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2021 NBL1 West women’s finals wrap: Week 2

BOTH the semi-finals and preliminary finals were played over the weekend in the National Basketball League (NBL1) West Women’s with the grand finalists also confirmed with the top two sides in the Willetton Tigers and Joondalup Wolves securing passage into the grand final.

Semi-finals:

Perth Redbacks (74) defeated Cockburn Cougars (70)

Perth Redbacks rallied against Cockburn Cougars to seal the deal in what was a hard-fought battle. it was neck and neck to start with as only a point split the two sides before the Redbacks opened up a handy lead at half time credit to a 23 point to 11 quarter. But the Cougars proved anything the Redbacks could do, they could do better, draining 27 points in the third but it was not enough to reduce the deficit going down by four.

Makailah Dyer seemed to have the ball on a string sinking a whopping 36 points for Perth while she also registered four rebounds, three assists and a steal in the win. Briana Bailey was a solid contributor with her 13 points, four rebounds and three assists as Maddison Allen impressed with a double-double thanks to her 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

For the Cougars it was Jessie Edwards that led the charge with a commanding 27 points shooting at 59 per cent from the field. She also imposed herself off the boards with her 14 rebounds with 10 of them defensive. Molly Mathews was not far off the pace registering 22 points and three rebounds with Tia Morgan and Kahlia Morgan the next best with six points apiece in the narrow loss.

East Perth Redbacks (79) defeated by Warwick Senators (80)

It was a tantalising finish between East Perth and Warwick Senators, with the latter just sneaking over the line by a mere point. The Senators got off to a flying start pouring on 28 points to 21 and while scoring tightened up in the second Warwick maintained the lead. The Redbacks made their move in the third to claim both the ascendancy and the lead. but with a chance of grand final glory up for grabs the Senators turned it on in the fourth to come-from-behind and win.

Mary Goulding left nothing to chance proving to be a real workhorse for the Eagles with her 32 points in 37 minutes of play. She did not stop there, reeling in 15 rebounds, two assists and five steals in a stellar performance. Opal Mader also left her mark on the contest with her 13 points and six rebounds, while Tahlia Fejo and Brianna Moyes slotted nine points apiece on the loss with the latter also securing six rebounds and five assists.

Stacey Barr was the main port of call for the Senators draining 22 points including two triples. Her rebounding efforts were also on show thanks to her seven boards along with nine assists. Nicole Jorre de St Jorre was also in fine form producing 16 points while shooting at 50 per cent from the field as Caitlyn Jones chimed in with a handy 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tayla Hepburn just fell short of a double-double with her nine points and 11 rebounds.

 

Preliminary final:

Willetton Tigers (90) defeated Perth Redbacks (65)

The Willetton Tigers could sense an opportunity to strike and they well and truly did against Perth Redbacks. The opening quarter was all the way of the tigers as they established a 12 point lead and built on that heading into half time to push out to a 15 point buffer. The real nail in the coffin was in the premiership quarter as Willeton poured on a whopping 33 points while keeping Perth to just 17 and although scoring dried up in the final quarter it was too little, too late.

The Tigers were littered with scoring options as Samantha Lubcke unlocked her shooting prowess, finishing with 21 points to her name. it was a stats stuffing performance for Lubcke who also managed eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Desiree Kelley had her radar on producing 19 points while Alex Sharp came to play credit to her 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assist effort.

Dyer was the number one option for the Redbacks throughout the preliminary final, finishing with 28 points, four rebounds and two assists. No other player managed to reach double-digits with Jessica Jakens the closest with her nine points. Allen managed six points and eight rebounds as Raya Thompson added six points to the total but it was not enough to impact the outcome of the game.

Joondalup Wolves (98) defeated Warwick Senators (61)

The Wolves took advantage of the extra days break against Warwick Senators claiming a romping 37 point win. Joondalup imposed themselves from the opening quarter establishing a 10 point buffer and while neither side could be separated in the second term shooting 25 points apiece the Wolves went into halftime with their tails up. With momentum behind them the Wolves cranked things up a notch putting on 27 points while keeping the Senators to just eight and continued that rhythm into the final term running out with a comfortable win.

The combination of Kayla Steindl and Neseya Parker-Williams was at its damaging best as they combined for 44 points. Steindl topscored with 24 points for the Wolves shooting at 60 per cent from the field while she also got busy off the boards with her 10 rebounds and four assists. Parker-Williams slotted 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Chelsea Belcher impressed for Joondalup draining 17 points while Laniesha Paddon recording nine points in the win.

It was Barr that once again stepped up to the plate sinking 15 points while Mackenzie Clinch-Haycord chimed in with 12 points in her 30 minutes as Chloe Forster slotted 11 points and five rebounds. Hepburn made an impact with her 10 points and six rebounds.

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2021 NBL1 West women’s: Finals week 2

THE finals continue to heat up in the National Basketball League (NBL1) Central with two games to be played on Friday with the winner from each game set to take on either Willetton Tigers or Joondalup Wolves.

Perth Redbacks vs. Cockburn Cougars

Perth Redbacks will be hoping to bounce back in a big way after suffering a huge defeat in the qualifying final. They will be eager to make use of their second chance and assert themselves against Cockburn Cougars to progress through to the preliminary final on Saturday. On the flipside the Cougars are riding a wave of success having pulled off a huge six-point win and will be full of belief coming into the contest. Although the Redbacks are not the most prolific top four team averaging just 76 points a game they are still head and shoulders above Cockburn who only manage an average of 68 in comparison. With this in mind the game may quite simply be won and done based on which team is able to attack the rim and not let up.

The Redbacks have a number of solid performers that are able to step up to the plate when required with Makailah Dyer the one to watch. She leads the way for Perth with her 21.55 points a game along with 6.55 rebounds, 3.55 assists and 0.44 blocks. She is not alone though with teammate Maddison Allen a real barometer for the side. Allen features highly in all four main statistical areas averaging 8.55 points, a team-high 12.61 rebounds, five assists and 2.66 blocks. Keep an eye out for Jessica Jakens along with Denielle Ashworth and Raya Thompson who are known for their ability to chime in when necessary.

With a head full of steam the Cougars will need the likes of Taylah Simmons and Jessie Edwards to be up and about early. Simmons leads the charge for the Cougars with her 16.64 but is also handy off the boards averaging six rebounds, 3.41 assists and 0.23 blocks. Edwards is an all-rounder who can impose herself with great ease credit to her averages of 16.11 points, 8.58 rebounds, 1.82 assists and impressive 1.64 blocks a game. Molly Mathews is no slouch nor is Ruby Benn with the pair able to make something happen each time the ball comes their way.

East Perth Eagles vs. Warwick Senators

The second game of the night between East Perth Eagles and Warwick Senators is set to bring plenty of intrigue and excitement. The Senators stamped their authority in their elimination final outing and will need to bring that same vigour and intensity when they take the court against East Perth. But the Eagles will be ruing their missed opportunities and will have a real fire in their bellies to make amends for their short comings the week earlier. Perth average 75 points a game 88 a whopping 13 more points a game meaning if they are able to explode out of the gates and get their offence up and running the Eagles could be in some real strife.

Looking back at last round and it is hard to deny the efforts and impact of Mary Goulding for the Eagles. She drained an impressive 24 points while also reeling in 17 rebounds and five steals highlighting just how dominant she is across all areas of the court. Opal Mader is another that has really hit her straps at the right time of the season coming off a 19-point game while Brianna Moyes is more than capable of causing a stir with her endurance and scoring nous. Eryn Fisher will also be hoping to build on her form from last week and cause a ruckus in this clash.

The Senators will be looking to Stacey Barr to keep them afloat with the guard a real ball magnet. She can shoot the lights out averaging 23.61 points a game and also tops the table with her 8.66 rebounds a game and 4.50 assists. Teammate Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard is a real livewire with her nous to find the ball and score slotting 16.33 points a game along with 6.77 rebounds, 3.16 assists and 0.72 blocks. Warwick will need both Tayla Hepburn and Chloe Forster to find their groove if they are to topple the Eagles while Jayda Clark will be eager to impose herself in defence.

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NBL1 West women’s wrap: Finals Week 1

THINGS started to well and truly heat up in the first week of finals in the National Basketball League (NBL1) West Women’s competition, with the Rockingham Flames and Mandurah Magic eliminated. Meanwhile the Joondalup Wolves and Willetton Tigers managed to secure wins in the qualifying finals to progress through to the next stage.

