Isaac
Years ago

Grand Final: Wildcats vs Breakers, Game 1

Perth are favourites at $1.45, NZ at $2.75. Line is -4.5.

Opening game of the grand final series is tonight!

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Jack Toft  
Years ago

Gee, Cats would be super confident but the Breakers have gone from "once were" to absolutely smashing it at the right time of the year.

If Corey Webster stays out of foul trouble then Breakers to bag this game

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thomnuffy  
Years ago

I am very nervous.

Cats by 6.

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Train  
Years ago

My fingernails have not grown back from the semifinals yet, i fear I may start biting into my actual fingers during this series. This game is going to be so intense. Cats to get the win in a thriller.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I expect the home team to win the first two, but I give NZ the edge in game 3 with them being more rested and possibly more used to the travel. Pretty crazy having one day break between each game with the travel. Game three will be scrappy!

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RMQ  
Years ago

my ideal scenario.

Wildcats lose game 1
NZ lose game 2
Wildcats win game 3.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Hard to get excited with the game starting at 11.40pm ish at night, but that's unavoidable. I know Perth can't bring it forward any forward.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

It is on at 9.30pm where it matters :P

I'm tipping the Breakers in two.

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AyJay  
Years ago

Perth to win game 1 if they have their usual armchair ride with the home umpiring.

If the umpiring is excellent then I think it may be a close contest and should NZ win in Perth it might be a two game final series.

For those interested channel 9 has a schedule for game 2 Friday and game 3 on Sunday. No game tonight.

The Nine deal was supposed to have five finals games. I think we only had the one Sunday game in the semie's so there might actually only be two games delivered if this weekend is done in two.

I was hoping the Hawks would make it for a change so I will enjoy watching with no favor.

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Andy  
Years ago

First week of NBL this season I have no interest in. Cats should win with home court advantage, Hope NZ win though, hate them a little less than Perth.

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RMQ  
Years ago

As a Perth fan, this finals campaign doesn't feel that special. We are just too use to it. It's more of a formality than anything.

It'll be good to win, but if we don't we'll be in with a shot again next year.

The Wildcats needed the ship win in 14 to make up for the losses to NZ and get a championship win at Perth Arena. We've made the playoffs for 30 years straight. It's all part of the drill.

If we weren't playing NZ - the only other team close to our stratosphere of consistent success this would be a rather boring grand final series.

There's just no hype to this grandfinal series as a Perth fan. Winning is just expected.

I know that's hard for other fans to comprehend, but that's why we are better than you.

*flame suit on*

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mystro  
Years ago

There is no way I will be staying up to watch this one unfortunately but will record it on MySky.
Should be a cracker of a game no matter the result.

All banter aside it will be a big ask for the Breakers to win this one on the road but in saying that if anyone can pull that rabbit out of their hat, it'll be this NZ side.

Best of luck to both sides and lets hope their are no injuries, I would hate for Perth to have an excuse :p

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The team THAT DOMINATES THE GLASS will WIN!Second chance points opportunities and extra possessions will be vital!

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Matthew  
Years ago

Already seen people out and about in the CBD with their Wildcat's gear on and Prather and Beal were on the front page this morning next to the Trophy (which looks okay.. but was expecting something with more oomph)

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RMQ  
Years ago

Who's championship is this to loose?

Is it Perth's or New Zealands?

I think it's pretty tight. All comes down to game one.

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Bear  
Years ago

Well, looking forward to this series, I think the Wildcats can win it but it will be a tough grind and if they don't all come to play hard the Breakers can upset them.

That's where I think Perth can match NZ, where Melbourne couldn't, in the physical match-ups.

That said, I wish the NBL would spread the games just a little more, then next year bring in a five game final series...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's Perth's to lose. Home court advantage and a slightly more talented team from top to bottom.Having said that I hope the Breaker win because I can't imagine or don't want to imagine how Dazz and the rest of the Perth trolls will behave if they win.

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Corey Williams 11  
Years ago

The team with the highest score will win if they're in front at the end.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

ADMIN: Can this thread be bumped back to the top please?

Randles whereabouts for next year won't have any bearing on the GF this year or next year for that matter.

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Dazz  
Years ago

Cats NEED to win tonight.
They find winning in NZ tough enough, and if they head to NZ one game down, that will be all over.
Hopeful, but not confident.

