Earlier this month
With only a month out Lets speak awards for this season:
MVP - Billups (wolves)- Best player top team
MIP - Justin Beard (flames) last 6 weeks have been best player in the flames
COY - Parsons (Hawks) - turned around his team, improvers on the last few seasons and 7 game winning streak .
Earlier this month
Round 16 WSBL Power Rankings
1. Lakeside Lightning - PREDICTED 1st
Lakeside just seems to not have any weaknesses in their game. If its not Swags setting teams to 'Spin Cycle' its gunner Sydnee Fipps launching from downtown or bigs Grant and Roscoe dominating the post. Rockingham looks to be their likely GF opponent. Can their 3 ball game continue at Bendat? Rocko in Rocko coming up next week will tell us more on who is the real deal.
2 Perth Redbacks – PREDICTED 3rd
The Reds picked up two dominant wins on the weekend to really push to lock in 2nd spot. Rocko has 2 more games in hand including a match up with the Backs coming up. This high scoring team is lead by MVP candidate Kayla Standish, PG Pirini and a bunch of seasoned vets. The only chink appears to be the form or import guard Makailah Dyer who after starting the season strong is averaging 12p and 5 rebs and shooting 24% from downtown. Can she turn her form around in time for finals?
3. Rockinghams Flames – PREDICTED 2nd
The flames have 5 games left with Redbacks and Lightning to come to really see where this squad sits in the finals. They miss a 2nd legit big, leaving Allen to play big minutes in a final series. Allen is a dominant defensive big. Petrick loves his small ball, fast paced transition and will rely on his group running teams off the floor. D’Lesha Lloyd 23ppg 8 rebs is in the top 2 players in the league and can score inside and out. The big guard is near unstoppable in transition. Her team mate Harrison (188ppg) is a great combo tandem. Do they have the bench to stay with the depth of Lakeside?
4. Kalamunda Eastern Suns – PREDICTED 4th
The Suns with the bye last week were able to get a game clear in 4th with Willetton losing. They have the best front court in the league with Rintala 18ppg, Edwards 13ppg and Ciabattoni 20ppg. The question will be can their guard group stand up against teams with stud guards in Swags, Lloyd and Pirini’s.
5. Willetton Tigers – PREDICTED 5th
They can still chase 4th but would have to win 4 of 5 of their final games to do so. Tigers got exposed v Lakeside for their lack of bench depth which at the start of the season was a strength. Ashlin Payne has been in good form and dropped 28 last game. Tigers really lack a 3rd scorer to give them a chance in a 3 game series.
6. Mandurah Magic – PREDICTED 6th
The Magic with have a good run home with expected wins over Eagles, Wolves and Cougars and maybe Stirling to get them up to 10 or 11 wins to lock in 6th place. Milo is back training and we hope to see her soon. Brown has been a beast in her absence dropping 36 points against Redbacks. I doubt any of the top 4 want to see them in a Semi-final.
Now playoff spots 7-8 get real interesting with 4 teams able to make the finals or get knocked out.
7.. Southwest Slammers – PREDICTED 10th the Slammers have had key injuries to Thompson and Denehey which cost them a big loss to Perry lakes last round. With an already weak bench this team is all but done now. I can’t see another win in their remaining games. Lightning (L), Redbacks (L) Cockburn (L) Senators (L) Suns (L)... 7 Wins 15 Losses.
8. Perry Lakes Hawks – PREDICTED 7th. The Hawks are back in the 8 for the first time since Round 2. Games coming up are Suns (L) Wolves (W) Tigers (L) Senators (?) This will get them to 9-13. With a loss to Senators they will go to 8th. Hawks are desperately in need a guard with the loss of Gabby O and Jeffers. Hopefully Gabby is back for finals. 9 Wins – 13 Losses.
9. Stirling Senators- PREDICTED 8th. Flames (L) Magic (L) Slammers (W) Hawks (?). A loss to Hawks will mean a 1st round match up with Lakeside (Ouch) 8 Wins 13 Losses.
10. Cockburn Cougars – PREDICTED 9th. Run home includes Tigers (L) Slammers (W) Magic (L) and Flames (L). It’s a tough run and they need at least 2 wins to have a chance of playoffs. 7 Wins 15 Losses.
Fun Fact is if Cockburn get to 8 Wins even with Stirling they miss out through Head 2 Head by a single 1 point margin.