Elimination finals  

Rockingham Flames (75) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (81)

Only six points separated the two sides at the end of the game, with Cockburn Cougars digging deep to hold off the Flames and secure the win. Cockburn was off to the races nice and early opening up a 10-point lead before the Flames delivered some magic of their own in the second. The momentum swung back and forth throughout the game with Rockingham heading into the final break with a handy lead. But that is where it stopped as the Cougars powered home in the final stanza to flip the script and claim the win.

Alexandra Ciabattoni led the charge for the Flames producing 21 points, shooting at 100 per cent from the free-throw line. She also managed five rebounds, one assist and two steals. Christina Boag was the next best with her 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Both Jorjah Smith and Paris Duffield found their groove draining nine points and two steals apiece. It was the Jessie Edwards show for the Cougars, piling on an impressive 31 points at 67 per cent from the field. It did not stop there as she also collected 11 rebounds, while Ruby Benn chimed in with a handy 10 points and eight rebounds. Taylah Simmons fell just short of a double-double thanks to her eight points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Warwick Senators (97) defeated Mandurah Magic (65)

It was all one-way traffic with the Senators running rampant against Mandurah Magic to record a 32 point win. Warwick Senators led from the opening quarter and did not let up throughout the contest, winning each and every quarter. Creating a 10 point lead at quarter time the Senators went on to extend that buffer to 19 at half time. They did not take their foot off the pedal in the second half with a scintillating 24 point to 14 final quarter.

The Senators were overwhelmed with scoring options as Tayla Hepburn topscored with her 22 points in 29 minutes while four other players hit double-digits. Caitlyn Jones had her hands full slotting 16 points, three rebounds and seven assists. Stacey Barr chimed in with a handy 15 points and impressive 13 rebounds along with eight assists and four steals in an all-round solid performance. It was a slightly different story for the Magic who relied on two key prongs in Carly Boag and Casey Mihovilovich. In her 33 minutes, Mihovilovich managed to slot 25 points along with five rebounds, eight assists and two steals as Boag got busy with her 21 points, 13 rebounds four assists, four steals and one block.

Qualifying final

Joondalup Wolves (90) defeated Perth Redbacks (48)

It was always going to be a trying situation for the Redbacks especially given the form the Wolves were in and Joondalup made them pay, posting a 52 point romping. It was a relatively even start to the game with only five points separating the two sides before the Wolves started to rally and gain some real momentum. However they did not hit their straps until the second half adding an impressive 40 points to their total while keeping the Redbacks to a mere 15.

The Wolves had a plethora of options that proved they were more than capable of landing a match winning blow. Both Kayla Steindl and Neseya Parker-Williams shone recording 17 points and eight rebounds apiece. Rebecca Benson was not far off the pace draining 13 points, five rebounds and two steals while Chelsea Belcher and Jasmine Martin chimed in with 10 points each in the win. Makailah Dyer was the topscorer for the Redbacks sinking an impressive 25 points at a lowly 35 per cent from the field. She also managed seven rebounds and a steal. The scoring dropped off after her with Briana Bailey the next closest with her six points as Maddison Allen reeled in seven rebounds in the loss.

Willetton Tigers (77) defeated East Perth Eagles (73)

Willetton Tigers pulled off an almighty second half comeback to stun East Perth Eagles and progress through to the next stage of finals. The Eagles held all the momentum in the opening half creating a dominant 18 point lead at the main change. But that all changed in the second half with Willetton digging into their bag of tricks to stop the Eagles in their tracks with a 20 point to four third term. That trajectory continued in the final quarter as they secured a courageous win.

The Tigers relied on their big four players to steam ahead with Desiree Kelly impressing with her court craft producing 19 points and 10 rebounds. Samantha Lubcke showcased her endurance and smarts piling on 18 points and seven rebounds all of which were offensive. Alex Sharp had a game to remember recording a whopping 16 points and 17 rebounds. It did not stop there as she fell just short of a triple double credit to her eight assists and two steals. Mary Goulding was in fine form shooting 24 points for East Perth along with 17 rebounds and four assists in the narrow loss. Opal Mader found her groove slotting 19 points and six rebounds as Brianna Moyes drained 10 points.

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2021 NBL1 West Women’s: Week 1 Finals preview

IT is that time of year with finals well and truly in the air for the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West. Both the elimination and qualifying final will take place over the weekend with the winner from each respective game moving forward to the next stage.

Elimination Finals

(6) Rockingham Flames vs. (7) Cockburn Cougars
Friday, August 20 @ 7:00pm

Tipping off tomorrow night, the sixth placed Rockingham Flames host the seventh placed Cockburn Cougars, with the Flames having notched up one more win (10-8 to 9-9) during the season. They piled on an extra seven points per game (75.2 to 68.5), though the Cougars were marginally more stingy in conceding points, 68.2 to 69.7 per game. Neither of these sides have great form heading into the contest having won just two of their past three, with Rockingham having not won since an impressive 17-point win over Warwick Senators on July 29. Since then, the Flames have dropped games to East Perth Eagles, Mandurah Magic and Joondalup meaning they search for form heading into this do-or-die elimination final. The Cougars grabbed a win on the final day of the regular season, though it came against the struggling South West Slammers, with losses to Perth Redbacks and Joondalup Wolves prior to that, though they have won more recently than the Flames – defeating Lakeside Lightning on July 31.

Tayah Burrows finished the regular season as a pinpoint passer for the Flames, putting up 5.28 assists per game to rank second in the league for assists. She coupled that with 17.71 points, 4.57 rebounds and shot 1t 40.7 per cent from the field in a damaging display. Turning 20 next month, Burrows has plenty of upside, and has put up double-digit points in all bar two of her games, averaging 23 points, six rebounds and 5.5 assists against the Cougars this season. For Cockburn, Jessie Edwards looms as a player to contain at both ends, and whilst she is not quite the facilitator Burrows is, plays her role at the five, with 16.11 points, 8.58 rebounds and 1.64 blocks, the latter of which puts her second in the league. Whilst she has not played the Flames since May 29, in her two outings, Edwards averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Expect the contest to be a fierce one, with the Flames’ Alex Ciabattoni (19.93 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.06 assists) and Christina Boag (13.76 points, 10.05 rebounds) others to watch. For the Cougars, keep an eye on forward Taylah Simmons (16.64 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.41 assists) who is Cockburn’s other key talent.

(5) Warwick Senators vs. (8) Mandurah Magic
Saturday, August 21 @ 5:00pm

In the other elimination final, the fifth placed Warwick Senators take on the eighth placed Mandurah Magic, but just one win separates the sides like in the other elimination final. The Senators average more points per game than any other side this season (88.11) compared to the Magic’s lowly 68.44, the lowest of the top eight sides. Defensively, the Magic stack up much better however, ranking third overall defensively, conceding just 66.11 points, whilst the Senators’ high-powered game has them ranked eighth of the finalists, allowing 77 points to their opposition. The Senators come into the finals series off the back of two wins in three games, including a good win over fourth placed East Perth Eagles. Consistency has not quite been there season for the Senators, but the same could be said of the Magic, though they come in off the back of three consecutive wins, albeit two against bottom two team Lakeside Lightning, but the third was against third placed Perth Redbacks.

Stacey Barr made the NBL1 West All-Star Five thanks to a sensational season that included 23.61 points per game, ranked second overall. The Senators guard put up 8.66 rebounds and 4.50 assists, as well as pick-pocketing her opposition 1.5 times per game. In her most recent outing against the Senators on July 17, she put up 28 points and six rebounds, but could only record the one assist, with a 17-point, seven-rebound and three-assist game coming back in May. Opposition forward Carly Boag is a player likely to keep Barr busy, with Boag putting up double-double averages of 14.50 points and 12.61 rebounds per game. She also averages 3.38 assists and 2.77 steals per match, ranking her third in both the rebounds and steals. Boag will be well supported by Casey Mihovilovich who leads the league in assists (5.94 per games) and has also managed the 12.94 points and 3.22 rebounds per match. Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard (16.33 points, 6.77 rebounds, 3.16 assists and 1.5 steals) is another to keep tabs on from the Senators perspective.

Qualifying Finals

(2) Joondalup Wolves vs. (3) Perth Redbacks
Friday, August 20 @ 7:00pm

The double chance is there for the taking, though one less match on the road to a grand final would be ideal, and that is exactly the carrot dangled in front of the Joondalup Wolves and Perth Redbacks tomorrow night. The Wolves go in hot favourites having won four more games than their opponents with a 15-3 win-loss record compared to the Redbacks’ 11-7. Despite this, they actually average less points per game (75.3 to 76.6), though have the second best defensive setup, conceding just 64.1 points, compared to the Redbacks’ 69.9. The Wolves are the form team of the competition, having not lost since back-to-back defeats in Round 13, though one of them was to Perth Redbacks. The third placed Redbacks have some good form themselves, picking up five of the past seven, including the win over the Wolves, and pushing the minor premiers Willetton Tigers to within seven points.

