North East Bushrangers' road trip to be a testing time

The North East Bushrangers return to action this weekend with a tough Melbourne double-header road trip.

The Lady Bushrangers face off against the Chelsea Gulls tomorrow night before backing up on Sunday against the Blackburn Vikings.

The Bushrangers men will take on the Oakleigh Warriors in the first leg and the Maccabi Warriors on Sunday.

The Lady Bushrangers face a tough challenge against Chelsea, which holds a 3-1 record to sit just a win out of top spot.

The focus for the Lady Bushrangers this weekend will be to limit turnovers, which have been a major issue in recent games.

Rachel Jeffery will again need to lead from the front while Sarah Mellington will look to continue a solid start to the season.

The Lady Bushrangers will be looking to fire in Sunday’s game against the struggling Blackburn, in what could prove to be a thrilling contest.

Look for youngsters Alaana Northey and Alana Sutton to have a big impact on the game.

The Bushrangers men will be ready for a fight tomorrow night against an Oakleigh squad that is beginning to hit its straps.

Both sides have taken time to settle into the league and the Bushrangers will be looking to make amends for letting a crucial win slip in their last meeting.

They will need to keep Oakleigh star Andrew Kaban (averaging a league-leading 30 points a game) in check, with defensive stopper Bobby Tye likely to be sent his way.

At the other end, Bushies’ big man Dylan Webb will have his work cut out down low against the Warriors’ tall timber.

On Sunday the Bushrangers will need to be wary of a Maccabi side that, despite not having snagged a win, has given quite a few teams a scare.

For the Bushrangers to be successful they must ensure they do a better job of converting from the foul line.

Up to now they have been connecting on a dismal 41 per cent of all attempts.