This seasons will be tight! Any mistake could cost a team a spot in the final 4.
I think New Zealand will be back in force. If there is one thing Kiwis like more than fish & chips, or rugby, it's beating Australia in sport. Breakers into the 4 this season.
Perth will be as string as ever, and no doubt their fans will tell us all about it. The only thing worse than a Wildcat fan, is a Wildcat fan who barracks for Collingwood - I thought human experimentation ceased in the '40's! Perth would be disappointed if they didn't get another minor premiership and flag.
Melbourne will need to get some early wins to "unite" their fans. Expect caution to be thrown into the wind early on with some high tempo games. Some early wins will generate interest in them, otherwise they run the risk of being "just another Melbourne team".
The "Gongers" look like the Clayton's Sixers. Forman, Hill, Adham, Ballinger, Ervin. All they need if for Marty Clarke to get an Assistant's gig there and to change their mascot to a black and shot Hawk.
I had Townsville and Cairns pegged as the easybeats this season, but they seem to be as unpredictable as our Sydeney friends. All three teams look like the could smash anyone else if things go right, but get smashed if they had a lapse in concentration.
Finally the Sixers. After such a great season last year and with other teams getting stronger - how will they go? Yes, they appear a little shorter this year, but that tells me Sixer fans might be in for a faster game with a lot more court pressure creating an offensive spectacle.
Overall, this season will be tight and the final table will get down to injuries, mishaps and even final plays. I think teams will lose a top 4 spot instead off win them. Too close to call IMO. Season starts in 3 weeks, can't wait.