North East Bushrangers go south with a double on the agenda

THE North East Bushrangers will be looking to get their Big V basketball season on track when they take on Keilor Thunder and Western Port Steelers on the road this weekend.

Coming off a week’s rest, the Bushrangers will fancy their chances of recording at least one win, with better decision making and discipline the key to their chances.

Keilor defeated the Bushrangers 80-74 earlier in the season and little is expected to separate the teams tomorrow night, while the Steelers will be out for revenge after they were North East’s first victim in an 82-77 result.

The Bushrangers will need to keep a close eye on Steelers import Manny Hendrix, with that responsibility likely to be handed to defensive stopper Bobby Tye and Jon Lindhe.

With an injury cloud hanging over captain Dylan Webb, some of the younger Bushrangers will need to step up at both ends of the court.

Youngster Lloyd Wright has returned to full fitness and big man Ben Appleford should also provide some good minutes.

The Lady Bushrangers face a tough test against the Steelers on Sunday.

Coming off a gutsy win, North East will look to capitalise on a Steelers team that has struggled in its past two outings.

Rachel Jeffery and Stacey Browne will be keys to the Lady Bushrangers’ fortunes, especially in the absence of Sarah Mellington, who will miss the next six weeks after breaking her arm in their last game.

Youngsters Alaana Northey, Jade McCowan and Alana Sutton will be given chances to step-up.