Dunkin' Dan
Years ago

Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans - SF Game 2

I'm honestly surprised that the Cats are favourites in this game. Normally I'd say that is right, but with Redhage out, Hire questionable, and our starters run into the ground 48 hours ago in the opposite corner of the country, I guess more than anything the odds demonstrate how many more Perth NBL fans there are than Cairns.

I've got no doubt that the Cats will give it everything they have. I just don't know whether that will be enough.
There's potential improvement from Knight & Jervis in the middle. If we can get some inside-outside action working for us this game, that will be where we can potentially send this thing to a decider.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Forgot to mention.... Sportsbet odds:
Wildcats $1.66
Taipans $2.25
Line: -2.5 points

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Im all over Cairns tonight, very odd those odds.... excuse the pun!

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Darryl  
Years ago

Heart says Perth but head says Cairns I yhink they will win by 5.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

I certainly couldn't resist a healthy bet on the Taipans. If I lose that money I'll be a very happy and somewhat surprised Cats fan tonight.

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Train  
Years ago

I think Perth might run out of steam in this one. Especially with Redhage out and Hire doubtful. Everybody needs to step up in this game, not just Beal and Daniels.

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GordonG  
Years ago

TC to have a big one :)

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Drake to decide that it's comeback season, say "thank me later" to his teammates in the pre-game meeting, and take care of Wilbekin when he checks in late in the first quarter.

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Anon  
Years ago

As much as I'd love to see Perth win and take it to 3, I can't see it. Will be embarrassing if Cairns don't win when they're fully fit and Perth has no Redhage, Hire or Ross. If Cairns lose this one, NZ will roll them.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Yes, if Cairns can't win this game then Corey Webster will personally roll them and then smoke them in the GF

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

I want to edit that previous post to add that he will also light them up

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paul  
Years ago

Give the man a ball!

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A. Bitoni Fan  
Years ago

I feel a little too much is being made of the Cats being "run into the ground" in Game 1. Yes, Beal and Martin played 40 and 39 minutes respectively, but their back court opponents Wilbekin and Gliddon played 39 and 37 themselves.

The Cats will probably feel the pinch at some point from their shortened bench, but I don't think it will be after one tough game. The travel/rest factor for both teams coming back from Cairns is also equal.

I was personally heartened that the Cats were up late in the game after being thoroughly outplayed in the 2nd quarter and think they have enough fighting spirit to force a 3rd game.

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paul  
Years ago

Wildcats were awesome on Friday, but fatigue is a concern. At times this season Martin has looked like he has been playing with injury anyway. I'm not writing them off though, can't wait for this game!

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Come on, test of every away finals series, have to at least defend your home court game. Let's do this, Wildcats! :D

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Luke  
Years ago

Staying up late just for this game on a Sunday night! So I hope it's a good one, I'm tipping Cairns taking it out in a close one by 5

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

OFFS! I was afraid of this ...

"The Perth Wildcats horror run of injuries has continued, with vice-captain Greg Hire ruled out of the semi-finals series against the Cairns Taipans."

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Happy Days  
Years ago

Go Taipans!!!

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

What the ... ?? Sportsbet now have Cairns out to $2.44???

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GordonG  
Years ago

Centrebet have dropped us from $2.45 to $2.40. Go figure. And Wildcats at long odds for the Championship - now out to $8.00, Breakers $1.90, Taipans $2.35. (They swap Breakers and Taipans around every 24 hours or so).

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Dazz  
Years ago

No Redhage + No Hire = No game 3

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

We have virtually no bench now.
Our best hope is that our home court starting 8 plays to their absolute best ;)

Let's go refs, let's go! *clap clap*

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skull  
Years ago

if Perth doesn't run out of steam in this one.....it'll be the next one.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Yeah, it scares me how ugly game 3 could potentially be if we do somehow get up tonight.
Hopefully we get to find out ;)


It's time! Unleash it! (our devastating secret weapon, Luke Martin)

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Train  
Years ago

Those odds are ridiculous . Throwing some coin in Cairns to win

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Anon  
Years ago

Luke Martin to go full beast mode

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gaikokujin  
Years ago

nbl.tv not working for you guys?

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Kobe24  
Years ago

No Hire? Damn, thats rough, hate the cats but no team should get the injury bug this time of year! Loaded up on cairns now, bench too short for Perth... surely.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Wortho as sideline reporter. Wow.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Not working for me either.

Displays an unusual front page with a splash screen to sign up (on PC). Despite being already logged in.

No go on the mobile app either (Android).

