Two years ago
Wildcats v Hawks Fri 11th 6:30pm @ RAC Arena
With the uneven fixture this will be the only time we see the Hawks in Perth during the regular season. When those fixtures first came out, I wasn't too worried, as these games are usually a snoozefest. The Hawks have a bad habit of treating these games like a free holiday.
In the dark days before Cotton, the Hawks snatched their only ever victory at Perth Arena. Besides that the winning streak extended back several years.
But could all that be about to change?
Of course the whole basketball world is talking about the one-man excitement machine, Lamelo Ball. Which of course means that nobody in Perth has ever heard of him, but nonetheless this could be the most viewed game in Wildcats's history!
Will Ball senior make a cameo? I have a spare seat if he can't get a ticket.
Perhaps inspired by Lamelo's imminent arrival, the Hawks have forsaken their usual dumpster-diving, to assemble a credible, if bizarre, array of talent. Five Point Guards, Four Centres, and Co-Captain Todd Blanchfield trying to hold it all together. Does anything inspire as much confidence as making somebody CO-captain?
And the Cats have made changes too. Although it remains to be seen how effective some of their new additions are going to be. After stinking up the Jungle so badly they called in a terror alert, Dario "Don't Call me Mike" Hunt will be out to prove himself tonight. He will have his work cut out against the Illawarra Forrest.
I for one am intrigued to see how Flinn makes his strange rotations work, and looking forward to Lamelo's first encounter with actual defence.
My gut says Perth have got this, but it should be an interesting tussle.