THE Leeton Eagles didn’t get their MIA League season off to the start they wanted last weekend, but the teams will look to rebound on Saturday.
The men’s and women’s teams travelled to Griffith for round one of the competition, which had been in recess since the end of 2015.
It was the women who took to the court first, with Taya Crockford and Niki Leighton dominating inside in the rebound.
Maddy Clyne scored 21 points in a match where Leeton went down 73-49 to a strong Griffith team.
Coach Josh Clyne was away for the first match, but wasn’t too concerned with the result.
“For many of them it was their first time back playing in quite a while, so everyone was just a bit rusty I’d say,” he said.
“We now know what we need to work on, so we’ll be doing that at training this week.
“It will be our combinations and that sort of thing that we address.”
This weekend Leeton will take on Narrandera with the match to be played on the Eagles’ home turf.
Clyne was confident he would see a big improvement from his team.
“I think now they’ve gotten the first game out of the road, they’ll be stronger again this week,” he said.
“We should have a strong home crowd behind us too which is good.”
In the men’s game Griffith were too good for Leeton, scoring a 71-49 victory.
Coach Adam O’Callaghan said the team would chalk the match up to experience.
“It was a bit of a learning game for us,” he said.
“We’ve got a bit of mix of some talented kids and some savvy veterans so it’s just getting that game under our belt and now working on gelling together.
“We’ll make a few adjustments to our game ahead of the match with Narrandera this weekend.
“I think they lost by 30 or so points to West Wyalong last week so we’ll both be wanting to get a win on the board.”
Game times at Leeton Indoor Stadium against Narrandera
- Women’s: 4pm
- Men’s: 6pm
In the other matches set down for this weekend, Griffith will take on West Wyalong in their first away game of the season.