QBL Game Previews – Round 11



Logan Thunder v South West Metro Pirates

The fourth-placed Thunder were able to able to escape three-point victors over the Brisbane Capitals in Round 10. Obi Kyei was dominant and was a worthy Player of the Week recipient after putting in 37 points and 8 rebounds on an impressive 12/15 shooting. South West Metro ran away with a 14-point win over the struggling Ipswich Force on Sunday afternoon as they now move to fifth place and within a game of the Thunder. The Pirates were successful over Logan in Round 9 and this game will have a major impact on both team’s playoff positioning. The Thunder are an impressive 6-0 at home this season and we are predicting them to get one back on the Pirates and remain unbeaten at Cornubia Park.

Southern Districts Spartans v Rockhampton Rockets

The Spartans were able to pull off one the seasons biggest upsets in Round 10 as they ended USC’s 10-game win streak. After going winless in their first 8, Southern Districts have now won two of their past three despite Adam Gibson being ruled out for the remainder of the QBL season. Dashawn King put in a massive 33 points for the home team. Rockhampton ran away with a comfortable victory over Gladstone in Round 10 as Malcom Bernard’s and Ray Willis’ 30-point performances led the team to a 16-point win. Rocky will be playing the first game of their three-game triple header with games against the Seahawks and Capitals to follow. The last fortnight has proven that the Spartans are much better than what their poor record shows and are more than capable of competing with the competitions best. Rockhampton only find themselves one-game from dropping out of the playoffs and with more on the line we expect them to win narrowly on Friday night.

Brisbane Capitals v Toowoomba Mountaineers

Brisbane are 3-3 in their past six games, with all loses being under 5 points. Their next four encounters will all be at NAB Stadium and with the recent addition of Illawarra Hawks forward Tim Coenraad – who has averaged 31 points on 57% in his first three games – playoffs look a real possibility. Toowoomba surprisingly find themselves in a similar situation, as they now find themselves in eighth position on the QBL ladder after two Round 10 victories over Gold Coast and North Gold Coast. With the winner of this contest finding themselves in the current playoff picture there is a lot on the line. We expect Coenraad and Bozeman to go back and forth and this to be a high scoring contest, but the Capitals might just be too strong at home.

North Gold Coast Seahawks v Rockhampton Rockets 

The Seahawks recorded their first win of the QBL season with a low-scoring 7-point victory over cross-town rivals the Gold Coast Rollers. Unfortunately, North Gold Coast had little time to celebrate as they backed up the following day and were more than competitive against the Mountaineers only going down by 5 points. Jamerson and Campbell both reached 20 points in both games across the weekend, but like many teams were unable to limit Bozeman who led his team to victory with 39. Rockhampton will be backing up after a game against the Spartans on Friday night. In the front half of the season you would pencil Rocky in here, but previous weeks have provided us with many upsets and with a win under their belt the Seahawks will be hungry for more. We do expect the Rockets to have too much class in this one, but the result may be much closer than many think.

USC Rip City v Gold Coast Rollers

USC are coming off their first loss since Round 1 after going down by 9-points against the struggling Southern Districts Spartans. Isiah Tueta and Eric McAlister struggled from the field combing for 4/22 and will both look to bounce back against the Rollers in Round 11. Rip now find themselves in a three-way tie on top of the QBL ladder and can ill afford to drop games again non-playoff teams if they want home-court advantage come playoff time. After a successful Round 9 road trip, the Rollers will be disappointed with their Round 10 efforts after dropping to Toowoomba and the previously winless Seahawks. Despite needing a miracle to make the playoffs, Gold Coast should be motivated to return to the effort levels displayed against Rockhampton a fortnight ago. USC will get back on the winners list in this one and continue their push toward a home playoff game.

Gladstone Port City Power v Ipswich Force

Since winning all three games in Round 7, Gladstone have lost 4 on the trot by an average of 20 points. The Power suffered another disappointing loss at the hands of Rockhampton in Round 10, this time by 16 points. Taylor Young and Matt Hancock can hold their heads high for their individual performances but were the only Power players to reach double figures. The Power gave up an unforgivable 67% shooting to the Rockets. Ipswich were able to split their double header home weekend in Round 10, belting the struggling Phoenix before going down to the inform Pirates on the following day. Kyle Harvey was again dominant for the Force averaging 33 points and 7.5 rebounds across the weekend. This is a battle between 12th and 13th on the ladder and with neither team showing any consistency throughout the season it is a difficult game to predict.

