THE Lady Cobras responded to a tough loss against Bendigo by defeating Geelong 82-74 at home. It was a first half clinic by Kilsyth, one that saw them race out to an early 20 point lead. Sarah Parsons was at her absolute best, producing 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists while earning SEABL Player of the Week honours. Yvonne Anderson was again big for the Lady Cobras, while Louella Tomlinson continued her recent shot-blocking binge (6.0bpg over her last four games).


The 17-2 Rangers phenomenal season continued last week with a massive 109-38 win over Albury-Wodonga, extending their current win streak to seven games. They are led by Lauren Scherf (14.4ppg/9.2rpg/1.7bpg), Amelia Todhunter (12.9ppg/4.8rpg), Jacinta Kennedy (12.2ppg/6.0rpg) and former Cobra Clare Papavs (9.7ppg/5.7rpg/3.6apg), and have all but cemented the league’s best record this season.


While Dandenong’s record is imposing, the Lady Cobras have the personnel to down the Rangers. With so many great individual matchups on offer (Tomlinson vs Scherf; Parsons vs Kennedy; Rosie Moult vs Papavs; Anderson vs Todhunter), this one may come down to which role players step up most. If Jordyn O’Shea and Olivia Bontempelli can replicate their big games from last weekend and the Lady Cobras are locked in defensively, they could topple the Rangers and issue a statement to the rest of the league.


FOLLOWING a road loss at Mt Gambier on Friday night, the Swinburne Cobras rebounded in a big way, overcoming a late deficit to beat Geelong 88-81. Following a season-high 27 points on the road against Mt Gambier, Joel Naburgs replicated that feat on Sunday, and combined with fellow backcourt running mate Kyle Adnam to shred the Supercats perimeter defence. The frontcourt of Tim Lang and Auryn Macmillan again impressed, with the duo both averaging double-doubles over the two-game weekend.


After a slow start to the season, Dandenong is now the SEABL’s team to beat, currently riding a 10-game win streak thanks to the phenomenal play by their two imports and MVP candidates, Daequon Montreal (24.0ppg/7.3rpg) and Tony Lewis (23.0pg/11.3rpg). Both Montreal and Lewis have been deadly efficient on the offensive end and pose matchup nightmares with their ability to mix it up inside and out. Often overlooked is the play of point guard Andrew Harms (12.3ppg/4.2apg) and fellow veteran Brent Hobba (9.7ppg), while youngster Owen Odigie (9.9ppg) has been very good of late.


It’s a contrast in teams for our men’s game: the Rangers ride the play of their veterans and imports while featuring one of the league’s most potent offensive attacks, while the Cobras have hung their hat on their defence all year long and relied on young, homegrown talent to get the job done. If Kilsyth can stop Dandenong’s formidable duo and their foursome of Adnam, Lang, Macmillan and Naburgs are firing, the Cobras could cause a major upset and put an end to the Rangers impressive streak.

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