Earlier this year
R1: Taipans v Kings Jan 16
Straight after the Bullets game, the fun in the sun continues with Cairns hosting the Kings in their "pop up" venue. I hadn't heard of a “pop up” until I saw my visa bill after my wife visited a few “pop ups” - ah, but think of all the money she saved.
Cairns have a fairly decent outfit with some of these players together for a while. If they towel flick their team mates in Brisbane, I don’t want to know how Cairns bonds. Wrestling crocodiles with Bobby Irwin? Machado is back and he was definitely a force to be reckoned with last season. Jawai was an immovable object in the post and with the Bogeyman sitting on the sidelines, you would have to say is possibly the largest presence on court this season. I’m tipping he might just be swatting balls like they’re FNQ mozzies to be #1 blocker this season. I must admit, this Cairns team might not have the razzmatazz of a Perf team, but looks to be the silent achiever of the NBL and with the cool head of Mike Kelly could upset a few teams.
Sydney would have to be the underdogs tonight. The Ware-Machado matchup will be a treat and I think the old tars of Kickert and Newley might be dragged around the court by some more nimble opponents. Don’t bother bringing the crown tonight, Cairns to crack open their season with a solid win and maybe have time for some antics in quarter 4.
Crickey! Cairns by 8