After dropping opportunities to consolidate their finals position in recent weeks Kilsyth were never going to let this chance go to waste. A win would lock away 4th spot and Coach Jason Knight and the team knew nothing less would satisfy the home fans. Kilsyth finish the season with a 15-9 record equal with Ballarat after they defeating Launceston. The Lady Cobras were able to get the split earlier in the season with a 24 points win and then a 23 point loss to the Lady Miners.
Kilsyth dominated from the opening tip in this game as NW Tasmania fresh off the flight from Brisbane were shell shocked in the opening minutes. Kilsyth lead 17-2 before the Thunder were able to close out the quarter in better shape going down 24-11. Clare Papavs led the way early and finished with 18pts but it was back up Brooke Nisi that stole the show ending the game with 17pts and 4 rebounds and making a major contribution in the opening term.
NW Tassie got no closer in the 2nd as the Lady Cobras with their season on the line pushed the lead to 17 by the half. Desiree Glaubitz (15pts, 6 rebounds and 5 steals) was running the show and keeping all her team mates involved. Coach Jason Knight was pleased with the first half but demanding his team pick up the defensive intensity after giving up 34 first half points.
The Lady Cobras did just that in the 3rd term restricted the Thunder to just 7 points while extending the lead beyond doubt to 25 and booking there place in the top 4.
Sarah Parsons (11pts, 6 steals), Jessica Lonon (10pts, 7rbds) and Gemma Kerr (9pts, 13rbds) clean up for the Lady Cobras in the last term as Kilsyth sweeped the Thunder aside to record a 34 point win.
Lady Cobras return to the final for the second successive year and will travel to Launceston for a knock out final. After losing their first two games of the year to the Tornadoes by 6 points in each game, Kilsyth rebounded in their last meeting at Launceston to win by 9 points.
The girls will need all your support as they aim to advance past the semi final for the first time in five years to take on the loser of Nunawading and Bendigo. Send your support emails to email@example.com and help the girls defeat the Tornadoes next weekend.
Congratulations to Coach Jason Knight and the team on making the 2008 SEABL Finals.
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