Ray Turner of Bendigo Braves & Bianca Dufelmeier of Lady Braves at Bendigo Stadium 17/04/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy

 

The Bendigo Braves are hoping a big crowd will be on hand for tonight’s double header against the Frankston Blues at Bendigo Stadium.

The Bendigo Braves women tip off at 6pm and look to continue their unbeaten start to the season, after stringing together four straight wins.

Guard Bianca Dufelmeier said that the team doesn’t focus on their record ahead of this game against the 1-2 Blues, who came back from a double digit deficit after three quarters against Geelong to win by a point last weekend.

“When we go into the game, we are 0-0. We don’t focus on our record. We focus on what we have to do to be in the big dance at the end of the season,” Dufelmeier said.

The 168cm guard is relishing her role as the team’s spark off the bench and said she brings energy to the second unit.

“Sometimes teams fall off when they sub. My job is to make sure there is always energy on court,” Dufelmeier said.

“I’m probably someone you hate to play against and someone you love to have on your team,” she said.

The Bendigo Braves men’s captain Ray Turner wants the team to make Bendigo Stadium a tough place to play ahead of their second home game at 8pm tonight.

The Braves lost their home opener to the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and will be looking to bounce back from three straight losses.

“We are going to put more energy and effort out on court. It’s going to be a scrappy game, but we are going to be coming out aggressive,” Turner said.

The team is having defensive lapses and that’s costing them, Turner said.

Adjustments were made at training this week.

“We are giving up too many second chance points when it comes to boxing out on rebounding,” he said.