Need Jawai up and firing from the tip-off, gotta get on the boards and get Jackson into foul trouble early
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At the end of the season, so many players are carrying niggling injuries. We know Jawai has problems with his back, exacerbated by air-travel, just one example. I'm just worried the Breakers extra rest gives them an advantage, and a chance of ambushing the Cats tonight.
But at the end of the day, if Jawai doesn't make a big impact in the finals, that's a gamble they took on a guy with fitness/health concerns. Can't complain.

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cats 4 life  
Years ago

Tall blacks favorites, perth have a good shot at it. No one plays in front of 13 000 people that are expected to win. No excuses, it's tough for the player's to play knowing not to disappoint.

Nz to lose in my opinion, it's country b state not many state teams will beat a country team.

Jawai mvps, bring the 7th championship home.

All the best to both teams both play hard and Pledger said it best, it's not Nz or perth fault everyone is just making up the numbers.

Perth and Nz deserve where they are and none of the crap that is spoken on here matters, the best two teams are standing!

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Mystro  
Years ago

A state team with 3 Americans, a few guys who have played for Australia and a Tall Black? Cry me a river.

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RMQ  
Years ago

Have much are Prather and Abercrombie paying to be Grand Final MVP?

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

What can I say.

I've got a 125 on NZ winning gm 1 and a 125 on them winning the series.

I am a faithless rat :D

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cats 4 life  
Years ago

Not crying, just a fact. You put the best Aussie player's to play in your mvps then we can compare. Don't give me the a academy crap, end of the day it is how it is.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Jawai finals MVP!? Hahaha no seriously that is actually funny, I had great hope of seeing a unique player join this league this season, but we got an out of shape foul prone former beast. Will be lucky to manage 20min a game. Don't like either team but can't see the Breakers hiccuping at this point they are locked in and the Cats are a tad more vulnerable.

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Isaac  
Years ago

Jawai was paying $25+ for MVP last I looked.

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mystro  
Years ago

Sounds exactly like crying, at least you have your excuses all lined up if the Breakers win.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What would happen if New Zealand entered a single national team into the Super-Rugby? Or the ANZ Championship? Or even the Sheffield Shield?
Same diff.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Great coverage in the West Aussie newspapers today! Sunday times even with a mid week edition!

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cats 4 life  
Years ago

Super rugby? They will win that to! Think about it!

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Flophage looking to flop early!

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

I think (probably like most) whoever wins game 1 wins the series.

They've met 4 times this season and NZ have won both at home and likewise Perth at home.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

D Martin looking fantastic early

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Wow. That foul call on Vukona.

Knight drew all the contact.

We can't win this. Too many fouls early have already kooked us.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

BTW that wasn't a knock on the other foul calls. Vukona and Pledger had two dumb reach in fouls. Just silly

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Anonymous  
Years ago

the fix is in!!

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Tempo  
Years ago

FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL

The NBL want big TV ratings, big crowds....yet they turn the games on the big stage nothing but a foul fest.

LOL...hardball

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perth in beast mode allready!

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Kenny and Flophage with consecutive 3s!!

No way that's sustainable though. Both been stinking for a while now.

Good up tempo game so far

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Cats look ready. Breakers need to step it up pronto.This aint the United.

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Wwizard  
Years ago

Surprise Surprise, cats with 1 foul, breakers with 5.

Give em one thing, they know how to get the right refs

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perth's defence looking sharp

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Aussie racism at its greatest

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Anonymous  
Years ago

bloody refs holding the Breakers to 37%

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Anonymous  
Years ago

LOL i'm a Hawks fan and I want to see the Breakers win but common, blaming the refs?

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AyJay  
Years ago

Live score says foul count is NZ 7, Perth 1.

Does that sum up the game?

I'm not able to watch it.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Seriously!!

Too many fouls called. Ruining the spectacle!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perth are far, far more aggressive. They are using knight really well.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Now all the fouls are going the breakers way.....TOO MANY FOULS!!

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Vukona is a beast.

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Dazz  
Years ago

Love the way the Cats started: Aggressive on the boards, Jawai involved early, he and KNight going at them inside, Pledger and Vukona already in foul trouble.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Vukona is always a big game player. Always found him to be NZ's most important, dangerous player

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Anonymous  
Years ago

good fight back by the breakers

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Nah refs aren't bias. NZ not shooting well.

But i just don't know why refs have this natural predisposition to call games tighter at PA. It always happens.

I think its Gleeson and the crowd. Those voices influence the ref to tighten it up. Gleeson asks for more fouls on basically the slightest of contact so he gets it and then the refs obviously call it the same the other way to get consistency. So a normal game slowly becomes an iverrefereed affair.

I believe that happens.

