Earlier this year
Hawks v Cats Jan 10
If ever there was a danger game, this is it.
The Cats are sitting on the heals of the Kings just waiting for them to do their usual end of season implode so they can snatch top spot. The Hawks are done for the season. They could get off the bottom of the table, but then again Scomo might get a handshake from a grumpy firefighter.
But, that doesn't means those Hawks are playing bad baskeball. Blanchfield is scoring at will (much like any good looking fella at the Arkaba on a Saturday night in the 80's ;) ) and the rest of the team are contributing, albeit not quite in unison at times. However, they did scalp the Kings less than a fortnight ago so anything is possible, although 1 and 4 is not the form they would like.
The Cats haven't exactly set the world alight in their last 5 games with 2 and 3 their return. A slightly better outcome would have seen them on top of the ant hill. Their last game was a loss against Brisbane with Lamar ripping 35 points off of them. If they go into this game with the same mindset, then it will be three losses in a row. It's almost like they are trying to gift Taipans second spot.
But the claws should be out tonight. No reason for the Cats not to win and this is their game to lose. Illawarra will fight hard and Blanchfield and Coenraad will keep them in the game with 3's, but unless they can control Cotton the Cats will win this one by about 9.