Experienced center Kayla Steindl has been rock solid all season for the Wolves, putting up 18.56 points, 8.93 rebounds and 1.75 steals per game. In the two fixtures against the Redbacks, Steindl averaged 20 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Though she comes in against potentially the most versatile five in the game, in Maddison Allen. The Redbacks center features in the top four of rebounds (12.61), assists (5.00) and blocks (2.66), and was the only player to deny the opposition with blocks more than two per game. Averaging the 8.55 points per match, Allen plays a more facilitating and defensive role, the ultimate team player which has helped the Redbacks get into the position they are in. She allows the likes of Makailah Dyer (21.55 points, 6.55 rebounds and 3.55 assists) and Jessica Jakens (14.31 points, 7.0 rebounds and 67.11 per cent from the field) to go to work. The Wolves have a more even spread of scorers, with the likes of veterans Rebecca Benson (11.36 points, 2.63 rebounds) and Amber Land (10.88 points, 8.05 rebounds, 2.29 assists and 1.82 steals) and young gun Neseya Parker-Williams (9.94 points, 7.27 rebounds, 2.16 assists and 2.11 steals) all having good seasons.

(1) Willetton Tigers vs. (4) East Perth Eagles
Saturday, August 21 @ 6:00pm

NBL1 title favourites Willetton Tigers will look to back up their top of the ladder regular season finish when they play host to fourth placed East Perth Eagles in the final clash of the round. The Tigers finished on top of the ladder with 15 wins and three losses, the same as the Wolves, but ranked second in points for, and had the least points conceded to be the clear standout team all season. Averaging a whopping 85.1 points per game, the Tigers were hard to contain, whilst defensively they allowed just 63.4 points. The Eagles on the other hand averaged 75.6 points per game, and conceded 70.6, which was a solid overall effort, but they will need to step it up to knock off the favourites. The Eagles are also coming in off some disappointing results, losing their past three games including to two non-finalists in the Eastern Suns and Perry Lakes Hawks. The Tigers dropped a match to the Joondalup Wolves on July 31 by six points, but bounced back with three consecutive wins, including victories over finalists, Cockburn Cougars and Rockingham Flames.

Alex Sharp was deemed the best overall talent in the league this year, earning Most Valuable Player (MVP) honours. The Perth Lynx sharpshooter was sensational all year, averaging 19.71 points, 12.94 rebounds, 4.82 assists and 1.76 steals per game. She was far from alone in her side, one of five players to average double-figure points. Though Sharp’s immediate focus will be leading her team to victory over an Eagles side that features another All-Star Five talent in Mary Goulding. The forward averaged a whopping 23.52 points and 13.35 rebounds, as well as 3.05 assists and 2.70 steals to arguably be the closest player to Sharp’s MVP status. She will be supported by the likes of Tahlia Fejo (12.67 points, 3.13 rebounds and 2.47 steals) and Opal Mader (12.20 points, 4.33 rebounds), while Brianna Moyes (9.29 points, 3.76 rebounds and 2.88 assists) has also contributed strongly. The Tigers have some high-scoring options with Samantha Lubcke leading all-comers thanks to her 23.80 points, as well as 8.53 rebounds. Emma Gandini (11.50 points, 6.44 rebounds and 2.78 assist) and Desiree Kelley (11.12 points, 6.29 rebounds and 2.94 assists) are two other leading players for the top side.

Picture credit: June Halliday

2021 NBL1 West wrap: Round 11

ROUND 11 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition was done and won on the weekend with a number of one-sided results as the top teams took control in their matches.

Women’s:

Lakeside Lightning v Cockburn Cougars

Lakeside Lightning came out on top during Friday’s clash against the Cockburn Cougars. Their impressive win at Lakeside Recreation Centre begun with a win at the jump ball, before a two-pointer helped them take the first points of the game. Despite the Cougars scoring with two points shortly after, it was not enough to overthrow their early lead. Lakeside’s opening quarter included three free throws and a classy three-point jump shot. Although the Cougars signs in the beginning term, they trailed behind Lakeside by six points.

Lakeside Lightning took advantage with a two-point shot being made and followed on from a missed shot at the basket the Cockburn Cougars. The Cougars scored a two-pointer before calling a time out as scores were 28-15 Lightning’s way. Lakeside Lightning continued to dominate the second period with a string of shots at the basket, pushing their lead to 46. The Cougars rounded out the second term with another time out called and a three-point jump shot being made.

As the third period rolled around, Lakeside Lightning once again kept a hold of the lead. Lakeside opened the period with a three-point jump shot, but a determined Cougars front loomed at large, responding with two three-point jump shots. However, Lakeside Lightning were not eager to give up their lead and this was proved in the final period of the game. As the final term began, scores were 72-35 with Lakeside still in front. The Cougars put another two points onto the board for them, but multiple missed shots at the basket were costly for the side as Lakeside took out the win for the game with the final scores being 83-45.

Lakeside’s Ashleigh Isenbarger was significant in her sides’ win against the Cockburn Cougars, scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Alecia Knowles was also a key part of the win with 16 points and 3 rebounds, along with Kyrah Daniels who impressed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jessie Edwards was among best on court for the Cockburn Cougars with 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Olivia Bassett-Scarfe was also prominent (five points, four rebounds and one assist).

Willetton Tigers bagged the win against the South West Slammers by 56 points. Rockingham Flames won against the Eastern Suns by 22 points but failed to overcome a powerful Joonadulp Wolves side losing by 11. East Perth Eagles by 47 against the South West Slammers. Perth Redbacks won by 23 against Perry Lakes Hawks and Warwick Senators took out the win over the Eastern Suns by 26 points.

ROUND 11 RESULTS:

Willetton Tigers defeat South West Slammers (100 – 44)
Lakeside Lightning defeat Cockburn Cougars (83 – 45)
Rockingham Flames defeat Eastern Suns (72 – 50)
Joondalup Wolves defeat Rockingham Flames (71 – 60)
East Perth Eagles defeat South West Slammers (102 – 55)
Perth Redbacks defeat Perry Lakes Hawkes (82 – 59)
Warwick Senators defeat Eastern Suns (100 – 74)

Men’s:

Goldfield Giants v Mandurah Magic

It was a worthy win for the Mandurah Magic, as they saw a 10 point against the Goldfield Giants on Saturday evening. A freethrow made by the Goldfield Giants is what set up an ultimately thrilling contest between the two sides. It didn’t take long for the Mandurah Magic to steal the lead away from Goldfield, seeming to take control of the game by the middle of the first term. Despite a few missed shots – including two three-point jumpshots, it hadn’t seem to dampen the Magic’s opening term. The Giants had lost the lead as quickly as they held it but managed to make a return to the game as scored were levelled 26 both sides heading into the second period. The Goldfield Giants made an impact early in the game as they began the second with two points to the board. But the early impact wasn’t enough to stop Mandurah from continuing to run rampant on the scoreboard. With a timeout called amidst the game, Magic’s highlights included four freethrows being made and a three-point jumpshot. The first half had impressive performances from both sides as scores were 47 to the Mandurah Magic and 49 to Goldfield Giants. It was anyone’s game to win as the third period began. A swift three-point jumpshot from the Giants levelled the scores to 52, the first time in this game. But Mandurah had quickly broken the even score, bursting into the scene five three-point jumpshots. Despite Goldfields best efforts, they continued to trail behind Mandurah’s lead as the third term quickly progressed. Within the first minutes of the last term, the game had begun to intensify as the Giants responded with multiple shots at the basket. Yet it was Mandurah who had continued to cruise through the final period of the game and take out the win against the Giants thanks to two free throws being made in the remaining minutes.

Jerami Grace was a standout for the winning Mandurah Magic with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Mandurah’s Fred Williams also was essential for the win bagging 20 points, four rebounds and two assists, as well as Scott Machado who scored 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. For the Giants, Tom Atkinson performed well (19 points, six rebounds and one assist). Fletcher Klasztorny also was a standout (18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists).

Willetton Tigers claimed victory against the South West Slammers by two points. Lakeside Lightning bagged a win against the Cockburn Cougars by 18 points, whilst Eastern Suns won by four points. Meanwhile, the Cougars, Rockingham Flames and South West Slammers all took out wins against the Geraldton Buccaneers, Joondalup Wolves and East Perth Eagles respectively. Willetton Tigers won out against the Senators by 27. Perry Lakes won against Perth Redbacks by 23. Perth Redbacks won against the Buccaneers by 22 and the Suns defeated the Senators by two points.

