Coach knows what to expect

Matt Pebole
Matt Pebole

Wagga Heat are yet to confront Queanbeyan Yowies, but they know what they’re in for, and they’re preparing accordingly for the match on Saturday at 6pm.

“They look to be more of a penetrating team as opposed to an outside-scoring team,” Heat coach Colin Reed said.

“We’re prepared to play whatever Queanbeyan gives us.

“We’re pretty confident we should come away with a win.”

Wagga comes off two wins and three losses, the most recent result being a 27-point win over Hawkesbury.

Reed said the strong result was more an indication of Hawkesbury’s weakness than Wagga’s strength.

“To be honest we played a fairly weak team," he said.

“We really should have won by more.

“It was refreshing to win, to able to get players on the floor and manage our offensive concepts well.

“We got a lot of defensive stops.”

It was a draining 15-hour round trip – they left Wagga at 10am and returned at 3am the next day.

“Credit to the guys, it was a long, long way,” Reed said.

They look forward to the relatively short trip to Queanbeyan Stadium.

Players had the week off last week to recover, and returned to training in force and in good spirits on Tuesday.

Wagga top-scorers Matt Pebole and Zac Maloney will play.

“They’re both playing well," Reed said.

“Zac lit it up in the last game into the third and fourth quarter, the opposition got tired defensively and Zac took advantage of that.”

Vasanth Seker, who scored 26 points in two games, will be unavailable again due to work commitments. 

“Unfortunately his work does affect our team, but his talent, when we do get him on board, is worth waiting for,” Reed said.

“We’ll go away with what we have, we do have some depth.”

Miguel Escandon has been given a starting position for the first time this season.