Millicent set for positive weekend

BIG SEASON: Poppy Venn will look to continue her strong season this weekend when the Millicent Magic face a double-header CBL round. Picture: FILE

By Trevor Jackson

THE Millicent Magic women will look to bounce back from a Country Basketball League Round 5 which was not kind to them.

The Magic went down to Portland Coasters by 27 points, then succumbed to Horsham Hornets to the tune of nine.

However, this weekend they face another double-header against two sides they have already defeated – the Warrnambool Mermaids and the Colac Koookas.

Rounds 1 and 2 saw the Magic chalk up wins to open the season on a positive note, firstly against the Kookas to the tune of 62 points.

There were no huge bags of points, with Mackenzie Burke (22), Alana Berkefeld (21), Poppy Venn (17), Madison Hagget (16) and Edie Easterby all reaching double figures.

It simply stretched the Kookas too far and the result was beyond doubt from the opening 19-10 quarter.

Against the Mermaids they were not quite as emphatic, but Venn popped up with 27 points, along with Easterby (18), Haggett (15) and Berkefeld (14) to again push the defence and run out 13-point victors.

This time the Magic should again do the job, with the first game against the Mermaids on Saturday all-important.

If they claim that win they then face a Kookas roster backing up from a clash with Mount Gambier, will be anything but easy.

The Magic sit second on the ladder at this stage but have played more games than any other side, so will want these two wins to cement their place at the sharp end of the ledger.