It’s do or die for the Wagga Blaze this weekend.
The city’s premier women’s basketball side are preparing to embark on arguably the toughest road trip in the Waratah League and need at least one win from their two games to keep hold of a finals berth.
Standing in their way are two of the competition’s toughest customers, Maitland and Newcastle, and both have a bone to pick with Wagga.
The table-topping Mustangs have won eight of their nine games this season and boast the league’s number one offensive and defensive units.
In fact, Maitland have been so good that the Blaze are the only side to taste success against them this year.
It’s a similar story against the dangerous Hunters, whom the Blaze comfortably accounted for with a 26-point win in May.
Male was again a standout in that game, scoring 20 points in a match-winning performance, while Jess Sommerville produced one of her best attacking displays this season with a 15-point haul.
Now, it’s just about producing the same results away from home and Male is confident her side can claim points on the road against two of the competition’s best.
“I think we can get two wins, for sure,” Male said.
“The team really wants to put last week behind them, so hopefully we can turn it around and take some points home.”
Male was unavailable for the Blaze’s 52-40 loss to Goulburn but will return this weekend alongside Amelia Hassett and Abbey Morton for the gruelling road trip.
“I was actually up in Queensland on holiday and going around Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, but I’ll definitely be back this weekend,’ Male said.
“It’d be good to get an upset at Maitland.”
The Blaze tip off against the Mustangs on Saturday evening before heading off to Newcastle.
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