SEABL PLAYERS AND COACHES OF THE MONTH – JULY
 
Hobart have swept the Players and Coaches of the Month awards for July in the women’s competition, while the accolades in the men’s competition have gone to established SEABL veterans.

With a 5-1 record over July, Hobart Lady Chargers mentor Dan Krebs had little competition for the women’s Coach of the Month award. Kreb’s coaching efforts are even more impressive given that of the five wins, four came on away double headers against tough opposition. In round 15, Hobart made the long trip to Brisbane to take down the Lady Spartans, followed up by a win over the Capitals Academy in Canberra the following night. Then in round 17, they travelled to Albury-Wodonga and came away with a win, but the following night pulled out one of the upsets of the season with a victory against the defending champions Dandenong at Dandenong. The month was topped off with a win over intrastate rivals Launceston in round 18 – a victory that all but assured the Lady Chargers of their first finals appearance since returning to the competition in 2010.
 
The fairy-tale that is Lindsay Laur’s debut SEABL season continues with the Player of the Month for July. Over six games in the month, the superstar import averaged 22.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals. Consistency was also a hallmark over the month for the Logan recruit: only once in the six games throughout July did Laur have less than 19 points, and she never had less than 7 rebounds in any game. The shooting stats for July are equally impressive – 46.5% from the floor including 38.7% from beyond the arch and 82.4% from the charity stripe. Her standout game came against the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits, where she came oh-so-close to a triple double, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. Nunawading now beckons in the first round of the playoffs, and if Hobart is to make an impression in the playoffs and upset the Spectres, Laur’s phenomenal form must continue.

Just when Kilsyth’s season looked to be over, head coach Grant Wallace steers his team to a 5-2 record over July to put the team right back into playoff calculations. The month started with a win over NW Tasmania, but then the Cobras really took off with a win over the Supercats in Geelong in round 16. This was followed by a win at home against Brisbane, while victories over Nunawading away and Geelong again at home in round 18 rounded out the month. The resurgence took Kilsyth from a 9-10 record to 14-12, and into the midst of a fight for a playoff spot with Albury-Wodonga and Hobart. With final playoff standings likely to come down to head-to-head results, the win over Nunawading looks to be particularly crucial, and should the Cobras make the finals, their form over the last month has earned them every right to be confident about their chances in the post-season.

With the season working its way towards a dramatic climax, it should come as no surprise that the best players are stepping up at this time of year, and CJ Massingale has shown once again that he belongs amongst the elite players in the competition. The form of the Knox star was simply stunning in July, averaging 25.2 points at 51.4% from the floor and 42.5% from downtown. Massingale backed this up with 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Only once did he have less than 21 points in the six games over the month, leading his team to a 4-2 record in June, and all but assuring the Raiders of a top two spot in their conference. His standout game came against Mt Gambier, where he put on a show with 34 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block, an effort that saw him take out the Player of the Week for round 16.

SEABL congratulates the Players and Coaches of the month for July.

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