2014 GF Series - Game 1
Monday 7/4/14 - 7:30pm - Perth Arena
It's been a big week in the NBL with the NBL Awards and stories relating to the possible tossing of an award into the Yarra dominating the news. After 117 games of basketball, the season gets down to this series and I’m more excited than a cigar salesman with a box of Havana Blues personally delivered by Fidel. The top two teams are in the GF series and anyone who thinks they have not deserved their place needs to go into the room of mirrors and have a good look.
The situation is this. In the Blue corner are the Sixers, in the Red corner are the Wildcats. It’s the first time these teams have met in a GF series, but believe me if this was (V)FL, this would be Collingwood v Carlton. For game 1 The Sixers Jedi travel to the Death Star to do battle with the Perth Sith. Game 2 is played out on Naboo and if Game 3 is needed, both teams go to Coruscant.
The Wildcats have been in the finals series 28 times on the trot and after being the bridesmaid to NZ for the last few years will be looking at going the next step and actually winning a GF series. They obviously didn't think they would make it to the GF this year otherwise they would have made a tentative booking for the weekend. Instead the Perth Arena is hosting Mrs Brown. The Sixers have a home record the envy of other teams. You can’t keep a good club down and the last team with a similar home record was the Lions vs the Christians, so game 2 will be a cracker.
Beal is the man to watch IMO. We all know Martin is tougher than a macadamia nut and Ennis is a human highlight reel, but Beal is the quiet achiever. He just goes about his business incospicuously lurking around the court not drawing attention to himself by flopping un-necessarily or doing silly things.
I think the gold medal standard of flopping was set in the last game the Sixers played and the gauntlet has been thrown down for others to beat that performance. Is there anyone willing to accept that challenge on the big stage?
Part of me wants this series to go to three games and it deserves to go three games. The best two teams of the season are rightfully in the grand final series and if this isn’t what the NBL is all about, then it’s time to start watching another sport. This is the Wildcats Series to lose and they are under more pressure than the Sixers. They are under the pump and on the back foot. Trevor G should be worried about how he is going to get this because Joey has been planning this series. In regular season matchups, the Sixers won the series by a point (334 to 333 on 2:2) so don’t expect anything less than spectacular in this GF series.
Good luck to both teams, I think everyone knows who I hope will win game 1, but if they don't I'm not too fussed because I like my wildcat cutlets just like my tiger t-bone - well done!