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DDA  
Years ago

I'm in the crowd and it'a a barren wasteland with no atmosphere.

What. The. Hell.

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GordonG  
Years ago

NBL saying the usual crap about 'Technical issues and we're working on it'. ONE supplies the feed etc, hope we get to see it live in an hour or so.

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Jack Toft  
Years ago

8 vs 5?

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skull  
Years ago

no nbl.tv here...

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

I am almost tempted to register on Sportsbet to watch it live.
http://www.sportsbet.com.au/betting/basketball-aus-other/australian-nbl/Perth-Wildcats-v-Cairns-Taipans-1846541.html

But I am no gambler and would hate to farm out my details to a betting site.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

At least there is live score

Perth 11
Cairns 14

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Try this link for live scores

http://www.sportsbet.com.au/betting/basketball-aus-other/australian-nbl/Perth-Wildcats-v-Cairns-Taipans-1846541.html

Sign up if you are game to watch. :P

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Just have a gut feeling refereeing will decide the outcome of this game.

Props to Bruce. I love his defensive effort and he looks so comfortable in the rotation.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

?Time out

No change in score P11 C14

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

1/4 time? Anyone?

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Ah. Q2

Perth basket

P13 C14

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

P13
C19

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Timeout ?Perth judging from score

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Well that didn't work, P13 C22

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MACDUB  
Years ago

So refs call Cairns ball, Gleeson complains and he refs reverse the call.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Must be pretty intense defence ?Damo

P15 C24 with cairns score flashing green ?free throws

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Now Perth flashing green P16 C24

Pretty low scoring as expected.

Defence rules

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Offence sucks, is also a contributing factor

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Now who says that the hardest thing is putting that little white ball into the whole?

Those air filled moltens are not easy too!

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Closing in P18 C24

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Injuries aside, our offense has been ordinary all year, tonight is no difference.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Spoke too soon. 3 pointer to Cairns ?who
P20 (2 free throws)
C27

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

P22
C31

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

More free throws to Perth ..Kaching
P24
C31

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

More free throws to Perth ..Kaching
P24
C31

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Cairns missing their free throws, like in Game 1
P24
C32

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Is that half time already?

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Those with eyes on moving bodies ... give us some crumbs please ....

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Apparently not
P24
C24

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Someone oiled the rims

P26
C34

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Definitely more slippery rims now

P26
C36

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paul  
Years ago

Matt Knight 12p 4/8
Rest of Wildcats 14p 4/23

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DDA  
Years ago

This is hands down the saddest Wildcats game I've ever been to.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Just found out Fiba live scores working
http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/NBL/91205/pbp.html
Bye guys :D

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

No one but Knight looking remotely dangerous as a scorer for the cats. One guy ain't gonna be enough. Beal well covered. Playoff performer DeAndre doing SFA.

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paul  
Years ago

The flex principles just aren't getting it done with this group, and Gleeson has never really had a great repertoire offensively.

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Train  
Years ago

This is the smallest crowd I've ever seen at the Arena .

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Emptiest I've ever seen the Arena.. But maybe it has something to do with the long weekend? Can't see perth winning this game and if they do make it, they won't win on Tuesday night.

Wouldn't mind cairns to play NZ though, I don't want NZ to win the championship.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

What may be telling is that Wagstaff, Knight, Daniels and Jervis are all sitting on 2 fouls each. There isn't any depth to the bench for aggressive balling unless the refs help out.

Loughton, Burston, Craig and Tragardh all on 2 (as well as Gliddon) but there is the luxury of having Young and Weigh with no fouls.

The decimation of the troops will be telling in the 2nd half.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Cairns just equalled their 3rd quarter effort of Game 1 :P

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Monkey off Cairns back for the 3rd quarter fadeaway.
Triple to Gliddon

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Ohh U'u on but not Craig.

Loughton back on with 3 fouls.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

And he only makes one of 3 free throws.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

And that's his fourth foul. Off to cool his heels till Q4.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Free Throws
P 13-15 87%
C 11-18 61%

Might come back to bite the snakes

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Wlbekin 0-5 3 pointers

And finally Craig nails one (3 points)

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pod  
Years ago

wagstaff gone, good night cats. cant see it happening

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Add Jervis to the gone list.

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XY  
Years ago

Watching the coverage on one in Adelaide - hilarious - they have forgotten to put on adverts group hour halftime.

They really care so little about the advertising revenue from basketball that they have no adds to run?

