Saturday night sees the Swinburne Cobras take on local rival the Nunawading Spectres at Kilsyth Sports Centre, with just three rounds remaining before play-offs begin Kilsyth are keen to continue their winning form.
If everything goes to plan for the Swinburne Lady Cobras (16-4) they have the ability to sneak into second place on the SEABL ladder, overtaking 2010 SEABL Champions the Dandenong Lady Rangers (17-3), by defeating Nunawading this Saturday night will take them one step closer to achieving this.
Last Saturday night saw our Swinburne Lady Cobras fall over the line by four points against bottom placed Sandringham before returning home on the Sunday to run over the Brisbane Lady Spartans by 30 points. Eva Afeaki was named as MVP for both games after averaging 21.5pts, 13rbds, 3ass, 4stls and 1.5blks for the weekend.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras were also without Head Coach Cheryl Chambers who was in Chile coaching the Australian Gems to fourth place at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships, Abby Bishop was also absent with Opal commitments.
Nunawading managed to pull off a one point win over Albury-Wodonga thanks to former Kilsyth Cobra Alice Kunek scoring her 29th point from a free throw with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock.
The last time these two sides met was back in round 5, with the Swinburne Lady Cobras accounting for the Lady Spectres by 14 points after a strong third quarter. Gemma Kerr was outstanding with 22 points; the Lady Spectres were without Carly Wilson who was out with injury.
This Saturday night’s game has been billed as the Game of the Round by the SEABL office and is sure not to disappoint the large Kilsyth home crowd anticipated.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras tip off at 6.15pm Saturday night August 6 against the Nunawading Lady Spectres on Hugh McMenamin Court.
The Swinburne Cobras (14-9) continued their winning form over the weekend with a 14 point win over Sandringham on Saturday night, backed up on the Sunday afternoon with a 34 point defeat of the Mt Gambier Pioneers (19-4).
While the Swinburne Cobras are the inform team of the East Conference with five wins on the trot they will need to be at their best if they are to end Nunawading’s win streak of 13 games. Currently the Spectres have lost just four matches for the year including both of their games to Bendigo who Kilsyth defeated by nine points only two weeks ago.
Nunawading defeated the Swinburne Cobras by 14 points back in round 11 after strong first and third quarters; Kilsyth however was two men down after losing captain Quincy Henderson the week before with injury and Tim Mulhall the night before in their one point loss to Ballarat.
This time round the Swinburne Cobras are at full strength and have the ability to put a stop to the Spectres who boast ex-Cobra’s Luke Kendall and Chris Cameron as well as Simon Conn, Shane McDonald and import Eric Williams.
Saturday night’s game is sure to be a hotly contested one; full of big plays and edge of your seat basketball.
The Swinburne Cobras tip off at 8.15pm Saturday night August 6 against the Nunawading Spectres on Hugh McMenamin Court.
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