Jack Toft
Earlier this year

GF Game 2 Sunday June 20

Game 1 was tight and just when Perth fans were popping champagne corks, United came back with a performance beyond the arc in the Championship Quarter (the third) that had Trevor G more worked up than a feminist complaining about a Men's only Business Club.

United eventually holding off the Cats to go one up in the series.

Obviously Perth missing the prowess of Cotton and the enthusiasm of Luke Travers who came alive in the SF series and is possibly the reason why Cats fans are now booking annual leave, or co-ordinating their FIFO rosters. Whether he is fully fit after his calf injury for game 2 will be seen. There must be something about that #4 jersey that brings out the tiger in the Pussycat who wears it.

I'm expecting game 2 to be just as tight. No doubt both coaches would have defragged with the referees seeking clarification on some aspects of the officiating in game 1 and this could be reflected in the umpiring in game 2.

Overall, I hoping Travers is back soon and look forward to mowing the lawns early and sitting back to watch game 2

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LV  
Earlier this year

Even without 3 players Perth are so drilled defensively that they remain competitive. Rotations spot on, one step ahead of the offense. Means anyone- United included- needs to be at their best, hitting shots, moving the ball at pace in order to combat that elite defense. Instead, United fell into iso ball and got sloppy.

The optimistic way to look at it from a United perspective, is United will regroup and be better, and then blow them off the court tomorrow.

United didn't play well last night yet still won. Usually in playoffs, if you don't play well you lose.

But again, the good news from a United perspective is that a good game will be coming at some stage. That was Perth's best chance last night.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who's in and who’s out, if Perth got more out, even with the best system and coach in the league I can’t see them challenging. They will play hard but unless a few are back it’ll be a long afternoon.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Perth played with heart in Game 1 but they needed a career night from Blanchfield just to be competitive and even then they still never looked like winning. Mooney has really dropped off without Cotton soaking up all the attention. Think we might've seen Perth give their best punch last night.

United by 12

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Not looking good for the Wildcats.
Injuries hit all teams we have just copped them at worst time of year.

Regardless of how the series plays out ( likely predictable United win) I hope Perth put up a fight in what is our last home game...

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Injuries happens, that's part of sport. Many teams have had their seasons derailed.
Still, No Cotton, No Travers, Norton on one leg, and no Clint in the 2nd half, and still came within a bucket of O/T.

But, with games less than 48 hours apart, its going to come down to recovery, and I suspect that MU may have the better legs.
If we could get Travers, Norton, and Steindl all available and semi-healthy, then we'd be a great chance, but not sure that's possible.

I'd really love to see a Perth win, not just for pride, but to keep the series interesting

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If we could... are you a child.

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Bol  
Earlier this year

The cats were looking pretty dangerous in the first half with both blanch and steindl shooting well. Its a tough break to have lost steindl as well now so i cant see how the cats are going to be able to score enough points to state the obvious. If United can lock down on Blanchfield this could get really ugly.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Perth lack firepower.
United would be Muppets to drop this game.

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Hoopie  
Earlier this year

Everyone's assuming Magnay isn’t good enough to cause United grief?

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

I find it interesting that United are longer odds today than they were for Friday. I would have thought that the fatigue/injury factor would have pushed them even shorter.

Not sure if it's been mentioned on Hoops yet but the rest of the GF schedule is now set: Friday, Sunday, Wednesday. All at John Cain.
Fingers crossed for the best possible result for crowd allowance.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

We require beast mode out of Magnay's upper body today.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Yeah, I mentioned at the end of the Game 1 thread how surprised I was how the odds for Game 2 are very similar to those of Game 1. Handicap is -4.5, could be huge value on United.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Travers and Steindl are confirmed out.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Steindl? Well now that changes things entirely.

United by 14

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Isaac  
Earlier this year

More plausible joke if you changed to United by 10!

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Another Anon  
Earlier this year

If they're serious, United should win by 20+.
Perth are down to about 6.5 fit players.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

United with the most amazing luck in NBL history re: an opponent's injuries.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Shervill gets the start

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perth get anywhere near United it will be a miracle.

