Lakers seek grand final revenge

RETRIBUTION is the name of the game when Demons Lakers meet reigning premier Hawks Magic in tomorrow night’s A Grade basketball grand final.

Lakers Matt Lucas, Brad Russell, Levi Dare and Jakob Ryan played in the losing 2009-10 championship side, and will meet Magic in this year’s season decider with the memory of last season not far from their thoughts.

The Lakers have since added a troop of young, fast teenagers to their list and, after the teams failed to meet at full strength this season, they will enter the clash with limited knowledge of their opposition.

Player unavailability has crept into finals, as the Magic will play without shooting guard Jason Cuolahan, honeymoon, and centre Tim Battersby, travel.

The Lakers have secured the services of power forward Ryan, who missed the semi-final with Geelong Falcons football commitments, and centre Dare, who has had a massive impact on the Lakers’ finals series after returning from a niggling back injury.

Magic’s Pete Williamson said the loss of Cuolahan and Battersby would be difficult to overcome, but he expected a close battle.

Tigers at full strength for decider

SAINTS Tigers will be at full strength for the first time when they take the court for tomorrow night’s A Grade women’s basketball grand final.

The Tigers struggled to have a full complement all season, with Tuesday night competing with netball and dance commitments.

It even cost them a spot in last season’s grand final, after playing the preliminary final with just four players.

The Tigers looked set to be one player down once again after point guard Kaitlyn Hammond strained ligaments her right ankle.

But the 17-year-old has revealed she will play, and the team will meet the reigning premiers Rebels Rock Lobsters with a chance to win its first grand final since the 2008-09 season tomorrow night .

The Rock Lobsters shocked basketball followers, defeating the highly-fancied, but injury-riddled, Demons Breezers last week.

Similarly, the team upset the Tigers in last season’s series but Hammond said her team would not be out for retribution.

Hammond said her team would be wary of the in-form Rock Lobsters, making note of Edwina Parker’s efforts against Breezer centre Bec Scott in last week’s preliminary final.

The match tips off at Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre at 7.30pm.

 

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