Premier League Round 7 Preview and Power Rankings
Some big results so I thought I'd get into the rankings early this week.
1. Forestville (6-0)
Only remaining undefeated team. Results have been getting closer as teams have tried slowing them down and have kept them to their lowest scores in the past fortnight. Still the toughest starting 5 in the comp.
2. North Adelaide (4-2)
Cream rising to the top. May have needed OT but Mavs are a talented side capable of beating good teams. Imports and McVeigh putting up huge numbers. McVeigh making a run at 6th man of the year?
3. Mount Gambier (3-2)
Bounced back nicely by handing South an embarrassing loss. 121 points with an even spread amongst the big guns proving they're hard to beat when they get going.
4. Norwood (6-1)
Shock loss to a previously underwhelming team. May have shown some chinks in the armour but may be the kick in the butt they need. Huge game this week.
5. Southern (3-2)
Solid win with some absences, notably Drmic. Not sure how long he's expected out for but will make things tough if it's more than another week or so. Will need wins against better teams to move up.
6. Eastern (2-4)
Hung tough with the pre season title favourites. Battle of the best import duos in the league was pretty even but North with too much local depth.
7. Woodville (2-4)
Couldn't sneak them higher after the recent loss to Eastern but no doubt will be pleased they finally showed they can compete. Clippinger only 9 mins might be looking over his back but had plenty of contributors on Saturday.
8. Centrals (3-3)
No shame in losing to the Tigers, but would have fancied themselves in their current form and at home.
9. West (3-3)
On a skid after a strong start to the season. Kubank showing his worth this week but Forestville too strong. Will be back on track soon.
11. Sturt (0-6)
11a. South (0-5)
Only two on the bottom rung now but still not willing to place either 10th. South horribly embarrassed on the weekend and struggling to put even a half of good basketball together. Some questions will have to be asked - either the staff or personnel is wrong, so one will need to be changed by mid season you'd think. Sturt had a bye, so I guess that's close to a win for them?
Mt Gambier vs North
Huge game down at the ice house. North took the W in round 1, but Mt Gambier seem in better form now after appearing rusty with 66 points game 1. Norths size will trouble them but Mt Gambier have superior guard play. Pioneers to win, but not cover the margin.
Pioneers by 6.
Eastern vs Southern
Morris is proving to be a handful, putting up league leading numbers on the offensive end. He will be trouble as Southern are undersized but the battle with he and Turnage will be fun. I am assuming Drmic will play as I am unsure why he missed last week.
Southern by 7.
Woodville vs Sturt
Sturt will be licking their lips at the possibility of a win here. Warriors bigs had a field day last week and will do the same against Sturts underwhelming bigs. Sturt have an advantage in guard play but it won't be enough because coaching matters.
Warriors by 9.
Centrals vs South
Lions had a two game win streak snapped but have been playing some good basketball of late. South... have not. The Panthers would need to shoot the hell out of it to stand a chance.
Lions by 12.
Norwood vs Forestville
Game of the round easily. Was hoping this was to be a battle of undefeated teams but Woodville played spoiler. Forestville have a huge size advantage and Woodville may have exposed the blueprint to taking advantage of the Flames. Norwood will be hungry to avenge their loss last week but will fall short.
Forestville by 10 to extend their double figure winning streak.