Yes United are fortunate to be playing a weakened Perth, Perth had luck earlier not getting injuries or they might not made ply offs, look Brisbane and Sydney, it hurt them earlier.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

United win a game then play soft with no desperation. Wildcats so much hungrier.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

ME would be happy with this start with White showing his supremacy.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

United are heartless money spenders. Due to the latter and our injuries they'll still probably win the series but seriously if you can't get up for a Grand Final game then I don't know what will. In saying that it's great for Perth.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

A few United guys are soft, no one from Perth play soft.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

Here we go, will call it early. High foul count, no sweeps.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Too much upper body strength

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Same as q3 the other night, bunch of calls all going united way bring then back in the game. All the momentum swinging to them...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'm a United supporter and that was not an USF

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Cripes they hand out usf like candy in the NBL

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Even worse that they spent a long time reviewing it before getting the call wrong.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

This as beyond a joke. Where do we get refunds for paying to see this?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

NBA players wouldn't survive in this league with how screens are called

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Surprisingly the refs don't care what fans on a forum think of the rules. USF has been a focus all season. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it wrong.

Glesson learning that too.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

There are six minutes left and Perth are at the limit. This is ridiculous. Again, coming from a United supporter.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Just because it's been a focus, doesn't mean they got it right.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

They did. Deal with it, that is a USF now.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Where is Gouldings tech for his demonstrative reactions to fouls against Melbourne?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Game has been called perfect coming from a Perth supporter stop bitching

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Then golden rule is a good officiating crew should go unnoticed.

Whereas Aylen and Mayberry have to be at the forefront of everything.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

When goulding has someone knock his leg it's a foul, when a wildcats gets the same it's not. The goulding flops again

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Game has been called perfect coming from a Perth supporter stop bitching"

Guarantee you aren't a Perth fan

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perthworld in a perfect world yes. But when two teams come out to be physical it's the refs job to call fouls. Pretty simple.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"When goulding has someone knock his leg it's a foul, when a wildcats gets the same it's not. The goulding flops again"

It's like you've never seen Cotton play. I love both players, btw.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I love the confidence that Gleeson had given Shervill

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wasn't the three point shot I was complaining about

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James  
Earlier this year

Ref ruined the game call to many fouls..

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I don't agree with that call on Goulding, I didn’t agree with it last game when Blanchfield got a few of those calls either.

Refs are ok, just enjoying a great game.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Really enjoying Hooley's call. Actually talking plays.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'm not really angry at the refs for calling it, I’m annoyed at the NBL for making usfs so soft

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Baba the cold blooded killa

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

That was incredible.

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LV  
Earlier this year

Shades of Prather

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

That really hurts.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Can't believe we haven't had an illegal screen called on united, all on perth.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Sensational game, oh my. Yes Hooley and Santamaria together are great. Hevaran is a good caller to.

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rjd  
Earlier this year

Agreed about the commentators. Heveran is a good play-by-play while Santa and Hooley work well together.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No matter who you support, how can you not love Damian Martin?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Also, I'm so impressed by Norton's spirit. Doesn't look hampered until he limps to the bench.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So it is a USF as per FIBA directive.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Are video Vaughan and that short fat guy really the best refs we have.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why was it USF? What did he do wrong?

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TB  
Earlier this year

I think we need to fire up the stove and get some home cooking going if we are going to win this one

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

USF for excessive contact.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He didn't make excessive contact.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Says you

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why don't you tell us how it was excessive?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Trev calling travel on everything.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

2.5 seconds!!! That went for way longer

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Missed layups are his specialty #troll

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Norton is something else.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Wagstaff and layups continue to not see eye to eye.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why don't you accept the ref's call is what matters and they are some of the best ref's in international basketball and play to the whistle and try enjoy the game.

I'll never understand why Aussie fans need to question ever call like the ref's have some deep down bias just because they disagree with your opinion.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Norton is something else

I was never a fan of his but he has changed my mind. Impressive grit displayed.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

More like the Kevin White I remember

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

JLA's freemarket price just keeps rising

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

And just dropped

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I often have a dig at the Red Army (privately, of course) but that's classy clapping JLA off the court.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"And just dropped"

Haha, serendipitous

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KET  
Earlier this year

" I'll never understand why Aussie fans need to question ever call like the ref's have some deep down bias"

This is the answer to the all important question “what is it to be Australian” that goes around January each year

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Kevin White what a sharpshooter.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Did Kev catfish Adelaide last year? Wtf did this come from

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

they are some of the best ref's in international basketball

No, they aren't.

It was explained very well in another thread the selection process involved and how referees are chosen for Olympics and World Cups based on if their national team qualified to the tournament.

