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Luuuc
Last year

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WNBL 2016/17 Season

... tips off next Friday.
Not as strong a comp as last season unfortunately, with Bunton, Tomlinson, George, Talbot, Allen, Ebzery, Madgen & Jarry all headed for Europe.

Title odds right now look like this FWIW:
Perth Lynx 3.30
Townsville Fire 3.75
Melbourne Boomers 6.00
Bendigo Spirit 7.00
Sydney Uni Flames 7.00
Dandenong Rangers 8.50
Canberra Capitals 21.00
Adelaide Lightning 36.00


Perth is a legit threat after re-tooling the front court, adding Ruth Hamblin at the 5 to replace Louella Tomlinson, and replacing the very productive Betnijah Laney (who suffered an ACL tear early in the current WNBA season) with Monica Wright. If Monica can stay healthy then it's a potent lineup.

I guess losing Cayla George to Europe is what has cost the reigning back-to-back champs the favouritism? Imports Novosel & Tatham make way for Standish and Natasha Cloud - who I think is one of the players to watch this season. And they also add Kelly Wilson. So in terms of top-tier talent, Townsville are still right up there, and I also think that Claudia Brassard will prove to be an excellent coach. A 3-peat is a definite possibility.

Down at the other end of the ladder, I can't argue that Adelaide will struggle again this season. I expect Canberra to lift though and be better than $21 suggests. Mansfield came of age last season and hopefully for the sake of the Opals she can build on that brilliant form. They're a young team other than Ruef & Tolo in the paint, but one with a lot of potential. If they just had one more outside shooting threat they could really do some damage.

Still waiting to hear whether Abby Bishop will suit up this season, and wondering whether the Liz Cambage staying in Australia for the summer will translate into any participation in the league. The latter especially could be a game-changer for someone like the Boomers.
It does look set up for another Townsville-Perth GF to me right now though. Rangers and Flames to round out the top 4? It looks quite a raffle to me from 3-7.


I wonder how many away games we'll be able to see this season.

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PlaymakerMo
Last year
15:43 27 Sep 16

Reply #599909

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

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Is the TV deal still imminent?


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Anonymous
Last year
16:21 27 Sep 16

Reply #599912

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

I'll be putting $200 on the lynx at those odds, to me it's almost guranteed they win the title. They are MUCH better than last year and the rest of the league hasn't drastically improved, maybe even gotten worse.


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Anonymous
Last year
16:26 27 Sep 16

Reply #599913

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Are Paul Maley and Sally Phillips still heading up the WNBL? I haven't seen one article regarding the competition since her initial appointment.

They brushed off any talk of TV deals in her initial appointment press conference

Live streaming with commentary? This should be the minimum.

Unfortunately, unless the NBL take over the running of the WNBL the league will die off and watch women's soccer, netball, AFL and rugby sevens overtake basketball


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Anonymous
Last year
16:28 27 Sep 16

Reply #599914

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Got a little wager on Canberra as a $21 smokey for the title.

New coach, Tolo, Mansfield, Ruef, decent imports.


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wayne
Last year
22:13 27 Sep 16

Reply #599940

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe looks to be a very athletic/agressive player, very Kelsey Griffin like for the Spirit.

Good chance to get back into the title mix.


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Jack Toft
Last year
23:32 27 Sep 16

Reply #599941

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

I would prefer Adelaide finish bottom than not start.

There's actually some good talented young (local) girls in that squad. The challenge would be for them to click as a team and collect a few scalps along the way.

While other teams may have a bucket load of talent, if they underestimate Adelaide, an upset will ensue.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:16 28 Sep 16

Reply #599943

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

I think Adelaide will do similar to last season and win their fair share of games.

The league isn't as strong as last season due to the higher profile players going to Europe.

If Chris Lucas has them buying in and organised they will surprise plenty.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:36 28 Sep 16

Reply #599945

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

^ totally disagree that the league this year isn't as strong, with the exception of maybe George ( who backed up Batkovic) the rest had little impact on the overall league..
Think the league is in good shape, some teams look to have got some good mobile imports who,could fit nicely into the faster paced WNBL game played here in Australia.

