The Maryborough Blazers are preparing to take Bendigo by storm with a double-header grand final this Saturday night for the first time ever.
The Blazers both qualified for the Country Basketball League’s (CBL) 2019/20 grand final with home final wins at the weekend and will now play the Bendigo Braves for the North West Division’s male and female championship titles.
The ticket into the big dance marks the first time in 23 years for the men’s team and the first time ever in the case of the women’s Blazers.
Playing coach Grace Bibby said she and her Lady Blazers are reeling after a tough semi-final win over Echuca.
“Echuca was probably more confident than we were going in. They got us twice during the season and we only got them the once so it was great to get up,” she said.
“Everyone contributed well whether they were on or off the court. We worked as a cohesive unit, which was great to see.
“The buzz on Saturday was amazing especially when the boys got up too. Hopefully people make the trek over to Bendigo because we certainly noticed the difference.”
The CBL North West Division 2019/20 grand final will get under way at the Bendigo Stadium this Saturday night with the women’s game at 6 pm followed by the men’s from 8.
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