Underdogs will look for upsets

Jarrod Sorenson

Jarrod Sorenson

PENRITH'S stop-start season in the 2014 Waratah Championship League will resume on Saturday, May 3, at the Northern Suburbs Indoor Sports Stadium when the Panthers men and women take on the imposing Northern Suburbs Bears.

The Bears are the current competition leaders in both men's and women's divisions and Penrith will be underdogs in both games.

The opening game of the night offers an enthralling battle, when former Sydney Flames WNBL team-mates Rohanee Cox (Panthers) and Renae Camino (Bears) clash.

Camino has been outstanding for the Bears this season and has been the inspiration to lift her side to the top of the competition ladder.

Cox has also been in great form with the Panthers, but her Flames teammate and Penrith sensation Tahlia Tupaea will not be in support.

Tupaea is in China with the Australian under-17 women's team and her absence is sure to cause Panthers head coach Chris Jones some angst in such a vital game.

The second game of the night features the Bears runaway point-scoring machine Jarrad Weeks.

Penrith head coach John Hennessy is sure to rotate a number of defenders on the mercurial Weeks in a desperate attempt to slow his scoring down.

But the Bears have talent to burn in every position and the game could be decided on the boards.

Sydney Kings development player Louis Brandt and Penrith teammates Jarrod Sorenson, Luke Griffith and Emlyn Dodd will need to be at their best.

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