Wildcats v Taipans Fri 18th - 6:30pm @ RAC Arena
If a Wild Cat ever tussled with an actual Taipan, I'd suggest that like most things it would be dead in a matter of minutes.
Fortunately encounters in the Jungle are much more friendly, as we catch up with a lot of old friends. Sadly this will be their only trip West this season.
It’s no coincidence that the Cairns Orange looks just like Red that has been in the sun too long, as in the past the Taipans have sported several former Wildcats. This season it is limited to perennial crowd favourite Nate Jawai, Ladies’ favourite Jarrod Kenny, and Ballarat’s favourite Anthony Fisher. Plus Assistant Coach Jamie O'Loughlin.
The Wildcats continue their dream start to the season, with a 3rd Consecutive Home Game, and on a Fan-Favourite Friday evening.
But don’t be thinking this is going to be a Snake-Walk. Last I checked, the humble Taipans were in fact the only team to have won their last game in Perth.
So whilst the Cats will be out for revenge, Cairns will be hoping to post their first win for the season.
I will confess to slightly mixed loyalties, as my fantasy team is currently stacked with Taipans. They have continued their tradition of locating gun import Point Guards. Machato has been impressive so far, so will be interesting to see how he copes with the tag-team of Martin and Norton. Sudanese-Aussie Noi has been outstanding in his rookie debut but will need to be a lot more accurate if he’s to have an impact against the Perth Defence.
DJ Newbill is back and seems to be in good touch. Between him, Cotton, and White, I expect to see it raining threes.
But inside the paint is where its at. Cairns have the ability to field their own version of "The Wall" including the man-mountain himself. They will have their work cut out against Boomer Kay, a reborn Majok, and Hunt who is improving with every game.
I’m just going to have to close my eyes every time Dario shoots Free-Throws.
Perth must then travel to Melbourne for Sunday Lunch with the in-laws, and will be hoping to end the weekend on top of the ladder 4-zip.
So the PLAN will be to crush the snakes early and run the bench. But as the saying goes, no plan survives first contact with a Taipan.
Considering how crap we were in game one, and how crap the opposition in game two, this could be the biggest test so far, and the snakes may bite us in the arse if we’re not focussed.