Kilsyth took good care of Tasmania’s two women’s SEABL sides last weekend – outclassing the Launceston Tornadoes and Hobart Chargers by a combined 60 points.
This week, the two intrastate rivals will clash at Elphin Sports Centre for the annual Mitchell-Greenwood Trophy and a shot at redemption.
The Torns faded late in Derrick Washington’s first match in command to lose 70-93, while Hobart went down 64-101.
“Everybody impressed me, obviously Ellie Collins (22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) stepped up, Lauren Nicholson (20 points, eight rebounds and two assists) played very, very well,” Washington said.
“Everybody had new challenges going into the game… in the end it was a lack of little bit of composure and our ability to hit shots which cost us the game.
“We can always improve… we will move forward and we’ll be right. Everyone is getting used to my concepts.”
The Chargers defeated Launceston in both their regular season games last season, before the Tornadoes upstaged their foes in a tense elimination final down South.
Both teams are still with out key personnel including Torns’ captain Lauren Mansfield and tall Mikaela Ruef, who remain playing in Europe.
Washington said Mansfield would be back by round 3 with Ruef to follow soon after, while it is unclear if Hobart will boast the services of Kathleen Sheer and Brittany Smart.
“Chargers play tough and will be physical with us especially down by the basket,” Washington said.
“Kylie McCauley is a force down low in the post and Kathleen Sheer is a scorer we have to contain to our best ability. They played Kilsyth as well and got beat pretty bad as well, we’ve just got to step it up.”
The winner of the match will take home the silverware dedicated to Launceston stalwart Donna Mitchell and late Chargers great Andree Greenwood.
This week will also be the Tornadoes’ PINK game and donations can be made on the night in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and also Cancer Council Tasmania.