Thursday, May 10, 2018

Featured Game of The Week – Canberra Caps Academy vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Saturday 12th May- 5:30pm @ Belconnen Basketball Stadium

Two of the top four teams face off on Saturday night but while Canberra are back at home against the Cobras, they may not feel as comfortable as both their losses this season have come at Belconnen.

In their best ever start to a season since they joined the league in 2012, the Caps Academy have defeated Diamond Valley, Frankston, Melbourne and the CoE on the road but Saturday night will give them a real test to show where they are at this season.

Kate Gaze and Keely Froling are combining for more than 40 points per game with Froling one of only six players to be averaging a double-double as well with 12.7 rebounds.

They are getting solid production out of import Brittni Montgomery who is shooting 60.4% from the field for 10.5 points and rising star Abby Cubillo (9.2 points, 3.7 assists) and Sarah McAppion (seven points, 5.4 rebounds) have knocked down 17 three-pointers for the year.

Defensively, the Caps Academy have been very impressive as well, restricting oppositions to 61.3 points in wins compared to 84.5 in losses and that will set a benchmark for this weekend’s clash.

It also gives the Cobras a target to aim at and with the second most productive offence in the competition at 84.2 points per game, they will be confident in blowing Canberra out of the water.

The likes of Australian Opal Steph Blicavs, reigning MVP Angela Beadle and dynamic import Jasmine Gill who is coming off the bench but still averaging 13.3 points, four rebounds and 1.3 steals will lead the charge while Sarah Parsons will have the defensive job on one of Canberra’s top scorers as she sits third in the competition for total steals.

After starting 2018 with consecutive double-doubles, Hope Terdich’s form has quietened as the Cobras’ full roster has arrived but she still offers another tough match-up for the Caps Academy and adds to their depth which is one of the deepest in the league.

Round 6 Notables:

  • The only unbeaten team in the league, Bendigo put their five-game winning streak on the line against Melbourne on Friday night. The Tigers once again showed how damaging they can be with a full roster last weekend and should provide a real challenge for the Braves.
  • At 0-7, Frankston are placed at the other end of the ladder and hit the road for the Tassie road trip. Import Shereesha Richards has arrived though and Stacey Barr continues to settle into the team while Launceston and Hobart are only three and two places above them on the ladder respectively.
  • In a rare occurrence, the Tornadoes will head to Albury/Wodonga the day after their clash with Frankston in a double-header.
  • Nunawading dropped their first game of the season last weekend and will be looking to bounce back against Sydney Uni who could not get it done against Kilsyth, ending their own four-game winning streak.
  • No games will be played on Sunday, Mother’s Day, with the round concluding on Saturday night.

Find the full fixture for the women in Round 6 via the SEABL website here.