WIRAC is venue for Big Q semi finals in basketball
BASKETBALL: How to stop a 2.1m opponent from Saints will be one of the big questions faced by Warwick Wildcats coach Duncan McKenzie in the lead-up to the Warwick Wildcats home semi-final at WIRAC at 7pm Saturday.
Warwick has won all 10 games in the fixture rounds and as the minor premiers, they have earned the right to host the semi finals.
McKenzie said his side would be at full strength.
"The team will include four players D.J. Cremasco, Josh Cremasco, Ashley Williamson and Josh Clark who all came through the junior program in Warwick,” he said.
They will be joined in the team of eight by James Legan, James Constanoble, Kobi Robinson and James Kuown.
McKenzie is not finalising his starting five until his players have warmed up and he has seen the squad lining up for the opposition.
In the fixture games this season, Warwick has beaten Saints by three and six point margins.
"From the start of the season, I felt Saints would be the toughest team we would come up against.” he said.
"Chris Weber and Jason Ebneter are still playing for the Toowoomba Mountaineers and they have some retired Mountaineers.”
"They are all big and physical, we are a smaller team but will need to put on our big boy shoes for the game.
"The effort our players have put in is phenomenal.”
The biggest player in the Saints side is Stephen Kluck who is 2.1m (six foot 11 inches) and more than 100kg.
Kluck famously broke the back board on the main court at Ipswich such was his power.
McKenzie said Kluck was in the Saints team when Warwick won by three points in their second last game but not in the game last Saturday when the Wildcats won by six.
"We are hoping for a big crowd at the semis and are using the game to generate interest in basketball and build up the club competition in Warwick,” he said.
Former QBL star Pop Dickerson has the Run-in Rebels in the A-grade minor semi.
Reserves: 2.30pm Team 2 vs Team 3 (2) Warwick Green vs (3)Rebels Grey
3.30pm Team 1 vs Team 4 (1) Rebels Blue vs (4)Warwick White
A-grade: 5pm Team 3 vs Team 4 (3) Run-in Rebels (Pop Dickensons team) vs (4) USQ Dragons