Horsham Hornets take on Swan Hill at the weekend

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Hornets' only home game so far this season was against Bendigo back in round three. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Hornets' only home game so far this season was against Bendigo back in round three. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

THE Horsham Hornets will return to their home court when they come up against the Swan Hill Flyers on Sunday afternoon. 

The team is coming off an epic overtime victory over Mildura Heat last weekend and sit top of the North West Country Basketball League ladder.

Coach Cam Bruce said the team had been working on their ball movement at training this week. 

“We have been working on our ball movement and our defence,” Bruce said. “I think a few times we have been a bit bogged down in our structure, so we are looking at moving the ball a bit better.”

When the two teams met in round two this season in Swan Hill, the Hornets registered a comfortable 118-56 point win.

Bruce was expecting a fired up Swan Hill Flyers outfit when they meet at the weekend.

“We are expecting a lot of improvement from them,” Bruce said.

“Swan Hill had a tough start to the year but they have improved each week. They have some talent and we will have to be wary of that when we play them this weekend.”

Bruce also said it would be good to be back playing on their home court, after a tough away schedule to start the season.

“We are really looking forward to coming home and playing at our home court,” he said.

“Everyone enjoys playing at home and the players get a lift from all of the supporters who come to watch, so it’s very exciting.”

Bruce said the team is fully fit but do have a number of players unavailable for the game. 

“We have come through training unscathed in terms of injuries,” he said. 

Matthew Lloyd, Damien Kilpatrick and Mitch Martin are unavailable for the weekend’s game, with youngster Harley Pope and Sam Breuer coming into the squad. 

The game will start at 2pm at Horsham Stadium and will be preceded by the Lady Hornets who take on the Swan Hill Lady Flyers from 12pm.