ECHUCA’S ship sets sail this Sunday, as the Pirates basketball teams head to Wallan for a double header against the Panthers.
Both Pirates sides are coming off tough losses and neither side has registered a win in their opening two games.
For the senior Pirates, the side has been galvanised by its 69-point loss on the weekend against Seymour.
Coach Leo Tenace said the side wouldn’t accept another loss like their last game. ‘‘They’re learning, so they know that losses are going to come, but not like that,’’ Tenace said.
‘‘They have made a pact as a group that we will not concede 100 points again. We can lose games, but we will not lose like that again.’’
Tenace said the side would be strengthened this week by the inclusion of tall Liam Tenace, who missed last week after illness saw him omitted late.
The side is also looking to gain a number of other players through the end of university, leading to their return to the town.
The side also continues to work on its game.
‘‘We improved on transition last week, so we have to keep working in those areas to improve as a side,’’ Tenace said.
However, the side will still be without Tyler Phillips, who will miss at least this week with injury.
The side will come up against the third placed Panthers, who are coming off a weeks rest following a loss to the Shepparton Gators.
The Lady Pirates head into the game looking to find ways to score.
Coach Simon Eishold reiterated that confidence, not lack of ability, had burned the side last week.
‘‘They’re a really good side. Skill wise they’re great, although a bit rusty as a few of the girls haven’t played in a while,’’ Eishold said.
‘‘Where we need to work is shooting, but more in taking shots as their shooting skills are great.
‘‘We are coming up against a side that concede a lot of points, so if we can find that confidence around the court, we have a real chance.’’
For Eishold, the onus is on his players to take a leadership role on the court.
‘‘We need our players to take the game on and lead from the front,’’ he said.
‘‘If they can show they want to control the game, that spreads around the team and it will provide a huge boost in everyone’s confidence, and that’s when we start to get results.’’
Wallan’s women’s side is yet to register a victory in 2017, with the side both low scoring and high conceding, it provides the Pirates with a real shot at opening their account for the season.