Crocs vs Hawks, Oct 28
Big game for both teams.
Illawarra needs to win to avoid falling behind the top 4 pace, and will be keen to make amends after "blowing it" per coach Bevo.
Crocs will be keen to get their first home win in their second attempt.
My tip is Illawarra comfortably. Reasons:
- Townsville has struggled to defend the perimeter. Melbourne has lit them up twice, and Illawarra has been nailing threes every game at high clips.
- AJ Ogilvy. Is having a great season and will be too much for the aging Schenscher, the kid Kay and Mitch Young.
On the other hand, Conklin is Townsville's greatest weapon and is yet to stamp his authority this season. It has to happen sooner or later.
Problem is, this Townsville team lacks fire power and so he could easily score 25 and they could get beaten soundly. I don't see them keeping pace with a hungry Hawks team who has had a strong start to the season and needs to rebound, with Kevin Lisch feeling more comfortable in his second game back.