CABL Grand Final
Women: Norwood v North
The Bookies weren't taking bets at the start of the season on Norwood making the GF. Up until about a month or so ago, four teams were vying for the priviledge to play them in it. But North have soared above the pack and rightly deserve their spot after some well played games and cunning coaching from the big bad wolf. Both coaches now have to work out the best plan to overcome the other and will be busier than an Essendon integrity sub-committee at a free lunch. No wonder Norwood didn’t turn up to the MVP dinner, they were too busy trolling through videos of the Rockettes looking for chinks in their armour.
Don’t know when it was when a team went through a complete season with a clean scorecard, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that you might need to go back a few seasons.
I think we are in for one helluva GF. North have been closest to the Lady Flames all season and the pressure of finals can crack even the most seasoned tough nut. Norwood averaged 82:48 for the season, but North games went 68:56. If the Rockettes can hold the Sabres to 8 points over two quarters, could they do the same to the Flames? They have great form going into this GF, had a 38 point turnaround against Sturt and sometimes a rest the week before the GF can upset the mental preparation of some teams.
Foley and Hill are the obvious ones to watch and a game like this is crying out for a young player from either team to play out of their skin and steal the grand final with some desperate rebounding or gallant shooting outside the arc. However, you can’t deny how the Flames have played this season and despite the very best efforts of the Rockettes, the Lady Flames winning the flag is about as certain as the offer of tax cuts and more money in an election campaign.
Men: West v Forestville
Well, what an interesting finals season it has been in the men’s side resulting in all western derby - I assume Forestville still consider themselves western suburbs? Who will those Woodville supporters barrack for tonight? It’s like picking a side in the Syria conflict. West have dominated the men’s side all season and Forestville’s apples have ripened at the right time opening up what should be a delicious entrée for the upcoming NBL season. DJ in fine form was recognised for that on Sunday night, but both teams can score points as freely as Adam Gilchrist facing a slow spinner with a short boundary in a 20:20.
I think the secret to winning this game is the opening quarter. I don’t think we’ll see any running down the shot clock fluffing around the top of the key in this game. It’ll be played a bit like "ugly people sex" - you need to make each opportunity to score count so it’s frantic and can get a bit messy, with arms and legs in all directions.
There’s nothing in this one with my score predictor leaning towards West by a margin thinner than the duco paint on a cheap car. West would be a bit fresher after only one game in the season and plenty of team bonding (please tell me there was a spa involved), Forestville have suited up each week of the finals series and after 22 weeks those little aches get a bit worse with each bump. Toughen up princess, there’s a flag to win and I think Forestville will be the one with the scissors cutting down the nets after 40 mins....probably plus a bit more…