So if you see an Aylen or a Mayberry at the Olympics it's because the Boomers qualified and BA had to nominate someone, it's not like they've been compared in a pool with officials from the rest of the world.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perth are one tough unit. Win or lose, I'm a neutral.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I often forget United have an import until Hopson buries a shot.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perthworld, I like you as postee, just leave the refs out, the game is to good to be worried about refs.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perthworld so when Aylen goes and gets awarded a Gold Medal game that isn't being compared in a pool of officials with the rest of the world?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I disagree, ref's are too busy making themselves the focus. If that was a foul on Ili to stat this quarter how wasn't norton fouled multiple times to start the 3rd?

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Adelaide and Melbourne fans should be excited, Perth look like losing this one.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

For reasons you don't understand. Just because it isn't different to you doesn't mean it isn't different.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Boo all you want, but that's a block

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Any chance of united getting called for the same thing?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

What are they booing now?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

just leave the refs out, the game is to good to be worried about refs

True, it gives them even more attention.

Looks like we're cooked.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why does everyone bitch about Gleeson while every single Melbourne player throws a tanty every time a foul is called against them?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I know his figures won't reflect it, but Baba POTG for me.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The United players are an embarrassment.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Why does everyone bitch about Gleeson while every single Melbourne player throws a tanty every time a foul is called against them?"

Because the attention is shared? Is this a legitimate question?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Blanchfield is a protected species this series.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Is that a legitimate answer?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Did you hear that noise? It was the broom about to be used.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wasn't a foul when they did it to norton in the third...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wow, talking trash about a seriously undermanned Perth team losing two close games. You must feel brave.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Is that a legitimate answer?"

If you don't know how it's easier to channel you anger at one target rather than eleven I feel bad for you son...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

That makes no sense.

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George  
Earlier this year

Just think if Blanchfield could make a shot tonight what could have been. 3-18 from the field.
Pathetic shooting g from a professional

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

I think some Adelaide fans are the worst.
Perth won't win this year but shit happens...it's not like we haven't won since 2002.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Does anyone know if Norton is injured? The commentators have only mentioned it a hundred times.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Again, if that's a hands foul where has it been all game?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Salty Perth fans. Suck it up. Perhaps a * for becoming 2nd. That's 2 in a row.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Another gutsy performance from Perth. Unfortunately didn't have the scorers tonight but kept it close the whole game through sheer determination.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Salty Perth fans. Suck it up. Perhaps a * for becoming 2nd. That's 2 in a row.

Where are the salty comments?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Magnay is a dumb player, yes he protects the ring but defensively is poor. I can't see Perth wanting him next year.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Two single digit losses with half of our squad injured. Amazing performances considering the situation.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yeah look, as a United supporter, I've talked a lot of shit tonight. But well played, Cats. See you in game three.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

And call me spiteful, but pretty glad to see a ring chaser like Magnay put in his place.

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George  
Earlier this year

@Perthworld.
Good call there. Wildcats down with injury & to keep it close all credit to them. Norton now injured & probably won't travel. Bad injuries at the wrong part of the season

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LV  
Earlier this year

You have to admire the tenacity and discipline of Perth, competing like this with so many injuries

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

What shit did you talk? You played a team missing four players including the league mvp. Not sure why you'd talk that up to be honest.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Congratulations to United on winning.

Congratulations to Perth for fighting adversity and making two great games of it.

Well done nbl on a great season., yes one more game to go.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"And call me spiteful, but pretty glad to see a ring chaser like Magnay put in his place.".

I've never seen a dumber comment on this forum than this.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If ever a perth team actually deserved home cooking it was these last two, ironically it was well and truly missing.

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KET  
Earlier this year

" Where are the salty comments? #855020"

Very clearly by Perth fan. That wasn't obvious haha

Perth are the Collingwood of the NBL - all fan bases not named Perth want to see Perth lose, that’s inherent in the club being the Collingwood of the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"I've never seen a dumber comment on this forum than this."

Were you born yesterday? At least I'm self aware.

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AussiePride  
Earlier this year

Liam Santamaria not prepared to call it how it is on Blanchfield.

"He had a really tough night"

Are you kidding? It wasn't a tough night. It was a sh!t night.

Does he manage Blanchfield or something?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not sure what your point is KET. I'm not seeing any salty comments.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Collingwood haven't won five out of the past seven titles so I'm not sure the comparison is apt.

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GordonG  
Earlier this year

Wouldn't bother booking tickets for Game 4...

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

I'm glad Game 3 is on Friday rather than Wednesday. The more time we have the less uglier it will be in theory.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

The ring chaser comment about Magnay clearly comes from a butthurt individual.

