Mitch Young – Logan Thunder
Splitting arguably the toughest road double in the league with a win over Rocky then a tight defeat to Mackay, Logan should be fairly happy with the result and where they currently sit early on this season. Playing a leading hand across both games, Mitch Young was in sublime form and deservedly takes out the Men’s Player of the Week for Round 2.
In a tense high-scoring affair where 60pts were drained in the final quarter, Mitch Young used all his experience to get the Thunder over the line with game highs of 36 points and 14 rebounds, his effort through the final term along with Michael Cedar proving the difference. Further up in Mackay, Young again led the way despite his team running out of legs to just fall short 92-88. For a second time he notched a double-double with a game high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds, completing a weekend where he averaged over 30pts ppg at 60% and 12rebs ppg.
Entering his third season of QBL, Young has been a consistent force firstly with the Marlins then last year with the Thunder where his season average was well into double figures for both points and rebounds. The St Marys Gaels graduate has played important roles in the NBL for the Taipans then Crocodiles in recent seasons and has gone on to earn a Bullets contract for the franchise’s return in 2016-17.
In other notable performance for Round 2 Ray Willis’ return to the Power reaped an average of 30pts in their split road double, Thalo Green continued his strong return to the league with team highs of 20pts & 12 rebs in the Rollers’ one point thriller over the Power, Jorden Page’s equal game high 26pts proved the difference in the Phoenix-Clippers’ important away pool win over the Bulls, while James Legan returned to form with 34pts including 8-of-12 downtown despite the Force’s home loss to the Heat.
Natalie Novosel – Townsville Flames
Townsville have got off to a perfect start in 2016 to sit 3-0, getting through their first road double of the season with apparent ease last weekend in recording big wins over Toowoomba then Ipswich. Leading the way in both games was Natalie Novosel with two mammoth outputs, her first taste of QBL action resulting in the Player of the Week award for Round 2.
First up against Toowoomba, Novosel dominated all around the court with phenomenal stats across the sheet to fall agonisingly short of a famed quadruple-double with 30 points @ 61%, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 9 steals. Taking on a more offensive role her team’s next day clash with Ipswich, she upped the scoring ante with 44pts at an astonishing 73%, including 7 from 10 beyond the perimeter, and doubled this up with 11 rebounds.
Novosel’s instant impact comes as no surprise considering her basketball pedigree. A product of the famed Notre Dame program during which time she was a twice-runner up in the NCAA Championship, Novosel was then a 1st round WNBA draft pick before moving on to play in the premier leagues of Romania, Italy, and the WNBL with both Dandenong then Townsville. She joined the Fire in 2015-16 and found immediate success in claiming the WNBL title, her field accuracy a crucial component to their triumphant season. She now forms part of a revamped Flames line up which early on is showing plenty of promise to make a real tilt at the league.
Round 2 for the Women was littered with standout individual performances including Sidney Parsons half-century of points in the Pirates win over the Power, Markell Walker posting a huge double of 44pts – 26rebs for the Power in the same game, Carly Boag continued her fine early form with 28pts – 14rebs in the Bears win over Phoenix-Clippers, while Soana Lucet can be proud of 27pts – 25rebs despite her Force’s loss to the Flames.