Indigenous culture will be front and centre this weekend in the NBL1.
The aim of the round is to recognise the role played by Indigenous Australians within the the national basketball community.
The Bendigo Braves and their opponents, the Albury Wodonga Bandits will wear special jerseys for the match on Friday night at the Bendigo Stadium.
The Braves' jersey was designed by Racquel Kerr.
"The design is based on Bunjil's feathers (The creator spirit and Wedge-Tailed Eagle) being representative of the 5 kulin Nations he created; The Wadawurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung, Boon Wurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung," Kerr told the Braves.
"We are connected by kinship, language, trade, and ceremony. Although different, we come together as one. Bunjil at night watches Djandak (Country) from his campfire at Jupiter."
The Braves women have already locked in their spot for finals, but the team is still committed to giving 100 per cent every game before play-offs commence.
'We're feeling confident ahead of finals but we're not yet at our peak - we need to focus on consistency," Braves player Tessa Lavey said.
One of the biggest threats in the way of the Bandits will be the might of former Bendigo Spirit player Nat Hurst.
"We need to play some good ball and lock her down defensively to ensure she doesn't have a massive impact on the game," Lavey said.
Following the home court match with the Bandits, the Braves will then head to Melbourne to play Knox, who have also locked in a finals spot.
"Moving forward we know we may have to play them down the line so we will have to scout them really well," Lavey said.
The Braves men continue their campaign for a spot in the NBL1 finals, and are in top form after winning their last two games.
"We're right on track and we've spoken as a group about if we win the next three games we should finish either fourth of fifth," coach David Hogan said.
"But at the same time, we can't afford to lose one."
Braves player Chris Hogan said the team was confident ahead of the weekend.
"That's the amazing thing about winning," he said.
"When you win a one-point game you feel indestructible but if you lose one it feels like the end of the world."
Hogan said if the team had capitalised during earlier games it would have put them in a better position.
"But I'm very happy that we're now performing down at the business end of the season," he said.
Bendigo Braves women tip-off against the Bandits at 6pm, men at 8pm.
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