Grafton to unleash home court fury

THE Grafton District Services Club Vikings take to the court at the Grafton Sports Centre for the first time this season. Saturday night sees the Vikings take on the Port Macquarie Dolphins in what is expected to be a tight, hard fought encounter.

The Vikings have had the past three weeks off after a tough loss at the hands of Coffs Harbour and will be looking to kick start their season in front of their home crowd.

This will be Port Macquarie first game for the 2010 season and with some new faces they will be looking at knocking off the locals on their home court, something that has eluded many teams over the past five seasons.

The Vikings will be without the services of hard working starting centre Cameron Fishburn and also Chris Crawford who added some much-need defensive spark in against Coffs Harbour.

The loss of Fishburn will see a rookie move into the starting line up with either Todd Whittaker or Scott Frewer being asked to add the much-needed defensive presence to the team.

Vikings coach Nathan Martin is confident the makeshift centre could do the job.

“The loss of Cameron will be tough to cover. He pulls down half of total our rebounds and he is one of the biggest talkers on the court,” Martin said.

“I’m confident either Todd or Scott can do the job but all our players will have to step up this game.”

The Vikings will welcome back some offensive strike power with Daniel Boorman and Matt Moran returning for this game. Moran is a former All Star Five member and Boorman has more than 10 years of experience at the State League level. The Vikings will be looking at these two to ignite Grafton’s offence which was missing in their first hit out for the season.

Taking the court for the first time this season will be the Youth League Men when they take on the Central Coast Cruisaders on Saturday night and then back up Sunday to take on the Hunters from Newcastle.

The young Vikings will be looking to notch up two wins from the weekend after a successful 2009 season which saw them reach the top four in the state.

They will be led by the Parbery brothers in Dylan and Levi. Both these boys have played in the State League in previous years and add experience to a young line up.

Youth League tips off at 3pm Saturday while the Viking men will tip off at 7pm. In between these games the Open Women’s Lismore Storm will take on the Bellingen Braves.

On Sunday the Youth League tips off at 11am. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for under-18s with under-12s free.

The Vikings have had the past three weeks off...and will be looking to kick start their season in front of their home crowd.



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