Tough Supercats next up for Braves

THREAT: Kelly Wilson top scored for the Braves women against Ballarat Rush with 23 points. Picture: LUKE WEST

THREAT: Kelly Wilson top scored for the Braves women against Ballarat Rush with 23 points. Picture: LUKE WEST

RESPECTIVE ladder positions will count for nothing when the Bendigo Braves women look to continue their perfect season against Geelong Supercats on Saturday.

The Braves, who disposed of arch-rival Ballarat Rush during the week, will look to add their 18th straight win in Geelong.

But standing in their way are the Supercats, who have bounced from a pair of losses, to score back-to-back win against finals aspirant Melbourne Tigers and second-placed Kilsyth Cobras.

One of those losses was against the Braves on June 29, but not without a fright for the league leaders.

The Supercats led by 11 points at half time, after restricting the Braves to just six second quarter points, and two points at three quarter time before going down by four.

With the exception of Hobart Chargers, who lost by three points in round three, no team has got closer to the Braves than Geelong.

There is reason to believe they will be tougher on their home court.

Underlining their dominance, only four of the Braves’ wins have been by less than a double figures margin.

Bendigo has five players averaging double figures in points – Nadeen Payne (23.7), Kelly Wilson (15.8) and Gabe Richards (13.8), Ash Karaitiana (11.9) and Kara Tessari (11.3).