An Ulverstone home game may look an oxymoron on paper, but for Launceston Tornadoes' three leading locals it will feel even more familiar than Elphin.
North-West trio Rebecca Abel, Sarah O'Neill and Brooke Brown have enjoyed more court time than any other Tasmanian Torns this season, stepping up in the absence of Ellie Collins and star imports Lauren Mansfield, Lauren Nicholson and Ally Wilson.
Coach Derrick Washington earmarked the young trio to play a key role as the Torns look to shake a run of two consecutive losses against high-flying Dandenong.
"Our local talent is stepping up really well - Rebecca Abel and Sarah O'Neill and even Brooke Brown - they've been doing very well and I expect them to play a solid game this weekend," he said.
"Rebecca Abel is knocking down three-point shots, she's made 22 which is the second best in the league, she's starting and Sarah O'Neill is starting as well.
"She's averaging 13 points a game and Brooke Brown off the bench is averaging six points a game - all three of those players bring a lot of energy and a lot of depth."
The Torns will ally with North-West Thunder for four double-headers this year to fulfil the NBL1's requirement of corresponding men's and women's teams.
Saturday's 6pm clash is the first of two Ulverstone trips.
"It'll be fun - a double-header is always good to bring the crowd out and community especially up the coast," Washington said.
"Our ladies enjoyed the first time we played a double-header at Elphin so I think it'll bring a [big] crowd."
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