Respect to LV with his most recent post, showing respect to the opposition is something anyone should do regardless of outcome.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

the 4.5 points spread was a gimme.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

MU Supporter here and don't normally post on this forum due to the vitriol and trolling but I have to say that Norton is an absolute warrior! Great determination..

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If the shoe was on the other foot and Melbourne were missing Goulding, Baba, Barlow and mccarron playing injured, they would lose by a lot more than 8 in a grand final game.

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James  
Earlier this year

Perth coach said stop flopping on Goulding..now I believe Goulding really flopping...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"If the shoe was on the other foot and Melbourne were missing Goulding, Baba, Barlow and mccarron playing injured, they would lose by a lot more than 8 in a grand final game"

Cool story bro any other bullshit hypothetical outcomes you got up your sleeve?

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JMS  
Earlier this year

Gutsy performance from Perth. Certainly shows what a great system they have to keep the game close. Managed to speak with Martin briefly after game one. He mentioned Norton would definitely not normally be playing at all with the hip injury. What a leader.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yeah, if your mum swallowed we wouldnt have to put up with your stupid posts.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Salty Perth fans. Suck it up. Perhaps a * for becoming 2nd. That's 2 in a row.

"Where are the salty comments?"


I give you: "The United players are an embarrassment"....

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"The ring chaser comment about Magnay clearly comes from a butthurt individual."

Butthurt how? Explain yourself. Calling out a professional player on their motives? I must have something unresolved within myself. How is he any different to Kevin White? I mean, Durant**

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

And on the back of all my Magnay bagging, again, well played to the Wildcats. Really gutsy effort.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Where are the salty comments?"


I give you: "The United players are an embarrassment"....

Thats it? Oh man....

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JMS  
Earlier this year

Great to see Baba step up, very impressive defence and quality shooting. I thought Peatling really struggled, Barlow much more consistent defending in the post and has a much cleaner handle. Glad to see JLA's knee injury isn’t serious.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Barlow is amazing, he can be eleventh man next season and come on when required, certainly till White is available.

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Hoopie  
Earlier this year

Great effort by Perth, full respect to Norton, and I agree Blanchfield had a shit night - probably because he was buggered by the constant tight defence.

Loved Baba's work after a bit of a quiet patch over the last few weeks.

Landale made an impact, but showed me enough signs that he doesn’t have along-term future in the NBA.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

On the basis of those two games, Perth are a vastly better team. Melbourne will still sweep this.

Probably less deserving of the title than the 2013 Breakers were.

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LV  
Earlier this year

Perth's now lost 7 of their last 9 against United and Cotton was playing in 6 of those. Not sure we should be talking about Perth being a better team.

Perth definitely fighting hard, playing team first basketball and disciplined defense against an opponent with plenty of weapons though. Respect.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why are you only measuring against the last 9 games? There's been 7 this season, so obviously you're only including two games from last season. Why did you draw the line there?

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

Perth had two starters out and a third playing on one leg, and Melbourne couldn't get it done by double digits. Zero chance they were winning if both sides were healthy.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Well done United and United fans, there's a title coming your way. We're half a team, but you can only play what's in front of you so congrats. I know we'll come out fighting in game 3, maybe things roll our way, but highly doubtful, United know they just have to wear us down and they've done that in the first 2 games.

Most of our guys look completely gassed, with a lot of shots dropping short in that second half. Best I can take away is Jock getting blocked by Jervis. :p

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Historically that has always been United's problem - money can buy you talent but not team culture. Nothing has changed even with their impending title win.

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LV  
Earlier this year

United lacks a killer instinct. They don't usually put teams away.

They've won plenty of games by single digits this season where they could've easily won by more, and tonight was no different.

Not taking anything away from Perth, but reality is this: In games this season where United HASN'T been missing multiple players, they've only lost twice.

My observation is that United is a bit hot/cold, a bit on and off, but when the game is there to be won they've consistently got it done.

I have no idea what would've happened if Perth was healthy, but based on the past two regular seasons, United had their measure both years. (2-2 last year and 3-2 this year but looking at margins, player absences, and surrounding circumstances that 5-4 is impressive).

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

LV, regular season is not post season, incomparable against a team that's there year in year out. The experience is an ultimate x-factor so you can't say a regular season win is equal to a post season win.

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LV  
Earlier this year

True that Senator. Fair point.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Melbourne beat Adelaide in the 2018 GF with Josh Childress missing games due to injury.

