ROUND TEN GAME PREVIEWS
Friday 1 July
Mackay Meteorettes v South West Metro Pirates
Mackay Meteorettes: Despite filling the stat sheet in Cairns, Star Guard Jillian Haughton couldn’t find the touch from the field. She was more aggressive in Townsville however which corresponded in a heavy victory.
South West Metro Pirates: Erica Carlson can be proud of her weekend despite the two losses. She had a double-double in both games this weekend which included a 23 point and 20 rebound performance on Saturday Night.
Coming off of two tough losses last weekend, it won’t come any easier for the Pirates as they face the Mackay and Rockhampton Road Trip. The Star Duo of Parsons and Carlson will need to step up again Friday to combat the talent the Meteorettes possess. Mackay will be looking to take care of business on their home floor in order to continue their push for another Championship.
Cairns Dolphins v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Cairns Dolphins: Myra Donkin was on fire from behind the arc in their big win against ladder-leader Mackay. She went 6/7 from downtown and finished with 22 points. Stopping her will be high on the Clippers agenda.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: A 14 point and 20 rebound outing unfortunately wasn’t enough by Kierra Mallard for the Clippers to get over the line in a competitive night against the Cyclones. She will need to bring it again this weekend.
The Dolphins are fresh off a win against Powerhouse Mackay and will need to be weary they don’t slip up this weekend. The Clippers hung around against Rockhampton and will be confident they can do some damage with the likes of Flasarova, Leigh Porter and Mallard having good games.
Bundaberg Bears v Brisbane Capitals
Bundaberg Bears: If the Bear’s as a whole can keep the turnovers down last weekend’s 3 point loss could easily be turned into a hard-fought victory. Guard Caitlin Clancy had 12 to her name so look for her to sharpen up this weekend.
Brisbane Capitals: The star duo of Freeburn and Lewis handed the Thunder a bad loss and got the Capitals the win they were desperately after. The Capitals will be needing the experience and play by these two to knock off the Bears.
The Capitals head up the Bruce to Bundaberg full of confidence having beaten the same Logan Outfit who proved too much for the Bears just a few weeks ago. The Lady Bears nonetheless showed they can match it with the best sides in the league having pushed Rockhampton last week and will look to take care of business at home.
Saturday 2 July
Logan Thunder v Sunshine Coast Rip
Logan Thunder: Kate Gaze couldn’t keep her scintillating shooting going and it was evident at NAB Friday Night. Gaze shot 4/23 from the field which included 0/8 from the three. The Thunder Coaching Staff will be hoping the return to their home floor changes things for her.
Sunshine Coast Rip: The Bye could not have come at a worse time for the Rip as they won their very first game before their scheduled break. They will go into this one with nothing to lose and having tasted victory for the first time will sniff an upset.
The Thunder were looking as though they were flying this time last week, but in a pivotal pool-game they came up short. Former Junior Sarah Ambrose is one who will need anchor the middle whilst setting good screens to get the likes of Gaze and Donnelly open.
Rockhampton Cyclones v South West Metro Pirates
Rockhampton Cyclones: Chandrea Jones showed her class when it mattered and thus the Cyclones got out of Bundaberg will an important victory. 28 points and 10 rebounds felt much more and her presence was definitely felt.
South West Metro: The Road Trip wasn’t the best for Superstar Import Sidney Parsons. She didn’t shoot as well from the field as she would have liked. No doubt she will bounce back this Road- Trip and be back to her usual self.
The Cyclones are always tough at home with the likes of Jones and Norwood always playing near their best. This spells bad news for the Pirates who themselves are struggling across the board and will need to lift on the second game of a double-header. South West did beat a quality team in Gladstone earlier in the year so the Cyclones will need to be ready.
Gladstone Power v Brisbane Capitals
Gladstone Power: In their last game back in Round 8, import Markell Walker dominated inside with 15 points and 17 rebound to round out a double-double.
