Earlier this year
R 1: Sixers v United Fri 15th Jan
Well..... I'm more excited than Chairman Dan after getting a FB friend request from St Nicola.
usually by this time we are halfway through the season, but on Friday night the season opens when the Sixers host the Melbourne United, Unites. Fresh from a six month stint of Covid Quarantine, these plucky Melbourne boys should be easy to pick from lack of sunlight. A diet of soy latte and organic tofu burgers should see them ready to pounce.
Pre-season has been difficult and teams haven't really wanted to show their hand. The Melbourne boys seem to be the most senior team on court this season Goulding (302 games) and Barlow (300) are in the autumn of their careers but would be handy on most rosters. Ili (128) and McCarron (125) have good solid experience behind too. Hopson had a great previous season with NZ so he will be one to watch IMHO.
Johnson (321) takes the goodies for the most experienced player on both teams, then Teys (234), then it's a pretty fresh looking Sixers outfit. There's no doubt Melbourne will have more games played for their starting 5, so this game might be a really good indicator of whether the Sixers will be making up numbers, or if their youth and enthusiasm will see them power over others.
A lot of talk around Sloan and it's been a few seasons since the Sixers had a good import. I think we've had ones with one leg shorter than the other, short ones, slow ones, fat ones, ones with one eye, ones who ego problems. I think Sixers fans are looking for a good one this season. And of course we all say "giddy up" with perhaps one of the most promising young players since Mitch Creek turned up as a pimply faced cornstalk from Horsham.
A cracker of a game to open the season. New coach for the Sixers and a young, fresh outfit against the "Old Blue". I think there's going to be some nerves for both teams and the opening quarter will be fast action - can the older United legs keep up, or will we see some professional "stops"? The quarter to watch for me is the third. Over the previous seasons the Sixers may have misheard it as the turd quarter, as they have lost too many games after the long break.
Goulding is a confidence player and if the Sixers can get into the head(s) of the Tassie boy early, then it is their game to lose. They should have the legs to run United around the court and they just need to play a simple basic, low risk, high reward game. The Scouting report is out on the United coach, but Conner Henry would have a few tricks up his sleeve.
We've been waiting for this for too long. Sixers by 5.