ROUND 5 - Men
North Gold Coast Seahawks v Logan Thunder
North Gold Coast split their Round 4 games with a 12-point win over Toowoomba followed by a loss on the Sunshine Coast to USC the following night by 19. The Seahawks will now enter Round 5 boasting a 2-3 record and sitting just outside the Playoff race at 9th on the ladder. Nearing a third of the way through the 2019 season, the Seahawks put up the second least points per game at 79.4 a night, an area that they will need to improve on if they are to keep working their way up the ladder. They will face a Thunder outfit who are coming off a disappointing home loss against the Pirates. Logan gave up a round-high 116 points in the loss and across their three games are the league’s worst defence at 106 points against a night. This match will feature a severe clash of styles and we believe Logan will have too much firepower for the home side as they get back on the winners’ list.
Cairns Marlins v Townsville Heat
The Marlins (3-4) will face off against Townsville (3-0) who are both backing up after home victories over Ipswich in Round 4. The Heat needed two overtimes to separate themselves from the visitors as they eventually pulled away 11 points the better. Big man Jono Mines put up 31 and 11 in the W, despite struggling from the field. Keegan Tudehope and Matthew Rees also managed double doubles. Cairns had the luxury of facing the Force after their double overtime efforts against Townsville and were able to make light work of them as they jumped out to a 22-point half time lead before emptying the bench and finishing out 19 points the better. Fabijan Krslovic put up a near triple double as he finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The Marlins will be looking to reverse their fortunes against the Heat, who won their Round 3 battle by 10-points. In what will be the Match of the Round, we expect this to go right down to the wire with the home side just scraping through.
Mackay Meteors v Gladstone Port City Power Surge
Mackay completed another undefeated weekend as they have finished off their 2019 SEQ games inside the opening 4 rounds and will be rapt with a 6-1 record throughout the first 7. The Meteors scraped through their two games as they escaped 6 points the better of the winless Toowoomba and needed some last quarter brilliance from Verle Williams to get over the line against the Pirates by 4. Gladstone has fallen to 1-4 after a Round 4 15-point loss to the Rockets. This loss is now three in a row for the Surge and this weekend’s tough task in Mackay will be their last road game before a stretch of 5 games at home. Taylor Young put up 25 points in the loss to Rockhampton and will no doubt need to put in an offensive masterclass if Gladstone are any chance of upsetting the Meteors in Mackay. Meteors easily.
ROUND 5 - Women
North Gold Coast Seahawks v Logan Thunder
After a hard-fought win against the Mountaineers last Friday, the Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season against the previously winless USC Rip City in a shock result. Casey Samuels and Deja Middleton were dominant against Toowoomba combining for 49 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists with Samuels hitting 7-9 from downtown. Both combined well again the following night against Rip with stats of 42 combined points, 20 combined rebounds and 10 assists. However, the Seahawks had a disappointing night shooting at 40% from the field and committing 23 turnovers in the 13-point loss. Logan got back on the winners’ list last weekend thanks to a commanding 16-point win over rivals South West Metro. Mikaela Reuf led the scoring with 28 points whilst Mikhaela Cann was outstanding picking up a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and an astonishing 17 assists to make her QBL Player of the Week. This should be a great clash on the coast, with both teams looking to assert their authority and remain in touch with the top four.
Cairns Dolphins v Townsville Flames
Cairns will look to turn the tables on their arch-rivals Townsville this Friday night after a close 4-point loss in Round 3. Back at home for this one, the Dolphins are aiming to halt their four-game losing streak after going down to the Ipswich Force last weekend. Janee Thompson led the Dolphins with 27 points, Anglea Tompkins had 18 and 8 rebounds, whilst Shaneice Swain continued her impressive season with 21 points and 3 steals. It was a different story for Townsville last week defeating Ipswich at home by 10 points with all five starters scoring double-digits. Harriet Carey top-scored with 19, whilst Brennan, Froling, Cocks, Perry and Fowler all enjoyed good nights shooting the rock. The Flames have been impressive in the past couple of weeks but will face their first road trip of the season travelling north to Cairns. Despite this, the form of Townsville is far superior to the Dolphins and should be enough to get them over the line in this one.
Mackay Meteorettes v Gladstone Port City Power Breakers
Mackay travelled south for the second time this season and came away from Round 3 with two impressive wins over Toowoomba and South West Metro respectively. The Meteorettes now sit second on the ladder with a 6 & 1 record. Erica Covile had averages of 19 points and 15 rebounds over the weekend and Leeza Burgess also enjoyed the trip to the southeast with 12 points per game and 11 rebounds. Despite a quiet night against Toowoomba, Heidi Freeburn and Alex Delaney were back to top form against the Pirates combining for 35 points and 14 rebounds. The Power fell short to Rocky for the second time this season despite leading halfway through the final quarter. Milomilo Nanai led the way for Gladstone with 16 points, whilst Ashleigh Kelman-Poto gathered 17 rebounds in the narrow loss. It’s a tale of two clubs with different form guides and on opposite ends of the ladder. It’s tough to see Gladstone coming away from this trip with a W as the Meteorettes have now won five on the trot. Mackay at home should be too strong.