does anyone know what the redbacks roster looks like this year?
i know they had a mass exodus in the offseason but its not been clear who is replacing these guys?
some rumors were going around that wagner not back?
Earlier this month
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any thoughts from the blitz?
the big import for goldfields had a couple of big dunks against buccs but they got pounded. Bowie looked to get injured again?
redbacks will not be close to what they have been the last few years
hawks and tigers look decent
After seeing most teams at the Blitz, and assuming that some players are still to arrive, here are my rankings for the season...
Associate of Random
Two weeks ago
With my associate more busy than a high end hooker on at tax time these days working in the fire and emergency services communication centre, I thought i would give this preview thing a crack and see how it goes. If it is putrid then i will aim to convince him back to do this regularly for us this season seeing due to work commitments he can't fully commit to the radio program either
Wolves at Perry Lakes (Grand Final Rematch)
Karma is a wonderful thing - I know random went and asked the wolves coach for an interview after the semis at Bendat when the Hawks beat the Flames. I then have it first hand both from random and also two wolves people who were in the group with BE that he then proceeded to go off at random and finally suggest 'how about you just f... off hey, just f... off" Given I and many others still do not think TY or Holmen said anything wrong (If you actually go back and listen to the segment on the 98five podcasts you will hear TY say it was a great initiative by the Wolves and that communication could have been better regarding timing of the photo - that was it) it was a sad turn of events for it to end up that way but then, as mentioned at the start of the preview, karma is a wonderful thing and without the brains trust in Brennan on the sideline during the Grand Final, the wolves coach had no backup plan to the Hawks in the final game of the season. Wolves have earnt the great slogan #Boughtnotbuilt in the off season (some superb efforts by the gero boys) amid their recruiting efforts and lack of trust in their junior program. Hawks have added Sovine but retain a large portion of their championship winning side. Seeing the banner being raised will peeve off the wolfpack faithful knowing they were so close yet again but they will need time to gel. Hawks again the victors by 4 in a fiery affair to open the season
Magic at Lakeside (Blowout Alert)
Its the first game of the season and it already is very hard to make a case for Mandurah in this one! Durnin is a great pickup but unless their new import is an absolute stud then it could be a very, very long season for Trahair and the Magic Men. Lightning at home easily by 28
Tigers at Cockburn (Twilight 7pm Tipoff - Great Innovation!)
Local derby between two southern powerhouses and it puts Coach Nener up against his former junior club. Willo always look great on paper but its time coach Black and the boulevard boys brigade need to start to fulfill that promise after many years of the boy crying wolf if you get my drift. Field will need 40+ for the Cougs to be a hope here, but I can't see the Tigers going down. Willo by 12
Senators at Perth (No Shawn No Spiders?)
No ring for Lackovic and the Redbacks last year led to a mass exodus at the end of 2018. Wagner the only Championship player of note remaining means it will be a struggle for Perth to even remain finals contenders if the Blitz is anything to go on (was that an U18 WABL team they put out against the WA Country State Team!?) Warwick with a slightly new name, updated logo and uniforms and seats in the grandstand now make a huge off-season all the more exciting if they can push into the top 4 this season. Solid imports and another year of experience for their locals means they will once again be finals bound. Warwick to start in style beating Perth by 11
Suns at Mandurah (Battle of the Bald Coaches!)
Double header for the Magic sees them hosting the visiting Kalamunda in this one. Great opening 'road trip' for coach Utley as he travels all of five mins to MARC for this one. The Suns just may be the surprise packet of 2019 and I can see them pushing hard for a 7th or 8th Finals spot I think - it would be great to see what random thinks once he reads this and gets over the issue of me putting him out of a job lol. Possibly a winnable game for the Magic at home but back end of an opening weekend double header and a young fresh Kalamunda team will be keen to get Coach Utley a debut win. Suns by 5 on the road
Giants at Joondalup (Goldfields upset or Wolfpack mauling?)
Coach Creek embarks on his second stint as coach of the Kalgoorlie-based outfit known as the Giants as they head to the northern suburbs to take on the Wolves. Joondalup on the quick backup after playing Perry Lakes on the road the previous night and will want to at least split the weekend 1-1 if they happen to go down to the reigning champs on opening night. Giants with a couple of highlight reel type imports but whilst that may get bums on seats up in the Gold Capital, it doesn't necessarily translate to wins. Wolves by 16 at home
Flames at Geraldton (2018 Quarter Final Rematch Showdown - Game of the Week!!)
