Some big tests await the Horsham Hornets men's and women's sides at the weekend, beginning with Saturday night's round five CBL double-header at home.
The games are the Hornets' sides first since December 19, with the women taking on the Mt Gambier Lakers and the men playing the Colac Kookas.
If December's double-header is anything to go by, a big crowd can be expected to fill the nest before the women tip-off against the Lakers at 6 pm.
The two teams played each other in the last round of action at Mt Gambier, with the Hornets going down by just nine points.
In that match Ema Iredell was a standout for the Hornets, leading all-comers from both sides with 23-points, while Faith McKenzie also shot well for 12-points of her own.
A win would be invaluable for the Hornets who currently sit third, five points behind the Lakers, who have played an extra game.
After the women's game, the fourth-placed men's Hornets will take the court at 8 pm for their battle with the undefeated Kookas.
The sides faced off in round one when the Kookas came away 14-point victors in Colac.
In that game, Sam Breuer led the scoring for the Hornets with 20-points, while Cody Bryan and Mitch Martin were the next best with 17 apiece.
Hornets' coach Scott Benbow told the Wimmera Mail-Times that the side will be without some of their players from that game, including Jake Hobbs and Matt Brown.
"(Jakes) got his bucks party - we're missing that big tall fella so we'll have to play a bit different but that's alright," Benbow said.
"Matt Brown's out for the rest of the year because his ankle he did in Warrnambool has turned out to be a lot worse than what we thought.
"Same again, it just gives someone else another opportunity, so we'll bring one of the next-gen players - Hugh Dougherty - in to play this weekend and give him a bit of a taste of what it looks like."
According to Benbow, the side will make some adjustments defensively from their first clash with the Kookas.
"Defensively we've just got to step over screens a little bit," Benbow said.
"They shot the three-ball pretty well, we probably defended as good as what we should have but we've all watched the game now and seen how they play.
"We'll match up, Cody (Bryan) will get to play on Jordy (Lingard) one of their bigger players and Matty Lovell will play on Josh Fiegert.
"So we've got better matchups this time and we'll play a lot of man-defence this game."
After Saturday's matches, the Hornets will have little time for rest, as on Sunday both sides will travel to Portland to take on the Coasters for the first time this year.
In the women's competition, the Coasters are fourth and in the men's they are second.
Sunday's game will also be Hornet's veteran Tim Wades 200th game for the club.
"That's a big effort," Benbow said.
"Another poster for the wall."
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