Natalie Novosel – Townsville Flames
Going into Round 11 with their season in a precarious position at 6-3, the Flames had the dreaded “Triple Header” trip down south which has caused many teams problems over the years. Fortunately, superstar import Natalie Novosel was fit and firing and carried much offensive load for her team, averaging over 30 points per contest. The impact she had on the court over all three games was unmatched and desperately needed, and this has earned her player of the week honours for Round 11.
Friday Night saw the Flames travel down the Gold Coast to face a desperate Rollers outfit that have playoff dreams of their own and have proved difficult to overcome on home soil. She dropped 37 points and shared the ball with her teammates, distributing 6 assists also to perfectly set-up their long weekend. Fast forward 24 hours to where the Flames faced a lowly Pirates outfit, where in limited action on the court she still managed 15 points, 5 boards and 3 assists. A double-double of 39 points and 11 rebounds capped off a successful weekend for her club down in Logan, which has now put the Flames to 9-3 and a chance to earn a home quarter and semi-final.
Novosel’s impressive play has continued following her Player of the Week performance in Round 2 where she proved too much for the ‘Neers and the Force. Along with the addition of Chevannah Paalvast, the Flames’ season is coming together nicely and will consider themselves a real chance to take it all out this season.
Other noteworthy performances include Carly Boag from the Bear’s, who had 36 points and 12 rebounds despite the loss. Soana Lucet dominated for the Force with 33 points and 11 rebounds and Kierra Mallard stood out for the Clippers with a huge double-double of 25 points and 22 rebounds in a big win over the Rip.
Tanner McGrew – South West Metro Pirates
A momentous double-double of 26 points and 20 rebounds by import Tanner Mcgrew saw the Pirate’s upset the previously undefeated Townsville Heat in ceremonious fashion Saturday Night. With only 7 healthy players suiting up for his team, Mcgrew delivered the goods in a low-scoring tussle where missed shots were plentiful and mistakes were made. Nevertheless, with his personal performance and his impact on the game; Mcgrew has earned his first QBL Player of the Week award, taking it for Round 11.
With his usual counterpart Brendan Teys having a rare off-night from the field, the offense for the Pirates had to come from somewhere. Luckily, wing-player Bairstow stepped up in the same way Mcgrew did, as these two were the only players to score over 20 points for the game. It was the defence that the Pirate’s played though that got them over the line, keeping the usual red-hot Townsville unit to only 66 points from the field is no easy feat, and with 4 blocks and 3 steals, Mcgrew was at the forefront.
The West Virginian rebounding machine is enjoying a successful first season as a professional basketballer, as he currently is the QBL’s second-leading rebounder with 15.0 per contest. This shouldn’t come as a surprise however because prior to joining the Pirate’s, Mcgrew enjoyed four years at West Virginia Wesleyan College where in his Junior and Senior Years averaged eye-opening points and rebound numbers in the NCAA Division 2 basketball system. The Pirate’s will be happy with his season to date and will hope he can continue this level of play entering the post-season.
Other noteworthy performances includes the Rockhampton guard Mitch Philp who orchestrated the pivotal home win against the Marlins, Chris Whitehead was gallant again in another close loss for the ‘Neers with points and 9 assists, and Cam Tragardh registering two double-doubles in a weekend of mixed results for his side.