Mackay Meteors v Townsville Heat

Game of the round sees a battle between two teams at the top of the table sitting pretty at 10-2. Both sides are coming off home games against Cairns but with extremely different results. Townsville thumped the Marlins by a whopping 37 points, whilst the Meteors went down by 4 against a tired Marlins outfit. All Heat starters scored in double figures with all players remarkably shooting at least 55% from the field. The Townsville defense was again smothering, keeping Cairns to 35% shooting for the game. Mackay was again led by Blanchfield and Robinson, but they struggled to get any production outside of the two. The Meteors were kept to 77 points, their lowest offensive total of the season. Coming off their first home loss of 2018, Mackay will be eager to bounce back and take a strangle hold on top stop on the ladder, we are predicting Townsville to get revenge from their Round 2 defeat against Mackay and win on the road.

Brisbane Capitals v Rockhampton Rockets 

The Capitals will be playing their second home game in as many games as they come up against Rockhampton on their third game of their south triple header. This is the perfect opportunity for Brisbane to cement themselves in the playoff picture entering the final month of the season and potentially finishing the round as high as seventh on the ladder. The same can be said for Rockhampton, who with a flawless 3-0 weekend will be knocking of the door of the top-4 and a potential home final in week 1 of the playoffs. Brisbane look a completely different outfit with Coenraad in the lineup and considering the Rockets will be playing their third game of the weekend we are predicting the Capitals to go 2-0 over the weekend and into the playoff race.




Southern Districts Spartans v Rockhampton Cyclones

The Spartans had an impressive 21-point win over USC to move within one win of the top 4. Rebecca Haynes was outstanding leading from the front with 24 points shooting at 68% from the field. Romy Baer had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists, whilst Aja Parham and Ashley Taia scored 14 and 12 respectively. The Cyclones had a thrilling 3-point win over the understrength Gladstone Power in Round 10 thanks to a massive 36 points from Aaryn Ellenberg. Shanavia Dowdell scored 25 to go along with 13 rebounds. This will be the first of three tough games for the Cyclones in southeast Queensland this weekend and with a 7-4 record they can’t afford to drop too many heading into the final few rounds. The Spartans good form should get them over the line in this clash.


Logan Thunder v South West Metro Pirates

Logan host South West Metro in a local derby that is certain to attract a massive crowd on the eve of the Under 12 State Championships. The Thunder were belted by the Pirates in Round 9 and will hope that the large home crowd can lift them in a do-or-die clash. Logan fell to Brisbane last week despite a strong effort from Jacquie Luna-Castro who top scored with 19 points. Zitina Aokusa led the team with 16 rebounds, whilst Mikhaela Donnelly had 10 assists. South West Metro had the biggest win of the weekend crushing the red-hot Ipswich Force by 26 points on Sunday. The Pirates limited Player of the Year favourite Amanda Johnson to just 8 points while Nicole Seekamp led the way with 17 points and Sarah Elsworthy was huge off the bench scoring 16. It may be a big occasion for Logan, but this will be another big win for the Pirates.


Brisbane Capitals v Toowoomba Mountaineers

The Capitals kept their finals hopes alive with a tough 7-point win over Logan in Round 10. They will fancy their chances to climb back into the 8 this weekend with a home double-header against Toowoomba and Rockhampton. Diana Neves led the Caps to their win against Logan top scoring with 18 points and Akilah Bethel grabbed a game-high 17 boards along with 8 steals. Toowoomba remain without a win in season 2018 after big losses to Gold Coast (42 points) and North Gold Coast (86 points – 2018 record margin). It’s hard to see Toowoomba winning a game this year based on their form and that’s good news for a Capitals team desperate to string a few together in their push towards a finals berth. Brisbane easily at home.


