BSA Premier League Prelim Review and GF Preview
Now it's down to four Grand Final aspirants to determine which two will be crowned League Champions.
Norwood Men and Southern Tigers Women succumbed to Sturt and West Adelaide respectively in the Preliminary Final who both have now made into the Grand Final showdowns.
At Port Adelaide, the Bearcats and Tigers put on a free flowing, high scoring and extremely entertaining contest in front of two very parochial and loud groups of supporters.
West held their nerve and the lead for most of the game, bar for a few brief periods, they always managed to wrestle back the momentum. The 11 point margin the Bearcats got out to with 3 minutes left on the clock, proved too much for the Tigers to overcome. Defensive pressure from both sides resulted in many turnovers, and for Southern, the most costly.
Mollie McKendrick did her best to keep Southern in the contest. She had good support from Denelle Fawcett and Ta'Rea Cunnigan, but a lack of input and turnovers from some quite experienced players contributed to the Tigers demise.
Ashlea Vordemaier led the way for the Home team with 16 points, Teonna Campbell grabbed a Double/Double (12pts/10rebs to go with her 7 steals) and they were backed up with solid performances from Sky Langenbrinck (15pts) and Tahlia Fejo (7pts).
At Marden, Sturt overcame its recent Nemesis in Norwood, to advance to their second consecutive title shot. The Flames got out to a 10 point lead before the Sabres clawed their way back and were never headed after the half way mark of the third stanza.
Matthew Lycett (30pts/7reb) and Daniel Webber (22pts/5reb/5ass) tried their best to keep Norwood in it. Holmes and O'Boyle both fouled out late. By then their fate was sealed.
The Sabres, for the second consecutive vweek, shot an astonishing 29-35 free throws. Isaac White(28pts) continued his amazing season and was superbly supported by DJ (21pts), Rigoni (15pts) and Klaosen scratched up plenty of stars for the first time in about 6 weeks.