ROUND 11 RESULTS:

Willetton Tigers defeat South West Slammers (76-74)
Lakeside Lightning defeat Cockburn Cougars (85-67)
Eastern Suns defeat Rockingham Flames (98-94)
Cockburn Cougars defeat Geraldton Buccaneers (101-58)
Rockingham Flames defeat Joondalup Wolves (93-75)
South West Slammers defeat East Perth Eagles (86-70)
Mandurah Magic defeat Goldfield Giants (99-89)
Willetton Tigers defeat Warwick Senators (94-76)
Perry Lakes Hawkes defeat Perth Redbacks (97-74)
Perth Redbacks defeat Geraldton Buccaneers (105-83)
Eastern Suns defeat Warwick Senators (96-94)

 

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NBL1 West wrap: Round 7

AS the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition continued over the weekend, both the men’s and women’s divisions had some classic contests, and we recap how all the games went down.

WOMEN:

A dominant final term from East Perth Eagles ended the unbeaten streak of Joondalup Wolves with a 17-point triumph at home. The Eagles lead by six points at quarter time, and held that lead right up until the final break, before piling on 21 points to eight in the last stanza to run away with the eye-catching upset win.

Brianna Moyes (23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) lead the way for points, while Tahlia Fejo (17 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks) did a bit of everything, and Opal Mader (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) was also impressive. Chelsea Belcher stood out for the Wolves with 16 points, while Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Neseya Parker-Williams (eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals) were both impressive.

Joondalup Wolves did manage to bounce back last night with a seven-point win over Perry Lakes Hawks, 73-66. Kayla Steindl had 25 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a double-double performance, while Rebecca Benson (12 points, two assists) and Parker-Williams (eight points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists) all contributed to the cause. Madeleine Dennis (27 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Sarah Donovan (18 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals) were the two best in the Hawks’ defeat.

The next closest result of the round went the way of Perth Redbacks who took the points over a sluggish Mandurah Magic. The Hawks piled on 40-13 in the first half to set up the win, and whilst they lost the second half 45-27, had done more than enough to win 67-58. Makailah Dyer (23 points, six rebounds) and Maddison Allen (nine points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks) were the keys for the Redbacks, while Casey Mihovilich (16 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists) and Carly Boag (seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals) covered plenty of areas for the Magic.

Warwick Senators easily dominated Lakeside Lightning, doubling their score on the Senators’ way to a huge 102-51 victory. Tayla Hepburn (24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Stacey Barr (23 points, five rebounds and two assists) did most of the scoring damage, with Caitlyn Jones (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Chloe Forster (15 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) also influential. Savannah Coleman had six points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Kyrah Daniels tried hard for the Lightning with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

In other results, Rockingham Flames picked up another win to hand Cockburn Cougars a second straight defeat, getting up 71-52, whilst Eastern Suns piled on more pain to South West Slammers with a 53-point shellacking at home. Christina Boag (25 points, 14 rebounds and three assists) and Tayah Burrows (24 points, seven assists and four rebounds) were outstanding for the Flames and countered out the impact of the Cougars’ Jessie Edwards (16 points, 11 rebounds). In the other game, Jewell Williams (24 points, four assists and three rebounds) top-scored for the Eastern Suns, but it was the likes of Mia Jacobs (14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Ellyce Ironmonger (10 points, 12 rebounds) who picked up double-doubles, and Samantha Roscoe chipping in with a dominant 18points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Zaya Lilly Black (21 points, four steals and three rebounds) and Jasmine Barrett (16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals) were the only key scorers for the Slammers.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth (75) def. Joondalup Wolves (58)
Mandurah Magic (58) def. by Perth Redbacks (67)
Warwick Senators (102) def. Lakeside Lightning (51)
Rockingham Flames (71) def. Cockburn Cougars (52)
Eastern Suns (109) def. South West Slammers (56)
Perry Lakes Hawks (66) def. by Joondalup Wolves (73)

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The match of the round was easy to pick in the NBL1 West men’s division, with Willetton Tigers coming from behind at the final break to win by one point over Goldfields Giants to grab the 74-73 victory. After being level at quarter time, the Giants took advantage and went up by two at half-time and seven by the final break, before the Tigers roared back to life to run over the top of the Giants and secure the 21-13 triumph.

Connor Mincherton (21 points, seven rebounds and two assists), Michael Vigor (18 points, 14 rebounds and four assists) and Damien Scott (14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) were key players in the win. For the Giants, Julian Pesava (16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals), Dion Collins (13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) and Fletcher Klasztorny (11 points, six rebounds and four assists) were the key architects in trying to keep their side in the contest.

Lakeside Lightning handed Warwick Senators their first loss of the season, posting a 90-61 triumph to continue their fantastic season. Grabbing a 29-point win on the road, the Lightning were lead by Julius Bowie (26 points, seven rebounds) and Kyle Armour (16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds). Warwick Senators had Justin King (19 points and two assists) and Cody Ellis (16 points and three steals) who topped up the team’s scoring column.

Perry Lakes Hawks picked up back-to-back wins in Round 7 with victories over Geraldton Buccaneers (27 points) and Joondalup Wolves (31 points) to remain one of the key title contenders this season. Cooper Hamilton (17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists), Ben Purser (16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals) and Mitchell Clarke (16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists) were consistent contributors across both games. Matthiang Muo (24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals) was the top player for the Buccaneers, while Jonathan Wade (34 points, three rebounds) lit it up for the Wolves.

The Wolves picked up a win over Perth Eagles by 33 points, thanks to another 34 points from Wade, who racked up 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals for his troubles. Sioeli Vaiangina (14 points, eight rebounds) also stood out for the victors. Kieran Berry (20 points, five rebounds and two assists) was the dominant scorer for the Eagles. Meanwhile Mandurah Magic defeated Perth Redbacks by eight points (82-74), as Ben Smith (21 points, nine rebounds), Fred Williams (15 points, six rebounds) and Jerami Grace (12 points, five assists and three rebounds) all impressed, though the Redbacks’ Louis Timms (27 points, seven rebounds) and Isaac Gattorna-Hargrave (20 points, four rebounds and four assists) both put up some big numbers.

In other results, Rockingham Flames defeated Cockburn Cougars by 21 points (106-85), whilst in the battle of the winless sides, South West Slammers finally got on the board with a 10-point triumph over Eastern Suns, 90-80. Justin Beard (23 points, five rebounds) and Atem Bior (21 points, seven rebounds) combined well for the Flames against Cockburn’s Jaarod Holmes (17 points, six rebounds) and Seva Chan (17 points, four assists and two rebounds), while the Slammers’ Mitchell Keller (25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) and Suns’ Ryan Blanchett (20 points, eight rebounds) were the key players for their respective sides.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth Eagles (61) def. by Joondalup Wolves (94)
Geraldton Buccaneers (63) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (90)
Mandurah Magic (82) def. Perth Redbacks (74)
Goldfields Giants (73) def. by Willetton Tigers (74)
Warwick Senators (61) def. by Lakeside Lightning (90)
Rockingham Flames (106) def. Cockburn Cougars (85)
Eastern Suns (80) def. by South West Slammers (90)
Perry Lakes Hawks (118) def. Joondalup Wolves (87)

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NBL1 West wrap: Round 5

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition was back to its full strength in the third round of action. Whilst technically Round 5 due to the two-week hiatus following the West Australian lockdown, the most recent weekend of play featured more games than the return Round 4.

WOMEN’S:

Perth Redbacks (82) def. East Perth Eagles (71)

Perth Redbacks bounced back from a loss last game to hold on and defeat East Perth Eagles at home by 11 points. A strong first half was credited with the Redbacks’ win, putting up 48 points to 31, and whilst the Eagles won the second half by six, it was a case of too little, too late and the home team got up, 82-71. Maddison Allen racked up a huge double-double of 10 points and 18 rebounds – 13 defensive – for the Redbacks, while Makailah Dyer (19 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Jessica Jakens (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) were also productive in the win. Mary Teresa Goulding top-scored in the game for the Eagles with 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Opal Mader (15 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals) picked up a double-double, and Tahlia Fedjo recorded 15 points and two rebounds.