North Gold Coast Seahawks v Rockhampton Cyclones

The Seahawks impressed once again in Round 10 with big wins over local rivals Gold Coast by 17 points and a whopping 86-point demolition job of the Mountaineers in Toowoomba on Sunday. North Gold Coast now sit in sixth position and are an almost certainty of playing finals in their first QBL season. Leeza Burdgess was named QBL Player of the Week for Round 10 on the back of 25.5 average points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and shooting at 57% across the two games. Other strong contributors were Aimee Durbidge and Casey Samuels who both had big games on the weekend. The Cyclones face an in-form Seahawks team with their second game of the triple-header. Rockhampton’s form has been good of late with three consecutive wins seeing them sitting in 7th position. This will be one of the closer games of the round with two evenly matched teams. Seahawks are good on home soil and may have enough to fend off the travelling Cyclones.


USC Rip City v Gold Coast Rollers  

Rip City come into Round 11 with a .500 record and sit one spot outside the 8. The Rip were outclassed by the Spartans last week although Leah Scott and Carlie Smith had big nights with 22 and 19 respectively. USC have now lost two straight after enjoying a four-game winning streak that stretched back to early June. Their next opponents Gold Coast enjoyed their second win of the year with a 42-point thumping over Toowoomba but were beaten in the local derby to the Seahawks by 17 points the following night. Alicia Carline scored 33 against Toowoomba and backed it up with 17 against the Seahawks. The Rollers failed to have another player score double-digits against their rivals and coach Van Dongen will be looking for more support from his team against a Rip outfit that has scored well all season. The Rip at home should be heavy favourites in this one.


Gladstone Port City Power v Ipswich Force  

Gladstone’s miserable season continued in Round 10 losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Cyclones on the buzzer. The Power looked strong all game and were destined to cause an upset against their fierce rivals but were denied by a Brooke Blair winner at the end. Tanaya Atkinson and Amanda Frost played the entire game and scored 25 and 24 respectively. Milomilo Nanai led the team with 9 assists, whilst Gladstone only managed to reel in 28 rebounds on the night and are the lowest ranked team in this area. Despite a close 5-point win against a star-studded Sunshine Coast Phoenix on Saturday, the Ipswich Force suffered just their second loss of the season with a 26-point drubbing at the hands of the Pirates. In what was easily Ipswich’s worst game of the season, the Pirates managed to capitalise on poor shooting and turnovers from an unconventional and tired looking Force team. Georgia Williams top-scored with just 12 against the Pirates after Amanda Johnson top-scored again the previous night with 22. The Force will be back on the winners list with a big win here against Gladstone.


Mackay Meteorettes v Townsville Flames

The northern rivalry between Mackay and Townsville will be on again in Round 11 as the eighth place Meteorettes take on the ladder-leading Flames. Mackay will be looking to avenge their 40-point loss to the Flames back in Round 2 and have kept their playoffs hopes alive with a 12-point win over the Cairns Dolphins at home thanks to a big game from Mia Lloyd who had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jacqui Zelenka scored 18 points, whilst Heidi Freeburn had 16 and Ruvanna Campbell collected 10 rebounds. The Flames recorded another big win at home – this time against their northern rivals the Cairns Dolphins by 31 points. Darcee Garbin top-scored with 17, Miela Goodchild had 16 and Micaela Cocks and Stella Beck both scored double-digits. Townsville continue to be the in-form team in 2018 and should be able to wrap-up a home final in the next couple of weeks. Their ambitions of a minor-premiership will start on Sunday with a win against the Meteorettes.


Brisbane Capitals v Rockhampton Cyclones 

The Capitals should come into this game with a win under their belt against the bottom placed Toowoomba Mountaineers from the previous night. The Caps will be looking to build some momentum after an up and down season which sees them sitting in 10th position with a 4-7 record. Brisbane snapped a four-game losing streak with their win against Logan in Round 10 and will be hoping for three straight when they tackle the Cyclones on Sunday. Rockhampton will be playing their final game of a gruelling triple-header and will be desperate to come away with at least a win or two from the weekend. Rockhampton’s three opponents in Round 11 are all in the top 10 and wins against any of them will put the Cyclones in a good position come playoffs time. This is a very interesting matchup with Brisbane desperately needing to keep their hopes alive whilst Rocky are playing their third match of the weekend. It’s a game that could go either way at Capital Hill.


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