Lightning (1) v Senators (8)
Flames (2) v Hawks (7)
Redbacks (3) v Magic (6)
Suns (4) v Tigers (5)
Earlier this month
Head To Head... Then
For and Against between the Teams... Then
If still a draw after all this maybe The Commish adopts the FIFA Coin Toss option, to be live streamed on the League Social Media outlets for maximum viewing pleasure
COTY is out of these guys.
Daniel and Parsons are probably a good choice as they have taken last seasons 8 and 9th teams to top 4 contention. Both have made big strides in getting their teams to buy into their ideas and improve over their previous seasons, whilst developing some youth and dealing with injuries/ players not being avail etc.
Ettridge again leading his side to the playoffs as a top seed. Has so much stability and always has great imports to help.
Evans has a monster team in paper and the best home court advantage ever. Not sure he has a lot to do except turn up and roll out the ball. But he's got his side to the top 2 so he has to be included.
Daniel should win the C-O-T-Y this season he has done an outstanding job with this group.
both ettridge and evans should be in the mix as well. it would not be easy trying to manage multiple egos on both teams, you say they both teams have talent but you as a coach would need to manage each individuals wants and needs.
DARK HORSE- gavin field.
Mansfield should win coach of the year after his job he has done. not only this season but the past 2 seasons . they were bottom upon his arrival
both tom Knowles and Charles nix will be challenging Mansfield after taking their teams to the top four.
DARK HORSE. anita brown
The big issue holding Gav Field back from MVP contention is if his side can win enough games. Not too many guys on that side will be taking votes off him.
I highly doubt anyone in the league has played anywhere near the minutes he has this season - prob averaging 39 or very close to it.
Daniels has done a great job with the Lightning this season. But lakeside have been pretty stable this season.
Haven't really beaten any of the top 3 teams at this stage and that goes along way.
Parsons though has beaten those teams, has taken a squad that has finished 8th for 4 straight seasons and has them currently sitting in the 4 and in a 7 game win streak.
Parsons easy choice over Daniels as the change has been more important.
Daniels or Ray Evans is my choice.
Ben and Nick will never get the votes from their peers while Parsons has really got the team to where they were predicted in the preseason and it's been over two years plus people might have voter fatigue choosing him.
Peseva for the Cougars is having a great month (last 5-6games).
Whether he gets votes who knows??
Ive always been of the opinion that the MVP should be from a team playing finals.
Someone like Stewart from Magic would even be a chance, as he likely picked up top votes in every win and votes in most of the competitive loses.
as far as peer votes go !! I would think all coaches put their differences aside when it comes to selecting who has done a good job or not.
the coaches are looking at every game by every team on every angle possible, injuries , ladder positions gained , attitudes etc.
they should be voting regardless.
so if parsons is deserved then im sure his peers will vote for him.
there have been multiple winners over the years so why not parsons , its not fatigue.
Ettridge is a douche bag, arrogant and one of the worst sports the SBL has ever seen.
However I think he done a great job this year.
His roster is not exactly stacked like we though it would be.
The 2nd import is average at best, when I say average he would be unlikely to get another SBL gig after 2018.
The bloke back from Adelaide is terrible and a bog flop, was expecting him to be NBL fringe player.
The great servants are getting older..
So yeah I think he has done well to have them where they are at the moment.
All-Star 5 (Positions with multiple players has first choice listed first)
PG - King/Stewart
SG - Natesan/Isenbarger
SF - Field/Ross/Sharpe
PF - Alexander
C - Billups
MVP Prediction: Billups
A few thoughts here. Its pretty clear to me that Billups and Alexander are the top two bigs in the SBL. There are a handful of talented forwards and centers, but none have come close to the impact and numbers those guys have had for there successful clubs (1st and 5th on ladder). Field has had an incredible year, and should be in contention for MVP despite his team not being in the top 8. It's close for me between him and Ross with the Buccs' position on the ladder being in the top 2. As for guys like Sharpe and Stewart, they are very talented and valuable to their clubs but they play for the two worst teams in the league making it very hard to put them in the All-Star 5. Kind of similar how last year Holmen was MVP but didn't make the All-Star 5.
