Double header made harder as Meteorettes lose young guns
THE Mackay Meteorettes will enter enemy territory this weekend undermanned but not outgunned.
Missing a raft of the team's promising contingent of youngsters to junior representative duties, the Meteorettes hit the road to face Bundaberg and Gladstone light on numbers but high on confidence.
Previously circled as a great learning opportunity for the next generation, the taxing CQ Cup road double header will instead be endured predominantly by players who have been there and done that before.
It means even without the younger brigade, Meteorettes captain Heidi Freeburn expects the team to put in a solid showing away from home.
"Unfortunately we don't have a lot of the young girls this weekend. With what we do have, they've gone on a lot of road trips (before). So it's (about) … doing the right things to get through the games," Freeburn said.
Freeburn's team will meet the Bundaberg Bears again just seven days after recording a 94-61 victory at The Crater.
The captain expects a tougher test on the road, particularly after learning the Bears have gone outside of town to recruit for the occasion.
"Bundy have a few girls coming from the Sunny Coast this weekend that didn't play last weekend, so we're expecting a bit more from them," Freeburn said.
"Gladstone have also got a few Brisbane girls coming up to play, so they've recruited a little bit."
Former Meteorette Jameson McMullen is expected to play for the Port City Power on Sunday, as one of a number of familiar QBL faces in Gladstone's mix.
Freeburn welcomed the prospect of facing a stronger Bundaberg and Gladstone, as the Meteorettes continue their run to the CQ Cup title.
"We're out there to win and we expect nothing but a championship for both the men and women," Freeburn said.
"Everything leads into next NBL1 season."
CONOCOPHILLIPS CENTRAL QUEENSLAND CUP - ROUND 3
Saturday, October 24 (5pm) - Bundaberg Bears v Mackay Meteorettes at Autobarn arena, Bundaberg
Sunday, October 25 (1pm) - Gladstone Port City Power v Mackay Meteorettes at Kev Broome Stadium, Gladstone