The Lady Cobras have returned to their best over the past three weeks with wins over Sandringham, Bendigo and Launceston and a one point loss to Nunawading on the road.
This weekend proves the perfect opportunity for the Lady Cobras to elevate themselves into the top six. After already beating Ballarat and Sandringham in 2009 Coach Jason Knight will be looking for more of the same in this week’s match ups.
Amy Denson (21.3ppg, 11rpg) has continued to be a standout for the Lady Cobras catching the eye of many WNBL scouts. With Clare Papavs and Sarah Parsons back to full fitness Kilsyth are once again threatening the league’s top teams.
This week will see the Lady Cobras taking on two other improving teams in Ballarat and Sandringham. The Lady Miners have won two of their last three and sit equal with the Cobras at 4-5. Cayla Francis (16.7ppg, 9.2rpg) has found form in the last two games after missing a place on the Opals tour she has responded with 25pts and 16 rebounds against Launceston followed by 27pts against Sandringham.
Sandringham showed last weekend they cannot be taken lightly with two wins over Dandenong and Ballarat. Natalie Porter, Chantella Perare and Mikaela Dombkims have all been big contributors and Tegan Fowler has backed them up well.
The Cobras had two disappointing losses in Tasmania against Hobart and NW Tasmania and will be looking for redemption this weekend against Dandenong and Sandringham.
Both teams made the move from the Big V over the summer and have had different experiences so far in 2009. Dandenong sit at 3-8 in the East Conference after losing import Vince Inglima to an injury while the Sabres 5-6 in the South Conference.
Kilsyth have added Tim Lang and Matt Shanahan in recent weeks but will be looking to get all players on the same page this weekend. With a few more games under their belt the team should begin gel.
Joe Werner continues to put up good numbers all but down on last year, he is been keen to impress against the Rangers Brent Hobba and Sabres Neil Mottram both of whom are having great seasons for their respective teams.
As has been the case in recent weeks these games could be won from the 2/3 positions with Matt Shanahan, Gerard Leonard and Quincy Henderson needed to provide a scorer punch but more importantly shut down their opposition in Dusty Dura (Rangers) and Daniel Dillon, Sedale Threat and Tron Smith (Sabres).
The Women will tip off Saturday night at 6.15pm against Ballarat while the men will take to the floor against the Rangers at 8.15pm.
Both teams will travel to Sandringham to take on the Sabres on Sunday.
Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5