Warwick Senators (72) def. by Joondalup Wolves (78)

In the first of two victories for the Joondalup Wolves over the weekend, the visitors handed the Warwick Senators their second loss of the season. The Wolves won the first three quarters to hold a 12-point advantage after three quarters, and whilst the Senators won the final term 18-12, it was not enough to overturn the result and Joondalup won 78-72. Kayla Steindl was a clear best-on with 28 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Wolves, aided well by Amber Land (12 points, nine rebounds and six assists) and Neseya Parker-Williams (11 points, 12 rebounds). Stacey Barr lead the way for the Senators with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Tayla Hepburn (10 points, 10 rebounds and two assists) picked up a double-double, while Chloe Forster (15 points, eight rebounds) was also lively.

Joondalup Wolves (69) def. Mandurah Magic (44)

Joondalup Wolves went back-to-back with a win over Mandurah Magic to make it four consecutive victories to open the NBL1 West season. The Wolves took control from the get-go and won every quarter, with the first (21-11) and fourth (17-9) quarters being particularly dominant on their way to a 25-point victory, 69-44. Land topped the scoring charts with a double-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while Steindl (10 points, six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals) and Georgia Denehey (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) were among the key contributors in the Wolves’ win. Casey Mihovilovich (16 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists) was the dominant Magic shooter, while Serika Shillingsworth (eight points) was the next best.

Willetton Tigers (80) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (55)

Willetton Tigers easily accounted for Perry Lakes Hawks, winning all four quarters by at least four points in each term to record an 80-55 victory. The Tigers won by eight, four, eight and five points in each of the respective quarters, in order to post a 25-point win at Willetton Basketball Stadium. Samantha Lubcke was the clear dominant shooter putting up 26 points and seven rebounds, though best-on had to go to Alex Sharp who managed a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds – nine offensive – as well as seven assists. Desiree Kelly (16 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Emma Gandini (14 points, six rebounds and three steals) were the other prominent scorers for the Tigers. Morgan Ballantyne had the 11 points, three assists and two rebounds, while Natalie Burton (10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Megan McKay (seven points, seven rebounds and four steals) were other prominent Hawks.

Lakeside Lightning (98) def. South West Slammers (48)

There was no reprieve for the South West Slammers in yet another big loss, this time to Lakeside Lightning who broke through for their first win of the year following back-to-back losses. The Lightning put the foot down from the first tip-off piling on 46 points to 20 in the opening half, then 52 points to 28 in the second half to run out 50-point winners, 98-48. Lakeside’s Emma Clarke (22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals) was the clear standout, while Mikayla Pirini (17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals), Savannah Coleman (16 points, nine rebounds and three steals) and Jae Flynn (15 points, seven assists and three rebounds) were all impressive in the huge victory. Cian Parsons (23 points, 15 rebounds and two assists) racked up a massive double-double in the loss to be a lone hand up front, as Skye Palmer was next best with eight points, three assists and two rebounds.

Eastern Suns (45) def. by Cockburn Cougars (63)

Cockburn Cougars continued their winning run with a third consecutive victory to open the season, defeating Eastern Suns by 18 points. The Cougars won each quarter, but it was the third (17-6) that was the big difference in the end, with the 13-point differential there ultimately leading to the low-scoring 63-45 triumph on the road. Jessie Edwards (25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks) was impressive with a double-double for the Cougars, while Taylah Simmons (15 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Molly Mathews (six points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. For the Suns, Jewel Williams top-scored with 14 points, as well as five rebounds and two steals, while Courtney Mansfield (nine points, four rebounds) and Mia Jacobs (nine points, five rebounds and two assists) tried hard.

Eastern Suns (71) def. by Willetton Tigers (98)

Willetton Tigers handed Eastern Suns back-to-back losses in Round 5 thanks to a strong first and third terms on their way to a big 27-point victory. The Tigers piled on 34 points to 22 in the first term, and then 30-10 in the third, to build an unassailable lead. The Suns cut the deficit back by six in the last term, but the damage was done and the Tigers got up, 98-71. Lubcke had a day out wiht 37 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Sharp also picked up a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Kelley (12 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Gandini (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists were other important players once again. For the Suns, Williams had a team-high 18 points with three rebounds, while Rebecca Motroni (15 points, two assists) and Mansfield (11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) worked hard across the four quarters.

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Perth Redbacks (79) def. East Perth Eagles (65)

Perth Redbacks have accounted for East Perth Eagles in both the first and third quarters by a combined 19 points which proved the difference between the sides during the Redbacks’ 14-point victory at home. The Eagles rallied in the second term to come close at half-time, but a strong second half resulted in the Redbacks securing the 79-65 win. Louis Timms top-scored with 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists, whilst Isaac Gattorna-Hargrave (20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks) and Tevin Jackson (17 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were other top performers on the day. Mitch Benger (15 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Logan Thwaites (15 points, five rebounds) were the key scorers for the Eagles, while Andrej Donlagic (nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) was also well-balanced across the court.

Warwick Senators (100) def. Joondalup Wolves (78)

The clash of the two unbeaten sides went the way of the home team, as Warwick Senators claimed an impressive 22-point win over Joondalup Wolves. The Senators trailed by three points at half-time, but then dominated the second half by knocking down 60 points to 35 and running away with the 100-78 victory. Justin King (28 points, nine rebounds and three assists) was best-on for the Senators, while Cody Ellis (20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals) and Caleb Davis (15 points, six assists and five rebounds) worked hard. For the Wolves, Lochlan Cummings managed the 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Jacob Formosa (15 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Trian Iliadis (12 points, three rebounds and two assists) also reached double-figure points in the match.

Geraldton Buccaneers (85) def. Rockingham Flames (82)

After losing last week, Geraldton Buccaneers bounced back with a narrow win over Rockingham Flames. The home team held a narrow three-point lead at half-time and six-point lead at three quarter time, and whilst the Flames stuck with them until the end, the home team held on to win by three points, 85-82. Mathiang Muo did not miss a minute of action with 34 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Aaron Ralph (16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals) picked up a double-double. Mathew Wundenberg (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Taine Wattie (11 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) were others who stepped up to the plate. The Flames had their fare share of points scorers in the win, with Travis Durnin (18 points, nine rebounds), Callum Beard (17 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Greg Hire (14 points, 12 rebounds and three assists) all prominent.

Joondalup Wolves (110) def. Mandurah Magic (104)

They needed overtime to get it done, but the Joondalup Wolves bounced back from a loss the night before to post a six-point thrilling win over Mandurah Magic. The Wolves trailed by five points at quarter time and seven at the half, before closing down that lead to be level at the final buzzer. A strong 16-10 overtime period resulted in the Wolves getting up 110-104 in a classic contest. Cummings did not miss a minute with 45 minutes on court for 29 points, five rebounds and three assists, including five of 10 from three-point range. Iliadis (20 points, six steals, four assists and three rebounds), Robert Huntington (20 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Jonathan Wade (16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) were all impressive. Jerami Grace was the top points scorer for the Magic with 25, as well as five assists and four rebounds, while Fred Williams (12 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Xavier Garnett-Shaw (16 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were also solid despite the narrow defeat.

East Perth Eagles (73) def. by Goldfields Giants (86)

A fast start by Goldfields Giants has helped the visitors post a 13-point win over East Perth Eagles, the Eagles’ second loss of the weekend. The Giants poured on 26 points to 12 in the opening term and lead by 15 points at half-time. While the Eagles did hit back in the third quarter, the Giants steadied in the last to secure the 86-73 victory. Tom Atkinson (19 points, seven rebounds) top-scored for the Giants, while Julian Pesava (10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) secured a double-double, and Cooper Creek (seven points, 13 rebounds and five blocks) put on a defensive show. Jarrad Anastasio (16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) was the dominant player for the Eagles, with Thwaites (17 points, eight rebounds) and Junior Tshikele (14 points, four assists and three rebounds) also among the top scorers.

Willetton Tigers (68) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (86)

Perry Lakes Hawks stepped up to produce a four-quarter effort and knock off Willetton Tigers by 18 points on the road. The Hawks won every quarter, with a 14-point differential in the second half the main catalyst to the 86-68 triumph. Lewis Thomas (23 points, eight rebounds and four assists) was the dominant scorer, while Ben Purser (11 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals) and Andrew Ferguson (11 points, seven rebounds and two assists) were also impressive. Damien Scott put up 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, as Michael Vigor (10 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double, and Hunter Clarke (10 points, three rebounds) also managed double-figure points for the Tigers.

