Former Brave ready for big challenge

Maddie Garrick in action for the Bendigo Spirit. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Maddie Garrick in action for the Bendigo Spirit. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Garrick to put friendships aside

YOUNG gun Maddie Garrick says she is excited to take on her former team in this weekend's SEABL semi-final. 

Garrick, who has had a stellar season with Frankston, will line-up for the Blues in Saturday night's basketball clash. 

She will face her former Lady Braves team-mates as well as her fellow Bendigo Spirit team-mates in Chantella Perera, Heather Oliver and Jane Chalmers.

"Because I am playing against my former team, I am familiar with how they play," she said. 

"There will be some friendly rivalry. 

There will be some friendly rivalry - Maddie Garrick

"It is going to be a challenge, but I am really looking forward to it.

This season 's record sees the Lady Braves and the Frankston Blues at one game apiece.

Garrick hoped her team, which finished second on the south conference SEABL ladder, would bring the same intensity it did when they last defeated the Braves. 

"In the last three or four weeks, we as a team, have played really well together," she said. 

"We have found our style of play and if we can bring that to the court then hopefully we can be successful."

This season, Garrick has averaged 18.7 points a game and six rebounds. 

She said she has been happy with what she has been able to achieve. 

"It has been the perfect fit for me in coming to Frankston," Garrick said. 

"I have been able to do what I have wanted at both ends of the court, so I have really enjoyed my season."

The Lady Braves will face the Frankston Blues at the Bendigo Stadium. 

Tip-off is at 7.30pm. 

The winner of this match will go through to the conference grand final.

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