Women’s Semi-final 2
Logan Thunder vs Gold Coast Rollers
1:00 pm Sat 15 Aug
Cornubia Park Sports Complex
A solid 10-point win over South West Metro finished off the regular season for the Thunder last weekend, giving them an extra boost ahead of the playoffs. It’s been a strong season for Logan, conceding just two matches this year and securing a number of big-margin wins in the process. Led by key scorers in Jayden Fuiava, Carleigh Patrick, Caroline Williams and Hazel Fui, the Thunder put an early stamp on the competition and have gone from strength to strength all season. Their last encounter with Gold Coast was in Round 10, with Logan securing a 63-48 victory, the Rollers underperforming in the middle quarters which led to their undoing. Gold Coast won’t want to chance it this time around, and will look to their core group of Tara Maxwell, Sarah Glazebrook, Taylor Joyce and Shanelle Tolley to pull together and get points on the board. The Rollers have the ability to pull off big wins and have the season track record of 10-3 to make them strong competitors, and will be buoyed by last week’s 21 point win over Sunshine Coast. Fans can expect a close and heated match as both teams seek their ticket to next week’s final.
Women’s Semi-final 1
Brisbane Capitals vs South West Metro Pirates
6:00 pm Sat 15 Aug
The Capitals have undoubtedly been the team of the season, with an unblemished record to complement up their depth of talent on court. With Rachel Mate, Raquel Spies, Madie Woodford, Karina Chandra consistently able to lead the way on the scoreboard, the Caps have pulled off a number of big win throughout the season to dominate the competition. The Pirates cannot be discounted, despite suffering a 10-point loss last weekend to Logan, South West are a young but highly talented team, featuring the likes of Savannah Au, Zetina Aukoso, Chynelle Marama and Maggie Pitt who when given free reign can dwarf their opponents. The last time the Capitals and Pirates faced off was way back in Round 7, Brisbane taking a 52-45 victory, but South West pushing the Capitals throughout the match. The Pirates will need to emulate a similar performance on Saturday and look to their key shooters to be on-point. The undefeated Capitals will relish the chance to continue their streak right through to the grand final and in front of their home crowd, but the talented Pirates group will be out to cause an upset and steal the limelight.
Men’s Semi-Final 1
Southern Districts Spartans vs Brisbane Capitals
4:00 pm Sat 15 Aug
Rowland Cowan Stadium
The Spartans have cruised into the semi-finals off the back of a stellar regular season, taking a victory at every one of their encounters. They’re facing a determined and experienced Capitals team, who have only conceded three matches this season and proven themselves to be one of the key threats to the competition. It was a nailbiting 94-91 win for the Spartans last time they faced the Caps in Round 9, and Brisbane have not dropped a game since. Their core cohort of Christian Lam, Brenton Mackie, Nick Dickinson, Ryan Stolberg and Seb Windsor have a wealth of experience and the team will be looking to the group for leadership in what will undoubtedly be a tough clash. Southern Districts are just as formidable, but have missed the expertise of Darryl McDowell-White in recent weeks, who was crucial to the win over Brisbane in Round 9 with 27 points. But the core Districts group has banded together to continue to notch up wins, with Kyaz Karaitiana, Ben Volkman, Harry Nicolson, Andre Ugrinic and James Watson stepping up to get the job done for their team.
With the history between these teams, the quality of the line-ups and the lure of a championship decider, this game is certain to not disappoint, and fans should prepare for an epic battle.
Men’s Semi-Final 2
Seahawks GC vs Sunshine Coast Rip
7:00 pm Sat 15 Aug
Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Stadium
Semi-final 2 may not have the hype of its Brisbane counterpart, but this battle of the north and south coasts is still set to be an exciting encounter. The Seahawks and Rip haven’t faced off since Round 6, where Rip locked up an 85-77 win, the Gold Coasters surging through the second and third quarters but unable to maintain pace to secure the match. The Seahawks have conceded their last two matches, a six-point defeat in Round 13 to Northside and last week a narrow three-point loss to league leaders Spartans, but led by the likes of Adam Tyrus, Christofer Hart, Jordan Collins, Greg Smith and Jesse Lomax, the Seahawks are a quality side who can take comfortable wins when allowed. Sunshine Coast’s line-up led by Ben and Daniel McGlynn, Sean Murphy, Toby Zaremba and Sean Paterson are more than capable of doing severe damage on the scoreboard, and will no doubt be fired up to steal a win over the Seahawks in enemy territory. Watch for the Rip to come out swinging to try to get the early advantage, the Seahawks will have to keep their foot down to avoid being knocked out of finals contention.