Frenchville take on the rollers

HOME territory will be an advantage, at least that is what Yaralla Port City Rollers hopes when teams go into round six of the CQ Wheelchair Basketball League on Sunday.

The last time the Rollers tasted victory in a league game was back in May - the last occasion on which a round was played at Gladstone.

Now, after four straight losses, the Rollers will be searching for the form that saw them defeat both Frenchville and Razorbacks.

A lot of responsibility will be on the shoulders of senior Yaralla players Luke Christie and Scott Simmons as their form is pivotal to the team performance.

Opening fixture sees Frenchville Force take on the Rollers in an interesting match-up. Yaralla has height advantage while Frenchville has the faster team.

However, Frenchville will go into the round without key players Aaron Glazebrook and Nick Benjamin and will rely on rookies Keegan McCluskey and Lucy Kennedy to deputise.

Second match of the day will be no easier for the champion Frenchville team as it comes up against a very strong Razorbacks side that is led by Brisbane Spinning Bullets player Jason Holohan.

On paper Razorbacks have the strongest team in the League but have been unable to put together four quarters of quality wheelchair basketball on a consistent basis.

Remedy that and Razorbacks will be very hard to beat in what will be a physical match.

The final match of the round between Yaralla Port City Rollers and Razorbacks may come down to which team has recovered better after the earlier games.

In the corresponding round three match in Gladstone, Razorbacks big man Ben Lodewikus fouled out early giving Yaralla a decided advantage, which it used wisely.

That victory was the only time Yaralla has beaten Razorbacks this season and Lodewikus will need to stay on the floor this time if his team is going to win.

Draw at Kev Broome Stadium: 12.30pm - Yaralla Port City Rollers v Frenchville Force, 2pm - Frenchville Force v Razorbacks, 3.30pm - Razorbacks v Yaralla Port City Rollers.



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