Melbourne had HCA against Perth in 2019 but got demolished 3-1 when they were clear favourites according to all the experts.

2020 saw Melbourne choke away a lead in the semis and ultimately bowing out early.

2021 they are barely winning games despite Perth have an almost unprecedented run of injuries for a GF series.

It would be nice to see Melbourne play a full strength team in the big games more often because so far it seems they've had to rely on a hell of a lot of luck to win* their grand finals, and if they don't get that luck, they go missing.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

I mentioned United's injury luck in Grand Finals earlier. Childress going down was so cruel yet this tops it.

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TB  
Earlier this year

United should have this wrapped up and congratulations to them and their fans. United have spent big and will get there reward and i don't mean that in a negative way.

To be successful in this league you need an owner who will spend big to get players in and to get that owner to invest you need fans buying tickets and putting money in to the team.

hopefully United fans show up on Friday and pack JCA (to what ever capacity limit is allowed) and show LK why he has invested in this team and league and also show other potential owners that this league is worth buying in to.

I do worry though that when Landale is in the NBA next season, if Baba wants a starting role elsewhere or McCarron chases another large contract in the Apple isle and Hopson prefers the land of the long white cloud over the 'heartland' will United's fan additions this weekend splash out for a membership next season? This team may be a one and done. But it's one more than 8 other teams this season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Zero chance they were winning if both sides were healthy." Was there a point? That's fantasy.

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LV  
Earlier this year

Lol @ #103

That's called an alternative history

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

You beat what's in front of you, White has been a major out for Melbourne, peatling nowhere near the replacement. Perth have been wonderful and as a fan expected nothing else. Bogut was on one leg last season for the last ten games, Lisch and Moller just back from long term injuries,I don’t remember Perth fans feeling sorry for Sydney.

Most sides had injuries some missing finals because of it, Perth got them at seasons end, that’s life.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Sydney's players were on the court though, that's a pretty significant difference. Like of cotton could go at 70% of his best like Norton atm that's a huge plus compared to a dp that averaged 3 mins on the season! Love what shervill has done though!!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Can't be prouder of this Perth team, MU just too talented.

For game 3 I’d be challenging Magnay to beat Jock. If you think you can make the nba you should be able to beat everyone in the NBL.

Give him every opportunity to do it

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

On the positive side has the playoffs dropped Mooneys stocks internationally?

Might increase the chance of his return

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Maybe it's drugs, but it's really hard to understand the mentality of some people.
Your team didn't even make the playoffs, and yet you're on here loudmouthing at the wildcats and their fans. A team widely tipped to miss the playoffs, yet managed finished second. And despite being ravished by injuries, managed to not only make the grand final but put up two very brave performances.

and the joke of it is, that they would in fact be very few Perth fans who are salty.
We extended the streak.
We made our 9th grand final in 12 years.
Resurrected Blanchfield's Career.
Brought Kevin whites career back from the dead
Uncovered a superstar in John Mooney
A couple of future stars in Travers and Shervill.
And now we've put up a couple of extremely brave fights, despite being ravaged by injury.
As a Perth fan, I am completely and utterly chuffed with our performance this season.

Perth have never had a three-peat, and that would have been nice to achieve at some point. But from a fan's perspective, expecting or wanting to win another championship would have felt unbelievably arrogant and greedy.

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KET  
Earlier this year

" Maybe it's drugs"

You needed to stop there before posting your drug fuelled ramblings

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Oh snap!

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Your team didn't even make the playoffs, and yet you're on here loudmouthing at the wildcats and their fans.

Hmmm. Yeah, it's almost as if all basketball fans are allowed to follow the season through to the grand finals. Which we really don't want, right? It'd be much better for the sport if everyone just tuned out when their own team wasn't playing, right?
And people posting opinions on a message board. OMG the sheer nerve of it!

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

Still need to work on your English Comprehension Dan

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

You need to write words that make sense before blaming people for lack of comprehension.

Perth have never had a three-peat, and that would have been nice to achieve at some point. But from a fan's perspective, expecting or wanting to win another championship would have felt unbelievably arrogant and greedy.

What kind of half-baked fan doesn't "want" to win the championship?
Is wanting a title acceptable for Taipans fans? But not for fans of a talented top 2 team that's trying for a threepeat.

But wait - it's actually only unbelievably arrogant & greedy this year. It's nice "at some point" though. Just not in 2021. Or is it nice, but still unbelievably arrogant & greedy too? Maybe these things can all coexist.
Or maybe it's the drugs.

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