BATHURST Goldminers’ upcoming men’s Waratah Youth League division two game against Springwood Scorchers will be an opportunity for the whole squad to get their share of court time.
If there were odds offered on the match at Bathurst Indoor Sports Stadium the Goldminers would be unbackable favourites against a Springwood team still on the hunt for their first win.
Goldminers are in a somewhat precarious position, sitting seventh on the ladder but not far away from falling outside the top 10 if just a couple of matches don’t go their way.
The meeting with the Scorchers is a chance for the Goldminers to get their fourth win in the space of five matches and potentially begin a climb up the Youth League ladder.
The no-Matt Gray era is a daunting but exciting time for the Goldminers who have had to increase their physicality and intensity in the centre’s absence.
Goldminers’ Nathan Germech said the team are in great shape for the back half of the season.
“With Matt gone we lose a lot scoring. That’s an automatic 30 points gone out of our rotation but we’ve got guys like Bettsy [Harry Betts] and Anai [Mathiang] stepping up,” he said.
“Everyone’s playing harder and faster and doing what they have to do.
“We want to try and give some of the guys who don’t get as much court time a run this Saturday.
“We’re still focused on playing the right way, playing defence and offence and making sure everything is clicking.”
The match against Scorchers begins a three-game home run for the Goldminers.
Camden Valley Wildfire and Blacktown Storm await the Bathurst team in a double header on the following Saturday.
“A lot of the boys have played with the guys in that Blacktown team, like George Kual and Deng Aguok, and they went to Stannies,” Germech said.
“We’re definitely looking forward to that game.”
The match against the Scorchers gets underway from 6pm Saturday.
Goldminers have the chance to jump to sixth place depending on other results.