Brisbane Capitals: We really saw how stingy the Capitals can be defensively in the second quarter, giving up only 4 points to the Thunder. Head Coach Bec Dudic would be loving what she is seeing and will be hoping they can bring the heat again this weekend.
The Power will have fresh legs after having a week off and will also have had plenty of time to prepare for this important affair. They will need to be at their best too as the Capitals are coming off a good win and will absolutely raring to hand another quality side a loss. Well it is all said and done, it may come down to how well Freeburn and Willey play in the end.
Townsville Flames v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Townsville Flames: Chevannah Paalvast was only one of two players reaching double figures which coincided in a heavy and disappointing loss. She will be needed again this week for a change in fortune.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: Katarina Flasarova couldn’t find the touch at home in a tight loss. Going 1/9 from behind the arc wouldn’t sit well for a player of her class, so the Flames will need to watch her and shut her down as the Cyclones did the week before.
This weekend’s game couldn’t come quick enough for the Flames. They were touched up badly by the Meteorettes at home last weekend and have a chance for redemption which could spell trouble for the Clippers. This is the second game in as many days for the Clippers so they will need to be wary of fatigue, so look for the Flames to really come out swinging!
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Ipswich Force
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Beatriz Royo Torres took advantage of the inexperience of the Pirates and notched up a triple-double to give herself player of the week honours. 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals was too much for the Pirates.
Ipswich Force: Shyla Heal was everywhere last weekend in the Force’s pivotal two wins over pool rivals. She played well just a few weeks ago against the Mountaineer Woman so she will be scouted heavily to minimise her impact.
When these two sides met back in Round 8, Toowoomba took the chocolates in an away win that surprised some. The Force although look like they’ve bounced back strongly with two impressive wins last weekend and will look to gain another to strength their position for post-season play. It will be interesting to see how this one goes down in another cold night up the Mountain!
Friday 1 July
Mackay Meteors v South West Metro Pirates
Mackay Meteors: Despite mixed results, the Mackay Coaching Staff will be pleased his Tj Diop’s production. He had two double-doubles and was a presence in the paint averaging 14 rebounds each game.
South West Metro Pirates: NBL Product Brendan Teys proved his worth as he came up big down the stretch in both games of which the Pirates won. His 39 points against Ipswich kept them at bay which set up a perfect 2/2 last weekend.
If the Pirates wish to prove to the league they are the real deal this season, they need to have a competitive outing in Mackay Friday Night. The Meteors will be desperate and if they wish to lock-in another postseason appearance, they will need to take care of business at home. This promises to be a heated affair with quality sides needing wins for different reasons.
Cairns Marlins v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Cairns Marlins: In his first real game for the Marlins this season, NBL Star Cameron Tragardh showed the Cairns Faithful why he has been missed this year. In less than 24 minutes of action he had 19 points on 8/11 shooting. The Clippers need to find a way to counteract his play.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: There were plenty of high scoring players in the shootout that transpired at home for the Clippers last Friday Night. The Coaching Staff will be worried however that they gave up 121 points which is far too many.
The Marlins will be seething that they let a golden opportunity to put themselves ahead of Mackay in the race for second position in the Northern Pool. The Clippers are always tough, and their high-scoring and entertaining brand of basketball causes issues for some quality teams. The Marlins will be ready to go to war and it is hard to see them stumbling here, however you cannot discount this Clippers outfit.
Bundaberg Bulls v Brisbane Capitals
Bundaberg Bulls: Role Player Luke Iacobucci showed up in a big way against a Powerhouse Unit last Saturday Night and there is no reason it can’t be repeated. He was on fire from downtown making 4 and despite the loss the Bundaberg Coaching Staff will be pleased with him.
Brisbane Capitals: The Brisbane Coaching Staff will be hoping Anthony Kopcikas can repeat the level of play he exhibited last season which helped the Capitals reach the Finals. He struggled again in a loss last weekend and will need to bounce back.
