Mackay Stands Alone
Mackay Basketball has taken a further step to solidifying itself as the premier club in the Queensland Basketball League, by having both men's & women's teams competing in the QBL semi-finals this weekend. It's the second consecutive year that Mackay has been the only QBL club with representation in both finals divisions.
In their quest for back to back QBL titles, the McDonald's Meteors head to Rockhampton on Friday to face off against the Ipswich Force in their semi-final, which tips off at 6pm. The McDonald's Meteors accounted for the Force, 77-70, at the Crater in round 5 and will need to bring their defensive A-game once again to lock down Ipswich scoring threats Shaun Gleeson, Zarryon Ferreti & Ben Allen. The winner of this semi-final will proceed to Saturday night's grand final to face the winner of the Rockhampton Rockets & Gold Coast Rollers semi-final clash.
On the women's side, the Global Product Search Meteorettes will travel to Gladstone on Friday to face the Bundaberg Bears in their semi-final match up, which starts at 8pm. The Meteorettes ran away as 88-64 winners against the Bears in Bundaberg in round 12 and will be hoping for a similar result the second time around. The Global Product Search Meteroettes are coming off a confidence building 71-66 victory over the Rockhampton Cyclones last weekend and a victory against the Bears will have them set for a grand final showdown against the winner of the Gladstone Power / Northside Wizards semi-final, which is scheduled to be played at 6pm on Friday.
Mackay Basketball General Manager Joel Khalu described having two teams competing in the semi-final as 'something special'.
"Being the only club to have both of our teams back in the QBL semi-finals for the second year in a row definitely speaks volumes," Khalu said.
"It's a testament to the hard work that Wade (Rebetzke) and Krugz (Kruger) have put in as our head QBL coaches over this time and also a credit to all of the players that work extremely hard week-in and week-out."
"Making the semi-finals is just the first step however and our goal going away this weekend is to come home with two pieces of silverware for the Mackay Basketball trophy cabinet."
"It will definitely be a big challenge for both of our teams, especially playing in two hostile environments like Rockhampton & Gladstone."
"We will need to handle pressure and do the the little things well which should hopefully put both teams in a position to have success," Khalu added.
Mackay Basketball fans can follow both teams online through the QBL live stats link which can be reached by clicking HERE.
For more information please contact Mackay Basketball General Manager Joel Khalu on 4957-5543.
Last Modified on 28/08/2012 21:40