Suncoast Phoenix Clippers v Mackay Meteorettes
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: Kierra Mallard has started the season strongly averaging 20.3 points and 13 rebounds a game. The Clippers will be hoping she can retain this blistering form.
Mackay Meteorettes: In her last start Tami Willey was outstanding in her match-winning performance, shooting 15-19 from the field to end up with 39 points.
Since Round 1 the Clippers have remained winless and will be desperate to get their season back on track this weekend. The Meteorettes though have winning momentum and will be tough to go past if they maintain high level of play.
Townsville Flames v Gladstone Power
Townsville Flames: Natalie Novosel wasn’t her efficient self in the team’s first loss for 2016 at the hands of the Cyclones, no doubt she will be ready to make amends for her team.
Gladstone Power: Having been in the game up until half-time, the Power will be disappointed in the 41-17 smacking they received in the third quarter. Look for them to be better after the main break this week.
The Flames find themselves high in the Northern Pool this season and will need to take care of home games like this one if they hope to remain there. The Power however will be disappointed in their collapse at home last start and will be out to prove they can still match it with the best.
Logan Thunder v Gold Coast Rollers
Logan Thunder: Young gun Carleigh Patrick provided a huge boost for the Thunder as they took out yet another victory, tallying 22 points in only 24 minutes.
Gold Coast Rollers: Brianna Moyes was one player who couldn’t be stopped as the Rollers continued their fine start to the season against struggling Mountaineers, dropping 31pts in under 27 minutes.
The Rollers continue to do just that in the early part of the season and find themselves as the only undefeated team left in the league. This will be a real test however; the Thunder are rolling and would love to knock off the leaders and further prove themselves. This is sure to be an entertaining contest which could possibly have end-of-season repercussions.
Ipswich Force v Toowoomba Mountaineers
Ipswich Force: Shyla Heals clutch three to force overtime ended up as a real life-saver for Ipswich, going on to claim their first game of the season. She ended up with an 11pts and 10reb double-double.
Toowoomba Mountaineers: The tandem duo of the Royo Torres’ combined for 44 of 65 points the Mountaineers managed in their loss last start. Toowoomba will need more contributors on the offensive end in order for more wins to come.
With the Rollers currently far ahead in the Southern pool, the race for the second will be a real dog fight between these two sides and the Pirates. This adds a little more meaning to this clash, and with the Pirates currently sitting ahead, both sides will be desperate for the win here to keep in touch.
South West Metro Pirates v Bundaberg Bears
South West Metro Pirates: Erica Carlson was a lone warrior on the glass last weekend, grabbing 12 rebounds against a Brisbane side who dominated that category. Look for her to get more help down low this weekend.
Bundaberg Bears: Carly Boag had a good game in a disappointing night for the Bear’s, her double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds was a strong performance against tough opposition.
With both teams coming off heavy losses, each are sure to come out hungry tonight and ready to make amends. Bundaberg have their whole team together and will be tough to beat in what shapes as a possible must-win for them, while the Pirates have made real strides this season and will want to ensure they remain in the top half of the table.
Cairns Dolphins v Gladstone Power
Cairns Dolphins: The Dolphins will need to recalibrate their shooting if they are to win this week after going 3-23 behind the arc and only 29% overall in their loss to the Cyclones last start.
Gladstone Power: Madelyn Willey has won games off her own hand this season and despite having some average shooting games, still manages to average over 22ppg for the season. She will no doubt need to have her influence on the game minimised.
With both the Dolphins and the Power starting to slip in their pool, both will be desperate to achieve a turnaround here. The Dolphins will have home-crowd advantage and no doubt head coach Mark Worthington will have something up his sleeve to give his side an upper hand.
Sunshine Coast Rip v Mackay Meteorettes
Sunshine Coast Rip: The Rip will need to do a better job of protecting the ball this weekend by cutting down the turnovers. They had 28 last round, which in any league is far too many in order to be competitive against quality opposition.
Mackay Meteorettes: Rachel Allison had another good double-header weekend, being another key-cog in a Meteorettes outfit that looks as if they are finally starting to play at their brilliant best.
