Brisbane Capitals V Gold Coast Rollers
5:30pm, Saturday 22nd August
The Capitals secured their spot in the grand final with an emphatic 74-39 victory over South West Metro Pirates, continuing their undefeated run and making their intentions for the championship title loud and clear. After a close first quarter which saw Brisbane take a three-point lead into the first break, the Caps put the pressure on soon into the second quarter and piled on the points to lead 33-17 at halftime. The lead set them up for a cruisy back-half of the game to come away with the comfortable victory – Raquel Spies top-scoring for the Caps with 15 points. It was a different story in Logan, with the Rollers having to battle the home side for the upper hand throughout the match. After trailing 26-19 at halftime and being contained to just eight points in the second quarter, the Rollers’ defense set to work in the third quarter, holding the Thunder to just 4 points as they put up 16 points to see Gold Coast go into the final term up 35-30. Logan fought hard in the final 10 minutes but the Rollers held their nerve enough to secure the 51-46 victory and a spot in Saturday’s final, with Sarah Glazebrook and Georgie Rankin both contributing 11 points for the victors.
It was back in Round 11 that the Rollers and the Capitals last took each other on, with Brisbane coming up trumps 80-63. Brisbane led 38-34 at the half, and reduced Gold Coast’s shooting ability to just 10 points in the third quarter to their own 21 points, giving them a 59-44 advantage by three-quarter time. The Rollers revved up in the final term but couldn’t catch up to the Capitals in the end. The Rollers will be looking to their group of Glazebrook, Rankin, Weiland, Marks and Joyce to do the bulk of the shooting for them, as they have done all season. Sharp shooter Jeanie Pattison was missing from the Rollers line-up in the semi-final, if she’s on the court this Saturday she’ll be a real danger to the Capitals’ campaign. Brisbane’s success this season has ridden on the talents of Madie Woodford, Rachel Mate, Raquel Spies and Mia Teubler – but their group does run deep and they can rely on others to get points on the board. Gold Coast’s defense will need to be tight in order to contain the Capitals shooters if they’re to pull off an upset and steal the title from a determined Brisbane team.