Daniels COTY MSBL - Done a great job early and has continued when studs turned up
Petrik COTY WSBL - Rockingham didn't even have a sniff of finals last year and arguably best team in comp this year
Hire has to be in All Star 5 mash up - putting up MVP numbers week in week out
Tomorrow night will be a beauty, Redbacks by 50 but it will be a battle between crowd and coach. We travelled down a few weeks ago there were various hecklers. Not great for our own team but will be worth it to see Lako's reaction to it all, worth the price of admission
Yep, Wolves vs Giants was a great game. And it wasn't because the Wolves had an off night - it was a playoff calibre game that could have gone either way in the last quarter. Wolves with a full strength team, Giants without their leading rebounder Martin.
Crowd was crazy loud, and no doubt that had a negative impact on the Wolves down the stretch. A shame that the Giants are a couple of good players short at the moment - but kudos to them for beating Senators and Wolves in their last two home games. For sure some of these playoff teams they are due to play in the next 3 weeks will be wary. It has already cost Wolves top spot.
Excerpt from a recent article on the Willetton Basketball Association website...
The losses have also given Black the opportunity to reflect on his love for the club and belief in his team.
"Whilst we lost both and are disappointed, it only reaffirms my belief that I love who we are and believe we can be successful if we play the style of game that we want." Black said.
Does Coach Black have the cattle at his disposal?
Where is the local player development/opportunities at this level?
Does Willetton MSBL Program have a 'culture' problem?
Where to from here for the Willetton Tigers after promising so much and delivering so little over the past three (3) seasons?
Interested in your thoughts?
Where to from here for the Willetton Tigers after promising so much and delivering so little over the past three (3) seasons?
2016 - 3rd overall regular season
2017 - 1st overall regular season - lose Semi Final to eventual Champions
How can anyone say Willetton have delivered so little? All it proves is that in order to win the whole thing, a LOT needs to go right.
If you're going to target Willetton, I suggest you also take aim at:
Perhaps the past three years is being unfair however one MSBL title in 30-years is not a great return for such a large association that is pretty dominant at the junior level.
I agree a LOT needs to go right however Andy Stewart proved it can be achieved consistently with the right game plan, recruiting, culture, etc.
Two weeks ago
Re Div1 Finals - The fixtures are correct. Ignore what the standings say as the standings will rank teams (with the same records) by for/against percentage, which is not right.
Officially the actual tiebreakers are determined by head-to-heads between the tied teams.
All those boys left because when Black Sr took over and brought in Easley, Scott, Armour and Davis, he told the youngsters that they would struggle to get court time. Which was probably fair, given the roster.
They followed McCormick to Lightning.
That right there is an outcome focus at the expense of process resulting in short term gain and long term pain for the club.
I guess it is still a work in progress however it doesn't send a great message to other Willetton juniors coming through the system...
Pal seems to have lost the desire somewhere along the season. I said it at the start of the season that he would struggle once teams realize they don't have any pure shooters. That’s what you get when you chase the $$ instead of going to a team that complements your strengths.
Don't we all just love a lil debate about Pal. Here’s my take.
13 & 10 on 55% shooting is not bad. He’s only overrated because a specimen like him is expected to absolutely tear it up. The couple of games I’ve watched him play this year he was relentless on the boards in one and pedestrian in the other. Interesting prospect nevertheless.
Two weeks ago
If you know Pal, you might have heard him talk about an open kidney surgery he's had. Sounds like it just flares up on him and affects his ability to perform at his best. No one knows his situation for sure, but injuries can make even the greatest players ordinary
Mandurah just don't know how to use him. He was giving us the most trouble tonight but Trahair felt the need to keep him on the bench. He looked fine to me motor wise too. Must be frustrating playing down there and he should come play with a real team next season. He would definitely work well with shooters as he is definitely a willing passer.
The statement would be that Mandurah don't belong in the SBL. That team wouldn’t even win Division 1. It’s little wonder why they struggle with getting a crowd when they cop this type of humiliating loss. It’s been blowout loss after blowout loss pretty much all year.
Maybe they should be relegated to Division 1’for at least next 2 seasons.
2 weeks left time to look at the award winners for the season
MVP - Gavin Field, the Holman effect in 2017, best player by a mile on the worst team.
Does he get enough votes. If not Billups will.
MIP - Justin Beard, has been a shining light on the veteran flames team. Playing above his age.
COY - Matt Parsons, the Hawks are flying, Ten game win streak. After some early seasons wobbles they look very dangerous. Big improvers on last season.
