Nbl1 Central Week 11 preview
Forestville vs Norwood
Should be a good game, Forestville looking to lock in a top 3 spot and Norwood hoping to stay in reach of top 5 come finals time. Both aren't particularly deep although Norwood do have a few youngsters back playing minutes and Moses was probably the spark for them last week to get over the line. Green will have his hands full against Brine and Mays. Conversely, who matches up against Turnage, can take Brine and Mays outside and would overpower Rios inside. Might be a good time for Andy to try a zone and see if Flames can shoot their way out of it. Got Eagles in double digits for this.
South vs Eastern
Sounds like we won't get Big Rig vs Starling II. No clue what's happening with Mavs personell and apparently Starling is probably going to miss most of season if he has broken wrist as reported. Will Hulland bounce back from maybe worst game of career, have Panthers given up hope, especially with Alex out. But Eastern sounds like they have there own problems player wise. Either way it's not going to be pretty to watch. Surely if Eastern get this, the coach has to resign. With Mudronja and Hulland and others they should cruise, but who knows.
West vs Southern
1st encounter West stole the game in final quarter. Southern have been remarkably consistent and took down undefeated Sturt last week. West took it up to a couple of top teams before last week's 1st quarter massacre at the hands of Centrals, 27-5 the quarter time score. Would have thought some experienced players could have stopped bleeding, but watching a few minutes they were simply handing the ball to the lions and not getting back on defence. Talking of experience, Spuds 300th. Say what you like, that's a massive achievement so congratulations. But tigers should take this one.
Sturt vs Centrals
Hiccup last week and would imagine Rigoni isn't pushing any emergency buttons yet. Were bound to lose at some stage, best it's in middle of season, not finals. Spoke about Centrals win last week, more a case of West being dreadful than Lions dominant. Expect Sturt to bounce back comfortably, 20 plus.
Woodville vs North
Here we go. Another tag team by North with Puchase Tassie bound. Simply outclassed South last week, McVeigh and Dech fitting in well. They can't afford any slipups the rest of season though, losing a couple may just put them out of reach of 5. A lot of people were saying it was Woodvilles best chance in years, but losing here drops them out of discussion. Woodville looked completely lost on both ends last week against Norwood in final minutes. Williams for North was excellent last week, can't see a matchup that can stop him. Would assume Dech goes to Jacobs to start, bit of personal pride taking on an NBA player.Jacobs had better put up or shut up, imo I don't even rank him in all star 5 given the way season has gone. If there was ever a time he needs to go out and dominate, this is the game. Early tip for me is Scotty to start in the Whitmore Zone, the one with more holes than Swiss cheese. Unless it's a blowout and he's rested, another prediction is McVeigh to go for 40. Obviously, North for me.