THE Mandurah Magic men might have struggled on the road to the Goldfields Giants in the State Basketball League on Saturday night, but plenty of excitement surrounds their return home this Friday.
With the undefeated women’s team having the bye, the men made the trip to Kalgoorlie to take on the Giants in a battle of the winless teams in the SBL after the opening two rounds of the 2017 season.
It was the Giants who won on their home floor 100-69, with import Jacob Holmen returning from a hamstring injury with 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The 31-point defeat might have been disappointing for Mandurah, but they did unveil new import guard Will McNeill who showed some good signs on debut with 11 points, five steals and three assists.
Veteran big man Taylor Mullenax again worked hard for the Magic with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Magic men and women are now looking ahead to this Friday night for the first home game at the redeveloped Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
During the redevelopment, the Magic had to train away from the venue in 2016 and play their home games in Rockingham.
While the official opening is still several weeks ago, this Friday night the first SBL action will be played on the new courts with Mandurah playing the Eastern Suns.
The Magic women have started the season in imposing form, beating the Willetton Tigers and Lakeside Lightning before last weekend’s bye.
Nici Gilday and Carly Boag joined the team, led by Casey Mihovilovich, Rachell Halleen, Bree Klasztorny and Emma Klasztorny.
They will host a Kalamunda team yet to win in 2017.
The men’s clash will feature two clubs yet to taste victory this season, so the Magic could get off the mark under new coach Aaron Trahair on their home floor.