Lakeside Lightning (121) def. South West Slammers (52)

There was no mercy for cellar dwellers South West Slammers during Lakeside Lightning’s smashing 69-point win. Scoring at least 28 points in every quarter, and keeping the Slammers to 14 points or less in three of the the quarters with the end result being a 121-52 win in favour of the Lightning. Corey Shervill top-scored with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, whilst Jarrad Prue racked up a huge double-double of 14 points, 17 rebounds – seven offensive – three steals and two blocks, and both Kyle Armour (18 points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds) and Jack Isenbarger (18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals) were also standouts in the win. Caleb Van De Griend (21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks) was the key playmaker in the heavy defeat, while Ngor Nai had the 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Slammers’ loss.

Eastern Suns (94) def. by Cockburn Cougars (115)

Cockburn Cougars picked up their first win of the season in the first of two games over the weekend, knocking off Eastern Suns by 21 points at Ray Owen Sports Centre. The Cougars trailed by five points at half-time but then destroyed the Suns in the second half, adding as much as 69 points to 43 – including a 38-17 final stanza – to win 115-94. Gavin Field (22 points, nine rebounds and five assists) was prolific, as Nic Pozoglou (16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks) picked up a double-double, and the likes of Josh Hunt (19 points, six rebounds), Jaarod Holmes (16 points, six rebounds, and two assists) and Seva Chan (16 points, six assists and two rebounds) were all strong. Chris Johnson (30 points, four rebounds and four steals), Chuatwech Reath (22 points, four steals) and Ryan Blanchett (21 points, seven rebounds) were the triple threat on the scoring front for the Suns in defeat.

Cockburn Cougars (88) def. Goldfields Giants (74)

Going back-to-back in Round 5, the Cougars have built momentum with a second win, and a first one at home this season, defeating Goldfields Giants by 14 points. The Cougars trailed by two points at quarter time, but won the last three quarters – the second by 10 points – to secure the 88-74 victory. Pozoglou was the dominant scorer with a double-double of 24 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks, while Chan (11 points, seven assists three rebounds and two steals) and Kye Chamberlain (nine points, eight rebounds) were also impressive throughout the game. Pesava (26 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Atkinson (16 points, two rebounds and two steals) were again the prime movers for the Giants in Round 5, while Fletcher Klasztorny (seven points, eight rebounds and three assists) also impressed.

Eastern Suns (77) def. by Willetton Tigers (103)

Willetton Tigers have handed Eastern Suns back-to-back losses with a dominant 26-point triumph on Sunday. The Tigers eclipsed the Suns early with a 57-34 opening half, and whilst the Suns were more competitive in the second half – only conceding three more points than their own – they still suffered a 103-77 defeat. Clarke (21 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Connor Mincherton (20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals) combined for some big numbers, whilst Vigor (14 points, 15 rebounds and four assists) picked up a double-double, and Scott (16 points, four assists and three rebounds) also impressed. Corey Easley had the 17 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Suns, while Johnson (12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks) and Blanchett (12 points, three rebounds and two assists) were the next highest points scorers.

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2021 NBL1 West wrap: Round 4

AFTER a fortnight off due to various State Government restrictions, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition tipped off for Round 4 and some teams made their entrance into the new competition, whilst others established themselves with big wins or heavy losses.

WOMEN’S:

Mandurah Magic (50) def. by Cockburn Cougars (71)

Cockburn Cougars made it back-to-back wins to tip-off the season, taking care of Mandurah Magic by 21 points. The Cougars dominated the first half to race out to a 24-point lead, and that went out to 28 by the break, before a low-scoring 13-point final term resulted in Cockburn getting the job done 71-50. Jessie Edwards led the way for the winners with 14 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, as Taylah Simmons (13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Olivia Bassett-Scarfe (12 points, five rebounds) were also busy. Serika Shillingsworth was the only double-digit Magic scorer with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Casey Mihovilovich finished with seven points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds.

Warwick Senators (111) def. South West Slammers (32)

Warwick Senators showed no mercy to a struggling South West Slammers, dominating every quarter on their way to a 79-point shellacking. The Senators piled on at least 25 points in every quarter, and kept the Slammers to single-digits in three of the four terms during the 111-32 victory. Stacey Barr (24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard (24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and six steals) top-scored with double-doubles, as Tayla Hepburn (17 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals) also racked up a double-double. Zaya Lilly Black (nine points, four rebounds and two steals) was the prominent scorer for the Slammers, while Imogen Van Iaere finished with five points and seven rebounds in the match.

Lakeside Lightning (75) def. by East Perth Eagles (80)

East Perth Eagles won a tight one on the road over Lakeside Lightning, getting up by just the five points. The Eagles led by 14 points at half-time before the home team hit back to cut the deficit over the second half. Unfortunately for Lakeside, the Lightning just fell short, going down 75-80. Mary Teresa Goulding had 26 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Opal Mader (17 points, six rebounds) and Tahlia Fejo (14 points, seven rebounds and six steals) were also prominent. For the Lightning, Ashleigh Isenbarger was a clear standout with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Emma Clarke (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals), and Mikayla Pirini (11 points, four assists and two rebounds) were also busy.

Rockingham Flames (85) def. Willetton Tigers (72)

Rockingham Flames’ dominant third quarter of 27-11 has helped kick the home team into gear for a big 13-point win over Willeton Tigers. The Flames trailed by a point at half-time, but took control in the third term, and while the Tigers managed to win the last quarter, the damage was done and Rockingham took home the win, 85-72. Jorjah Smith (20 points, five rebounds) and Tayah Burrows (19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals) both had some prominent scores, while Christina Boag (12 points, eight rebounds and three assists) also impressed. For the Tigers, Alex Sharp shot 24 points and picked up 14 rebounds and four assists, as Samantha Lubcke (16 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Hayley Winter (15 points, four rebounds and three assists) also shared the load.

Perth Redbacks (70) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (74)

Making their long-awaited return into the season after byes and lockdowns, Perry Lakes Hawks got off to the perfect start with a four-point victory over Perth Redbacks. The Hawks did most of their work in the first half, racing out to a seven-point lead at half-time, with the teams fairly evenly matched in the second half, and the Redbacks cutting the final deficit back by three for a 74-70 result. Madeleine Dennis scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in a starring role, teaming up well with Megan McKay (21 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists), while Natalie Burton had the eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Makailah Dyer finished with 23 points, six assists and three steals for the losers, while Jessica Jakens had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Raya Thompson the 12 points, three steals and two rebounds.

Joondalup Wolves (78) def. Eastern Suns (65)

Joondalup Wolves made it two wins on the trot in the NBL1 West, handing the Eastern Suns a defeat in the Suns’ first game for the season. The Wolves started strongly to lead by four points at quarter time, only for the visitors to turn it on in the second and race out to a commanding seven-point advantage. The Suns came out after half-time with renewed vigour to dominate the second half 48-28 and run out 13-point winners, 78-65. Kayla Steindl had a team-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals, whilst Neseya Parker-Williams (12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were also among the best for the Wolves. Jewell Williams was a shooting machine for the Suns, dropping seven of 11 triples on the opposition, for 32 points, four rebounds and two assists while Courtney Mansfield was impactful across the court with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in the loss.

South West Slammers (39) def. by Rockingham Flames (80)

Rockingham Flames made it a good weekend of NBL1 action and compacted more pain onto the struggling South West Slammers with a dominant 41-point victory. The Flames kept the Slammers to single-digit points in the last three quarters, and whilst they only scored 10 themselves in the final term, had secured the win and enable heavy rotations in the process during the 80-39 win. Burrows dropped 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steaks in the win, with Boag (15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Alexandra Ciabattoni (14 points four rebounds, five assists and two steals) also outstanding. Black had another impressive outing in tough circumstances for the Slammers, putting up 11 points and six rebounds, while Karinda Farrant had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals.

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Joondalup Wolves (84) def. Eastern Suns (61)

Coming from three points down at half-time, the Joondalup Wolves finished on a wave of momentum to easily account for Eastern Suns in the Suns’ first match of the season. The Wolves won by 23 points, courtesy of a 50-24 second half which saw them take complete control and win 84-61. Lochlan Cummings scored 20 points – including four of nine from long-range – three assists and two rebounds in the win, while Jonathan Wade (18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Sioeli Vaiangina (13 points, 10 rebounds) both picked up double-doubles. Chauatwech Reath had a team-high 14 points, while Chris Johnson (11 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Bang Majok (11 points, three rebounds) also hit double-figure points.

Perth Redbacks (51) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (96)

Perry Lakes Hawks doubled their win tally with a comprehensive 45-point smashing of Perth Redbacks, handing the Redbacks their second consecutive loss to open the season. The Hawks won every quarter, including three of them by at least 12 points or move, to run out 96-51 victors in the end. Mitchell Clarke knocked down 22 points with three rebounds, while Ben Purser (14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Robert Cassir (nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. Lewis Thomas had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Andrew Ferguson made it a really consistent five with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. For the Redbacks, Louis Timms (15 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Joel Wagner (12 points, four rebounds and two assists) were both hard workers in defeat, while Lachlan Bertram (seven points, eight rebounds) got involved off the boards.