First time seeing him this season but G4H is an angry man he was out trying to hurt someone with his "screens" and "boxing out" last night. And then every time he looked at a referee it looked as if he was about to murder them. I bet he felt abit silly when after the game the Redbacks handed him a donation for his charity.
Mandurah had a bad game for sure and were not up to the mark.
if you ask any mens coach in the S.B.L they will tell you that Mandurah are a dangerous team and for most of the year have been doing well.
there fixturing is a discrace as they are know going to play there 4th double header in a row . would love to see the response if it was the hawks,wolves or tigers with this draw - cmon buccs
Would love to see what a coach like Daniels or Parsons would do with that Gero squad. It's absolutely stacked. Both those coaches mentioned have taken last seasons 8 and 9th team and turned them into teams capable of beating any team in the league. PL have beaten every team above them on the ladder. If it wasn’t forbidden their issues early with their imports etc they have have been in 2nd or third
Gero is stacked Evans has done a great job but any coach in the league would have a good chance with that team.
Parsons is deserved he's changed the culture at Perry lakes and moved them from continuously struggling to make that 8th spot to a team worthy of a championship.
Perth & Bucc's both are stacked.
Looks like they will avoid each other until the GF.
Wolves doing very well with what they have.
Hawks building nicely.
Bucc's just have this huge question mark over them come finals.
Should be interesting finish.
Even Senators on their night can cause some issues.
What a week its been in the WSBL.
Teams are scrambling for their playoff seedings and beware the sleeping giant and the reigning champions Perry Lakes Hawks.
Stirling kept a playoff birth alive with a 72-69 win over Flames. Stirling taking advantage of a Harrison less Flames with Jas Martin dropping 24 points in the upset.
Perry lakes keep their season alive and a possible move to 6th and a big win over Suns. Farnworth dominant with 29 points in the upset win. Suns are looking shakey in the run to finals and need more out of Edwards in the run home.
Stirling then completed a great double header weekend beating Magic 81-77.
The Run home
1st Lakeside 19 W 1 L... Rocko (A), EP (H), bye.
Have locked in home court, Real test this week in a GF preview.
2nd Perth 16 W 5 L… EP (A).
Could fall to 3rd on H2H with Rocko if Rocko beat Lakeside.
3rd Flames 14 W 5 L Lakeside (H), Wolves (A), Cougars (H).
Can move to 2nd with 3 wins, can't drop below 3rd.
4th Suns 13 W 7 L… Tigers (H), Slammers (A).
Cant fall below 5th big game v tigers that will lock in top 4. Need to beat tigers by 11 or more.
5th Tigers 12 W 8 L… Suns (A), Hawks(H)..
Last 2 games tough, cant drop below 5th.
6th Magic 9 W 11 L… Cockburn (A).
Will finish with 10 wins. Have H2H over hawks. Hawks have to get 2 wins to drop them.
7th Hawks 9 W 11 L… Tigers (A), Senators (A)
On a 3 game win streak, Gabby O back running point, Beware. Could move to 6th with 2 wins.
8th Senators 9 W 11 L … slammers (A), Hawks (H)
have 8th place locked up on less they lose both and slammers win both.. unlikely. Have H2H by 16 on Slammers.
9th Slammers 8 W 12 L… Senators(H), Suns(H)
Have to win both games to make it. Beat Senators by 17 or more and then Suns, both games at home!
We can potentially see Magic, Hawks and Senators finish in a 3 Way tie with 10 wins which will eliminate the head to head rule. It then goes back to season For/Agst percentage. The 3 teams currently only have a 4% margin between them.
Lakeside 21-1 v Senators 10-12
Perth 17-5 v Hawks 10-12
Flames 16-6 v Magic 10-12
Suns 15-7 v Tigers 13-9
If it was the Hawks, Wolves or Tigers playing 4 doubleheader's in a row they would win the great majority of the games and be happy for the stern test heading into playoffs. What they wouldn’t do is use that fixturing as an excuse for being pounded by 50+ on their home court. That’s why they are amongst the best teams, don’t forget your team would’ve had many home games in succession to. Each team plays 12 home and 12 always games.. go figure!
WSBL Round 19 Game of the Week *Lakeside @ Rockingham*
Well the match we have all been waiting for, a possible grand final match up. Last time these two teams met was in round 5 with Lakeside winning 102-82. Rockingham missing both imports in the Loss.
