Vikings to fight back from defeats

THE Grafton Vikings hit the cage this weekend with both the State League men and the Youth League men taking the court at the Grafton Sports Centre.

Saturday night sees the Youth League take on the Power from the Central Coast at 5pm, while the State League men who currently sit in fifth place take on the third-place Tamworth Thunderbolts. Tip-off is set for 7pm.

Sunday will again see both teams on their home court, with the Youth League taking on the Maitland Mustangs while the State League match up against the Armidale Lions. The Youth League begins at 10am with the State League scheduled for noon.

The Youth League men currently sit in first place in their pool having lost just the one game, a 49-point defeat which came last weekend at the hands of the Newcastle Hunters.

Playing under-strength with a number of players out, they will be looking for a big game from Hamish Denshire, Anthony Kopcikas and captain Dylan Parbery to get their season back on the winning track.

Like the Youth League, the State League men are coming off a 49-point trouncing last weekend. They welcome back Danny Boorman and Matt Moran for this game, with both having played just the one game this season.

The inclusion of these two players along with the form of Cameron Fishburn and Nathan Darby has coach Nathan Martin excited about their chances.

“We take on two good teams. The Thunderbolts have been leading the league up until last weekend and the Lions, although they have not won a game have had some good results,” Martin said.

“We will have Danny and Matt back for this game. They are both class players and they’ll add some intensity on defence, something we have been lacking this year.”

This will be a chance for the Vikings to get back into the winning circle, and if they can pull off two wins, it should see them leapfrog two teams into third spot.

“This is the first game that we will have a full team available, so it will be interesting to see if the boys can now put it together and get a few wins under their belts.”

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