Pioneers eager to defend home turf

The OneFortyOne Mount Gambier Pioneers women will again pound the floor and heat up the Icehouse this Saturday night when they host the Eltham Wildcats.

After coming off a win last week against Hobart in a tight contest, the home side will look to extend its winning streak this weekend.

The Wildcats sit 13th on the ladder with five wins and seven losses and will come up against a strong Pioneers team which sits second on the ladder with just a solitary loss.

Eltham will look to Anneli Maley, Korinne Campbell and Hailey Leidel to lead from the front and make their mark after going down to Bendigo in last week’s round nine clash.

The OneFortyOne Pioneers have many stars that can contribute across the full four terms led by the pocket rockets of Jasmin Howe and Sherrie Calleia, while the height of Hannah Young, Shakera Reilly and Cassandra Brown will be another test for the travellers.

The form of the home side has been excellent recently, but last week’s win by a small margin will see the women train harder to fine-tune gameplay and excite the home crowd.

The Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers men will also be eager to return to winning form this Saturday night.

After a trying effort which resulted in a loss against the Hobart Chargers, the Pioneers will be looking at this Saturday night’s clash to cement the top spot on the NBL1 South ladder and will not take the game lightly.

Even though the Wildcats sit on the bottom of the ladder they will provide strong opposition to the South Conference leaders with Mitchell Dance, Deng Kuany and Owen Foxwell players to watch.

The Pioneers will be sweating on Michael Harris to be fit and firing after suffering a rolled ankle in the dying minutes of the final term against Hobart.

The exciting brand of basketball the home team plays is led by Tom Daly, Kane de Wit and the height of Clevon “Slam Dunk” Brown.

Other players who will burn the floor will be Jordan Rawls and the three-point masters in Tom Kubank and Harris with support from Eric “Ezy” Burdon.

An entertaining night of basketball will be had at the home of the Pioneers with the women starting at 6pm while the men tip off at 8pm.

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