As of Round 19, Kilsyth are the only Club that will have both their Senior Men and Women (Swinburne Cobras) and D League Men and Women (Workforcexs Cobras) qualify for the finals, a fantastic achievement for the Club.
Now the hard work begins for both the senior teams looking to position themselves on the ladder to ensure the best advantage with home finals.
The Lady Cobras (10-8) suffered a disappointing 75-59 loss in Albury last weekend but remain in 4th position with Albury (9-9), Dandenong (9-9) and Nunawading (9-9) all trying to dismantle Kilsyth.
Kilsyth must win their remaining two games to ensure 4th position and a finals position with Albury and Nunawading both holding the split over the Lady Cobras and Dandenong still to play in the final round of the season.
The Lady Cobras will take on Frankston this Sunday at 12.30pm, and with a win over the Blues three weeks ago, Coach Jason Knight and his team will be looking to secure their 11th win of the season.
Frankston (6-12) have been competitive all season and despite not winning enough games to be in finals contention, are keen to shape the 2009 Ladder.
Amy Denson (19.6ppg, 10.2rpg) continues to put up excellent numbers and is a strong contender for the League MVP. She must step up against Frankston big Marita Payne this week to ensure the Lady Cobras win. Payne made Denson work hard for every point in their previous match up.
Sarah Parsons (10.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 5.5apg) has been the spark for Kilsyth and her impact will determine how far the Lady Cobras can advance and whether they can defend their Title.
The Lady Cobras will also need Clare Papavs (9.8ppg, 4.6rpg) to step up in the next two rounds and into finals for the team to be successful.
Frankston will travel to Kilsyth this Sunday 26 July 2009 with tip off scheduled for 12.30pm. Be sure to get down to the Kilsyth Sports Centre for the Clubs Family Day.
The Cobras (12-12) have set themselves up nicely for a deep push into finals. With a 8-3 conference record, the Cobras will back themselves to challenge for the Title.
Kilsyth had one of their best wins of season 2009 with a 97-87 win over Geelong last week. Tim Lang and Joe Werner did the majority of the damage finishing with 46pts and 32rbds between them.
This week they will take on the Australian Institute of Sport who will be on the final leg of a three game road trip. The AIS have played a modified schedule in 2009 due to their international commitments and will not take part in finals.
The Cobras must win this game to ensure they keep pressure on Knox who currently sit in second place on the ladder. The AIS have released many of the players who took part in the recent U/19 World Championships and currently have a roster which includes five new scholarship holders.
Based on their form Joe Werner and Tim Lang should dominate in the paint and if they can, the young AIS squad will struggle against the Cobras.
The game will prove a good opportunity for Gerard Leonard to continue to regain his shooting touch, which will be needed if the Cobras are going to make a deep run in the finals.
Kilsyth will take to the court at 2.30pm on Sunday 26 July 2009 against the AIS. Get down and support the Cobras on the Club’s family day.
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