R7: Sixers v Cats
Another massive game at Adelaide Arena tonight with last year's Premiers showing their nose in town and strutting around like peacocks on heat for this GF rematch. Perth travelling a little better than the home town Sixers at the moment and after Cairns lost to the Kings, they enter this game as League Leaders. Melbourne on fire last round, but that’s when you call in the CFS to get it under control, unless the fire is in state government forest.
Brock Motum leads the league in ppg, but will need to shake off his nerves to show his new supporters his full potential. Tonight is an opportunity for him to show the NBA what they are missing. Beal is on fire too, winning POTR last round and coming into his own this season out of the shadow of Ennis (did he ever find his trophy?)
We love playing the Perth Pussycats. It is Blue v Red, Good v Evil. We know Martin will be all over the guards like a cheap Bali suit reaching in, giving them pelvis thrusts and generally being a pest. We know the screens will be moving and the arms pushing the players "accidently". We know the King of Flops just has to be touched with a feather for him to collapse onto the deck and convulse uncontrollably until a charge is called. Hometown fans all hope some of the Pussycat fans are on their FIFO swing and can fly over so we can wind them up. I really want to ask them why Jesse Wagstaff wears a headband?
Perth have had some excitement during the week using pool noodles as “ecky thump” replacements during a training session. What would Sigmund Freud have to say about that? Sit on the couch and tell me about your childhood...…
There are very few people tipping Adelaide here. but these games are the gritty games Adelaide need to win if they want to win a flag. Game 2 of the GF series should be playing on loop at the Arena this week inspiring the guys. There’s no reason for the Sixers not to win tonight. It's all about self-belief and teamwork. I hope the referees are on the ball with the off ball stuff and the moving screens.