Crunch games for Port City Power against top four side Logan

QBL ACTION is on again tonight at Kev Broome Stadium with McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power women and men sides taking on highly-ranked Logan.

Both teams sit in eighth spot on the ladder and for the Ray Cooper-coached women's side, it faces a red-hot Logan Thunder outfit that is eager to extend its winning streak to six.

"We probably need to look after the ball a bit better against Logan, but still need to play our free-flowing game," Cooper said of what is required to beat a genuine contender.

Ray Cooper hopes his women's team will be warming to the task against third-placed Logan Thunder tonight
Ray Cooper hopes his women's team will be warming to the task against third-placed Logan Thunder tonight Paul Braven

The key match-up will be between Power captain Maddy Willey and Kerah Nelson against Thunder's Kate Gaze and Mikhaela Donnelly.

"If we control these two and slow them down and put in a team effort as well and I'm sure Maddy and Kerah will step up, then we'll do well," Cooper said of a tactic that could be match defining.

"The big thing I want to see is everyone improving and not to make the same mistakes each week."

Cooper said the character in which import Markel Walker has shown amid a personal tragedy has been inspiring.

"Markel is a great person and the girls have been supportive of her because the team is very close-knit," Cooper said.

He has been also impressed with veteran Charmian Mellars' output.

"We needed that from her last week and whenever she gets a chance, she will always knock down a shot," Cooper said of Mellars' 31 points.

"She's a quality player and has played for a long time.

"She shows emotion and is very expressive."

Cooper added that he could not ask for more from Willey and said it's up to her of she wants to play at a higher level.

"Maddy has been consistent and for someone at such a young age, she has great court awareness and she is always learning the game," Cooper said.

"If she wants to play overseas or even on the bench at WNBA level, then I'm sure she will be looked at.

"It's entirely up to her."


Women: Gladstone Power (8th 3-5) v Logan Thunder (3rd 6-2) @ 6.30pm

Men: Gladstone Power (8th 4-4) v Logan Thunder (4th 5-3) @ 8.30pm