Vikings face tough comp
THE Grafton District Services Club Vikings will be looking to continue on their winning way this weekend when they take the court at the Grafton Sports Centre.
Saturday night, the Vikings take on second-placed Ballina. The Breakers, coached by former Vikings guard Marty Smith, currently have just one loss against them and will be confident having rolled the Vikings by 41 in their past encounter.
Grafton however are coming off two big wins and will have the addition of Matt Moran and Danny Boorman to their line-up. Moran starred for the Vikings in their past two games, leading all scorers and will again need a big game against the Breakers. The loss of Cameron Fishburn and Scott Frewer will be offset by returning veteran Shane Brotherson.
Sunday will see them square off against arch rivals Coffs Harbour who sit first. The Suns contain former NBL star Matt Shanahan and former Graftonion Mitch Cole who will be tough opposition. Shanahan was a league journeyman, having played for eight teams throughout his career, which included three championships.
“Matt is a quality player, he controls the court for the Suns,” Vikings coach Nathan Martin said.
“When he’s not on the court they do struggle and we’ll be looking to take it at him early to put some pressure on.”
The Vikings have not played the Suns since the opening game of the season, a match which the Suns took out comfortably – but the Vikings have improved greatly since.
Fishburn will be available for this game and his presence will give the Vikings added depth inside.
Tip off Saturday night is 7pm and noon on Sunday. The Bellinger Braves women take the court prior to the Vikings on both days. Meanwhile, the Youth League men are on the road this weekend, taking on Cessnock and Maitland. The young Vikings currently sit first.