down on defence across the court.

Youngster Lloyd Wright is enjoying a solid start to the year and will be a key offensive weapon for the Bushrangers.

Captain Dylan Webb and Jon Lindhe return to provide some added scoring punch for the home team.

Backing up tomorrow will be a big challenge for a Bushrangers group that is beginning to settle into the competition.

The Warriors are a quality outfit that will provide a big test for the young and inexperienced Bushrangers squad.

The Lady Bushrangers are in action this afternoon against the Western Port Steelers.

Captain Rachel Jeffery and Sarah Mellington return to a team that was gallant against Mornington last weekend.

Coach Jason Bannerman will be hoping his team can use its home court advantage to snag a valuable win against the second-placed Steelers.

Alaana Northey, Alana Sutton and Jade McCowan have provided some good impact, with Sutton leading the squad in rebounding with 7.8 per contest.

All the action tips off this afternoon, with Lady Bushrangers at 5pm, followed by the Bushrangers at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre.