Bullets v Phoenix
Massive game here and the bottom line is the winner will be fourth after this game.
Phoenix actually play outside of Melbourne for once. I hope they have their Qantas Club membership up to date as some haven't seen the inside of an airport since Ansett flew.
Both teams carry a bit of mixed form into this one. Phoenix have won 1 of their last 5 and Bullets 2. Lamar Patterson is the hero of the Bullets, but then consistency is their issue. I have watched their games this year and I can't say I recall one game where everyone was marching in time. There's always someone dancing disco when the coach is playing a waltz and when the coach has got Nutbush City Limits playing on the game sheet, there's someone dancing like Peter Garrett.
Phoenix had a great start and now they face the litmus test. Pineau has had a great season, but the Phoenix need him today to show why he should be in the running for Most improved. That test includes Patterson, but more importantly some of the crusty demons like Vukona who has been to over 400 rodeos and still holds his own. While you know guys like Creek, Roberson and Madgen will fire up, they need the supporting cast to do the same.
Both teams need this win. A loss by SEM would probably rip the guts out of their season, and I think all indications are that Brisbane might just hold the aces. Brisbane to steal this one in the fourth quarter.