My tip for game of the week as Rockingham head up to the Midwest to take on a Buccaneers side who will welcome Dayle Joseph into the head coaching role. After their upset win over Geraldton in last years Quarter Finals, including Game Two up in the Midwest, defeating the Buccaneers on their home court will hold no fears for the Flames under new coach Ryan Petrik. Should be an absolute humdinger played in front of a packed Eighth St Stadium but with Hire likely to be unavailable due to Wildcats commitments, then it is advantage to Geraldton here. Buccaneers by 2 in yet another classic between these two sides who are quickly developing one of the better rivalries in the League.
Eagles at South West (Finals hopefuls vs Wooden Spoon Favourites)
Losing Durnin was a massive loss for the Slammers and how they fill that void could very well determine whether or not they register a win in 2019. Such is the gaping hole that his departure has left, alot of pressure up both ends of the court will now be placed on the South West imports to lead the way for what is expected to be a very young and inexperienced team outside of their American born players. East Perth open their season on the road and with returning Coach Forde likely to be unavailable due to NBL commitments, it will be interesting to see just who takes the coaching reigns for the Morley club in this one. Not sure if or when South West will get a win this season, but I can not see it happening here - with or without Forde on the sidelines. Eagles by 21 to open the season well
Giants at Kalamunda (Flip of a coin for final game of the opening week)
Double headers are always tough in the SBL, Double headers on the back end of the opening weekend for two teams with questions about their depth and both pushing for one of the 7th or 8th Finals spots realistically in 2019. Suns should be coming off a win from their game the previous night against Mandurah, whilst the Suns have the tough task of defeating the Wolves up at 'The Kennel'. Could be an ugly game in parts with tired bodies and coaches needing to use most of their bench, but on their home court I will give Kalamunda the advantage. Suns by 9 to split their opening double header
Yeah Ettridge takes himself far too seriously.
Its time he stands down, he clearly cant get the job done when it matters most.
With the squad he has he should be going for 5 straight this year!!
How can he claim to be the best coach in the SBL when he consistently has the best squad but cant get the end results.
You can now see the fear in his eyes every time he lines up against Matt Parsons.
Its now psychological which is a major concern.
They lost to Cougars without their best player in Field.
They Lost to Hawks without their No.1 player in Holmen.
Redbacks game was 50/50 but they still were slight favourite's.
Whenever you enter three GF's in a row as favourtie's and end up with zilch is a huge concern.
Giants sack Salmon a week out from the season. Brave call to do it after the blitz but clearly they saw something lacking in their roster and needed a bit more firepower. Unless they got something in the pipeline then you would assume they'd go into rd 1 with just Bowie in the import spot.
Not surprising really. Only caught one of their games but he didn't seem anything special. Also a strange decision by the Giants to bring in two swingmen as their imports.
Probably a third of the teams will go into round one missing an import, so they're no lone ranger there.
can 100% confirm that the Giants signing developed late Friday and into Saturday morning. Visa to get into the Country is a lottery - 9 out of 10 get approved pretty quickly. The issue is the clearances from USA Basketball, FIBA and Basketball Australia.
If anyone can get it done or give it a good crack, its Lukosius
it would be interesting to know what the giants felt was not the right fit for Salmons skill set with their roster?
watching them play at the blitz he was an incredible athlete and played above the rim. There wouldnt be too many in the sbl with his athletic ability.
Dunks don't win games.
Anybody who watched their games last weekend could see they clearly lacked inside presence. The Sudanese guy has a nice touch and is a very good pickup for them, but he's not an inside power player.
Yeah Salmon looked like a great athlete but he was far from being the big they need.
Interestingly the new guy has a lot of Michael Haney about him, and we know how that turned out.
1st - Buccs
Finished on top in 2018 and haven't missed a beat in the offseason. Yes, they lose Ross and Natesan, but the addition of Conner, Inger and Dinardo counters those losses. Picking up Brendan Dinardo from East Perth cannot be underestimated as the Buccs haven't had a quality guard off the bench for some time. What also cannot be underestimated is Ralph and Wundenberg going around one more year. If they had lost them they're out of the picture. Regular season 1st in 2018 and their 2019 team is just as strong, so that equates to first in 2019 as well.
2nd - Flames
25 years in the league, haven't even made a grand final, let alone win one. If it was ever going to happen, it's 2019. Two very good imports are joined by Hire, Godfrey, Pal, the Beard boys, and Luke Travers is the icing on the cake. Even managed to get Brad Robbins out of retirement for some savvy bench leadership. Now or never for the Flames.
