Respected trophy on the line

THE Launceston Tornadoes will not only celebrate captain Lauren Mansfield’s 100th match against the Hobart Chargers on Saturday night, they are hoping to regain the Mitchell-Greenwood Trophy.

PRIZED POSSESSION: Tasmanian basketball stalwart Donna Mitchell and Tornadoes captain Lauren Mansfield with the Mitchell-Greenwood Trophy.

PRIZED POSSESSION: Tasmanian basketball stalwart Donna Mitchell and Tornadoes captain Lauren Mansfield with the Mitchell-Greenwood Trophy.

The Torns are desperate to get their hands back on the silverware, named after Tasmanian basketball stalwarts Donna Mitchell and Andree Greenwood, at Elphin Sports Centre after losing their round 1 intrastate bout down South.

It will be Mansfield’s final match for three weeks before the 27-year-old departs for India to represent Australia at the FIBA Asian Cup.

“She has worked so hard on all aspects of her game and we are thrilled she has achieved her goal of representing Australia at the highest level,” Tornadoes chair Janie Finlay said.

Finlay said there would be no better way to see her of that a win against the arch enemy.

Mitchell said the trophy met a lot to both her and Greenwood’s families.

“The trophy represents the work we have both done with the Tornadoes and Chargers as well as the effort we have put into all levels of basketball in Tasmania,” she said.

“We both share a passion for grassroots development and have been involved in many teams over the years and enjoyed watching young basketballers develop as both people and players.”

“We love the fact that both Tasmania’s SEABL women’s teams have a wonderful followings… and I am looking forward to the game on Saturday night, which I expect to be a fantastic contest as always.”

Tip-off is at 6.30pm.