NBL1 Central Week 12 Preview
Apologies to Woj who does a fantastic job, but I was bored and had some time so thought I'd throw some thoughts together for next weeks games. I will leave the power rankings to him as he seems to be more on top of that than I am but I'll do a quick preview of next weeks games as there are some juicy matchups to chat about.
Forestville vs North
We have to start with this one. North look to have their act together and without looking I think it's 3 or 4 wins in a row now, but Forestvilles streak is even longer at 5+. Brine got player of the week for a huge effort against his old club, while McVeigh and Dech put up big numbers for the Rockets. While the Eagles aren't exactly deep, they are solid where it matters, in the starting 5 and I think Andy will find a way to maintain this win streak and make Norths path to the final very difficult. Forestville by 6.
West vs Norwood
Norwood dropped one they'd have been hoping to get last week against Forestville, trying to back up from a good win over Woodville. West down to 4-7 and struggling to keep pace with the finals group, this is a must win for them. West handled them the first time around and should be confident of doing it again - like North they are getting down to their final chances to keep pace. McLean well and truly on the hot seat if they go 4-8. Norwood though just have a bit too much now with Green in form. Flames by 8.
Eastern vs Sturt
Mavs struggling to contain teams now as they continue to lose players. Coach probably needs to focus more on improvement from his team instead of the refs. Sturt back on track after a stinker against Southern. Sturt by 37.
Centrals vs Woodville
Warriors with a couple of losses in a row now put themselves right back to the pack after a promising start. Centrals lurking but may be too far behind to make a real charge and more likely to just play the role of spoiler. Lions have the athletes to compete with the Warriors and I expect this to be much closer than the first time around. Warriors by 7.
South vs Southern
Probably the second biggest game of the round. Southerns round 3 win kicked off a win streak for them and while it was a surprise at the time in hindsight the result makes sense. Starling is out now and replaced by a couple of 36ers fringe guys though I'm not certain on Hulland's status after missing last game. Southern are well drilled, very well organised and Coleman and McCalop are probably the best duo in the league, complimenting each other well. Petty has his team in 4th right now despite copping it on these forums, and they are sitting pretty for a second half of the season charge. South to be Southern at MV by 4 if Hulland plays, or Southern by 4 if he sits.
Be interested in others thoughts on these or their power rankings through the week. 4 games have very large finals implications.