3rd - Hawks
Only major loss is Holmen, and they have picked up Kyle Sovine and Tevin Jackson. So they are no worse off. Parsons has a wealth of starting quality players, and that could be their downfall. Finished 4th in the regular season in 2018 and should go one better in 2019. Also have a spare import spot up their sleeve, so watch this space.
4th - Wolves
The positives - addition of Earnest Ross.... Now the negatives.... On the import side of things, Davis replacing Billups and Camidge replacing Sullivan are both minor downgrades. Then you add the retirement of Matacz plus Wellsteed's move to East Perth, there's a few body blows for the Wolves. You could also add the loss of Clausen but he was a bit of a fizzer in 2018 anyway. Further to that, eight of their best 10 players are on the wrong side of 28yo, making them the oldest team in the comp. I struggle to find a case for them finishing top-4, but their line-up is still strong, and it's those vets that will keep them in the mix. Expect an early exit from the playoffs though.
5th - Lightning
Have a quality starting 5 in Armour, Isenberger, Wall, Vigor and Prue. Wall is an outside shooting machine (91/186 three-pointers in college) while Prue is a rebounding machine. Lakeside will be outside shooting team with no real inside game to speak of, outside of Prue's offensive boards. Armour is a specialist is penetrating and then dishing to an outside shooter, so he is perfect for this squad. It could be a case of Lakeside either winning by 20 or losing by 20, and nothing in between. If opposition teams catch on, the Lightning may have to change their game plan, but if not then be expected to be blown away.
6th - Senators
Imports Anshila and King are back, and Anshila along with Davis, Literick, Ellis amd Manyang give then the biggest frontcourt in the league. Wildcats DP, Wani Swaka, is also a good addition for them. Their backcourt is suspect though, particular after losing veterans Bruton and Wroe. King is a jet and will hold the backcourt together, but they're not quite a top-4 team.
7th - Giants
On paper it's them and the Flames that should be the big improvers. Their starting five is as good as any going around, particularly with the addition of import Patrick Burke in the past few days. Fellow import Jay Bowie is an elite player and alongside him is Sudanese centre Malek, who was impressive at the Blitz before getting knocked out, swingman Dave Humphries (a juco all-American) and point guard Holloway who has been in the top 5 in the league in assists for the past 4 years. Their bench has also improved with the addition of Fletcher Klasztorny from Mandurah and former Tall Black guard Michael Gardner. Copped a few injuries at the Blitz so don't know the status of them, but they're a team to watch out for.
8th - Redbacks
It's a big fall from grace for the Redbacks who's 19-7 win/loss record in 2018 could well become 7-19 in 2019. The losses of Redhage, Smith, Hussey and Vigor are massive, while they have picked up Coburn from the Senators, Bowen from the AIS, and Nelson from the Illawarra Hawks. But they will lose Bowen at various times due to national u/19 comittments. Rumour is that import Lee Roberts will be back though that looks like to be well into the season. There will likely be another import and there is also a rumour of former Cougars guard Julian Pesava joining them after he finishes in Europe, but no official word from the Redbacks. And interesting development is the 'announcement' from the Redbacks just in the last couple of days about the signing of veteran leader Joel Wagner. Reading between the lines, it looks like he retired but has been talked back into playing. With Wagner back on board, two imports arriving, and the additions of Pesava, Nelson, Bowen and Coburn, they may well sneak into the eight.
9th - Tigers
Hussey replaces Armour, Barrow replaces Bowie and Hymon replaced Diagne. All fairly even swaps in my opinion. Not much else is different for the Tigers in 2019 from last year. Finished .500 in 2018 and can't see them bettering that with this line-up. In fact they may drop a spot and miss out on finals. Their bench is nothing to write home about and seeing Andrew Black in a moon boot at the Blitz isn't a good sign either. Will be in a battle with the Redbacks and Suns for the last playoff spot.
10th - Eastern Suns
Journeyman Easley and import Braun join a team that finished 2 wins outside of the playoffs in 2018, effectively replacing Belger and Davis who were both rock solid for the Suns. Braun could find himself as the league's leading scorer unless the Suns sign a second import, which they haven't yet. Timms should be better for the run after recovering from a major knee injury last year while Viskovich could end up as one of the highest scoring Aussies in the comp. The loss of Horn to the mines up north can't be underestimated, and at this stage the lack of a second import will probably be enough for them to miss the playoffs. But if they add one then the Redbacks hold on 8th spot becomes precarious.