The inexperienced Rip have been struggling of late and unfortunately for them too many errors have prevented a W so far this season. They will need to improve their play if they hope to upset the formidable Mackay, however all the pressure will be on the visitors to get the result.
Brisbane Capitals v Mackay Meteorettes
Brisbane Capitals: A disappointing third quarter had the Capital’s camp thinking “what-if” this entire week. No doubt they will be ready to make amends having let one slip away last weekend against Ipswich.
Mackay Meteorettes: The Meteorettes have one of the best defences in the league, giving up just a stingy 70 points per contest so far this season.
With this being the third game in as many days, the real danger for the Meteorettes is that they are flat and fatigued. The Capitals will need to be ready to pounce on this if they want to be back on the winners list, so expect them to come out of blocks absolutely firing!
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Bundaberg Bears
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Key players Kimberlee Wilson and Emily Derksen only managed 2/15 from the field which coincided in a heavy loss; they will need to be on target in order to beat an improved a tough Bears outfit.
Bundaberg Bears: Caitlin Clancy in her first game since returning from the USA was a key performer in an otherwise tough night for the Bears, being the team’s second-highest scorer with 13 points.
Toowoomba haven’t registered a win since Round 1, and will be jumping at the opportunity to prove to the competition that they are an improved side since last season. The Bears however will be looking to improve from their touch up a fortnight ago and will look to take care of business in a very winnable game.
Gold Coast Rollers v South West Metro Pirates
Gold Coast Rollers: A blistering first quarter gave the Rollers a 15 point advantage in their last matchup which ultimately set up a huge win; no doubt this will be high on the agenda for this weekend also.
South West Metro Pirates: Sidney Parsons was again a lone-warrior on the offensive end scoring 27 of her sides 59 points. The Pirates will need to find more avenues offensively to compete against the league leaders come Sunday.
In the top-of-the-table clash for the South Pool, both sides will be keen to prove they are worthy of top position. The Rollers haven’t lost yet and don’t look like doing so of late, as they continue to roll. The Pirates however have proven their best is good enough having handled the Power comfortably, so this could in fact be an interesting affair.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers v Mackay Meteors
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: Lester Ferguson’s 23 points was enough to get the better of the Thunder a fortnight ago and further show that the Phoenix-Clippers are legit contenders for the post season.
Mackay Meteors: Chris Cedar couldn’t find the range in Bundaberg which could have been a contributor to their shock loss. He will need to be on target in order for the Meteors to defeat the surging Phoenix-Clippers.
The Phoenix-Clippers just keep winning, and no matter who the opposition is they just find a way to do so. This spells trouble for the Meteors who suffered a shock double defeat two weekends ago and need to win desperately in order to stay in touch with the top teams.
Townsville Heat v Gladstone Power
Townsville Heat: Josh Wilcher had a good game and helped the Heat remain undefeated with his play in the team’s last win over the Rockets. He notched 16 points and had 10 assists in the team’s impressive victory.
Gladstone Power: Ray Willis continues to dominate for the Power and his performance against the Meteors was no exception. A near triple-double consisting of 32 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists was enough to get them over the line.
Game Preview: The Power find themselves in a decent position early on but with the other teams snapping at their heels there is no time to let up. The undefeated Heat promises to provide them their sternest test of the season, the home side not looking like they will slow down anytime soon.
Logan Thunder v Gold Coast Rollers
Logan Thunder: Mitchell Young has continually stamped his dominance in the paint game after game this season and the Thunder will be relying on him to continue this form through this middle stretch of the season.
Gold Coast Rollers: Jackson Parr can hold his head up high despite suffering a home loss a fortnight ago. His efficient 18 points certainly wasn’t the reason for the loss.
If the Thunder want to get back on track and keep up with the league’s best, they need to win home games against teams like the Rollers. However the Rollers have matched it with some of the competitions heavyweights and will not go down without a fight.
Ipswich Force v Toowoomba Mountaineers
Ipswich Force: In his first game of the season Jason Ralph was unable to find the range. No doubt in the coming weeks he will be back to his brilliant best so surely the Mountaineers will scout him heavily.