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pod  
Years ago

wilbekin flops under the ring, no call.
basically no contact and legs go under him.
refs are shit

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

What happened to Wagstaff?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Rolled ankle but bavk on now

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Anonymous  
Years ago

#518706

Bad hair.

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XY  
Years ago

Now I'm pissed off. One just replayed a three minute half time segment then switched to half way through the third. I am the only one watching this tripe coverage?

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

What a shame, all level at 61 apiece and another mini run from the Snakes
P61
C67

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Cairns 10-0 run to put it beyond doubt, not thats what legit teams do! Gonna be a great GF, best 2 teams made it, sadly lol

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Sportsbet just closed the live feed. It was a minute or so ahead of fiba live stats.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Still open for me, thats weird. But not as weird as Wortho being given a mic and asked to say things.... on purpose!

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KET  
Years ago

Looks like for all the infighting, both Perth and 36ers knocked out in straight sets.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Not over till the fat lady signs.

1:17 is an eternity.

It is a three ball game still.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

@Kobe24

I am a nonpaying browser :D

Maybe it timed out my session.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Well P64 C76

It has to be a miracle to come back from that with 46s left.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

That bid b#tch is singing

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Martin and Wagstaff with 1 foul to give.

Beal should do the honours or else once Damo goes, it is goodbye Irene.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

That big b#tch is singing

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

I mean Goodnight Irene.

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Preservation mode.

Starters benched.

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Train  
Years ago

Congrats to the Taipans, best team won. Just wasn't the cats year. And thank you Sportsbet :P

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Well done Snakes!

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

Congrats Snakes.

Congrats Wildcats for sticking out right to the end.
No shame in battling it out with a depleted roster.

Damo is certainly worth his dime.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Train, how the hell were the Taipans so long a odds! I cleaned up too, was on them before I heard about Hire, then again after... crazy!

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GordonG  
Years ago

I doubled my usual bet (took me to a miserable $20 :) ) but also added in $10 for a sweep. I'll be able to buy the whole team a bottle of water each at this rate :)

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Ballwatcher  
Years ago

@Train

I wonder whether they work on the basis that Perth's following is greater and hence more bets on a Wildcats win. If Wildcats won, it would be a huge loss for Sportsbet.
If Taipans won it will be a smaller payout to fewer (including those in the know following the teams form/injuries/etc).
I bet you Sportsbet still made money. :P

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Bol Bol  
Years ago

Well done to cairns! Will be hoping for them to win the GF but from what ive seen i cant see NZ getting beaten.. Again!!!

Wildcats fitness staff need to look into players training loads for next season.

Surely its not just bad luck that 4 seasons out of the past 5 have been ruined by injuries to key players.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Of course. The money line is set in order for equal money to be laid on each side. The bookie makes their money from the vig.

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wian  
Years ago

Good to see the umpires trying their best to keep Perth in the game. Some of the most biased decisions going down the stretch grossly favoured Perth. I don't think there has ever been another nbl team that has gotten such a fafavourable run at home. Some of tonight's decisions were embarrassing

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Beal is garbage. he is to streaky and once he gets cold he just becomes useless,

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Train  
Years ago

@ballwatcher yeah I think that's how it works. Great lil payout mwahaha

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Beal has to contend with too much from the defence because Perth has too many non offensive factor. For all his good on defence Martin is a liabilty on O. Last year Beal was more often open because of the attention paid to Ennis.

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Kobe24  
Years ago

Beal isn't garbage, thats a garbage comment. He had no other guy who truly absorbed extra attention on the defensive end, that would allow him open shots all season. He was the perfect compliment to Ennis last season. To say he is garbage just wow!

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Damn :C

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Woody  
Years ago

Just moved to London all I want to do is watch the game and NBL TV let's me down again. Please guys do something so I can follow the league next year properly please.

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Perth fan  
Years ago

Just back from game.
Firstly congrats to the Taipans. Well played, well coached. Good luck in the grand final.

To my fellow Red Army- great effort with trying to get the boys over the line. It's just such a shame that ticket pricing really effected the amount of spectators there today.
Anyone who says the wildcats didn't play there hearts out tonight are just mental. All the team tried hard and for a little while in that fourth quarter, I reckon all in red in the arena dared to dream. Unfortunately it just wasn't to be.

The umpiring- well that just sucked both ways. Would love to see a game called consistently in the finals- maybe it is time for Referees from overseas as the nbl umpires just suck. I wanna see a game where players don't get clobbered one minute with no foul, then a slight touch gets called one. Now before anyone says I'm another whining Wildcats fan, I said it sucked both ways!

