Bathurst Goldminers prepare for rematch against Goulburn Bears

AN excruciating three-week break of no basketball will come to a close for the Bathurst Goldminers women’s State League division one side this Saturday when they travel to take on the Goulburn Bears.

TRAVEL TIME: Steph Johnson and the Bathurst Goldminers face a familiar foe in the Goulburn Bears this Saturday afternoon. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRAVEL TIME: Steph Johnson and the Bathurst Goldminers face a familiar foe in the Goulburn Bears this Saturday afternoon. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The Bears were the last side the Goldminers took on in the competition – a 77-41 result in favour of Bathurst back on April 29 – but this time Goulburn plays host to the match up.

Goldminers co-coach Paul Masters expects a fired-up Bears side in the rematch.

“Goulburn have got a good group of players – a young group – and we can’t take them lightly,” he said.

“They’re going to be disappointed with the way they played against us last time. They’ve got a couple of quality players in there who will be out to prove something to themselves.”

A key difference between this match and the last meeting against the Bears is that Goldminers will be without Haylee Lepaio and Sophie Kleeman.

Kleeman and Lepaio were the second and third-highest scoring players for Bathurst in that clash.

“Goulburn just didn’t have anyone who was able to match up with Haylee. She’s not there for us this weekend so we’ve got to use our speed to get through,” Masters said.

“We’ll have a couple of our juniors, Matilda Flood and Olivia Doble, back for us this week as well.”

Goldminers are currently second on the table behind Shoalhaven Tigers while the Bears are still searching for their second win of the season.

Goulburn took on the Tigers last weekend. Shoalhaven came away 77-63 winners.

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