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Erron Maxey’s 24 points and 14 rebounds was a key reason for their vital road-win a fortnight ago and no doubt he will be ready to reproduce this performance as the Mountaineers chase another win.
With both teams in the chase for second spot in the Southern pool this clash is as important as any. The Force will be expected to win on their home floor, however the Mountaineers superstar duo of Maxey and Whitehead will be a tough cover which will no doubt have the Ipswich coaching staff busy all week.
South West Metro Pirates v Bundaberg Bulls
South West Metro: Adam Tolo’s energy off the bench against the Capital’s was huge and no doubt was a key reason as to why the Pirates upset Brisbane at NAB Stadium.
Bundaberg Bulls: Scheraun King’s breakout game of 40 points, with a scoring 8/12 from behind the arc was no doubt the x- factor in the Bulls upset over the Meteors in their last game.
Both sides will be full of confidence having registered upset wins in their last matchups. The Pirates look solid with their full line-up ready to go and firing; however the Bulls are not to be taken lightly having gained respect around the league for their win over last years’ champs.
Cairns Marlins v Gladstone Power
Cairns Marlins: Despite Damon Heiur’s 16 points and 10 rebounds, it still wasn’t enough to get the Marlins over the line. Look for him to be much improved behind the arc this weekend.
Gladstone Power: Jake Allen continues to perform at a high level this season, helping the Power yet again in a shock win over perennial powerhouse Mackay with 20 points.
The Marlins will be desperate to get on the winner’s list, while the Power will look to continue their solid form of late. With Gladstone playing the night before, the coaching staff will most likely be mindful of making sure their star players are well rested to ensure the best chance of victory.
Sunshine Coast Rip v Mackay Meteors
Sunshine Coast Rip: Rory Sutton has been playing at a high level all season despite results not always being in the team’s favour. This game will be no different as he and a number of other role players will need to step up to give them a fighting chance.
Mackay Meteors: Tidjane Diop will need to start playing at the level we are accustomed to seeing for the Meteors to have a chance at another QBL championship. His numbers were down on the weekend and will be desperate to bounce back.
Having suffered two losses that most people around the QBL would consider upsets, Mackay will be eager to redeem themselves with a three from three this weekend. The Rip though have been tough at home and will be difficult opposition as they look to get a big scalp in their debut season.
Brisbane Capitals v Mackay Meteors
Brisbane Capitals: Aaron Anderson was a key factor for the Capital’s getting back on track with a much-needed win over the Force, leading the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Mackay Meteors: Mackay will no doubt put extra focus this weekend on their ‘D’, giving up 94 points a game has hurt them so far this season.
This is a real danger game for the Meteors being their third in as many days. Compounding this they come up against a fast-paced Brisbane outfit who are desperate to prove they are the real deal again this season. This Grand Final rematch promises to be a nail-biter!
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Bundaberg Bulls
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Chris Whitehead continued to show last game that he is a problem for opposing coaches, his match-winning 38 points getting Toowoomba on the board for 2016.
Bundaberg Bulls: Willie Shackleford continues to dominate the interior seemingly every game he plays in, with his 23 points and 18 rebounds against Mackay highlighting he can still match it with the best.
Toowoomba are starting to play some good basketball of late and no doubt will make it tough for the Bulls travel up the mountain. Bundaberg though are no joke having defeated a powerhouse unit in Mackay; hence the Mountaineers will need their A-game if they plan on notching back to back wins.
Gold Coast Rollers v South West Metro Pirates
Gold Coast Rollers: Gold Coast will need more out of utility Andrew Lomakin if they hope for a change in fortune on Sunday. His usual reliable three point shot wasn’t on target which coincided with a loss a fortnight ago.
South West Metro Pirates: In his first game for the Pirates, Tanner Mcgrew brought much needed inside toughness against the Caps with his 17 rebounds helping South West to upset last year’s Grand Finalists.
If the Pirates really want to prove that they are the real deal they need to take care of business against an up-and-down Rollers outfit. However the Rollers have proven to be a very capable unit, and with a little more luck, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t also feel this game is for their own taking.