Tough trip to Victoria for Torns

The Tornadoes face a tough road trip this weekend
The Tornadoes face a tough road trip this weekend

THE Launceston Tornadoes face a challenging double-header SEABL road trip this weekend with games against Dandenong and Ballarat.

The Torns will be hoping import recruit Lauren Mansfield can continue her top form after shooting 27 points and having 22 rebounds and six assists in a best-on-court performance in her team's NWBU grand final victory during the week.

Dandenong ntsaarenteis one of the top sides in the Eastern conference and it will be the first time the two teams have met this season.

``They will be tough games, especially against Dandenong who are full of good, experienced WNBL players and lots of up-and-coming juniors as well,'' Tornadoes coach Peta Sinclair said.

``I see them being one of  the finalists this season so it will be a good test to see how we match up.

``Against Ballarat we will be competing for the Madeleine Howard Shield again and we are hoping to get a win there and bring that shield back down to Launceston.

``We've got some confidence from the last time we played them in Ulverstone earlier in the season when we were able to pull away with a win and hopefully that can help us get another win.''

The Tornadoes are coming off a 21-point loss to the Geelong Lady Supercats last week and Sinclair said she was not happy with that performance.

``I spoke to the group heavily after the game and some words about what we need to work on and it's time we stop talking about what we need to do and actually put it on the court,'' she said.

``I'm hoping after that  talk, training has been good this week, we can put things in place and work together as a group.

``We've got a great team, we've recruited well, with our local players as well, and we have to find ways of putting it all together.''

Sinclair said the Torns  had a full squad available apart from Liv Howard whose season is over with injury and is undergoing early surgery to be right for next season.

Torns veteran Zoe Mitchell rejoins the team for the road trip. 


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