Last weekend saw the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras drop their third game for the season against the Dandenong Lady Rangers, while the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras scraped a win over Sandringham to put themselves into outright third position on the east-conference ladder.

After two losses in a row the Swinburne Lady Cobras (9-3) will be keen to get back to their winning ways against the Ballarat Rush (8-4) this Saturday night. Kilsyth will again be without Abby Bishop who is away with Australian Opal commitments, but showed for three and a half quarters last week that they are extremely capable of filling the gap left by Bishop.

Chantella Perera (17pts), Hayley Moffatt (17pts) and Eva Afeaki (10pts, 16rbds) were the Swinburne Lady Cobras best against Dandenong and will again need to lead from the front if they want to stay above Ballarat who are only one win away from overtaking Kilsyth on the ladder.

Ballarat were very impressive against a disappointing Nunawading last Sunday coming away with a 29 point win, Chloe Kerr was MVP with 27 points and will need to be stopped come Saturday night.

Expect a tight tough encounter with both Kilsyth and Ballarat keen to have a winning start to the weekend if front of what is expected to be a large Kilsyth crowd.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras tip off against the Ballarat Rush at 6:15pm Saturday June 18 on Hugh McMenamin Court.

The Swinburne Cobras (8-6) take on the Ballarat Miners (6-6) on Saturday night and will be eager to win their third game in a row and give themselves some breathing space in third position on the east-conference ladder.

Last Saturday the Ballarat Miners import, Nick Aldridge, produced his best game so far this year with 31 points and nine rebounds however was unable to get his side over the line, with the Miners going down by nine points to Nunawading. Kilsyth will need to limit the impact of Aldridge as well as Ivan Harris who is averaging 18.3 points a game this year so far.

For the Swinburne Cobras last weekend’s three point win against Sandringham was a tale of two halves with Kilsyth jumping out of the blocks leading by as much as 27 points in the  third quarter before a rampaging Sandringham threw everything they had to try and steal the game from the clutches of the Swinburne Cobras.

Matt O’Hea rediscovered some of his early season form with 21 points and seven rebounds against Sandringham and will be looking to continue that form this weekend. Zach Malvik also continued his mid-season form supporting O’Hea with 17 points. Kilsyth are a very strong defensive side and will need to continue this if they wish to start the weekend with a win.

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