11th - Cougars
It will be much of the same for the Cougars in 2019, which basically means they will live and die off the form of Gavin Field. It looks again like they will have just the one import this season, with another centre replacing 2018 big man Seberumbi. Mainstays Chan, Van Lit and Holmes will be back, but the big loss will be Pesava, if rumours of him moving to the Redbacks are true. The Cougars have countered by bringing in former Lakeside bench players Bell and Vinci but overall their lineup has not improved. With most teams around them getting better, this means a likely drop of one or two places from the 9th they finished in 2018.
12th - Slammers
The loss of Travis Durnin to the Magic is massive for the Slammers. He was their leading scorer through the second half of 2018 and no replacement has been found. Import Livingston is a good addition as they need a scorer and he will get his points by default as they have no other scorers. Voelkel and Lay will be rocks for the South West team, but outside of those three there is not much else. It's a good three to have as there is a good mix of scoring, rebounding and backcourt leadership. But if one of them goes down they are in serious trouble. The retention of Lay and Voelkel is just enough to keep them from the bottom two spots on the ladder.
13th - Magic
The Magic probably scored the biggest offseason recruit in pinching Durnin from arch rivals, the Slammers. This has been slightly offset by Pal moving north to the Flames. Import Stewart is back while his fellow import from 2018 Shabazz has been replaced by Marvin Smith the second. The Magic don't appear to be any better than the 13th-placed team of 2018 and you have to wonder if Durnin will get the same type of service from his Magic guards as he did from the likes of Lay and Voelkel at the Slammers. Despite the addition of Durnin, I can see the Magic battling with the Eagles to avoid the wooden spoon.
14th - Eagles
It could be a long season for East Perth. They finished 3-0 at the Blitz but that is misleading. They had the easiest schedule, playing one of the state u/18 teams, a Mandurah team they will be fighting for 13th spot for, and an Eastern Suns team experimenting and missing some key players. So without taking too much away from those performances, the SBL season proper is a completely different story. They struggled in 2018, finishing with a 9-17 record, and have since lost two imports in Morse and Golden, plus Dinardo to the Buccs, Easley to the Suns, and Manyang to the Senators. Their only addition is Wellsteed from the Wolves, and rumour is that a import guard has also joined them. Bottom line is that their 2019 team is looking at 3 to 4 wins less than 2018 - so that's potentially a 5-21 record which will get you the wooden spoon.
Rumour has it Utsdog has Viskobitch in the best shape of his career. Shredded to the bone, big full muscle bellies, juiced up like he's on MJ's special stuff in Space Jam. Should be seeing him low low low low like Flo Rida on the block this year
Earlier this week
You have to wonder how long Bowler remains at BWA with darrsh now gone. They worked very well together and whilst I am sure De Wett has done his time, you just wonder if the same chemistry can be found otherwise it might get all too much for AB. Agreed with earlier post, one game review is poor in the very least [I would rather Pike articles - I know, I know but at least his repetitive drivel was better than what is currently on offer based on week one) No radio show at present [I read that TY can't commit any more due to shift work which sucks as I thought he did a good job and has been around long enough that he is well known by most in the League, even those of us in the northern suburbs. Hopefully you still do the grand final play by play [email protected] as that was very well done last year] We need more people being proactive to help the league progress more. Is willetton doing their live feed / commentary like they did last season? Great to see a couple of clubs have live feeds in week one - no commentary but still vision is better than nothing.
Earlier this week
Yeah, Ross put up some undisciplined shots in the second half against the Giants, particular in the last quarter when the Giants got close and looked like they were going to snatch it. He may have finished with 25 but he was 9/27, turned the ball over 5 times, and got blocked 4 times. There was definitely a few WTF looks from his teammates with his shot selection. It was Camidge that got them over the line in that one. With nobody else really to come into that line-up, I don't think they are top-4 especially if Ross doesn't get reeled in. The Giants on the other hand were impressive considering all the new faces. They have some serious options to call on and backed that up with a belting of Kalamunda 12 hours later.
Rankings after week one....
1st - Buccs (last week - 1st)
A comfortable win over another contender reinforces their no.1 ranking. And did it with an import (Lasher) and a veteran big (Wundenberg). Flames were at full strength apart from Hire. Lowly Slammers are in strife this week. Buccs the team to beat it seems.
