Tornadoes confident after close win over Ballarat

Nadeen Payne, of the Tornadoes, in action against Kilsyth. The Torns will look to avenge the loss today.
Nadeen Payne, of the Tornadoes, in action against Kilsyth. The Torns will look to avenge the loss today.

THE Launceston Tornadoes will head into this weekend's SEABL double-header road trip with confidence after winning a nail-biting game against the Ballarat by a point last weekend.

The Torns will be looking for another big game from last week's SEABL Player of the Week Nadeen Payne.

The star forward had an outstanding performance producing 33 points and 17 points.

"I am so proud of the players, staff, board, administration, and volunteers that assisted over the weekend in what was a very emotional time for all of us," Tornadoes coach Peta Sinclair said.

" It was always going to be tough mentally as we knew that we were playing for the Madeleine Howard trophy.

"The trophy has not been with the club for quite some time, so it was very special to be able to bring it home on the 10th anniversary and in front of Michelle and Glen Howard."

The Torns will face the Kilsyth Lady Cobras tonight hoping to improve on their performance when the two teams matched up in round 5 when the Tornadoes went down by eight points.

Former Tornadoes player Sarah Parsons, and US import Yvonne Anderson will be the players to stop, both combining for 45 points last time the two teams met.

Defensive stoppers Alicia Riley and Emma Russell will be likely to get the task against the pair.

Tomorrow afternoon will see the Torns face the Frankston Lady Blues in what has been dubbed the SEABL game of the week.

The Lady Blues have three powerhouse players in Nicole Romeo, Maddie Garrick, and Kelly Bowen - all three have been part of WNBL programs, have been mentioned in SEABL player of the week nominations, and are averaging double figures this season.

" They are a hard combination to guard, but let's not forget our powerhouse players in Nadeen Payne, Ally Wilson, Lauren Mansfield, Emma Russell, and Hannah Phillips so it should be a great contest," Sinclair said.

She was optimistic about their Melbourne roadtrip and confident that the Tornadoes were well equipped to get the edge over Frankston.

"We certainly have the talent to match up well against the Frankston trio. It will be a great contest," Sinclair said.

"We are facing two tough teams, but we are in good form and we have a good opportunity to get two wins this weekend."


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