Power look to surge during tough road trips
BASKETBALL: The Port City Power are gearing up to embark on a gruelling four-game stretch away from home that will likely define the rest of the season for both the men's and women's teams.
The Power will face opposition at both ends of the state over the next three rounds with a well-placed bye in Round 10 breaking up their busy schedule.
Their first assignment is a Round 9 trip to Candle Stick Park to face the high-flying Mackay Meteors and Meteorettes, who currently sit in first and third on the QBL ladder in their respective competitions.
The Power men (2-6) are 12th on the ladder while the ladies (6-2) have shown great promise, reflected by their fourth placing on the ladder.
Resuming action in Round 11, both sides will travel to south-east Queensland with matches against Toowoomba, Ipswich and Logan pencilled in over three days between July 7-9.
The side is finally back at Kev Broome Stadium on July 15 when a local derby against Rockhampton awaits.
Power women's coach Ray Cooper holds no illusions that his side face a tough task on the road, but is strongly believes his girls can return home with a string of positive results.
"If I was another coach I'd be worried to come up against our team,” Cooper said.
"We're out to win all those games and keep our confidence up.”
Cooper says the away stretch will test the depth of his squad, especially during the run of three consecutive games over the second weekend in July.
"That will be tough and fatigue plays a big part in that so you have to be mentally strong in order to perform and back up each night,” he said.
"The girls are professionals and have to treat their bodies right.
"Some of the girls can probably play a lot of minutes, but it all comes backs to preparation and relying on your bench to give you a lot of energy with bigger minutes and in a bigger role.
"Anyone of the girls can step up at any time which makes us deadly in this competition.”
The Power men, meanwhile, are desperately trying to find consistency when they hit the road with the women.
Blair Smith's men have been hot and cold so far this season, with impressive wins against Gold Coast (Round 7) and Sunshine Coast Phoenix (Round 3) overshadowed by six losses.
They'll face Mackay for the second time this season, looking to atone for their 87-66 loss against the Meteors in Round 1.
The Power will have to find a way to stop Mackay and Brisbane Bullets' guard Shaun Bruce, who leads the QBL in total points scored and assists.
Port City Power men
Round 9 - @ Mackay Meteors - Saturday, June 24 at 8pm.
Round 10 - BYE
Round 11 - @ Toowoomba Mountaineers - Friday, July 7 at 8pm, @ Ipswich Force - Saturday, July 8 at 7pm and @ Logan Thunder - Sunday, July 9 at 3pm.
Round 12 - v Rockhampton Rockets at Kev Broome Stadium, Gladstone - Saturday, July 15 at 8pm.
Port City Power women
Round 9 - @ Mackay Meteorettes - Saturday, June 24 at 6pm.
Round 10 - BYE
Round 11 - @ Toowoomba Mountaineers - Friday, July 7 at 6pm, @ Ipswich Force - Saturday, July 8 at 5pm and @ Logan Thunder - Sunday, July 9 at 1pm.
Round 12 - v Rockhampton Rockets at Kev Broome Stadium, Gladstone - Saturday, July 15 at 6pm.