Warrnambool Seahawks split home double-header, Mermaids deliver too

WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks shrugged off the disappointment of a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night to finish their home double-header on a high on Sunday.

Seahawks coach Tim Gainey said they had a brainfade in their two-point defeat to Chelsea Gulls but regrouped to toppled Collingwood All Stars 94-85.

“We had a mental blank at the very end,” he said of their efforts against the Gulls.

“There was three seconds left and we were tied and they made a full-court pass and their player snuck behind.

“Today was a bit better. We had no recovery time because it was a 1pm game but we’ve had a really good start in every game so far and we’ve put teams behind the eight-ball a bit.”

The Seahawks used their height to advantage against the All-Stars. Alex Gynes and Xavier Johnson-Blount sank 62 points between them.

Two teenagers set the tone for the Mermaids in their 62-54 win over Chelsea on Saturday night.

Mermaids coach Louise Brown said 15-year-old duo Grace Rodgers and Leah Bartlett highlighted their potential.

“I was really happy with the way they played, it was really promising,” she said.

“Leah is a point guard and is just so smart. She was aggressive, took her shots when they were there, penetrated and had a couple of assists.

“Grace is a forward type and is strong and played really good defence and had nice rebounds and got to the foul line a couple of times.”

Amy Wormald led the scoring with 29 points.