Tornadoes young gun Ellie Collins keen to perform against rivals

HANDS UP: Ellie Collins has stood up in the absence of Tornadoes star duo Lauren Mansfield and Mikaela Ruef. Picture: Phillip Biggs

HANDS UP: Ellie Collins has stood up in the absence of Tornadoes star duo Lauren Mansfield and Mikaela Ruef. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Few players will be more motivated to perform on Saturday night than Tornadoes young gun Ellie Collins.

The 19-year-old played one of her best games in Torns colours last weekend, collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds, and is determined to back it up against her old club the Hobart Chargers.

On top of that, the Mitchell-Greenwood Trophy will be up for grabs for the first time since Andree Greenwood passed away from cancer. 

The Tornadoes will raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Network Australia on the night. 

“(Thursday) night it got a bit emotional, we started talking about the importance of the game,” Collins said.  

“We know Hobart is going to be really eager, they have Josie in the team who’s Andree’s daughter but we’re eager as well, we lost it last year so it’s really important we go in fighting.

“I think it would be a really good confidence-booster as well (after) losing the last game... beating Hobart our rivals would be really good for the team.”

The Tornadoes have set about rectifying a fatigued final quarter in last week’s loss to Kilsyth, where they coughed up a 26-0 run late in the game.

Collins said her side, which is still missing key pair Lauren Mansfield and Mikaela Ruef, had been put through high-intensity training throughout the week. 

“I think (defence is) where we struggled in our last game and also hitting shots when we’re tired.

“We played really good for three quarters and then got to the last quarter and couldn’t hit shots because we were tired, so we’ve been working on that this week - a lot of conditioning and then shooting afterwards so hopefully that works.”

The match will get under way at 6.30pm at Elphin Sports Stadium.