Earlier this year
Cairns v Sydney Jan 7
It's top vs bottom so we’ll get to see how far apart this league is, or will we? So far in 2019 we have had upset after upset. It started off when Cairns broke their drought, then the Heart Breakers beat Adelaide, then the Hawks iced Sydney, Perth got smashed, and Brisbane gave Melbourne a basketball lesson. What is going on? Did Larry Kestleman kick a black cat on New Years Day?
I think everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Cairns beat Brisbane in front of a packed crowd of 4,000. Mike Kelly even clearing his bench in the fourth! What was most pleasing was seeing Cairns’ bench lifting with 36 points and 16 boards. Significantly, only 2 turnovers, which doesn’t seem much, but it is these 1%ers that win games.
Sydney, on the road, were out foxed by Illawarra in a game in which The Conk stood up and Coenraad saw the hoop like a hoola hoop. The Bogie man rebounding at will like a rich Chinese businessman picking up mansions on the north shore collecting 19 boards, and captain Lisch scoring 19.
If I was Cairns I would be pumped up and fancy my chances of another upset. Top of table Sydney better pack their brown jocks as Cairns are on a winning streak! Gee, there are some fine battles to watch out for. Bogut v Jawai would more than cover the cost of admission. Randle and Lisch v Newbill and Trimble should have punters excited and even the old warhorses of Newley and Walker will be another great tussle.
I haven’t got one tip right so far this year...… Sydney