Now waiting for some positive moves in the off-season.
New coach- bring back Bevo! If not- someone else... Please!!
Bye bye Daniels, Luke Martin, move Redhage to the bench. Think everyone else signed multi-year contracts, but Beal is on an option. In two minds- depends on who the other import is. Can't be Daniels. And Martin needs to develop more of an offensive game.

Congrats again to the Breakers and Taipans. Should be a cracker of a series.
My tip- Breakers sweep. I look at how the taipans played against an undermanned and injured Wildcats, and then look at what the breakers did to 36ers. Can't see Cairns doing it. Cedric for MVP of finals series.

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Train  
Years ago

Cats need to replace a Daniels with a gun recruit who can light it up, create his own shot and finish strongly. The rest of the team struggled to pick up the offensive void left by Ennis.

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DDA  
Years ago

Worst atmosphere ever tonight.

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DDA  
Years ago

I expect winning fatigue has something to do with it.

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Blitz101  
Years ago

I thought it was louder than when we have 10k +, never going to get many peeps to a Sunday game of a long weekend would have been better on a Monday night. Funniest thing was Marvin getting up and down twice to tell the court side announcer to get his shit together and get the crowd involved.

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DDA  
Years ago

Wildcats are really going to miss Redhage'a ability to manufacture shots when he retires.

I thought Jesse was the heir apparent but now I think he's too limited offensively.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

Small crowd but they stuck with the team, and somehow ... I still don't quite understand how ... the Cats stuck with the Taipans.
Cairns had better bring better than that to the GF series if they plan to compete with the Breakers.

We were always going to need a few little things to go our way to have a chance in that game. Maybe Beal getting loose, DeAndre having one of his good shooting nights, Jervis getting under their guard .. something like that. Drake & Damo hit a few shots, but nothing much else went right. Poor Jesse couldn't buy a basket and he's normally as reliable a shooter as we've got.

Super gutsy effort to hang around and even threaten a little towards the end. It never really felt likely though.
I still think that with a full team we would have given Cairns a real shake, but probably not NZ. They've had our number this season.

Hoping the grand final series is a good contest and goes the distance.
Call me a massive optimist but hopefully it will even feature functional live stats, functional NBL.TV and functional graphics for the tv broadcast, all at the same time! :O

Oh, and thanks to all those many optimistic Perth punters who caused the odds to be arse-backwards today ;)

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DDA  
Years ago

@Blitz

I've rarely heard the Arena quieter.

Perked up a bit in the last quarter but it was still very disappointing.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

It didn't perk up "a bit" in the 4th, it went mental in the 4th.

At one stage the courtside announcer was trying to get people to sit back down and they crowd just wouldn't sit! The noise 8,000 made when we were hitting shots after Wagstaff's injury was probably the loudest the Arena has been all year.

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koberulz  
Years ago

Was comparable to last year's grand final in the fourth, IMO. Anyone who reckons that was a bad atmosphere needs to get their ears checked.

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DDA  
Years ago

Was nothing like the GF tonight.

I've heard more mental regular season crowds like that game where Ennis banked that three near the end.

Ennis brought the crowd to another level of excitement.

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HoldenV8  
Years ago

8,703 - The only time since it opened that there has not been a 10,000+ crowd for a Wildcats game at the Perth Arena.

In commentary Lachy Reid kinda blamed it on the long weekend and the Sunday evening time slot.

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Bear  
Years ago

I thought it was going to be very hard for perth to get up, but at home I gave them a chance. Cairns proved good enough when it mattered, perth missed some quite easy makes that they don't usually miss, but in the end the bigs for the Snakes got enough of the ball to make the difference...

Now for the final, if Cairns get home court over the Breakers, I give them every chance to take this competition, but NZ will be very hard to break (pun intended)!

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Cairns home court advantage will prove very valuable.

As a Breaker fan I was hoping to see Perth get through.

Cairns match up really well with NZ.

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paul  
Years ago

The atmosphere was unbelievable through the TV, and it sounded like genuine atmosphere generated by the fans, I was on the edge of my seat.

What a great game, tough, physical, big plays made, and that enormous home team run in the fourth - loved it. I agree with DD, as hard as they tried (and boy did they try) Perth just didn't seem to be able to cross that bridge and Cairns always had the dagger.

In the end it was probably the Taipans' (and especially Wilbekin's) offensive rebounding that was the difference. Had the Wildcats cleaned their defensive glass in the final quarter they would have gone very close to pinching it.