The Bulls have challenged almost every team who enters their home building this season. The Capitals will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing home performance, and will need to find a way to stop rebounding juggernaut Shackleford from having the impact he did back in Round 1.
Saturday 2 July
Logan Thunder v Sunshine Coast Rip
Logan Thunder: The duo of Cedar and Baker seemed to make everything from behind the arc at NAB which coincided in a big pool win. They both went 6-8 and really punished the Brisbane Defence who generally fancy their chances in shootouts.
Sunshine Rip: Isaiah Harrison in the last matchup between this sides patrolled the paint in dramatic fashion snatching 15 rebounds to go along with his 14 points.
The Thunder find themselves second on the ladder after a big pool-win thanks to some hot shooting. Even though the Rip are fresh off of the bye and will be ready tactically and will need to be if they want to stop the likes of Baker and Young inside.
Rockhampton Rockets v South West Metro Pirates
Rockhampton Rockets: Ray Turner was a spark that the Rockets needed as they escaped with a late win Saturday Night to make it 2/2 which puts them in a pretty good position at this point in the season.
South West Metro Pirates: Big Man Tanner Mcgrew is showing how good he can be as game after game he dominates inside for the Pirates. In those two vital pool matches he averaged 21 points and 17.5 rebounds and is a big reason the Pirates are sitting so well.
With the current ladder positioning, it will be 4th vs 5th on Saturday Night as the Pirates look to further stamp their claim as a legitimate title contender. They will need to overcome the Turner, Macmillan, Philp and Gregory in hostile conditions to do so. You can bet this will be an exciting clash with the defensive minded Pirates will try to lock down the explosive Rockets.
Gladstone Power v Brisbane Capitals
Gladstone Power: The last time the Power took the court, a disappointing fourth quarter saw them blow a commanding lead and end up taking the loss. They’ll learn from those errors and be better down the stretch this weekend.
Brisbane Capitals: Despite the loss, Dusty Rychart was his usual self, registering yet another double-double for the Capitals. The Head Coach for the Capitals will need him to be at his best if they want to come out with a gettable win.
The matchup of Willis vs Anderson will be the key to this matchup. Ray Willis has dominated all season and is a MVP Candidate so he will need to be stopped. Brisbane however are one of the best teams in the league for a reason, they are star-studded themselves with experience to win big games. This one could go either way so it will be an exciting clash!
Townsville Heat v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Townsville Heat: Young NBL Talent Mirko Djeric led the Heat from the front, finding his teammates and running the team’s offense efficiently. He had a game high 9 assists to go along with his 18 points so he will be scouted quite heavily.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: Zane Meehl shot the lights out in the high-scoring clash that happened up the Coast last Friday Night. He top scored for the Clippers with 24 thanks largely to four made shots from downtown. The Heat will need to find a way to shut him down if they want to remain undefeated.
The Heat took care of business again last week and with the recent inclusion of big man Schenscher it is hard to see anybody beating them. Throw in NBL Players Djeric and Crawford and the Clippers might seem a little undermanned. However with quality players in Page and the Meehl brothers, you can’t discount this team and you can bet they will be ready to go to war and cause a major upset.
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Ipswich Force
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Chris Whitehead showed just how explosive he is as a scorer the last time these teams met and why it is no coincidence as to why he is the leading scorer in the QBL this season. He finished with 51 despite the loss.
Ipswich Force: Fellow offensive weapon James Legan almost single-handedly brought the Force from over 20 points down against the Pirates but unfortunately couldn’t back it back up the following day down the coast. He will be ready to lock horns with Whitehead and come out on top.
The Final game of the round carries significant bearing for both teams. With a desperately needed home win, the Mountaineers can put themselves back in playoff contention; and after the two pool losses on the weekend the Force needing to get back on track is an understatement. This this much riding on the game, both sides will be ready and give it their all to ensure they come out as victors.