Mandurah Magic (88) def. Cockburn Cougars (81)

Mandurah Magic bounced back from a loss in their previous game to move to a 2-1 record and hand Cockburn Cougars their second consecutive loss in a tight seven-point encounter. Mandurah trailed by five points at quarter time and four points at half-time, but then piled on 28-19 in the third term to set up a memorable 88-81 win. Jerami Grace had a night out for the Magic with 33 points – six of nine from three-point range – six rebounds and four steals, while Xavier Garnett-Shaw had 15 point, six rebounds and two assist, and both Ben Smith (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Brian Carlwell (15 points, five rebounds) were prominent in the win. Jaarod Holmes (23 points, five rebounds and three steals) was the best for the Cougars, while Gavin Field (15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Nic Pozoglou (15 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists) were also impressive in defeat.

Goldfields Giants (103) def. Geraldton Buccaneers (69)

In a battle of two Round 1 losers, Goldfield Giants got on the board with a comfortable 34-point win over Geraldton Buccaneers at home. The Giants won every quarter, and did their best work in the opening half, smashing their opponents in the second term in particular with a 35-13 quarter, eventually leading to an easy 103-69 victory. Deng Kuany (28 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Julian Pesava (25 points, seven rebounds and four assists) did the bulk of the damage for the Giants, while Jerome Reid chipped in with 19 points – five of eight from long-range – and three rebounds. Taine Wattie stood up for the Buccaneers with 19 points – five of eight from three-point range – and two assists, while Mathiang Muo (12 points, 13 rebounds and three assists) collected a double-double and Tomas Dobson (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) also hit double-figure points.

Warwick Senators (96) def. South West Slammers (60)

Warwick Senators turned up the heat on the South West Slammers, running away with a 36-point win. The home team won every quarter in the match, and two of the terms by 11 points, on their way to a 96-60 triumph. Caleb Davis helped himself to 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win, whilst Justin King (18 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Cody Ellis (15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks) were also impressive for the Senators. Ngor Nai (15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks) and Cody Hill (14 points, five rebounds and four assists) both did the majority of the scoring for the Slammers, in what was another big loss.

Lakeside Lightning (121) def. East Perth Eagles (60)

Speaking of big wins, Lakeside Lightning showed no mercy against East Perth Eagles to get on the board in season 2021, smashing the Eagles by 61 points. In front of home fans on Saturday night, the Lightning piled on 99 points in the first three quarters as the Eagles only managed the 44 in that time. The final term was a little closer, but the 121-60 result was a huge percentage booster for the Lightning. Corey Shervill (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Jack Isenbarger (29 points, three assists and two rebounds) combined for 15 of 20 from three-point range in a long-range shooting spectacular. Kyle Armour (19 points, eight assists) was a key playmaker for the Lightning, while Jarrad Prue only had the two points, but racked up 17 rebounds – eight offensive – along with three assists and two blocks on the night. Matt Vinci (nine points, three rebounds) and Isaac Offereins (nine points, four rebounds) were the equal top scorers for the losers.

Rockingham Flames (65) def. Willetton Tigers (83)

Willetton Tigers survived a mini fightback by Rockingham Flames to secure an 18-point win on the road in a battle of two undefeated 2-0 sides. The Tigers raced out to a 50-27 lead at half-time, though the Flames cut the deficit to six by the next change, only for Willetton to stand up under pressure and win the final term 14-12 and secure the 83-65 victory. Damien Scott (25 points, five steals, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks) did a bit of everything on court, while Michael Vigor picked up a double-double through 24 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Black (11 points, six rebounds and three assists) was also prominent for the Tigers. Brendan Redhead (17 points, three rebounds) was the chief scorer for the Tigers, as Cirkook Makuac Riak (12 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Travis Dumin (11 points, nine rebounds) also had a say off the boards in the game.

South West Slammers (52) def. by Rockingham Flames (91)

Coming off a defeat the night before, Rockingham Flames set the Eaton Rec Centre alight with a dominant 91-52 victory on the road against South West Slammers. The home team was no match for the red-hot Flames, as Rockingham won every quarter, including a 46-21 second half to run away with the 39-point win and sentence the Slammers to their fifth straight loss. Makuac Riak had 20 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, while Dumin (17 points, eight rebounds) and Callum Beard (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also prominent. Hill (18 points, two rebounds) and Rhys Barrett (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) hit double-figure points, as Mitchell Keller proved a menace off the boards with 13 rebounds to go with six points and two assists for the Slammers.

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2021 NBL1 West preview: Round 3

ROUND 3 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West tips off tomorrow after a minor blip following the state’s lockdown last weekend which resulted in the Round 2 matches – and the Friday night Round 3 matches – all cancelled. Instead there will be the five games across the women’s competition and seven games in the men’s league.

WOMEN’S:

There will be a lot of unknowns coming into the NBL1 West Round 3 competition, with both the Eastern Suns and Perry Lakes Hawks coming into the round for the first time this season. There is no side with two wins just yet due to only round one in full taking off, whilst the South West Slammers have had to wait two weeks to avenge their first two defeats. The other sides to play two matches from that opening weekend of action – Warwick Senators, Mandurah Magic and East Perth Eagles – will all head in for their third games, as the Perth Redbacks and Willeton Tigers are the only undefeated sides that have taken to the court who are playing this weekend.

Rockingham Flames top shooter Alexandra Ciabattoni racked up 35 points back in Round 1 despite it being in a losing team, while Perth Redbacks’ Makailah Dyer put up 30 points in her first game and ranked second overall. She is just ahead of Willeton Tigers’ Alex Sharp and Warwick Senators’ Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard – both 25 points per game – in that statistic. Looking at rebounds, the Redbacks are flushed for choice with not only Dyer (13 rebounds per game), but Maddison Allen (17) both in the top four. Mandurah Magic’s Carly Boag (14.5 rebounds per game) and Willeton Tigers’ Desiree Kelley (13.0) are also in the top four.

Allen produced a whopping four blocks to deny her opposition close to the basket in Round 1, with Boag putting up two blocks. The other top blockers from Round 1 in Cockburn Cougars’ Jessie Edwards and Joondalup Wolves’ Georgia Denehey are having another rest this weekend. In terms of assists, Warwick Senators’ Nicole Jorre de St Jorre had the eight, ahead of Kelley (seven), Cockburn Cougars’ Haylee De Sousa (six) and Mandurah Magic’s’ Casey Mihovilovich (six).

FIXTURES:

Warwick Senators (1-1) vs. Eastern Suns (0-0)
Perth Redbacks (1-0) vs. Mandurah Magic (1-1)
South West Slammers (0-2) vs. Willeton Tigers (1-0)
Perry Lakes Hawks (0-0) vs. Lakeside Lightning (0-1)
Rockingham Flames (0-1) vs. East Perth Eagles (1-1)

MEN’S:

An extra two matches take place in the larger men’s competition, with Geraldton Buccaneers the other new side along with Eastern Suns this round. Warwick Senators have created the early pace with back-to-back wins in Round 2, whilst the South West Slammers are on the other end of the spectrum. East Perth Eagles and Mandurah Magic men’s teams hold the same record as their women’s sides, heading into Round 3 with a 1-1 record. Plenty of teams have only played the one game without much to go off, as the Joondalup Wolves, Perry Lakes Hawks, Willeton Tigers and Rockingham Flames winning their only encounter thus far, while the Cockburn Cougars and Goldfield Giants face off for their first victory. Lakeside Lightning and Perth Redbacks are the other two 0-1 sides.

Cockburn Cougars’ Gavin Field leads the way in terms of points, knocking down 30 in the Cougars’ loss back in Round 1, the same amount as Joondalup Wolves’ Lochlan Cummings had in his side’s win. Warwick Senators’ Caleb Davis is averaging an impressive 26.5 points, just ahead of Goldfields Giants’ Deng Kuany (24). Cummings also features highly in the assists, racking up six to go with his 30 points in Round 1. Willeton Tigers’ Connor Mincherton had the league-leading nine assists, with Perry Lakes Hawks’ Ben Purser (seven) and Mandurah Magic’s Riley Parker both notching up the six assists each.

