Lady Cobras (9-5) had their biggest win of the Jason Knight era last weekend defeating Bendigo by 2 points on a Sarah Parsons shot with 2 secs remaining. The win set the Lady Cobras up to challenge for a top 3 position. With Launceston (12-2), Bendigo (12-3) and Nunawading (11-3) just above the Lady Cobras another win this weekend will help them close the gap while improving the distance between themselves and Ballarat (6-6).
Southern Districts (5-9) defeated Kilsyth in their earlier match up of the year and defeated Ballarat twice last weekend to put themselves in with a chance of finals. A Kilsyth win will all but ruin any aspirations the Lady Spartans have of making finals. Holly Smith (14.1ppg and 6.1rpg) will do the majority of the damage for the Lady Spartans and Lady Cobra Sarah Parsons (14.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 5apg) will likely be given the task of shutting her down. Sarah has been a standout so far in 2008 and with two triple doubles to her name in Season 2008 already she will be looking to damage Southern Districts spirits on Sunday.
Gemma Kerr’s mid-season rival continued last weekend as she scored 20pts including 4/7 from behind the arc given the Lady Cobras yet another scoring option to go with Parsons, Papavs (15.6ppg), Glaubitz (14.2ppg) and Moffatt (11.5ppg).
With tip off scheduled for 12.15pm the Lady Cobras will be keen to record their 10 win of the season and look to consolidate their position in the finals.
Cobras (4-10) were devastated last Saturday losing both their point guard Zach Malvik for the remainder of the season as well as the game to Geelong in the dying seconds. Malvik will return home for surgery on his broken foot and take no further part in the Cobras 2008 campaign.
The teams must put yet another loss and the injury behind them as they aim to get back on track Saturday night against Albury. The Bandits who were smashed by over 50 points by the Cobras in round 2 have won just 1 game for the season and continue to struggle. Joe Werner will need to have a similar game to round 2 when he recorded 29pts and 26 rbds against former NBL player and Bandits big man Andrew Rice.
The Cobras will be looking to come back from the border town with a win before take on the Southern Districts Spartans at home Sunday. Kilsyth lost to the Spartans in their early season trip to Brisbane and will be looking to make it a 2-0 weekend. The Cobras will also be looking for their first win over the Spartans since they joined the league in 2007.
With the Cobras now down 21 ppg they will need to see a greater contribution from the likes of Jon Croft (14.5ppg) and Gerard Leonard (15.0ppg). Veterens Adam Jackson (9.0ppg) and DJ Taylor (10.1ppg) recent form has been pleasing for Coach Grant Wallace but they too will need to bring more.
Although the Cobras season now looks set to rest of the shoulders of import Joe Werner who has been the most consistent performer of 2008. His 19.9ppg and 14.9rpg makes him one of the Leagues premier big men and the Cobras will need his presence.
Don’t miss the game Sunday as the Cobras take on Southern Districts from 2.30pm. The ANZ shoot for cash will be back at 1/4 and 3/4 time of the mens game so get your raffle ticket early in the night.
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