A lot has changed since then as Lightning have gone on to destroy the competition on 8 and 11 game win streaks. Rocko has reformed its run and gun style of play similar to their championship winning years.
PG: Byrnes (10ppg, 4apg) v Bourne (12ppg, 5rpg)
Both lead their teams on and off the court, Bourne the driving threat with Byrnes the defensive stopper who can hit the open 3.
SG: Swaggmeyer (23ppg, 7rpg) v LLoyd (22ppg, 8rpg)
Wow what a match up, both players are tough. Swags the reigning MVP, still in MVP form this season and can turn a game in 90 second bursts (ask Suns). Lloyd is the tough brawler who punishes teams in trans and can get to rack at will.
SF: Fipps (22ppg, 5rpg) v English (4ppg). English may well go to Swags as the defensive stopper with Lloyd to Fipps. Fipps has been in stellar form this season from range (35%) or attacking the paint.
PF: Grant (13ppg, 9 rebs) v Harrison (18ppg, 5 rebs). Lakesides twin towers have size advantage at the PF spot but Harrison in Petricks small ball system can burn bigger 4s off the park, interesting styles here. Grant in good form from range at 37%.
C: Roscoe (9ppg, 5 rebs) v Allen (13ppg, 10.5rpg). Allen has had a great first year of SBL, a dominant defensive force she controls the paint for this team. Last week she had 8 blocks in the win. Roscoe has the range to drag out Allen and allow drivers to do their job. If Allen can stay on the floor this will keep the flames in the game as they don't have a back up big.
Tough to call with Rocko at home and big crowd expected. Rocko can finish 2nd if they can get this win. Both teams have a good bench support. Lakeside have form and will want to make a statement in lead up to finals. Question marks on Bourne playing in this one. No team has slowed both Fipps and Swags and Rocko will rely on keeping one of them under 15 points.
Lakeside to go into the hot house and secure their 20th win of the season. Lakeside by 8.
the point is they are trying to secure a playoff spot and sunday dech will bolster that team significantly.
full credit to rockingham . they have that stadium rocking and packed on game night they are bringing in quality players to watch in both men and womens comp and are doing things a little differently then the norm .that's why !!
One week left! All 8 teams now locked in, just depends on results next weekend to sort out final ladder positions. Important things to note:
* Irrespective of results next week, the Top 4 is a lock in that order with Perth having the H2H over the Hawks
* Willetton have to win in Gero to have a chance at finishing higher than 7th. If the Tigers lose and the Flames win, Rocko will finish 7th as they have the H2H vs the Tigers
* If the Tigers pull off the upset in the Midwest, it gets very interesting for 5-7 on the ladder.
- Stirling has the H2H over Lakeside
- Lakeside has the H2H over Willo
- Willo has the H2H over Stirling
Mini-Ladder if Senators and Lightning lose and Tigers win (For vs Against for games between the 3 teams)
5th. Lakeside F:393 A:365 (+28)
6th. Stirling F:371 A:364 (+7)
7th. Willetton F:366 A:398 (-32)
How it will all play out:
Buccs - Guaranteed to finish 1st. If they beat Willo next week, will play the Tigers in the Quarter Finals so long as the Flames beat the Cougars in Rockingham on Friday. If the Tigers win next week and both Stirling and Lakeside lose, then it goes to a 3-way mini ladder between those three teams If the Flames lose to Cockburn, they can only finish 8th and will face Gero in the Quarters
Wolves - Locked in for 2nd. Outside of an unlikely upset in Gero, will more than likely play Willo in the Quarters
Redbacks - Guaranteed 3rd. Defending champs get home court advantage for the Quarters. Will more than likely either play the Senators or Lightning in the first round.
Hawks - Lock in for 4th. The form team of the comp atm riding an 11 game winning streak. Will face the Senators next weekend. If they win that and the Lightning win in Kalgoorlie, the Hawks will face the Lightning in the Quarters. If they lose and the Lightning lose to the Giants (Assuming Willo lose in Gero also), the Hawks will face Stirling in the Quarters.
How I think it will end up:
QF1 Buccs vs Tigers
QF2 Wolves vs Flames
QF3 Redbacks vs Senators
QF4 Hawks vs Lightning
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