Gladstone Power’s tough road trip a shocker
PORT City Power is ready to go on the most deadly road trip double-header in the Queensland Basketball League.
Although Cairns and Townsville may not have intimidating records, a trip north to play the two teams in two days is one from hell.
The Power have to go backwards to go forwards, travelling by car to Brisbane today before catching a flight north for two matches assistant coach Troy Hinds is very wary of.
"The doomsday double, it is the trip from hell," he said. "We are looking for two wins to lead us to finals."
Both Cairns and Townsville's records have been hurt by having to play two matches against Mackay, Rockhampton and the Power this year.
The top three teams in the competition, it is impossible for the northern opponents to get a true reflection of where they sit in the competition.
The low standing does not mean an easy trip for the Power, and Hinds wants to make sure his team is firing on all cylinders when they make the long trip back to Gladstone.
"We go up there and take care of business, no one is going to give us a win but if we do what we do we will get a win," he said.
Travelling with a compliment of nine, Hinds and the Power should have no worries with getting through the two matches still reasonably fresh.
The trouble is the hectic travel schedule which is less than ideal with two matches in two days.
"That is always a tough one, we stay in Cairns and then get up at 4am to go to Townsville for an 11 o'clock game," he said.
"Getting off the bus is hard, but they can get themselves up for the game."
Two wins guarantees a home semi-final against Rockhampton next weekend at Kev Broome Stadium.
A couple of unexpected losses could quickly see Gladstone on the road again for a quarter-final, a task the team will try and avoid.