Featured Game of The Week – Bendigo Braves vs. N/W Tasmania Thunder
Saturday 7th July- 8:00pm @ Bendigo Stadium
Two teams struggling for consistency this season still find themselves in the top eight with only three rounds remaining and a win on Saturday night would go a long way to cementing their place in the post-season.
Bendigo were on a three-game winning streak when they took on Geelong last weekend but that run came to an end as they fell by 13 points for their first defeat at home since mid-May.
The opening of the new Bendigo Stadium has brought them good fortune though and a big crowd is expected to turn out for this weekend’s very important clash.
N/W Tasmania have won four of their past six games but they must arrest their poor record (1-5) if they are to hold off their nearest rivals and stay inside the top eight.
A contest against the Braves gives them a perfect opportunity to exercise the demons but their smaller front court will have their hands full in restricting the influence of Matt Andronicos and Ray Turner who sits fifth in the league for scoring (23.4 points per game) and fourth for rebounds (11.5).
The point guard battle between Jeremy Kendle and Mason Bragg will also go a long way to deciding the outcome.
Kendle is a supreme scorer, averaging six more points per game than Bragg and both players sit inside the top five in the competition for assists but Bragg is coming of a nine-point, ten-assist performance against Dandenong and will relish the opportunity to prove himself against a past MVP.
Round 13 Notables:
-Eighth-placed N/W Tasmania will take on sixth-placed Bendigo on Saturday night and then follow up against ninth-placed Melbourne, a team they beat by two points in Round 10, on Sunday in a massive weekend for Thunder.
-Another important clash in terms of ladder position will be held on Friday night with the CoE, sitting seventh, hosting Mt. Gambier (11th). The CoE are trying to hold off their nearest rivals to ensure their first ever playoff berth while the reigning Champions are working their way back into the top eight on a three-game winning streak.
-Dropping four of their last five games, Ballarat desperately need to fix their form as they are in serious danger of missing out on the playoffs now. Taking on second placed Nunawading does not do their fortunes any favours but the Miners did get the better of the Spectres back in Round 9.
-Geelong defeated Kilsyth by seven points in Round 11 and now they meet again just a fortnight later. The in-form team of the league, the Supercats have raced back into serious playoff contention but the Cobras need to keep winning to maintain top billing ahead of the post-season.
Find the full fixture for the men in Round 13 via the SEABL website here.
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