Maffra men hope to stay in touch with top two of CBL

Coby Burgiel has started the CBL season strongly putting up 65 points so far. File Photo

Josh Farrell

THE Country Basketball League will get back underway this weekend with Maffra’s men’s team featuring in a double-header.

The Eagles will take on Warragul at Cameron Sporting Complex on Saturday night and then travel to Wonthaggi on Sunday.

For Maffra, Saturday night’s clash against the Warragul Warriors is an important one as the Warriors currently sit on top of the ladder.

The Eagles have started their title defence well only dropping one game when they lost to second place Traralgon to own a 3-1 win-loss record.

Maffra has spread the scoring so far this season, through players such as Andrew Quirk (77 points), Sam Whelan (69 points) and Coby Burgiel (65 points).

The Eagles are missing the skills of last year’s grand final MVP Elliot Hunt, but the team will be pleased to still be in touching distance of the top two.

Whatever the result may be, the Eagles will be confident in their match up with Wonthaggi on Sunday even with the dreaded double-header weekend.

Only two teams have won both matches when playing twice in the same weekend and it is no surprise it was top-of-the-table Warragul in round one and second place Traralgon in round three.

The Coasters have struggled so far this summer and the Eagles will be confident of coming away with the win.

Maffra’s women’s team only make the journey to Wonthaggi on Sunday for their round five fixture.

The Eagles’ women find themselves in the middle of a gridlocked ladder.

Sitting fifth on the ladder behind Wonthaggi and Moe they will be looking to pick up a win to stay in touch with the top two.

Maffra would be pleased with the spread of its scoring in their final round win before the Christmas break and will hope they have unlocked its scoring for the second half of the season.

The Eagles had five players hit double digits in its win over Sale, something that had been lacking in its earlier matches.

For Maffra they will take on Wonthaggi, who will play a double header and will be hopeful to catch the Coasters’ lacking in their second match for the weekend.