2nd - Flames (last week - 2nd)
Disappointing to say the least against an undermanned Buccs, but it's only one game so we will give them the benefit of the doubt. Hire's NBL season is over but it may be a couple of weeks before he suits up for Rocko. Up against another contender this week (Hawks) so will need a win otherwise they will slide down these rankings.
3rd - Wolves (last week - 4th)
One of the few teams at full strength at the moment, and that showed against a weakened Hawks line-up on Friday night as they cruised to a 36-point win. Found it a lot tougher the following night against a good Giants team, and this week's match-up against a strong Senators team could tell us where they're at.
4th - Senators (last week - 6th)
Smashed the Redbacks last week, and did it without an import (Anshilla), so I may eat my words about them not being a top-4 team. Tougher assignment this week against the Wolves in what is probably the game of the week.
5th - Hawks (last week - 3rd)
Trounced by the Wolves in round one, but to be fair they were without two starters (Cummings, Jackson) and then lost a couple in the game through injury. How they bounce back against the Flames could depend on the availability of those four players, though you would assume Cummings should be good to go following his Wildcats stint.
6th - Giants (last week - 7th)
Took it right up to the Wolves on Saturday (at Joondalup) and then followed up by belting the Suns the next day. Have got a lot of scoring options and some very decent defenders, so their home opener against the Redbacks this week should result in a comfortable win.
7th - Lightning (last week - 5th)
Just got over a full-strength Mandurah line-up after being down by 9 with a quarter to go. Still have Isenberger and Vigor to come into the team but they are still weeks away. Hussey, Wall and Prue are a good trio but Lakeside will probably hang around 7th-8th in the rankings until the other two arrive. Tough assignment against the Tigers this week.
8th - Tigers (last week - 9th)
Not that convincing in their win over Gavin Field on the weekend, and look to be one quality scorer short of making an impact this year. Will have Andrew Black back in the line-up in a few weeks but for now will need to string a few wins together to keep up with the pack. This week's clash with the Lightning will be interesting.
9th - Redbacks (last week - 8th)
Got crunched by the Senators but there is light at the end of the tunnel with Bowen, Nelson and import DeMuynck to come into the line-up (and possibly Pesava in a few weeks). Bowen should be good-to-go against the Giants this week but the availability of the other two is unknown. Should have it tough up in Kalgoorlie and will start the season 0-2.
10th - Eastern Suns (last week - 10th)
A contrasting weekend with a narrow win over the Magic followed by a nasty 30+ point loss to the Giants at home. Braun is a quality shooter and should go close to leading the league in scoring, but they will need a second import if they are to make playoffs. Have a return meeting with Mandurah this weekend, which is an extremely strange way to start the season (back-to-back games against the same team over rounds one and two).
11th - Cougars (last week - 11th)
As was predicted last week, they will live and die by the form of Gavin Field, and if it wasn't for his 36 points and 14 rebounds, they would have lost to the Tigers by considerably more than 9 points. Field should have 30+ again this week versus the Eagles unless their import arrives and plays. The Eagles game is a 50/50 contest in my opinion, so it should be a good spectacle for the 14 people who turn up to Mirrabooka to watch.
12th - Eagles (last week - 14th)
Last week I picked the Eagles to come last. My bad. Had a solid win against a weak Slammers unit, but a win is a win. The import guard (Williams) looks impressive and it looks like Sunday Dech will return to East Perth as well. Rumour of a second import (Vinnie Zollo) but nothing confirmed. They're not in the playoff mix but they also won't finish last and have a winnable game against Cockburn scheduled for Saturday.
13th - Slammers (last week - 12th)
A tough home loss to East Perth is now followed by a daunting trip up to Geraldton to play the Buccs. They have no chance in that game and the arrival of Voelkel can't come soon enough. On a positive, they have unearthed some promising youngsters who stood up against the Eagles last week. At this stage the impending return of Voelkel is the only reason they aren't ranked at the bottom.
14th - Magic (last week - 13th)
Two losses against two under-strength teams does not bode well for Mandurah who had their full line-up on display last weekend. Their big three of Stewart, Smith and Durnin are good but there is very little help after that. If they want to move off the bottom, they need to show something against Kalamunda this week on the road.
nice recap brian
i think you got hussey mixed up with armour for lakeside?
also flames had a few other guys out in beard and robbins who are key players for them. none the less i think your point is 100% valid. they had more than enough to give a better showing against an undermanned buccs.
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