The Swinburne Lady Cobras will see their first action for 2010 on Saturday night when they take on traditional rivals the Knox Raiders. Not much is known about the 2010 Raiders line up but a number of rumours are doing the rounds on who may suit up for them on Saturday night.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras on the other hand have had their roster finalised since securing Australian Opals squad member Deanna Smith following Deanne Butler, Ellie Manou and Alice Kunek.
Head Coach Cheryl Chambers has put together a high quality roster with these excellent signings but the Lady Cobras strength should come from their both their experienced and youthful locals.
Gemma Kerr, Erica McMenamin, Hayley Moffatt and Brooke Nisi will be a key in ensuring a successful season. It is so often that case in the SEABL that the deepest teams will come out on top.
Adding to the experience Cobras Juniors Jordyn O’Shea, April Manton, Kate Ebzery and Rebekah O’Donnell will all make their SEABL debuts this weekend.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras will tip off at Knox at 6.00pm on Saturday night and 12.30pm on Sunday against Hobart at home.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras (1-1) tipped off their 2010 campaign last weekend splitting their road trip to Tasmania. It was a tough ask for the Swinburne Cobras to start 2-0 after taking care of Hobart by a single point on Friday night, Matt O’Hea, Tim Lang and Ryan Bathie were all required to fly back to Melbourne for the Melbourne Tigers Presentation Night.
Despite missing three starters the Swinburne Cobras challenged NW Tasmania but 37 points from import Michael Martin was too much as the Cobras lost by 12.
This weekend, as with the Lady Cobras, Kilsyth will travel to Knox (0-1) on Saturday night to battle for the Cystic Fibrosis Cup. The game is sure to ignite tempers after last season preliminary final match up and the Cobras will be looking to get an early season jump on the rivals.
Knox lost their opening round match last weekend against the Nunawading Spectres and will be looking to get their opening win of the season.
Following the game against Knox on Saturday the Swinburne Cobras Saturday night will play their season opener against Albury/Wodonga.
Albury (1-0) defeated the AIS in the opening game of the season 85-84 last week and have made great signings for 2010. Nick Payne has returned to the Club while they have two imports Travis Gabbidon and Ryan Bright who will surely make an impact in the League.
The Swinburne Cobras have a great opportunity to get a jump on the conference with two wins this weekend. Make sure you are at the Kilsyth Sports Centre on Sunday to support the team as they tip off at 2.30pm.
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