THIS Saturday, the Echuca Pirates host their first Saturday night game of the season at Echuca’s basketball stadium.
And the club is calling on the community to board the ship.
‘‘Basketball is the kind of sport where having a lot of noise coming from your building makes a huge difference,’’ Lady Pirates coach Simon Eishold said.
Both Senior Pirates and Lady Pirates will be in action against Myrtleford, in their first of two games for the weekend.
The teams will then head to Wangaratta on Sunday for their second games.
The Senior Pirates, who are yet to open their account this season, come up against a Myrtleford Saints side who are also yet to open their account on the year.
Senior Pirates coach Leo Tenace says the side is getting back to basics to improve their form.
‘‘We want to concentrate on our defence; we are allowing far too many points to get up. We need to work on our rebounding to cut off second-chance points,’’ Tenace said.
‘‘I think if we can get more shots off, get towards the forties and fifties in terms of our scoring, if we then work on getting their points down it will start to bring the results.’’
The team will be slightly hindered by the absence of a number of players, including captain Dan Newman.
Tenace said regaining Tyler Phillips, however, will be a massive boost to the side, particularly given his work on rebounding.
Tenace said the addition of such players meant the side was starting to form a list that could see success going forward.
‘‘Certainly by December we feel like we probably will have a far better list together, which means we will be able to stay competitive in more games.’’
The Lady Pirates also head into the weekend looking for their first victory of the season.
Coach Eishold said the commitment and enthusiasm of his Pirates will eventually start to drive results.
‘‘They are always wanting to do better,’’ Eishold said.
‘‘I love that attitude as a coach. They all want to win. When you have these kind of results it can be easy to fall away, but they don’t. Everyone wants to be a winner, they want to feel what it is to be a winner, because at the end of the day that’s what matters in sport.’’
Eishold said the Pirates have trained harder than ever to deliver these results.
‘‘Wanting to win isn’t enough, so you can see by the way they prepare that the girls want these results.’’
The Echuca Basketball Association have put the call out to the local community to come down and support their local side.
Eishold said he also encourages people who are interested in playing to come and see the side.
‘‘Basketball is a fantastic sport to be involved in,’’ Eishold said.
‘‘It’s an intense sport in a great team environment, a great way to keep fit and active, which is great for your life in general.’’
The Lady Pirates start at 6pm, with the Senior Pirates starting at 8pm.
Entry to the arena is via gold coin, with the canteen and bar running throughout the night, as well as a raffle being drawn at half-time of the Senior Pirates game.
The big weekend for Pirates basketball follows a successful trip to Swan Hill, where 130 junior Pirates took part in the weekend tournament.
The under-18 girls made it back-to-back tournament wins, after winning the Echuca tournament last month, while the under-16 boys A division side also claimed the honours.
The under-16 boys B division side were runners up.