QBL ROUND 7 GAME PREVIEWS
Friday 10 June
Logan Thunder v Cairns Dolphins
Logan Thunder: Sarah Ambrose has been extremely consistent so far this season and no doubt the Thunder coaching staff will need it to continue this week in an important clash.
Cairns Dolphins: A devastating 20 points by sharpshooter Teyla Evans, which included 5 made shots from downtown, proved too much for the Power last weekend as the Dolphins strolled to a 20 point victory.
The Thunder continue to professionally beat whoever is put in front of them; which is all that matters at the end of the day. The Dolphins however are a talented squad and no doubt Star Player Rachel Pryor is one player who will look to keep the Thunder busy.
Sunshine Coast Rip v Rockhampton Cyclones
Sunshine Coast Rip: Kristen Langhorn’s nine turnovers didn’t look pretty on the stat-sheet last week and no doubt she will be looking to bounce back from a rough night.
Rockhampton Cyclones: Currently Rockhampton sit atop of the QBL ladder thanks to stifling defence and a dominant percentage of over 126%. They will be hoping the two week break hasn’t cooled them off.
Up until the bye, the Cyclones were steamrolling through anyone in their way and are currently on a five-game win streak. They will look to continue this against an inexperienced line-up the Rip have as they continue to battle and compete in their inaugural QBL Season.
Saturday 11 June
South West Metro Pirates v Cairns Dolphins
South West Metro Pirates: Erica Carlson’s two double-doubles last weekend unfortunately wasn’t enough for the Pirates to get over the line in either game. No doubt her team will be seeking more of the same for her as they look to get back on track this weekend.
Cairns Dolphins: A 20-10 first quarter set up a good win last weekend and with this being the Dolphins’ second game in as many days, they will surely be looking to get off to another good start.
The Pirates one-two punch of Parsons and Carlson wasn’t enough last weekend despite good performances. The coaching staff will be hoping for other players to step up in order to defeat this Cairns line-up who have finals aspirations in an always tight pool.
Mackay Meteorettes v Townsville Flames
Mackay Meteorettes: It didn’t look like fatigue was an issue for the Meteorettes in Sundays clash with Brisbane; 37 first quarter points was more than enough to blow away and set up a comfortable victory.
Townsville Flames: Natalie Novosel was an absolute force as she blew away the Gladstone women in dominating fashion. 25 points and 10 rebounds put her stamp on the game and helped get her team a good win.
With both Mackay and Townsville locked on five wins apiece and hanging around the top of the ladder, this game promises to be the match of the round. With Mackay having home-court advantage, the Flames will need to find a way to keep them out of it whilst making shots in order for a good shot at victory.
Gladstone Power v Ipswich Force
Gladstone Power: Madelyn Willey struggled from the field in during the Northern roadie which unfortunately resulted in two losses. The Power need her to rediscover her range this week as a hungry Ipswich would love to knock them off.
Ipswich Force: Bree Farley will be one to watch this weekend, she’s been consistently good all season and this young Ipswich Squad will be looking to follow her lead after a week off.
With the torrential rain in the South East cancelling their game last weekend, the Force will be jumping at the opportunity to play again which could spell trouble for an inconsistent Power outfit. Gladstone nevertheless have shown that their best basketball is enough to compete against the best so they will be confident of a home win here.
Brisbane Capitals v Rockhampton Cyclones
Brisbane Capitals: Amy Lewis came to play despite the loss last weekend at home; she had 22 points in an efficient night at the office. She will need to bring it again this week in order to beat another talent Northern Team.
Rockhampton Cyclones: It’s been two weeks since the Cyclones have taken the court, and in their last match-up role player Samantha Norwood really stepped up. She registered her first double-double of the season and she will hope the time off won’t affect her performance.
The star duo of Lewis and Freeburn will need to fire at home this weekend in order to knock off the surging Cyclones. Having played the night before, rustiness won’t be an issue for the visitors as they try and register another win against a beatable team.
