First up was the Swinburne Lady Cobras against the Hobart Lady Chargers, Head Coach Cheryl Chambers’ fresh of the plane after completing her duties with the Australian Gems and was keen for a strong performance from her team, and certainly saw some pleasing signs. The first quarter was an arm wrestle with the Lady Chargers throwing everything they had at Kilsyth to only go into the quarter time break trailing by one point, 16-15.
The second quarter saw Kilsyth pull away from Hobart outscoring them by eight points; however Hobart came out firing after half time pulling back the margin to only six points going into the final change. The last quarter Kilsyth put their foot down and ensured that they snubbed out any chance Hobart thought they might have outscoring them by eight points to win the game by 14, 63-59.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras played well enough to win the game, however if they wish to seen as a real threat to Dandenong and Knox they will need to ensure that they put away teams who were outplayed the entire night.
The MVP for Kilsyth Eva Afeaki was the standout with 14 points and 14 rebounds, Afeaki provided some much needed grunt throughout the game, Eva was well supported by Abby Bishop (13pts, 8rbds), Hayley Moffatt (12pts) and Gemma Kerr (10pts). A special congratulation’s to Moffatt who played her 100th SEABL game, a great achievement.
Kilsyth will need to bring their absolute ‘A’ game next week when they take on the 2010 SEABL champions the Dandenong Lady Rangers, it will be a tight tousle but if the Swinburne Lady Cobras put everything that they have into the game they have the ability and the muscle to match it with the Lady Rangers.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras next game sees them take on Dandenong on Saturday May 21. Tip Off is 5:00pm at Dandenong Stadium.
For the first time in Season 2011 the Swinburne Cobras treated their home crowd to a win defeating the Hobart Chargers by 12 points, 76-65.
The first quarter had everyone worried with Kilsyth falling into their old habit of slow starting quarters trailing by 13 points at quarter time. The second quarter saw a different team take the court with fantastic defensive efforts helping the Swinburne Cobras pull the margin back to just four points at the half time break.
With a crowd of around 500 braving the cold, Kilsyth needed to come out and entertain, and entertain they did outscoring Hobart by nine points in the third to take a five point lead into the last. The last quarter saw scores draw level with around five minutes to go and it wasn’t until there was under two minutes to go that the Swinburne Cobras managed to pull away. A fantastic last quarter by big man Tim Lang helped to see Kilsyth over the line and bring the crowd to their feet.
The MVP for the match was none other than Tim Lang who produced another fantastic game after his efforts last week in Canberra; Lang scored 21 points and had 9 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He was well supported by Zach Malvik (15pts), Tariq Naqqash (11pts) and Quincy Henderson (10pts, 7rbds).
Tonight’s match was a must win for the Swinburne Cobras and to their credit they rose to the task they now sit 3-5 and are still in touch with the top four, next week sees them take on the Dandenong Rangers who they defeated by five points in overtime in round two.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras next game sees them take on Dandenong on Sunday May 22. Tip Off is at 1:00pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
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