‘It’s time to kill two birds’

WINNING THE WRESTLE: Wagga Blaze 2017 inclusion Ella Finemore seizes the ball in their first Waratah League match of the season in late March. Finemore will feature in match two and three on Saturday. Picture: Robert Crawford

WINNING THE WRESTLE: Wagga Blaze 2017 inclusion Ella Finemore seizes the ball in their first Waratah League match of the season in late March. Finemore will feature in match two and three on Saturday. Picture: Robert Crawford

Wagga Blaze want to kill two birds with one stone on Saturday.

Blaze players are busting for their first win and blessed with a double-header at Minto, playing Tamworth at 2pm and Hawkesbury at 6pm.

Blaze coach Peter O’Leary doubts that his team will be worn out after playing, and hopefully defeating Tamworth early in the afternoon.

It’ll be nice if we can get a win on the board, just for the girls' confidence - Wagga Blaze coach Peter O'Leary

“We want to put our best foot forward every game,” he said.

“Tamworth’s team is pretty young, it’ll be a fast running game, and Hawkesbury girls are a bit older and wiser.

“It’ll be an interesting day for us, we’re going to have to adapt to win.”

The girls come off a one-point loss to Shoalhaven Tigers who went on to defeat championship hopefuls Bathurst Goldminers by three points.

“It’ll be nice if we can get a win on the board, just for the girls’ confidence,” O’Leary said.

“When Shoalhaven defeated Bathurst, the leading lights of the competition, that gave the (Wagga) girls a lot of heart.”

However, it has been almost a month since Blaze has played together.

“I’m hoping they’ll be firing in the first game,” he said.

“The big issue for us is game practice.

“Because of our geography we can’t just go down the road and play competitive games, if we were living in Canberra or on the eastern seaboard it would be different.”

There will be one change to Wagga’s starting line up, a negligible change according to O’Leary.

Power forward and big Claudia Barton has come down with the flu and will not play, but she will be replaced by Jordan Barrett, a centre/power forward and big who was missing in their first match, and will make her Waratah League debut on Saturday.

Swing player Abbey Morton’s under doubt, after a series of representative commitments.

“I haven’t had the chance to catch up with her, she’s just done a week at nationals in Townsville, now she’s in West Wyalong, at a country development camp,” O’Leary said.

“She might be just about basketballed out.”

Tamworth’s tipped to be Wagga’s toughest task on Saturday. Tamworth defeated Hawkesbury 59-29 on April 8, and lost to Maitland 63-46 on March 18.

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