SEABL: Kristy Rinaldi back for Rush

Kristy Rinaldi back for Ballarat Rush
Kristy Rinaldi back for Ballarat Rush

BALLARAT RUSH captain Kristy Rinaldi will be back on the floor for this season's final home game against Canberra in the SEABL on Saturday night.

Steph Cumming and Abbey Wehrung led the charge in a double Integra Ballarat Rush win last weekend, when Rinaldi was sidelined with illness.

On calculations, Rush could finish as close as one win out of the South East Australian Basketball League east conference top four should they polish off the season with two victories.

Rush coach Peter Cunningham said training had been energetic, hard but with a bit of fun.

He was confident this should translate to positive and aggressive play against Canberra Capitals Academy.

Cunningham said the Academy played a good brand of basketball and could not be underestimated.

The Academy sports dangerous duo Ellie Junod, Sarah McAppion and possibly Australian Opal Natalie Hurst.

Cunningham said the Academy, like most SEABL rivals, had height on Rush but his team had proven it could foil opponents with speed and energy in pushing the ball up the floor.

Sharp shooting was also imperative.

The Academy has been in season-best form in late rounds but young Rush players have also been impressive with the chance to build more minutes and signal their potential for next season.


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