STRONG defence is becoming a trademark of the Bathurst RSL Goldminers’ women’s team.
The Goldminers defeated Griffith 67-50 in their State League match at Griffith on Saturday night with the ‘Miners’ defensive intensity again a feature of their victory.
Intimidating and enthusiastic defence is what the ‘Miners have built their game around all season.
Goldminers’ captain Rebecca Rattey said it was again a highlight of their performance.
“We played very well,” Rattey said.
“We were just pretty hard and tough on them (on defence) and they couldn’t really do much at all.
“We just played a lot of double press and that type of stuff.”
Guard Regan Schram and forward Misty Collins were among the Goldminers’ best.
The side has just lost one match this season and continues to develop under the guidance of co-coaches Charlie McGrath and Shane Furness.
The men’s side, which took just seven players to Griffith, battled on well in their 96-84 defeat.
With skipper Jack Cannon unavailable and centre Adam Zajac fouling out early, the ‘Miners lacked height in the key and Griffith capitalised.
The Goldminers began the match well, scoring the first five points and keeping Griffith scoreless for the first three minutes of the game.
However, the home side gradually found momentum and, despite good performances across the court from the ‘Miners, were able to take control.
Josh Cohen played well offensively for the Goldminers, but it was the Cullen boys who dominated the game for Griffith.
Andrew Cullen shot a game high 31 points, while Nick Cullen added 17 points and provided numerous assists.
After several games on the road, the Goldminers will be back on their home court this weekend against Shoalhaven.
The women’s team will play at 5pm on Saturday, followed by the men at 7pm.
On Sunday, the men will play the Wagga Wagga Heat at 12pm.
Women: BATHURST RSL GOLDMINERS 67 def GRIFFITH DEMONS 50.
Men: GRIFFITH DEMONS 96 def BATHURST RSL GOLDMINERS 84.
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