The Wolves’ Jordan Wellsteed is sharing the top of the rebound count with Lakeside Lightning’s Jarrad Prue, as both players have recorded the 13 in the opening round. They are one clear of Cockburn Cougars’ Nic Pozoglou and Rockingham Flames’ Cirkook Makuac Riak who picked up the 12 in Round 1. Looking at the blocks, East Perth Eagles’ Jarrad Anastasio was busy in the opening two matches, picking up 3.5 per game, while Rockingham Flames’ Callum Beard (three), Cockburn Cougars’ Matt Clifford (two) and Joondalup Wolves’ Sioeli Vaiangina (two) were also productive.

FIXTURES:

Warwick Senators (2-0) vs. Eastern Suns (0-0)
Geraldton Buccaneers (0-0) vs. Joondalup Wolves (1-0)
Perth Redbacks (0-1) vs. Mandurah Magic (1-1)
South West Slammers (0-2) vs. Willeton Tigers (1-0)
Goldfields Giants (0-1) vs. Cockburn Cougars (0-1)
Perry Lakes Hawks (1-0) vs. Lakeside Lightning (0-1)
Rockingham Flames (1-0) vs. East Perth Eagles (1-1)

 

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2021 NBL1 West preview: Round 2

ROUND 2 of the National Basketball League (NBL) West gets underway on Friday, and we preview two of the big games across the women’s and men’s divisions respectively. In unbeaten clashes, the Cockburn Cougars and Perth Redbacks face off in the women’s competition, whilst the Warwick Senators men’s side will be eyeing off their third win up against the 1-0 Perry Lake Hawks.

WOMEN’S:

With a couple of sides entering the competition, it is hard to pick a match of the round this early on, though the battle between two Round 1 winners in Cockburn Cougars and Perth Redbacks is the only clash between two undefeated sides who have taken to the court. The Cougars defeated Rockingham Flames in a seven-point thriller last Friday night, whilst Perth Redbacks were simultaneously taking care of Warwick Senators by an even greater margin of 17 points.

The Cougars will head into the match having already played a game prior to the clash against the 1-1 East Coast Eagles, but if they win that, then it sets up a thrilling Saturday night contest. Jessie Edwards was sensational in the Round 1 win over Rockingham, knocking down 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks, while Haylee De Sousa (18 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals) and Molly Matthews (16 points, six rebounds) were all impressive.

Cockburn dominated the assist count against the Flames, picking up 24-11 and shot at a much higher 42.3 per cent from three-point range, hitting 11 of 26 threes. De Sousa and Matthews combined for nine of 16 for the team, though the Cougars’ free-throw shooting left a lot to be desired. They finished the match at just 56 per cent, and whilst it did not hurt them in the end, no player ran at 100 per cent, with seven players missing at least one free throw.

Perth had an even performance across the board, but it was Makailah Dyer who never stopped putting in the work with a phenomenal double-double effort of 30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. Maddison Allen was also huge off the boards with 17 rebounds to go with her 11 points, six assists and four blocks. Shenae Hartree (11 points, nine rebounds) was a third big to pull down rebounds, made all the more remarkable by the fact she came agonisingly close to a double-double in just 11 minutes on court.

Deniele Ashworth (19 points) and Brianna Bailey (14 points, five rebounds and four assists) showed just how much depth the Redbacks have in their side, and could be one of the massive contenders this season. Perth completely dismantled the Senators at the boards, with 59 rebounds to 36, and the trio of stars collected a massive 39 in the process. They only marginally won the assist count (17-16), but were able to hit their two-point shots with a 48.6 per cent efficiency.

Unlike Cockburn, the Redbacks do not necessarily need to go for long-range shots, though Dyer and Bailey picked up seven of 14 between them, with their bigs able to get into the paint and cause some headaches. But the key for the Cougars will be to make sure their shots are on target, or else the Redbacks will have a field day off the boards, and that is where the game could be won or lost. Perth will be tough to beat based on the Round 1 performance, but Cockburn will be hoping to upstage them in front of the Cougars’ home fans.

In other matches, the Perry Lake Hawks enter the competition with back-to-back games against Joondalup Wolves and Warwick Senators respectively, whilst the Kalamunda Eastern Suns face the Willeton Tigers coming off a Round 1 win. Earlier in the round, Lakeside Lightning will look to bounce back against the South West Slammers who got slammed themselves by 50-plus points in two separate matches, whilst the Rockingham Flames will eye off their first win, coming up at home against Mandurah Magic.

FIXTURES:

South West Slammers (0-2) vs. Lakeside Lightning (0-1)
East Perth Eagles (1-1) vs. Cockburn Cougars (1-0)
Rockingham Flames (0-1) vs. Mandurah Magic (1-1)
Cockburn Cougars (1-0) vs. Perth Redbacks (1-0)
Perry Lake Lakes (0-0) vs. Joondalup Wolves (1-0)
Warwick Senators (1-1) vs. Perry Lake Hawks (0-0)
Willeton Tigers (1-0) vs. Kalamunda Eastern Suns (0-0)

MEN’S:

A huge clash between two impressive Round 1 winners in Warwick Senators and Perry Lake Hawks is the pick for Match of the Round in the men’s division. The Senators head in as favourites having won both their opening matches to sit on top of the table, whilst the Hawks are fourth currently after the sole Round 1 win. Whilst the Senators will be coming into the match fresh, the Hawks will have played the night before in another top four clash between two undefeated teams, up against the Joondalup Wolves.

The Senators claimed scalps against Perth Redbacks (86-52) and South West Slammers (96-60) to be pretty convincing winners from the opening round of action. Whilst it is hard to determine where teams will sit in the long-term scheme of things, the Senators certainly made the perfect start. Speaking of perfect starts, Caleb Davis caught fire when he nailed 35 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in a remarkable effort against the Slammers, combine that with an 18-point, seven-rebound and four-assist effort against the Redbacks, and he appears to be the man to stop for the top of the table side.

Justin King picked up a very impressive double-double in the win over the Redbacks, amassing 15 points and 14 rebounds – five offensive – as well as two assists, then came close to a second double-double with his 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals facing the Slammers. Cody Ellis the other player who impressed across both games, averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, with an emphasis on shooting in the first game, and rebounding in the second. Expect rebounding to be a key aspect for the Senators, whose three-point shooting – outside of Davis – was off, at just 33.3 and 28.6 per cent in the first two games.

In the Hawks’ only game of Round 1, Perry Lakes defeated Goldfield Giants by 11 points, stepping up after quarter time. They won the next two quarters by 18 points to run away with the 100-89 victory, but will not afford a slow start against the Senators. Andrew Ferguson (22 points, six rebounds) and Ben Purser (18 points, nine rebounds) are the two rebounders to watch for based on Round 1 efforts, whilst Cooper Hamilton (22 points, two rebounds) was able to nail 50 per cent of his shots from the field, as an almost exclusive three-point shooter.

Matthew Leary (15 points, three steals) nailed four of five from long-range in 21 minutes on court, with the team running at an impressive 50 per cent from three-point range in the opening round. They might have some issues off the boards though, as the Hawks were smashed in the rebounds (40-23), but made use of the ball with an impressive assist dominance (20-10). The Hawks are an accurate shooting side, and use the ball cleanly in transition, it will be whether the pressure of the Senators throws them off, and if so, Warwick can take control off the boards. The Senators will be favourites, but if the Hawks can make the most of their chances, they have proven to be deadeyes from long-range.

In other matches, the Wolves back up against the Goldfield Giants following their Hawks’ clash, whilst the Geraldton Buccaneers and Kalamunda Eastern Suns enter the competition. The Buccaneers play the two games up against Mandurah Magic and Perth Redbacks, while the Suns face the Willeton Tigers in the final match of the round. Elsewhere, South West Slammers and Lakeside Lightning will be both searching for their first wins, with the Magic also taking on Rockingham Flames, and Cockburn Cougars doing the double up against East Perth Eagles on Friday, and then Perth Redbacks on Saturday.

FIXTURES:

South West Slammers (0-2) vs. Lakeside Lightning (0-1)
East Perth Eagles (1-1) vs. Cockburn Cougars (0-1)
Rockingham Flames (1-0) vs. Mandurah Magic (1-1)
Mandurah Magic (1-0) vs. Geraldton Buccaneers (0-0)
Cockburn Cougars (0-1) vs. Perth Redbacks (0-1)
Perry Lake Hawks (1-0) vs. Joondalup Wolves (1-0)
Perth Redbacks (0-1) vs. Geraldton Buccaneers (0-0)
Joondalup Wolves (1-0) vs. Goldfields Giants (0-1)
Warwick Senators (2-0) vs. Perry Lake Hawks (1-0)
Willeton Tigers (1-0) vs. Kalamunda Eastern Suns (0-0)

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