Some good athletic teams this year with plenty of young talent coming through.
Most seem to have recruited well with the exception of maybe Boomers and Sydney, though picking up Mitchell will be good for them

It will come down to team chemistry for many of them as to just who goes the distance


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Luuuc
Last year
11:03 28 Sep 16

Reply #599962

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

I think the league is in good shape too, btw! It's still a strong league and yes some doors have opened for some talented younger players.
But come on... those 8 players I named who left, and then add to those another couple with Penaluna & Tupaea being lost to injury ... that's a lot of talent to lose. And sorry, but claiming that players like Jarry, Madgen & Ebzery had little impact is just clueless. It's not even arguable how good those 3 are.

I don't disagree that there are some quality imports joining the league, and the unfortunate but predictable demise of SEQ will concentrate the talent we have into 8 teams instead of 9, so that helps offset some of the personnel loss too.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:10 28 Sep 16

Reply #599980

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

last year just for example
Button, Penaluna .. Injured nearly all season
Others out for Opals commitments
Few if any were the main players in their teams
Yes all good players in their own right but they have been replaced by equal or better in most cases for this season
If they were all to stay the league would be the same as last year potentially
Now they have been replaced not by lesser players either then how can that in anyway make the league weaker
Oh and if they were to stay the others brought in would not be here most likely

Take Tupeaa as an example has been replaced by Mitchell IMO a far better prospect so how has that been detrimental, yes sad that she's injured but she's been upgraded now to an opals starting PG
Penaluna... When was the last time she actually even played consecutive games with any form of production let alone a season... So how is loosing her going to impact the league...
Just like Bunton ... She hardly took the crt for Rangers last season her loss to Europe won't be missed in that team as far as productivity goes from last season

It's not saying these players are not good but them leaving the league will certainly not cause the demise of s good decent Como infact I bet it will be an even more competitive one than last year


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Luuuc
Last year
10:53 30 Sep 16

Reply #600110

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

The Pick and Roll - Your ultimate guide to the 2016/17 WNBL season
http://pickandroll.com.au/ultimate-guide-201617-wnbl-season/


Basket Case podcast - Episode "A"
https://www.spreaker.com/user/carolwical/basket-case-1617-ep-a


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Anonymous
Last year
18:21 30 Sep 16

Reply #600182

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Just read the preview of Bendigo on the WNBL site and had a giggle. Firstly they listed Heather Oliver as a departure (Spirit had their launch last night and there was Olly front and center holding her number 7 singlet). Then later on they say that the loss of Joy Burke could take its toll. By all accounts Burke was a lovely person and worked hard (and did well in SEABL for Rush) but she didn't contribute much at either end in limited minutes. Had the height but was just too slow, contributed little on offence and often got into foul trouble quite quickly. Had my doubts right from the off how Gabe and Burke were going to work together and couldn't see why you would "spend" an import slot on a backup 5. Nayo looked far better value when I saw Spirit take on Boomers here in the 'Rat the other week. Looked very much like a Griffin clone. Snell wasn't overly flash either so Kelly Wilson looks like the only major loss and if Dietrick is up to the mark then the additions of Nayo, Payne and Karaitiana and improvement from Spencer should make the Spirit much better.


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Luuuc
Last year
11:23 5 Oct 16

Reply #600469

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Boti's season preview:
http://www.botinagy.com/blog/no-missing-lynx---wnbl-preview/


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Luuuc
Last year
12:04 7 Oct 16

Reply #600783

re: WNBL 2016/17 Season

Roy Ward's season preview:
http://www.theage.com.au/sport/basketball/wnbl-season-preview-townsville-fire-tipped-for-threepeat-dandenong-rangers-to-challenge-20161006-grwbpk.html



Both journos have the same 4 teams making the finals:

Boti:
1. Perth
2. Townsville
3. Bendigo
4. Dandenong
5. Sydney
6. Canberra
7. Melbourne
8. Adelaide

Roy:
1. Townsville
2. Dandenong
3. Perth
4. Bendigo
5. Canberra
6. Melbourne
7. Sydney
8. Adelaide


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