The Swinburne Lady Cobras finished the season with an 11-9 record the same as Dandenong, Nunawading and Albury and with a 2-4 record against those three teams dropped to 7th position.
The final ladders positions were determined based on the results between the 4 teams:
Dandenong finished in 4th position as a result of a 4-2 head to head score against Albury/Wodonga, Nunawading and Kilsyth.
Albury/Wodonga finished 5th as a result of a 3-3 head to head advantage against Dandenong, Nunawading and Kilsyth. Albury/Wodonga had a 2-0 head to head advantage over Nunawading and therefore get the 5th place above Nunawading.
Nunawading finished 6th as a result of a 3-3 head to head advantage against Dandenong, Albury/Wodonga and Kilsyth. Nunawading had a 0-2 head to head against Albury/Wodonga and therefore get the 6th place.
Kilsyth finished in 7th position as a result of a 2-4 head to head score against Albury/Wodonga, Nunawading and Dandenong.
Kilsyth built a seven game win streak through the middle of the season and sat in 4th position on the ladder from Round 10 through 19 but lost four of their last six with both their wins over Frankston.
The Lady Cobras will rue missed opportunities including a overtime loss to Nunawading and an early season home loss to Launceston (who won just two games for the year). The final dagger was their Round 18 loss to Albury and this loss to the Rangers.
Amy Denson (12pts, 12rbds) struggled against Dandenong’s three bigs as Elyse Penaluna (14pts, 17rbds), Faith Probst (23pts, 12rbds, 8 steals) and Megan Moody (17pts, 5rbds) dominated against the smaller Lady Cobras.
Sarah Parsons (11pts, 6rbds) and Hayley Moffatt (10pts) both scored in double figures but the Lady Cobras were put under too much pressure committing 25 turnovers.
Kilsyth looked like throwing the game away, as they did against Knox in the Battle for the Ashes, after being down by 29 points mid way through the 3rd term.
Coach Jason Knight in his final game as Head Coach (Knight had indicated his decision to step down as Coach of the Lady Cobras at the end of the 2009 SEABL Season) called on his team for a final run and the girls responded pulling the margin back to within 12 points with three minutes to play in the final term.
Dandenong, also with their season on the line, completely outplayed the Lady Cobras in the final three minutes to extend the final margin to 24 and book themselves a home final.
The Lady Cobras will now begin a longer than expected off-season after missing the finals, while the Club will begin the search for a new Head Coach.
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