Sunday 12 June
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Role players Lennan, Wilson and Orwell are three who will need to step up and shoot better from the field for the Mountaineers to win this weekend. They shot a combined 5/23, which wasn’t enough to beat a talented Bears line-up last Sunday.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: Kierra Mallard was an interior force who played well against the Meteorettes. She had a double-double consisting of 18 points and 13 rebounds in an otherwise rough night at the office.
The Mountaineers were brave last Sunday and fought to the death against Bundaberg who look finals bound. They will smell blood this weekend, with the Phoenix Clippers coming up the Mountain after suffering a heavy home loss. They will need to be ready to bounce back, as no doubt Toowoomba will be keen to win their first game since Round 1.
Gold Coast Rollers v Cairns Dolphins
Gold Coast Rollers: After a disappointing performance on Saturday Night which coincided with a heavy loss to the Thunder, Brianna Moyes certainly bounced back quickly as she was at her brilliant best Sunday in a good win over rivals South West Metro.
Cairns Dolphins: In just her second game of the season, Serina Falvo would have loved her time back on the floor. Her 12 efficient points were certainly handy and helped get them over the line.
Having bounced back strongly Sunday, it looked as if the Rollers didn’t skip a beat despite being humbled just the night before. They’re back at home this week and welcome a Cairns outfit who will give their all as they are desperate to put themselves back into playoff contention.
Bundaberg Bears v Ipswich Force
Bundaberg Bears: Merissa Quick was momentous last weekend, she notched up 23 points in both games. Her double-double with 12 rebounds was much needed on Sunday against Toowoomba.
Ipswich Force: Despite notching up a win in their last game back in Round 5, Shenneika Smith in just her first game shot 3/21 from the field. She will need to find the range better this weekend as they will look to make it 2/2 on the Road Trip.
The Bears find themselves in second place in the central pool behind Logan and if they hope to overtake them they need to take care of business at home. Nevertheless the Force had their game cancelled last week and so will have had plenty of preparation for this important match-up.
Friday 10 June
Logan Thunder v Cairns Marlins
Logan Thunder: Michael Cedar filled the stat-sheet in a hard fought win against a gallant Roller’s outfit. 24 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds was more than enough to get them over the line.
Cairns Marlins: The Marlin’s shot out of the blocks with a blistering first quarter, a 15 point lead which proved too much for their opponents to overcome. It will be interesting to see if they can reproduce this on the road.
This game is a must win for both camps as the result will have significant bearing on post-season play. The Thunder are currently snapping at the heels of pool leaders SC Phoenix Clippers, whilst Cairns can’t afford to drop further behind Mackay and Rockhampton. With both teams having so much to play for, it should be an exciting affair.
Sunshine Coast Rip v Rockhampton Rockets
Sunshine Coast Rip: Louis Ilton will be disappointed with his 1/10 shooting considering they lost by 1 point to Perennial Powerhouse Mackay. No doubt he will be jumping at the opportunity to redeem himself this week.
Rockhampton Rockets: Rockhampton currently find themselves in a log-jam with Mackay and Gladstone so this game could tip them into or out of current play off positioning. With this said, their star players will be tough to stop as they fight for yet another Grand Final appearance.
The Rip will be seething at the fact they let a winnable one get away. They will have another opportunity this weekend as they face yet another tough northern team. The Rockets have a lot to play for so the Rip will need to be on their game to put themselves in a winning position.
Saturday 11 June
South West Metro Pirates v Cairns Marlins
South West Metro Pirates: Tanner Mcgrew’s outstanding production unfortunately couldn’t be replicated down on the Gold Coast Sunday after getting the best of the Bundaberg bigs. He will be up against NBL talent so time will tell if he will bounce back to play at the level we know he can.
Cairns Marlins: Anthony Fisher led the scoring for the Marlins in a good win over the Power. He will need to be back at his best as the Pirate’s will be ready to bounce back.
South West got humbled against a hard-working and experienced Roller’s outfit and now face Cairns who appear to be hitting their straps. They will be desperate to get back on the winners list, however, the Marlin’s won’t roll over and will be up for a battle.
