Sport

Vikings one win away from home grand final

Vikings' Nathan Martin looks for a way out during the last clash between the Grafton Vikings and Lismore Storm at the Grafton Indoor Centre.
Vikings' Nathan Martin looks for a way out during the last clash between the Grafton Vikings and Lismore Storm at the Grafton Indoor Centre. Matthew Elkerton

BASKETBALL: Grafton Vikings will be hoping a big home crowd can help them get over a form slump and secure a home grand final in the inaugural Sunshine Conference.

Grafton takes on Lismore Storm tomorrow night at the Grafton Sports Centre at 6pm in their semi-final, with the winner automatically securing a grand final berth.

Vikings coach Robert Blinman said his side has struggled to field a full strength side the past two weeks due to injury and sickness, and it was having an impact on their performances.

"Our shooting has let us down in the last couple of games," he said.

"If we can pick that up by just 10%, we will win comfortably, but finding that 10% can be the challenge. In a semi-final with the season on the line, it's easier said than done, but we've been speaking about it at training.

"I think we will go well. There seems to be a lot of confidence, and when the boys are talking like that it's a good sign the confidence is high without being too cocky."

The Vikings have every right to be confident, finishing the season as minor premiers in the first year of the Sunshine Conference.

Despite Lismore Storm finishing on the bottom of the conference table, Blinman said his team wasn't taking their opponents lightly.

"The competition is that close that you can't afford to rest," he said.

"In their last game they lost to Byron Bay by 14 points, but were leading at three-quarter time. They've stepped up their game, and have been a bit unlucky this year losing a few close games.

"Lismore have got a lot of big boys, and we haven't played them with their full team either. I don't think it will cause any major concerns, but we haven't seen a couple of their guys in this competition before, so it's a little bit of an unknown."

Blinman said he hoped for a big home crowd to turn out and support both teams tomorrow night.

"It would be great to have a decent crowd and a good atmosphere, the boys would like it," he said.

Topics:  basketball, grafton vikings, lismore storm, sunshine conference



Is your barbecue safe for footy finals weekend

Better safe than sorry when you fire up the barbie this weekend

Author keeps Red Rock story alive

FOND MEMORIES: Red Rock resident and author of new book, The Village That Said No to Town Water, Graham Searl, flicks through the publication.

Book launch at Red Rock today

The water war that divided and unified Red Rock

FOND MEMORIES: Red Rock residents Graham Searl and Gwyn Austen reminisce on the town's fight against town water in the '80s, which is the subject of a new book.

"People on the other side used to say 'this is splitting the town'"

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home