When is the SBL going to bite the bullet and let RANDOM do the game preveiws ?
He is much better than the current writers thay have there.
20Fifteen Week Four Preview
by [email protected] » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:43 pm
Week 3 Review In Short - Flames take care of Redbacks in Rocko / Magic give Hawks first W of year before bouncing back for gritty win over a Perth side struggling for cohesion at the moment / Surprise packet Cougars just go down to Willo, before comfortable win over the reigning Champs / Buccs pushed by God Squad in Gero, but still prove too strong down stretch / Handy debut by Muo not enough to get Giants their first win of year over Wolves / Slammers defeat Stirling in a high scoring affair in Warwick, before ending their Double Header with easy win over Suns in Eaton
Welcome to Week 4 of the 20Fifteen SBL Season, the Easter Long Weekend. A few local derbies this weekend, but most of all its time to enjoy those in your presence, regardless of what club they come from... and where the art of giving and seeing the smiles on loved ones faces means far more than any Win on the court, as well as to see kids faces light up on Sunday after the 'Easter Bunny' has left them some delights (Just Quietly... it is getting more and more expensive to be the Easter Bunny each year isn't it!? And since when was it cool to put Easter Eggs out the week AFTER the Christmas / New Years period!? Next thing you know they have Halloween gear in stores by the end of May! ) Here is my look at this weeks games:
Senators @ Joondalup
So the boys from Warwick head north up Wanneroo Rd to take on their local arch rivals the Wolves in what should be an interesting game going off recent results. Joondalup certainly didnt have things their own way up in the Goldfields last Saturday night, and had it not been for some individual brilliance from Trian & Seb, both former Stirling juniors it should be noted, the Wolves could now be 2 - 1 rather than the 3 - 0 they currently sit on. Stirling on the other hand, lost their third straight game on the trot at the hands of the Slammers, and after what appeared to be a promising start to the Season, desperately need a win now to regain some much needed confidence. The hard thing with the Wolves is they have a heap of Scoring options, so scouting them and shutting down their 'stars' is much easier said rather than done. Joondalup to continue their perfect start to the season, defeating the Senators by 19
Slammers @ Mandurah
The South West Stoush here as the two most southern clubs in the League do battle at Mandurah Aquatic & Rec Centre. On their night, the Magic could and do push any team in the League... such is their diversity with their 7 strong rotation. The issue for them is, as was evident against Nixy's Hawks, their consistency so far this season has been nothing short of ordinary, and those 'flaws' will definitely be exposed by the very talented Slammers side if given the opportunity tonight. South West have been ultra-impressive so far this season and will look to continue that rich vein of form up in Mandurah in this clash. Always a bit more feeling in these games, but South West's significant depth advantage across the board could prove the Magic's undoing unless Hafford, Della & Florence can assist Mully and Big Red on the offensive and defensive ends. Slammers to get the W by 9
Lightning @ Willo
If they weren't already, the alarm bells are ringing loud and clear at The Church at present, after the God Squad lost their third game on the trot (Not sure if this EVER occured during the 'Andy Era'!?), this time up in Gero last weekend. Lakeside currently one of four teams on a 1 - 3 record, and another loss here to their next door neighbours in Willo will definitely see them outside the 8 heading into Week 5. Tigers coming off an unexpected tough win over Cockburn, getting up by 2 points and you just wonder how that kind of effort will go against the stronger teams later in the season, if Willo don't get a bit more cohesive / understanding between their 'fab five'. Tigers doing enough at the moment to warrant favouritism here, with the depth or lack there of, at the moment of Lakeside's a real worry for Coach Olley moving forward. Willo by 15
Suns @ Gero
Credit to the Suns and Coach Triscari, they're definitely showing some fight even though they currently sit on a two game losing streak... Unfortunately for them they meet a now well-rested Buccs team who ironed out the cobwebs last week in their Home Opener, and in front of an expected 900-odd Maniacal Midwesters, have their work cut out for them in this one. Buccs to win the second of what I expect to be thirteen straight regular season wins at Home in 20Fifteen, belting Kalamunda by 27
Giants @ South West
Danger game here for the Slammers, after what I expect to be a very physical and draining game on Thursday night, back up on Saturday to take on a Goldfields side who are definitely eeking closer to their first win for 20Fifteen. The addition of Muo definitely assisted Haney's side, and if they can contain Harrelson and keep Voelkel from his regular 20-odd boards a game, could definitely pull of the upset down in the South West. Goldfields to push the Slammers all the way, but just come up short, losing by 5 points.
Flames @ Cockburn **Game of the Week**
What a game this promises to be. The Cougars under Coach Parsons have turned many heads this season, and even despite their loss to Willo last weekend, would have gained more fans and respect from that result than they would have lossed. They are playing with a flair and belief in each other which should be commended, and so far this year have been competitive in every single one of their games. The Flames head to Hammy Hill after a convincing win over Perth down at the Hothouse, after the Spiders got within 7 points early in the Fourth Quarter, only for the Land Brothers and Remmerswaal to lead them to a comfortable winning margin. Cougars always get up for playing what is a southern rival at 'The Den', and their parochial supporter base are worth at least 7 points each home game. Flames putting their unbeaten streak on the line in what should be a great game... Rocko to get up just, defeating a gallant Cougars by 2.
Eagles @ Perth
The story of this game is just how much both sides have struggled so far in 20Fifteen. Perth have the talent, but with a defensively lazy pair of Imports, and just an aussie contingent still coming to grips with how to play with two new Seppo's, that 'blending period' has taken far longer than Nik, Bryn & Wade would have liked, or expected for that matter. East Perth on the other hand have just been ravaged by injuries (Only suiting up 8 players versus Cockburn last week - surely some of their 18s or D League players were available?!), but the hot rumour doing the rounds late this week is that the Bassendean Bully himself, Tom Jervis, could be back in an Eagles uniform as early as this weekend!! If Jervis plays, Turner & Hooch's... I mean Turner & Brown's influence inside is well and truly nullified, and Perth's scoring options significantly dry up in the process. [b]Jervis rumours are shaky at best with Damo's wedding over east also on this weekend, so I'll go with Perth to get up in the battle of the losing streaks, winning by 6
Hawks @ Rocko
Sad loss for the Hawks with Conrad released due to bulging discs in his Back, but you really do have to admire Nixy's boys, backs against the wall against Mandurah last weekend, winless prior to that game, and on the back of an phenomenal performance by Hobbs, pull off the gritty upset win to open their account for 20Fifteen. Flames on the back end of a tough double header, but the day break in between will lessen the 'soreness and fatigue' significantly for Utley's men. Will be closer than people think, but alot of pressure on Purser & Garlepp inside to contain the likes of C Land, Remmerswaal & T Moore. Flames to get up by 11