Earlier this year
Melbourne v Illawarra Jan 23
Melbourne: A win tonight would put the pressure on Sydney. We could take top spot.
Illawarra: No-one picks on my big brother. Here, hold my beer.
It's the city round with $10 from every special First Ever jersey sold going to Make a Wish foundation. It is a great charity.
The Melbourne jersey is a bit plain IMHO, but I love the Steel city jersey. It’s true to the city where people are tough, they’re so tough they sprinkle iron filings on their Weet-Bix. Now I’m not saying Illawarra’s a rough city, but I know that the Hawks have a rib-cage as a practice basketball net.
Melbourne are down as the favourites to repeat this season and go into this game as favourites. Illawarra's season is not over yet and they are not out of contention yet, 3 solid wins out of their last four games means Bevo might be in for some major round action.
Their round 1 clash was epic with 4 OT’s needed that night. Melbourne came back strongly in round 3 with a lazy 26 points from Ware and 12 rebounds (see ball, get ball) from Pledger the difference that night. But in round 5, some classic magic from Dave Andersen saw the Hawks take home the chochies that night.
So after 3 games of this series, Melbourne is up by 1 point and 1 game. Pretty typical of this whole season.
Tonight, I'm looking forward to a tight game, but in the end, Melbourne at home will be too strong and should prevail in the fourth.