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WOMEN’S ELIMINATION FINALS PREVIEW
Friday, July 27, 2018

First Elimination Final

Diamond Valley Eagles (12-8) v Geelong Supercats (11-9),

Diamond Valley Recreation Centre, 7.30pm Saturday, July 28

Form

With the wealth of talent on the Eagles team, some would say they have not performed to their best this season.  However, after a slow and inconsistent start the Eagles have won 7 of their last 8 games to clinch 5th position.  They secured wins over Melbourne, Nunawading and Ballarat in the last few weeks and have a successful 8-2 record at home.

Geelong finished the season with six games at home over the final six rounds, recording five wins, but also recorded losses to Kilsyth and Bendigo on the road.

X-Factor

Diamond Valley  

Ezi Magbegor – Returning home after a successful trip to China with the Australian Opals, Magbegor will need to produce a quality game this week to assist the Eagles in their first ever SEABL final.  Magbegor recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds in the round six clash, but with Lauren Scherf now on the sidelines a lot more will be expected of Magbegor in the finals.

Geelong

Ebony Rolph – has been the unsung hero of the Supercats team for many years.  She is a talented player that can dominate at both ends of the floor.  Rolph is not known for her offensive talent, but can produce a high quality offensive game.  A lot will be expected in this game for the Supercats to be successful.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 6:

Geelong 67 def. Diamond Valley 66

@ The Geelong Arena

Overall:

The loss of All SEABL First Team member Lauren Scherf to injury for the remainder of the season will hurt the Eagles, but coach Zoe Carr has a wealth of experience on the bench capable of lifting and producing quality numbers.  New Zealand International Chantelle Paalvast has been in great form in recent weeks, and her combination in the paint with SMU graduate Steph Collins will trouble the Supercats.  Geelong have also lost key playmaker Isabelle Brancatisano for the remainder of the year due to a ruptured Achilles.  How the Supercats can overcome her absence will be the key factor in them producing a performance capable of securing a road win against a WNBL talent loaded team.

                                              Points                               Rebounds              Assists

Diamond Valley              Scherf 22.3                         Scherf 13.9               Paalvast 2.9

Geelong                              Brancatisano 14.5             Rolph 7.7                  Duck 4.5

 

 

Second Elimination Final

Melbourne Tigers (12-8) v Sandringham Sabres (12-8),

Oakleigh Recreation Centre, 6.30pm Saturday, July 28

Form

Sandringham finished the season with two disappointing losses to Nunawading and Sydney Uni and dropped from 4th to 7th position, losing any chance of a home court final.  Melbourne finished the season winning four of their last five games to clinch sixth spot and earn their first ever home court SEABL final.  Wins over Nunawading, Dandenong and Sydney Uni in the final weeks has the Tigers showing a wealth of confidence.

X-Factor

Melbourne

Monique Conti – The 2017 Youth Player of the Year has been the quiet achiever for the Tigers this season with a lot of the defensive attention from opposition teams going on Tomlinson and Cole.  Conti is a talented point guard and could be the game changer in this clash. Conti is far more experienced than her Sabres opponent Deanna Jolliffe, and her wealth of knowledge in big games could be the deciding factor.

Sandringham

Megan Craig – Standing at 201cm tall, Craig portrays an intimidating presence in the paint.  Sandringham have secured a win in most games that Craig is able to dominate on offence, and this week will need to be another strong game.  She will be matched up against Defensive Player of the Year Louella Tomlinson, but if her team mates can get her the ball in the right position, then Craig must covert the baskets to help the Sabres secure the win.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 5:                                                                  Round 8:

Melbourne 90 def. Sandringham 68                  Sandringham 80 def. Melbourne 66

@ Oakleigh Recreation Centre                            @ Sandringham Basketball Stadium

Overall:

Sandringham have performed remarkably well all season, and have been in the top four for a majority of the season.  A disappointing end to the season saw them drop dramatically down the ladder, but will be confident they can secure the win having defeated Melbourne in round eight.  However, Tigers standout Rebecca Cole didn’t play in the round contest and the Sabres will need to concentrate on limiting her output as she destroyed the Sabres with 28 points in the round five clash. The Sabres chances of securing the victory will be greater if they can produce a solid defensive game and limit the output of Conti, Tomlinson and Cole.

                                         Points                 Rebounds               Assists

Melbourne                   Cole 22.6              Tomlinson 8.5          Cole 5.0

Sandringham              Jarry 17.8             Jarry 8.8                    Jarry 4.4