A lock down defensive display and big games from Steph Cumming and Cassie Sant have given the Lady Cobras their first win of the 2015, a 75-57 victory over Sandringham on Saturday night.

Leading 20-18 after one period, the short-handed Cobras blew the game open over the second and third quarters, where they outscored the Sabres 42-24. Sam Woosnam’s team held Sandringham to just 26.7% shooting during their game defining run, spearheaded by outstanding defensive performances by Cumming and Rosie Moult.

Cumming held import Brittany Smart to just nine points over the game’s final three quarters, while Moult hounded Alice Kunek into nine turnovers. While the Sabres were coughing up the ball, the Lady Cobras were making them pay on the other end, shooting 8/17 from deep while turning the ball over just four times for the game.

It was a fine performance by the Lady Cobras, who had just eight players in uniform with Sarah Parsons and Bek O’Donnell both out. Playing with a small-ball lineup for much of the game, Kilsyth was a step quicker on both ends of the court, and their four turnovers are the fewest since Woosnam took over the reigns as head coach.

Cumming was on fire from deep for the Cobras, going 4/8 from distance and finishing with a game-high 22 points, while Sant dominated inside, posting a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Moult ended with 10 rebounds and three steals and Chantella Perera provided excellent energy off the bench to finish with 12 points and five rebounds. 


After a big win the night prior, the Lady Cobras showed no signs of fatigue in their home opener, riding another outstanding defensive performance to easily dispose of rivals Frankston, 70-51.

Holding the Blues to just 9/44 shooting in the first half, the Lady Cobras took a 13-point lead into the locker room behind an early double-double from Cassie Sant. That lead ballooned out to 20 early in the third period, as Sant and Steph Cumming combined to reel off nine unanswered points.

A late run fuelled by Maddie Garrick and Kelly Bowen got the Blues to within eight points with four minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get, as Kilsyth finished the game on a 11-0 run to record a key South Conference victory.

For the second day in a row, Sant and Steph Cumming were too much to handle. Sant finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Cumming added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Moult pulled down eight rebounds to go along with her 13 points and Sarah Parsons returned from a one-game absence to finish with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

For the second consecutive day, the Lady Cobras were able to lock down some of SEABL’s best scorers, as Cumming, Moult and Parsons helped hold Garrick and Bowen to a combined 13/44 shooting. The win puts the Lady Cobras into third place in the South Conference, with a showdown versus second-placed Hobart slated at home on Saturday night (6.00pm tip-off).


When the Assist PT Cobras travelled to Sandringham on Saturday night, it had an eerily similar feel to last year’s South Conference semi final. And just like in last season’s semi final, it was the Cobras who put the clamps on defensively late to escape with a narrow victory.

Trailing 53-55 heading into the final period, the Cobras held Sandringham to just nine points over the game’s final 10 minutes, with the Sabres shooting just 3/19 for the quarter. Struggling all night, Auryn Macmillan showed up when it mattered most, making a pair from the line with 2:21 remaining to break a 64-all tie, then following that with just his second field goal – a high post jumper – to put Kilsyth up by five with just over one minute remaining. From there the Cobras iced the game from the foul line to record their first win of the 2015 season.

While the game ended in a defensive slugfest, both Kilsyth and Sandringham got off to quick starts, with the Cobras leading 25-23 after one period. With Taylor Cameron hampered by early foul trouble, Jackson Brazier came off the bench to provide a major spark for the Cobras, teaming with Kyle Adnam and Tim Lang to have their way inside.

After a free flowing first ten minutes, both teams turned up the defensive intensity for the remainder of the game. Though they appeared to be in control for most of the night, the Cobras were never able to break the game open, as the Sabres were able to answer every run with one of their own. But in typical Kilsyth fashion, Rod Popp’s men made just enough plays offensively late and held the Sabres to just three points over the final six minutes.

Tim Lang led the Cobras inside with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Adnam and Joel Naburgs each added 14 points. Brazier finished with 12 points and Cameron scored eight in just 21 foul-plagued minutes, but looked truly comfortable for the first time since arriving from the US earlier this year.


Electrifying performances from Kyle Adnam and Taylor Cameron saw the Cobras cruise to their second win in as many days, dominating Frankston from start to finish to win, 91-69. Adnam and Cameron were simply unstoppable, with the left-right punch attacking the paint at will, combining for 44 points and 10 assists.

Kilsyth put the game out of reach early, taking a 15 point lead into halftime behind Adnam and Cameron’s wizardry. Frankston got to within 12 points midway through the third quarter, but the Cobras ended the period on a spectacular 20-6 run to blow the game out of hand, with Adnam, Cameron and Gerard Leonard providing the bulk of the damage.

Leonard, who was honoured pregame for reaching the 300 SEABL game milestone, played his most productive minutes since mid-2014, filling in beautifully for the injured Joel Naburgs. The 34-year old veteran finish with 10 points and five rebounds, and made several impressive defensive plays.

A welcome sight early in 2015 has been the production of the Cobras bench and they were good again, with Brazier, Stephen O’Brien and Kieran Murphy combining for 15 points. But the real story from Sunday’s game was the play of Adnam and Cameron. Adnam finished with a season-high 27 points and is quickly establishing himself as one of the league’s top players, while Cameron went 7/9 from the field for an ultra-efficient 17 points. 

After struggling shooting the ball against Sandringham, the Cobras had no such problems at home, lighting the Blues up to the tune of 50.7% shooting from the field, including a 40.9% clip from deep. The win now sees the Cobras sit atop the South Conference, with a chance to create distance at the top as they host Hobart on Saturday night (8.00pm tip-off).