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Tempo  
Years ago

Does at least 1 team have to be in the bonus EVERY quarter? Is that the rules of the league?

Do the referees get a bonus?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Jawai is dominating, finally got his back right?

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Jawai is earning his years salary in the 1st half here. Damn he is good!!

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Jawai is winding back the clock!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

so that's why they signed Jawai

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Spot up  
Years ago

Great call there.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Jawai's playing very good no question.

But he is benefiting from the referee interpretation. Referees calling the game very tight so defenders basically can't do anything.

NZ should be exploiting the same down the other end but they're not playing smart ball so their loss

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Tempo  
Years ago

LOL 14 fouls in 6 minutes LOL

HARDBALL LOLOLOL

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Anonymous  
Years ago

If perth can keep jawai like this for the rest of the series it will be mighty tough for the kiwis

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Jawai off the floor and Perth ran a terrible set. They looked lost

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Zone defence has thrown Perth

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Anonymous  
Years ago

who woulda thought, big man dominating, finally change to a zone and the Perth's offence stops

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thomnuffy  
Years ago

Tempo is the blowout troll?

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Victorian Wildcat  
Years ago

Up by 7 at half time without Beal and Prather doing much on the offensive end,i'll take that. The game is being played in surges from each team. Long way to go, but the fouls on their bigs will certainly help.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

In other news, how exceptional is the fox coverage in high def!

1000 X better than the crap TEN dished up.

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Dazz  
Years ago

Have we entered an alternate reality?
Jawai getting all the calls tonight, including that flop call on Wesley.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Here come the breakers!!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What in the world is going with Beal. He is terrible right no.

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Tempo  
Years ago

FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL

The refs think it is all about them.

Ratings go down, attendances go down....Teams go broke and the league doesnt understand why LOL

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

BREAKERS!!!!!

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

How are the Breakers winning this?!?! WOW!!!

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Perths offence is a joke.

No movement, end up with kenny jacking up shots. LOL.

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

When Damian Martin is your third highest scorer with 7 you know you're in trouble. Especially when Beal and Prather are below him.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Gleeson is a bum.

His prancing makes the neutral fans favour the breakers

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

Hahahahaha Trevor Gleeson stop acting like a moron on the sideline. Wagstaff CLEARLY not in position. Smh.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Lol

+1

Gleeson is a deadshit

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fstos  
Years ago

2 terrible offensive fouls called on Prather.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perth choking. Dime Beal. 14 point lead now 2 at 3/4 time.

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

MASSIVE last quarter coming up!!!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Abercrombie has got to be close to leading the league in post-foul-call incredulous smiles per game.

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Spot up  
Years ago

Nice goal tend from Martin.

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

Breakers had their chances but blew it in the last 3 minutes. Martin standing up and has made some huge plays in the 4th.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Man if perth wins this despite getting nothing out of prather, beal and others will be amazing. Their upside is way more then the breakers

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

D Martin is easily the best player on this Perth team.

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

First Abercrombie and now Webster hits a 3. Wow, great fight from NZ.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Lol, Webster showed Kenny a grown up move.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Damo is EASILY one of the most VALUEABLE plyers in the league.

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Tempo  
Years ago

LOL Perth have a foul to give...and they dont foul...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

nz should win game 2 and perth again game 3

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Kyrie2Nation  
Years ago

Cats firmly in the drivers seat to take this series now. Breakers fought right to the end so if it does go to game 3 they will take confidence from this performance.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

If you told me Beal and Prather would stink it up, jervis has no output I would have said breakers by 15. Perth should be very confident that they can play much better from here on.

Game 2 should be breakers game up there and 3 Perth's again.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Gleeson is a flog

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Jawai hurt, Prather hurt. Cya Perth.1c Beal.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Surely those who didn't have to have Martin in your top ten now

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Anonymous  
Years ago

That 2014 cats team with Ennis would smash both these teams.

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Heaters  
Years ago

Thought I'd drop in and see if there were any intelligent comments on tonight's game.

Nope.

Same old "Gleeson's a flog", "Dime Beal", "Wildcats suck" rubbish. And I thought Ozhoops was bad!

If the Wildcats are so shit how come we still won? If Beal, Wagstaff & Prather hit their usual shots this is a blow out.

By the way Spot up check the replay on Martin's block. You must be the Kiwi flog that was sitting behind me tonight.

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Luuuc  
Years ago

Far from convincing, but I guess that's finals pressure. I'll happily take it.
Massive first half by Nate to give us back the upper hand when NZ looked like taking it. Kenny & Redhage with some timely contributions too.
Neither team handled the pressure down the stretch very well at all. The difference was that we had Damo.

