500 reasons to win

Getting ready to celebrate the Launceston Tornadoes’ 500th SEABL game are player Lauren Mansfield, original Torns team member Liz Dixon and coach Peta Sinclair. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Getting ready to celebrate the Launceston Tornadoes’ 500th SEABL game are player Lauren Mansfield, original Torns team member Liz Dixon and coach Peta Sinclair. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

THE in-form Launceston Tornadoes will be chasing their fourth straight SEABL victory on Saturday in honour of the club’s 500th game in the competition this weekend.

The Tornadoes are coming off a 31-point victory over Sandringham Sabres, which moved them to fifth on the Southern Conference ladder.

WNBL trio Abby Bishop, Lauren Mansfield and Ally Wilson performed solidly in last week’s win, combining for a total of 72 points.

Bishop’s performance of 26 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and three steals, helped her claim the game MVP and a SEABL notable performance for the round.

Tornadoes coach Peta Sinclair was happy with her imports and the contribution from the whole team.

‘‘Mariah Payne, Eddie Kidd, Tahanee Bennell and Nina Howard all provided good energy off the bench and made the most of their opportunities on the court,’’ she said.

‘‘Emma Russell once again stepped up to the task of defending the key scorer, containing Sabres star Micaela Cocks to 14 points.

‘‘If we can keep this on court chemistry and bench energy, I think we are capable of a winning run home to the end of the season.’’

The Tornadoes meet one of the league’s best team in the Dandenong Rangers in their 500th game.

The key match-up to watch will be former Australian Opal Abby Bishop against up and coming youngster Lauren Scherf, who earned SEABL player of the week last weekend against Kilsyth.

‘‘I believe we have the talent to beat the Rangers if we play together as a team for all 40 minutes,’’ Sinclair said.

‘‘The game has a special meaning for the club and it would be great to get the win.’’

In commemoration of the occasion, the club will provide a trip down memory lane for the Tornadoes faithful with a display of memorabilia on show in the upstairs Rexy’s Bar from 4pm.

Every door ticket sold on the night will go in the running to win $500 in cash.

SEABL MILESTONE

WHO: Launceston Tornadoes v Dandenong.

WHAT: 500th club SEABL game.

WHEN: Saturday, 6.30pm, tip-off.

WHERE: Elphin Stadium.

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