That's why Cairns have been so good all year though, they do the little things more consistently than any other team.

GF should be great, both teams facing very different challenges to the SFs, and those possession plays will probably win it for one team or the other.

Amazing that since the switch to 40-minute games three teams have filled 10 of the 12 grand final places.

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Isaac  
Years ago

HOME TEAM
J. Beal: -10
D. Daniels: -14
M. Knight: -9
J. Wagstaff: -11
D. Martin: -11
D. UU: 8
T. Jervis: -10
L. Martin: -3
A. Fisher: 0

ROAD TEAM
C. Gliddon: 15
S. Wilbekin: 11
S. Weigh: 7
M. Burston: 9
A. Loughton: 10
C. Tragardh: 1
S. BRUCE: 0
T. Craig: 8
M. Young: 1
N. Sobey: -2

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Vic Wildcat  
Years ago

Bringing Bevo back won't help the offensive game, he was more of a defensive coach than Gleeson.

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sixers147  
Years ago

A crowd of 8703, wow all the bandwagon supporters sure have dropped off. All this rubbish of 12000 supporters being behind them, and 8703 turn up.

What a crock

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Train  
Years ago

8703 : Still bigger than any crowd in Adelaide . Also Future Music Festival was on and that would of taken a good chunk of supporters.

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Train  
Years ago

Sixers147 : I'm Curious to know. Did you attend the Semi Final game on Sat Night ? How many games did you attend during the Marty Clarke regime ?

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Isaac  
Years ago

sixers147, don't be a dick. Semi finals always underdraw, and 8k+ is still a great crowd.

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anon  
Years ago

Hopefully now people will see that Wagstaff is not the option to replace Redhage.

I agree Redhage is slowing down but I think he is still a better starting option than Jesse.

Jesse is a solid role player off the bench but no more than that

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XY  
Years ago

Jesse is, however, a better flopper than Redhage. In that one area Jesse has definitely surpassed his mentor.

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Bol Bol  
Years ago

Agree with Anon. I have never thought jesse should be a starter. Hes a good catch and shoot player and a great defender but doesn't have the mobility or the ability to create his own shot like redhage has. I still back redhage to start next season but gleeson needs to manage his minutes better throughout the year. He was looking like playing into some good form until the stress fractures ended his year.
Will be a difficult time in the next couple of years for the cats to turn over their ageing players. Do they stay loyal to their older players and get the benefit of points discount. Or is it better bringing new talent that can play higher quality minutes?

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Maxymoo  
Years ago

Well done Cairns - you deserved the win and the scoreboard was flattering to us.

SW's skill set and energy well basically I felt privileged to watch him, he's just a wonderful player.

Really hope we have a great series between the 2 best teams in the comp.

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Dazz  
Years ago

8,703 - The only time since it opened that there has not been a 10,000+ crowd for a Wildcats game at the Perth Arena.

In commentary Lachy Reid kinda blamed it on the long weekend and the Sunday evening time slot.


This is partially true. "Going 'Down South' for the lonag-weekend" is a Perth institution. You should see the Kwinana Freeway on these Friday nights, I swear half the population of Perth is heading out. And the problem is that to get accommodation, you need to book MONTHS in advance, and with the finals not even shown on the calender many people would have made plans.

Honestly though, there ARE also problems with ticketing & pricing. For some reason, even when they KNOW they will make the finals, they refuse to release pricing or let members pre-buy their tickets. Even when everybody knows when the game will be, there are still delays, then you have a narrow window in which to nab your seats before they sell them off. And the pricing sucks. As a member who has paid in advance to support the team all year long (regardless of how the season unfolds) I really object to being gouged at finals time. I think that for members they should be looking to cover costs, not make a killing.

The problem, is that since the Arena opened, the Cats have been genuine GF contenders, so they are accustomed to being able to charge a premium for finals.

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KingJames  
Years ago

@Perth fan how were the refs bad to Perth?

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Perth fan  
Years ago

@kingjames, I feel it was inconsistent both ways.
A few times players going to the basket were clobbered with no foul, then next play someone would drive, get slightly touched and get foul shots. This happened to both Perth and Cairns.
I get that umpiring is a tough gig, especially at that level. But surely the fact there are three umpires you would hope that they could get it right.

This is not a biased view, it has been inconsistent the whole semi-final series for all teams. Look at how bad at times the umpiring was in game 2 of breakers and 36ers. I hate that the umpires buy into home court advantage. All I want is decent umpiring that protects the players in the paint, allows entertaining play and doesn't make the officiating the talking point of games.

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