Stawell Wildcats still chasing first win

STAWELL - Time is fast running out as the Stawell Wildcats teams continue to chase their first victories in the South West Country Basketball League competition.

Both the Stawell Panel and Paint Wildcats and the Brix Lady Wildcats will this weekend travel to the coast to take on Portland and Warrnambool in what will be a busy weekend.

The Stawell Panel and Paint Wildcats will have a full roster, putting them in great shape for their hit out against both teams.

Coach Ben Leslie is confident that they can find their first win of their short career against the Portland Coasters tomorrow night before heading to Warrnambool on Sunday.

"We match up really well against the Portland team, so it should be a really good contest," Leslie said.

Warrnambool is a different story however, having players too big and too strong for Stawell Wildcats smaller line up to handle.

The game against Warrnambool on Sunday will be the last game of the season for the Panel and Paint Wildcats, who will miss out on finals action.

Despite not winning a game, Leslie is happy with the progress that has been made since taking over the reins.

"I think the boys have learnt a lot this year and have really improved without getting the results, the time will come though," Leslie said.

As for the Brix Lady Wildcats, this weekend is a little different in that they don't have their full roster and they are preparing for a finals campaign.

Kira Payne, who unfortunately went down with a knee injury early in the season, battled hard against Horsham, but the injury has not improved.

Coach Trevor Holmes is disappointed that Kira could not continue to play this season and said she was a valuable player that Stawell would have liked to have had on court.

State representative Jess Williamson and youngster Courtney Morrow will however return for the Wildcats.

Jess has been on holidays while Courtney has been injured.

The Lady Wildcats will like their chances going into both games after working on their structure at training for the last couple of weeks.

This weekend's games will be a good challenge for the Lady Wildcats and will give them the opportunity to get a last minute look at the two teams before the finals next weekend.

The women similar to the men are yet to win a game but due to only four teams being in the South West Conference get a second chance.

"Once you get to the finals it doesn't matter how you got there," Holmes said.

Holmes has been the driving force behind the organising of the club, fundraising and coaching.

With the completion of the season just around the corner the Wildcats would like to thank their major sponsors Panel and Paint, the Brix Hotel, their many minor sponsors and the Stawell residents for their support and hope it continues again next season.

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