Mackay Meteors v Townsville Heat
Mackay Meteors: The NBL Class of Shaun Bruce was on display in the always tough Triple Header Mackay had last weekend. They went 2-1and no doubt Bruce was an important part of these positive results.
Townsville Heat: The signing and consequent addition of Luke Schenscher onto this already Championship Caliber line-up is a scary thought for opposition teams. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds off of the bench in his first game for the Heat.
After a series of disappointing losses, the Meteors biggest test of the season comes Saturday Night as they take on the undefeated Heat. It seems as though every week there are games that have playoff implications and this one is again no different. The Heat are desperate to remain league-leaders whilst Mackay need to stay in the hunt for the Playoffs.
Gladstone Power v Ipswich Force
Gladstone Power: Import Marvin Williams was superb in Friday night’s loss and no doubt he was missed against the Marlins the next day. The Power will be hoping he can return to the court this weekend in a must-win game.
Ipswich Force: Despite scoring in bunches, with 24 points back in Round 5; import Kyle Harvey did have seven turnovers which for a player of his quality is too high. Look for him to turn it around after two weeks off.
With Ipswich having two weeks off, a real concern is whether or not they will be rusty to start out the game. Superstar Power player Ray Willis will look to take advantage of this early, so the Force will need to find a way to keep him and everyone else at bay.
Brisbane Capitals v Rockhampton Rockets
Brisbane Capitals: Kurt Thompson’s consistent season was highlighted yet again after a solid game against the Meteor’s which led to a pivotal victory. His 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals were desperately needed as the Capital’s got over the line by the smallest of margins.
Rockhampton Rockets: Since coming into the line-up Auryn Macmillan has been nothing short of spectacular. The Rocket’s will need all his current season averages in order to grab a desperately needed win at NAB Stadium.
In what would surprise most, the Rocket’s find themselves in a little trouble and are currently 3-3. In a tough pool, dropping another loss might be too much to overcome so they will bring the heat. The Capital’s although are fresh off an upset win and will look to make it two in two weeks as they themselves march towards post-season play.
Sunday 12 June
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Suncoast Phoenix Clippers
Toowoomba Mountaineers: Despite 23 points and 16 rebounds, the Mountaineers superstar in Erron Maxey will be disappointed that his team let one get away against the Bulls.
Suncoast Phoenix Clippers: 1/8 from behind the arc would have Josh Walters disappointed as the previously undefeated Clippers were handed a home loss to the Meteors. No doubt he will want to bounce back strongly this weekend.
The Mountaineers had last Sunday’s win in the bag late in the fourth quarter however they went off court empty handed in double OT. With the Clippers coming off of a loss also, both teams will be desperate to get back on track. The Clippers will want to stay in touch with the top sides whilst Toowoomba want to return to the playoffs.
Gold Coast Rollers v Cairns Marlins
Gold Coast Rollers: Boom signing Adam Gibson is back on the Gold Coast amid Boomers trials and his class was on display with 40 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in his first two games of the season.
Cairns Marlins: In their third game in as many days, the danger for the Marlins is they come out flat. No doubt the coaching staff will be wary of this and player management will be on the top of their minds.
If the Marlins hope to get back into the playoff mix they need to go 3/3 this weekend in three very winnable games. Travelling down the Pacific Motorway on a Sunday is never easy, so Gold Coast coach Pero Cameron will be ready to run the Marlins ragged and make everything tough this weekend.
Bundaberg Bulls v Ipswich Force
Bundaberg Bulls: Willie Shackleford’s unusually poor performance against SWM cost them on Saturday night at the Ship but he bounced back with a triple double against the Mountaineers to help the Bulls secure a win in double OT.
Ipswich Force: Head Coach Mick Conlon will be hoping Jaryd Eustace can get going and play at the level that everyone at the Force know he can. His size and length is a problem for opposition guards, let’s hope he can use this to his advantage.
The Force, Mountaineers and Rollers are all locked and chasing second position in the Southern pool. With this in mind any road win this time of the season is extremely important. The Bulls however are fresh off a victory and will look to string a few together as they come into a five game home stand.