After making a point of saying he had to stop getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar, I was pretty disappointed with Prather's early fouls. Going to need him to step up to be a chance in game 2.

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Luuuc  
Years ago

"Thought I'd drop in and see if there were any intelligent comments on tonight's game.

Nope."


Instead of whining, feel free to get the ball rolling with some intelligent comments on tonight's game.

Nope.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

That block by Damo, man, decisive moment for the game, possibly the series.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Good win from Perth, especially considering that a few players were very quiet.

It's concerning that Hire seems to have been relegated to reserve status...

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proud  
Years ago

@ MACDUB, not disagreeing with you mate about the fouls at Perth Arena, but in fairness I think it was the 2nd quarter and there was contact on 4 players and the ball went out of bounds and the crowd were kind of perplexed like 'aren't you gonna call something'... So yeah the refs could have called far more tonight.

I don't know what others think about tonight's game but both team in the second half seems to rush and it made the game look sloppy and bad shots were taken and that is surprising from these veteran line ups.

I don't think anybody should be concerned with the lack of output from Jervis as he only had 1 foul yet played under 12 minutes so he is clearly being saved for another day.

I hope both teams can be as fit and ready to go on Friday

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Mystro  
Years ago

Congrats to the Wildcats for protecting home court. Now let's see if NZ can do the same and make it a 3 game series.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's going 3 no 2 ways about it. Breakers will get better as the series goes on.

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Vic Wildcat  
Years ago

Good win, was never going to be an easy game, didn't help that Beal disappeared again, and Prather can't seem to stay out of foul trouble.

Game style and opponent suited Jawai to a tee, no surprise he had a reasonable game. Our few outside shooters that we have will need to find a way to score, as you'd imagine a zone will be played against Nate from now on.

If it does not go to 3 it will be one of the Wildcats special wins beating them over there.

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spot up  
Years ago

Heaters, it looked to me like a goal tend on the replay. Wouldn't have written it otherwise. Martin was still probably the difference between the two teams in the end anyway.

How about trying to write something positive about your own team rather than worrying about everyone else so much.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

4 years ago I said the nbl was being set up by the illustrious ones to be viable and beneficial to 3-4 clubs. Finals series would be boring and have the same teams for maybe 8 years or so with the loyalty points system, import naturalisation and wealth of clubs backers and central location which in itself is an absolute gift and key to success having an accessible stadium in city cbd locality The umpiring format also suits these teams and they play to the advantage. Parallel to this I believe the Boomers will decline despite talent... Predications now a reality. Lets see how the Boomers go, predicting no finals under lemanis. Its about matching the rest of the world not creating what you think is right.. And tanking is disgraceful.

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Vic Wildcat  
Years ago

SPOT UP- Check the replay on the block again, not sure how it can be a goal tend if he blocks it before it's above the rim.

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LV  
Years ago

Damian Martin- what a defensive effort.

2 key plays in the last 5 minutes- his block of Webster's lay up and his trapping of CedriC J in the back court.

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spot up  
Years ago

I'll take your word for it as cbf finding a replay now. In the replay I saw it looked like it was on the way down, I assumed it would have been above the ring and was not going to airball.

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Vic Wildcat  
Years ago

If you can be bothered Perth Wildcats facebook page shows it, in the wrap of the game.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What was the crowd figure? Hiding the number again due to poor attendances?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Calling Beal Dime Beal is an exaggeration. A dime is far more than he was worth the other night. $Beal sometimes. Lt's hope that GF form continues for the Breakers to tie the series up and continues onto game3.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Calling Beal dime is racist. We all know those types don't have any money.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"That 2014 cats team with Ennis would smash both these teams."

The 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015 NZ teams would smash both of them AND the 2014 Cats team.

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paul  
Years ago

And the 1979 St Kilda team would beat all of them and give the Warriors a touch up.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

^ paul chanelling his Oscar Robinson NBL style :P

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Dazz  
Years ago

It's actually reassuring to see Perth win with Beal having a quiet night. Previously it was a case of No Beal = No Cats.
The problem with Beal has always been that he's a volume shooter. He's top 10 for points, but only shoots 37%. He was down on that last night, but might have picked it up with a few more, but it's not very efficient.
It's a damn worry when your top scorer is also your least accurate. This may be a symptom of the "go to Beal" philospiphy, in which case hopefully he can reinvent himself for next season.

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