Earlier this month
Sixers v Hawks Jan 6
A must win game for the Sixers. They have been selflessly helping out Sydney by beating Perth and then losing to Sydney to let them stay in top spot, but their selfless acts has mean that by putting others in front of themselves has mean that they have slumped to 7th spot on the ladder.
A loss today will seem them be the first team to 12 losses in the "wolf pack" hunting for fourth spot.
Illawarra on the other hand are locked into the bottom of the table. Despite the big scalp of Sydney (the Hawks didn't get the memo..) wins have been few and far between for them, but on the road their two road wins have been against Cairns and of course Adelaide...when the Hawks were the grinch who stole Adelaide's Christmas on Dec 20.
In that game, the Hawks Sundays came at once with Dech top scoring for the Hawks and AJ ripping the Sixers a new one on the boards with a lucky 13 boards. No Ball that game and the rumour is he is back for the Hawks this game. I'm wondering if that will upset the Hawks rhythm as without him, a few players have stepped up. But so have a few Sixers players too, so this game will be competitive. My kiss of death goes to Big Harry who has been in a slump of late. If he steps up, then the Sixers will get this one.
For the Hawks, the players to watch are Blanchfield and Coenraad. When these Hawks play well so does the team.
Adelaide at home average nearly 100 ppg and the Hawks have let their opposition score more centuries that Marcus Labber-shane. I'm tipping the Sixers by 4