NWBU. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints women gained a North West Basketball Union home game victory on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the men have amped up trainings in order to remain a shot in the finals contention, introducing trainings in Burnie.
In the first win of the season, the round nine clash took place in Smithton against Latrobe Demons where the home side edged ahead of the competition to gain the 70 to 62 point victory.
This follows a series of defeats for the women who met with Burnie Tigers in round four to be defeated in a close 80 to 72 point match followed by a round five home game loss against Devonport Warriors, 46 to 86.
In round six, played against Somerset Heat, the Saints were unable to keep up with their opponents and were defeated 110 to 71 while in round seven the home side lost to Penguin Blues, 62 to 92.
In round eight last Thursday, the Saints were defeated by Ulverstone Hoppers, 75 to 56.
In the men’s action, the local side has also notched its first victory of the season in round five against Devonport Warriors, 89 to 79, following a Burnie Tigers defeat, 88 to 77, in the previous round.
The Saints recorded a 26 point loss to Somerset Heat, 109 to 83, in round six followed by a close round seven defeat from the Penguin Blues, 71 to 83.
Smithton were unlucky to lose to Ulverstone Hoppers in round eight last Thursday in a defining one point result, 78 to 77 before the round nine home game clash with Latrobe Demons on Tuesday in which the Saints came away second best, 75 to 96.
Coach Ray Young says the introduction of team trainings in Burnie will accommodate for all players and hopes to see the results in the coming rounds.
“So far the season hasn’t gone as planned but we aren’t far off the mark,” Young says.
“A lot of close games that haven’t gone our way . . . we aren’t out of it but need to start stringing some wins together.”
The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints will next meet with the Wynyard Wildcats on Tuesday (April 10) in round 10 of the North West Basketball Union season.