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Horsham to host 2017-18 Country Basketball League grand finals

Alex Hiscock  Hornets v Corio Bay in the CBL Grand Final.

Ally Hiscock playing in the 2016-17 CBL grand final in Horsham. Horsham will host the grand finals again this year.


By SARAH SCULLY
Horsham Amateur Basketball Association has secured home Country Basketball League grand finals in its first season in the league’s new north-west conference.
The Horsham association’s application to host the deciders – for the fifth consecutive year – was approved this week.
The coup is likely to benefit Horsham Hornets players and supporters, with both the men’s and women’s teams in strong positions to nab grand final berths.
Both Hornets teams have dropped only one game for the 2017-18 season and are sitting on top of their respective ladders.
Horsham association CBL representative and player Matt Lovel said it was exciting to secure another home grand final.
“It’s great for the association and shows how we have hosted games in the past stands out,” he said.
“Sometimes I feel we’re not in any doubt of getting to host the grand final because of the crowds we get to games. Some places we play at have very small crowds compared with the numbers we get.
“However, Bendigo is a bit more central to all of the teams, so it could have gone their way, if they applied. We have no idea which other clubs applied.
“Hopefully both Horsham teams will be in the grand final, and if so, it will save us some travel.”
The Hornets men have contested three of the past four grand finals, in the league’s south-west conference, while the Lady Hornets finished runners-up to Corio in the conference after winning in 2015-16.
Thriving
Lovel said the Horsham teams were enjoying the switch to the north-west competition.
“It has been a good change,” he said.
“Playing in the same competition, you get a little complacent because you play the same teams over and over and you know what to expect.
“This season, not knowing what to expect, we’ve had to bring our A-game every week, which has benefitted us.
“Also, our younger kids are a bit older, bigger and stronger this season, which has made a difference. It’s been really good.”
The Hornets will host Kyneton on Saturday night, with the men to play their last game of the home-and-away season against Mildura the following week.
Horsham is also in a strong position to host the competition’s semi finals, with the venue to be confirmed on January 20.
Lovel said the women’s finals had a new structure this season.
“I think it’s because they have less teams than the men, but they will play a quarter final as well this year,” he said.
The women’s quarter finals will be on January 27.
Men and women’s teams will contest semi-finals on February 3, with grand finals at Horsham Basketball Stadium on February 10.

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Posted on Jan 11 2018

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