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WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS PREVIEW
Friday, August 3, 2018

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW

SEMI FINAL ONE

Bendigo Lady Braves (20-1) v Geelong Supercats (12-9),

Bendigo Stadium, 7.00pm Saturday, August 4

Form

A shock loss for the Bendigo Braves last week as their 20-game winning streak came to an end. A disappointing opening quarter by the Braves, saw them chasing for the remainder of the game.  Despite solid games from Wilson, Payne and Richards the Bendigo lost their first game for the season and first game at home.

Geelong surprised the league with a convincing 92-65 road win against an inform Diamond Valley line-up. Geelong have struggled on the road in the regular season, but have won their past 5 finals games

X-Factor

Bendigo: Despite finishing in fifth place in the MVP award this year, Kelly Wilson has been the Lady Braves top player all season, and a lot will be expected of her again this week.  Wilson has averaged 11.5 assists in games against Geelong this year and is a true general of the team.

Geelong: Daniela Wallen had a slow start to her SEABL campaign but has been a consistent performer for the Supercats in recent weeks. Wallen has averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in her past 6 games, all above her season averages of 12 points and 7 rebounds.  Her battle in the paint against talented Lady Braves Nadeen Payne and Gabe Richards may determine the games’ outcome.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 12:                                            Round 14:

Bendigo 76 def. Geelong 72             Bendigo 91 def. Geelong 83

@ Bendigo Stadium                           @ The Geelong Arena

Overall

The Supercats have been competitive in both games against the Lady Braves this season, but one bad quarter in both games has been the difference between them winning and losing.  If the Supercats can produce four quality quarters of basketball they could record the upset of the season.  Bendigo have looked vulnerable in recent weeks and Launceston proved they are beatable last week.  Veterans Kelly Wilson and Gabe Richards have the experience and skills to guide the Lady Braves back into the winner’s circle and earn a spot in the preliminary finals next week against Kilsyth.

                            Points                               Rebounds           Assists

Bendigo           Payne 22.9                          Payne 9.4               Wilson 11.9

Geelong            I. Brancatisano  14.5        Rolph 7.6               Duck 4.7

 

SEMI-FINAL TWO

Nunawading Spectres (13-8) v Melbourne Tigers (13-8),

Nunawading Stadium, 7.30pm Saturday, August 4

Form

Nunawading have lost 4 out of their past 5 games and struggling for confidence.  A return to home court this week could be what the Spectres need to end their losing streak.

Melbourne are the in form team of the competition having won 4 consecutive games including a dominating performance against Sandringham last week.

X-Factor

Nunawading: Hanna Zavecz is an experienced veteran with a wealth of International knowledge, and coach Paul Flynn needs a solid game for her this week.  With confidence potentially low in the camp and a veteran like Hanna needs to put the team on her back and carry them to victory.  Hanna is a talented player and capable of this role having scored 14 points in the loss last week.

Melbourne: Peri Kalka is another quiet achiever within the Tigers line-up and a lot will be expected of her this weekend against Nunawading.  With Cole, Conti and Tomlinson keeping the scoreboard ticking each week, Kalka plays the support role well, but she will need to be at her best on defence this week.  Peri may get the daunting task of containing Spectres star Marena Whittle who has dominated against the Tigers in both games already this season.  Kalka will need to reduce Whittles’ offensive output if the Tigers are to continue their winning ways. 

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 1:                                                          Round 14:

Nunawading 72 def. Melbourne 50           Melbourne 72 def. Nunawading 53

@ Oakleigh Recreation Centre                    @ Nunawading Stadium

Overall

Despite playing on the road this week, Melbourne Tigers will go into this contest comfortable they could cause an upset and defeat Nunawading.  Bec Cole returns to her junior association on a court she knows very well, in great form averaging 26.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in her past three games.  If Cole can produce another high-quality performance, the Tigers will win the game and send the Spectres crashing out of the finals.

                                       Points               Rebounds               Assists

Nunawading             Whittle 17.7        Whittle 8.9                Chilcott/Panousis 2.6

Melbourne                 Cole 22.8             Tomlinson 8.4         Cole 22.8