Launceston Tornadoes, who jettisoned back home this week after hours travelling between country centres, are bucklingup for a tougher second road trip double in succession.
This time it’s not about an 1800kmround trip to Albury and Bendigo to fear, but the opposition that waits.
The Tornadoes face Geelong Supercats and Kilsyth Cobras, two clubs traditionally renowned for theirbasketball winning culture.
Geelong finished with a solid 13-9 record last year –one game behind Launceston –butKilsythedged to17-5,recording thesecond bestin the 14-teamSEABL season on their way to the competition grand final.
The clashagainst Kilsyth will also pit the best two records –both undefeated heading into the fourth week – so far this season.
Launceston only needs to beat the Cobras on Saturday night to lead outright the South women’sconference.
The journey to Geelong and Kilsyth, in Melbourne’s outlyingeastern suburbs, may not be as arduous as last weekend’s road trip, but Tornadoes’ star forward Mikaela Ruef said the side is preparing for a bumpy ride.
She even didn’t dismiss the notion of splitting their double-header as a positive.
To add to their travel woes, the weekend awaywill be the Torns’fifth gameon the road out of their first six this year.
“We want to go out there and win every single game, but realistically that’s not going to happen in a season,” Ruef said.“So we just want to focus on what we’re doing and getting better each time we go out.
“Both the teams we are playing a very good teams.
“They have a lot of experience and a lot of talented players, so they’re going to be tough match-ups.
“I think we can beat them both, our team thinks we can beat them but we have to go out there and do the right thing.”
Launceston are still missing the services of captain Lauren Mansfield, but Ruef said her teammates feel fresh enoughto overcome the loss of their star playmaker.
“It’s been tough not having her, but I think our team has done really well dealing with that adversity and other injured players,” Ruef said.
“We just have to stick with what we’re doing and focus on our game and improving every time when we go out.”
The Torns had to hold on against a fast-finishing Albury-Wodonga last Saturday night to win by two points before outscoring one of the title favourites by 17 in the last term to beat Bendigo.
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