QUARTER FINAL 1
Saturday 13th Aug – 7:00pm, Candle Stick Park, Mackay.
Mackay Meteorettes v Townsville Fire
Throughout the season when Mackay and Townsville faced off it was Mackay who came out on top, proving too much for the Flames with 33 point wins in both clashes. Each game it has come down to the last quarter and both times Mackay stepped up their defence and held Townsville to single digits, which no doubt would be highlighted by both coaches leading into the game. The Fire will need to match the Meteorettes defensive intensity if they want to come out on top come Saturday, as Candlestick Park won’t be friendly, and in tough conditions on the road defence is what helps you win. Jillian Haughton has done a tremendous job again this year leading the Meteorette’s, and this is emphasised again by being the second highest assist leader in the competition. She even showed off her scoring ability last time they matched up notching 19 points along with her 5 assists. Of course on the other end of the stick there is Natalie Novosel, and although she has had a couple of quiet games recently with only 11 points against Bundaberg and 12 against SC Rip she will be a tough matchup. With this in mind Mackay will have to watch out as she will be looking to come into finals with a bang, and this Flames side has absolutely nothing to lose and will give it a red-hot crack. Both teams are full of players that can go off on any night and that’s why they have been so successful throughout the season so Saturday night should be a barnburner!
QUARTER FINAL 2
Sunday 14th Aug – 2:00pm, Cornubia Park Sports Complex, Logan.
Logan Thunder v. Gold Coast Rollers
When these two teams faced each other it didn’t pan out so well for the Rollers, as they suffered a pretty bad loss at the hand of the sharpshooting Kate Gaze, who had a whopping 35 points on them. Last week’s match up against South West Metro, she was able to keep up the good form, again having 33 points in a bruise-free game. Since their last face off though there have been some pretty big changes in the line-ups of both these teams. On the one hand the Rollers have added Natalie Hurst to their roster, which has proven to be a tremendous boost winning 4 of their last 6 games with her presence. On the other hand Logan missed having Mikhaela Donnelly and will be wanting to have her on the roster for this weekend’s game as she has proven to be a valuable member of the team every round. Both teams will be polishing up their game plans and making sure they have done plenty of background research on each other. Logan are a powerhouse at home and have only lost once against Townsville, meaning that Gold Coast will need to be bring their A-game as they prepare for this first round of the finals.
QUARTER FINAL 3
Saturday 13th Aug – 4:00pm, Cotton On Foundation Stadium, Ipswich.
Ipswich Force v. Brisbane Capitals
Ipswich had the whole league stunned when they came out on top against the leagues frontrunners Rockhampton, making the minor-premier lose their first game since round 1 and thus guaranteeing a home quarter-final. Young gun Shyla Heal lead the way with 24 points and she will definitely be looking to put on a show in front of her home crowd this coming weekend. Capitals also were able to topple the Mountaineers in their last game before finals, polishing up a few things no doubt as they cruised to a 10 point win. In the last match-up between these two teams the Force proved to be too much for the Capital’s in a tight and exciting game of basketball. After finishing the game with the scores tied-up, they had to go into overtime to settle who the winner was. Heidi Freeburn has proven time and time again that she is a threat to be reckoned with, with 24 points in their clash she will be looking for a repeat of this along with some help from the other role players she plays beside. This game will be a true testament to the team’s strength of whoever comes out on top, they haven’t seen each other since round 5 and both teams have grown tremendously and so Brisbane will be looking for redemption while Ipswich will be coming off a high and looking to carry that momentum through with them.
QUARTER FINAL 1
Saturday 13th Aug – 7:00pm, Early Settler Stadium, Cairns.
Cairns Marlins v. Mackay Meteors
After both teams finished the regular season with dominating wins they will be coming into this match up with some confidence. Cam Tragardh once again put on a show for his home crowd finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He filled the stat sheet that should warrant some serious concerns from the coaching staff of the Meteors and they will be preparing for him to be at his best. Along with Tragardh, Mackay will need to keep an eye on Fisher, Heuir and Laughton as they have been tremendous all season long. Cairns have just as much to be worried about, as they face a stellar line-up including Shaun Bruce, Chris Cedar, and Tidjane Diop, who all pack a real punch. In terms of matching up themselves they have split it, with both teams actually dropping to the other on their home court. With this being said, they last faced each other in round 9 and since then both teams have only dropped one game each, proving just how strong they can be to the rest of the field and each other. This game will be one for the books and will really come down to the wire, it should be marked down as a must watch game as both teams are firing on all cylinders and will be raring to go.
QUARTER FINAL 2
Saturday 13th Aug – 7:00pm, NAB Stadium, Brisbane.
Brisbane Capitals v. Ipswich Force
With James Legan and Aaron Anderson known to be two of the most prominent offensive threats this season, it should be no surprise to anyone that these sides will be looking to continue their high scoring ways. Legan does have a killer combo with Kyle Harvey, especially with him coming off of a high scoring game against another front runner of the competition, Mackay, leaving the court with 26 points. The Capital’s on the other hand have hit their straps the last few months, and despite what will be seen as a disappointing loss to the Mountaineer’s, are still a legitimate contender. Back in Round 5 these two sides met, with the Capital’s coming out 101-85 victors, with the usual suspects of Anderson, Rychart and Jeffries leading the way. The Force add the Wilson brothers to this roster and will see themselves as a real chance to steal this one, considering this time last year they nearly did, only to be pipped at the post by ultimately a better team who had a little more run in the legs.
QUARTER FINAL 3
Saturday 13th Aug – 7:30pm, Hibiscus Sports Complex, Mt Gravatt
South West Metro v. Logan Thunder
When both of these sides play at their best, they can match it with anyone. South West all season have prided themselves on the defensive end, giving up an average of only 80.65 points per game – good for second best in the league. The Thunder on the other end have been offensively potent all season, with the trio of Young, Cedar and Baker shouldering most of the load, and doing a good job. As these sides met just last weekend in the annual Karlee Adams Fundraising game, there is no doubt not all cards were played by the coaches and this game will be played differently. One notable disappearance for the Pirate’s was NBL guard Brendan Teys, of who when paired with MVP candidate Tanner Mcgrew is a formidable combination. With Ryan Vines running the ‘ship’ as he did last weekend finishing with 13 assists, the Pirates will feel they can beat the Thunder again. Logan Head Coach Derek Rucker however will no doubt have a game plan that can get his talented group over the line, so this shouldShare