The 2017 McDonald's Mackay Meteors.
The 2017 McDonald's Mackay Meteors. Tara Cassidy

Meteors have 'all the right pieces' to win title

BASKETBALL: The McDonald's Mackay Meteors have all the right pieces to win a championship this season, coach Cameron Tragardh says.

But it will all come down to how they stick it together at training and whether they put in effort around the clock.

"We're feeling really good, I'm interested to see how we go in this pre-season game,” Tragardh said.

"I've told the guys it's not going to be 'champagne basketball' in the first months but we'll give things a go and we have to be extremely high in our effort levels.

"We have to play harder than those other teams, we don't have to be perfect, no-one is in their first few weeks, but the teams that play harder are the ones who win games, we need to do that.”

Tragardh is keen to test some of his new players and key signings who have only just joined the squad.

"We've got some great new names on board, we are a bit rushed obviously, with some guys getting in a bit later,” he said.

"Unfortunately we don't have the luxury of a two or three month pre-season like some.

"But that's no excuse for any less a performance. We'll put some strategies in place and have a red hot crack for round one next week.”

The Meteors are eager to bring the QBL title back to Mackay after taking out the competition in 2015, 88-86 against the Brisbane Capitals.

They narrowly missed making the finals last year and are looking to recoup this weekend in their pre-season matches against Townsville and Rockhampton.

Mackay Meteor's captain Chris Cedar.
Mackay Meteor's captain Chris Cedar. Tara Cassidy

Meteors captain and NBL veteran Chris Cedar said despite not having trained together too many times, the team is still feeling confident and prepared for its first game.

"We're just so excited to get back on the court, it's been since August last year since our last game,” he said.

"I've been itching to play again after coaching the U18 boys team this year. We're getting fired up to take on Townsville and Rocky.

"We've got some older players who'll be great role models for the younger players, they'll learn a lot. We've got a heap of talent and energy to play so I think we're going to do well this year.”

The Meteors take on Townsville Heat at 7pm on Friday at the McDonald's Mackay stadium, Juliet St.

They then meet the Rockhampton Rockets on Saturday at 8.30pm, following the Meteorettes' match.

Head Coach: Cameron Tragardh

Assistant Coach: Wade Rebetzke

Manager: Des Burgess


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