Though their 16 wins have come by an average margin of just under 19 points per game, the Cobras have shown the ability to grind it out in close games, winning six games by five points or less.

“It is indeed huge to go undefeated through the entire season. It was by no means easy; many of the games were close and we had to fight back from behind on a number of occasions,” Cobras head coach Bed Hodgens said.

“A strong defensive front has been a key factor as well repeated exceptional performances, not just from the veteran players, but the newer team members as well.”

Proven veterans Leanne Del Toso (22.1ppg/8.8rpg/3.7apg), Shelley Chaplin (13.4ppg/7.0rpg/7.0apg) and Clare Nott (7.0ppg/5.2rpg/4.4apg) have produced as expected in 2015, but it has been the emergence of Alice Hammond (16.8ppg/10.0rpg) that Hodgens feels has been the key to the Cobras undefeated run.

“The big surprise has been Alice this season – a number of times she has dominated the boards defensively, preventing second chance baskets, and she’s put up big numbers on the offensive end to help get us over the line,” Hodgens said.

Entering tonight’s finals campaign with a big target on their back as the league’s top team, Hodgens is weary of the fact that pressure and doubt can start to creep into a group. But they went 16-0 for a reason, and Hodgens believes their record should give them a confidence boost and eliminate any possible doubt from entering players heads.

“Being undefeated has built a great level of confidence going into the finals, though it is slightly tempered by the pressure that it all boils down to this weekend,” Hodgens said.

“Regardless of the additional pressure of finals and being the team to beat, the girls are in excellent spirits, ready to go out hard and fight of the national championship.”

The Cobras take the Queensland Minecraft Comets tonight at 6.00pm in semi final action, with a win putting them into the gold medal game on Sunday. Sunday’s gold and bronze medal games will be live streamed by Basketball Australia (see below).

Bronze Medal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObedtAp4V4k
 
Grand Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp9rFfIm4Mg

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