R14 ABL Action
Another rivalry round to keep things interesting on a cold wet winter night.
Sabres vs Eagles @ Pasadena, playing for the rights to control SA Basketball
Women: Definite MOTN. Some very good players for both teams and this should come down to the cunning of both coaches. On paper, Sturt should have the Eagles wrapped up like a Christmas present. Sturt's only loss have been against Norwood but Borrego has given the Eagles another set of wings and extra talons which means the Eagles have had two seasons, pre- Borrego and with Borrego. Eagles have added 18 to their offence and squeezed 7 from their defence for an overall 25 point improvement. Borrego will be the big bad boogie monster for Sturt fans tonight, no celebrations for them as they find a fly into their chardonnay.
Men: This is a bit like Coles vs Woolies when these teams meet. The flambouyant Forestville meets the stingy Sturt in a battle of offence vs defence. Sturt are better in defence and Forestville better in offence. Sturt with Jacob seem to have a better balance and so it should be the "Evil Empire" who should triumph tonight against the Forestville Jedis. Sturt to execute Order 66 without giving any compassion. The Sith Lords to continue their ascent towards a GF match.
Norwood vs North @ Mars
Women: North had a good win against West last round and despite dropping the first quarter, the Norwood juggernaut rolled on. North to face a massive test tonight against Norwood who yield a miserly 51 points in defence. North might catch a napping Norwood, but then Tiger Airways might start flying again.
Men: North to beat Norwood at Mars? Possible, but the way Davo has them playing D at the moment, North might have better luck getting Julia to admit Bob Brown is the true PM or getting Nicole Cornes to invite Mick Molloy to a family BBQ. Last time they met, the Flames torched the Rockets by 18 points and despite a purple patch of 7 wins in 8 games by North since then, Norwood to lurch forward cementing it’s minor premiership chances.
West vs Woodville @ Port Adelaide playing for the Jimmy Barnes Cup
Women: West dropped a game a home last week, but will be looking for an easy win against the young Woodville team. West won by 17 last time and are on song to make it at least 20 this time.
Men: Woodville are the current holders of the Jimmy Barnes Cup, but both teams have won 2 of their last 5 so form coming into this one is patchy to say the least for both of these working class battlers. Al Green has bagged a couple of close wins showing he has the prowess of McGyver with a paper clip in getting out of trouble. Probably the only real difference is that big bag of rocks for West (aka the “Cairns Crusher”) who even Bear Grylls would have trouble grappling with. His defence should be the difference tonight and the JBC should be sitting in Port Adelaide at night’s end.
Mavs vs Lions @ Siberia East playing in the Pariah Cup
Women: The Mavs gave Sturt a scare at their last home game and have a slim chance tonight if the cards fall their way. D seems to be an issue with the Lionesses who have lost their last 3 and need a win to keep in touch with the 5 and keep their finals chances alive.
Men: Mavs have the talent to smash teams week in week out, so why aren’t they? Apart from an early win against Sturt, their only other wins have been against the bottom two teams. They’re easy wins! Lions have had their chances this season, but their appetite must be questioned as they have consistently put themselves in a winning position and not taken advantage to devour their prey. Last time these two teams met, the Mavs won the game through Jack Madgen free throws to limp over the line. It should be another close game tonight. The Mavs are favoured to win, but their D is a loose as a pair of old jocks and if the Lions take advantage of this, then a double dakking might just prevail.
Panthers vs Tigers @ Marion playing for the title of Big Cat of the South
Women: MOTD. The Tigeresses and Panthers are two teams locked in a four-way battle for 5th spot and both need to make each game count if they are to play finals. Last time the Tigers won by 3, but that was when South were as unlucky as a one eyed, three legged dog chasing a car on the Southern Expressway. This afternoon, it’ll be a different story. I have my predicted score bang on even which means this should go to OT and send the men’s game running late.
Men: It is a different South team without Mitch Creek. They are knocking on the door of the 5 and a home win would be as warming as soup on a cold rainy day. DJ looks set to have his own private Tiger hunt today. In the last 5 games, he has averaged 35 ppg, 18 rpg and 3 bpg. Tigers have had a horrible season and look set for a spoon, wooden in variety. However, they should take encouragement from the fact their last win was against South, so South fans should keep the Pattriti on ice until the final siren. DJ to go Rambo once again - when was the last drop someone dropped 50?.
Woodville-Sturt @ St Clair
Women: I would like to say this’ll be a close contest, but I would be lying.