I feel the failing of the Boomers is part due to their recruiting. Every other team in the league has a star big, some have multiple, but the Boomers really only have Black and an undersized Bygate. When Black is switched on she's fantastic, but that's realistically only happened for around 25% of the time she's been on court. The rest of the time she seems I don't know perhaps a bit hesitant? For the output they've received, it's not really ideal as an import. I mean it's likely their recruiting could be due to the lateness of the certainty they'd actually be playing this season, but surely conversations were had behind closed doors with potential recruits even before the announcement. Also the loss of Penaluna was massive, she was brilliant last season when she was fit, though it's probably for the best they got Bowen, who I've thought has played some solid games as opposed to having Elyse missing games like she did last season.
I really do hope the Boomer girls can re-group with their bye, because when they're all on the same page, they can really take it to the top teams and even beat them. Probably unlucky to lose the first Dandenong game and they had been in a position to beat the Lynx and Fire. It's just that when they lapse they really lapse and it's almost as if the other team are doing training drills on them. I mean credit to them in yesterday's game, they were getting flogged until half time and managed to turn the tempo - so they've clearly got something in there.
As for the Opals, not that I've been closely following her, so this could well be wrong, but from what I've seen and heard I really rate Larissa Anderson from the Rangers. She's very likely not ready for the HC role, but I hope she's able to get in there as an assistant and make a good run at the HC role the next time it is available. Other than that, again I haven't closely followed him but I also like Andy Stewart from the Lynx.