The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras return to play this Saturday after a League bye over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will host the Hobart Chargers on Hugh McMenamin Court Saturday 16 June 2012.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras are anxious to keep their hot streak rolling, entering the weekend matchup in 2nd place on the ladder.  After burning through the first half of the season with a 13-2 record, the Swinburne Lady Cobras are looking to keep on pace for the remaining games and the Lady Chargers will be their first test.

Coming off two big wins against Ballarat and Dandenong in Round 11, the Swinburne Lady Cobras proved they can match up against any team in the League.  Much of their success can be credited to their strong team defence, which has caused problems for all opponents.  The Swinburne Lady Cobras have turned up their intensity on the defensive end and are forcing opponents into a League high average of 22 turnovers per game.

The Lady Chargers will enter the match up sitting in 5th place in the South table.  Having an up and down season, the Lady Chargers will be motivated by the prospect of returning to the top four of the ladder to secure a spot in post season play.  The Lady Chargers were narrowly defeated by Ballarat in their last match, losing 59-63.  The Lady Chargers will look to utilize their size advantage on Saturday, battling strong in the post and on the boards.

LAST TIME THEY MET: The Swinburne Lady Cobras stole a win on the road back in Round 5 against the Lady Chargers.  After only being up by seven at the half, a big 22-10 third quarter run led the Swinburne Lady Cobras to a 65-51 win.  Captain Chantella Perera who leads the League in scoring (19.8 points per game) had game high 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras tip off against the Lady Chargers at 6:15pm on Saturday 16 June on Hugh McMenamin Court.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras are in a must win scenario with the remaining games of the season as they currently find themselves in 6th place on the ladder with a 6-10 record.  This Saturday’s game will be an important one for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras, who will be hosting the 5th place Hobart Chargers.  A win in Round 11 will be the first step in moving back into playoff contention. 

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras had disappointing back to back losses in their last weekend of play, suffering an 80-51 loss to Ballarat and a 101-62 loss to Dandenong in Round 11.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras are struggling to find a consistent team effort from all five players on the floor.  Hopefully the weekend break was what they needed to refocus on their goals and figure out a way to finish games with wins. 

The Chargers cling to the 5th place spot on the ladder with just one more win than the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  Their 80-72 victory against 4th place Ballarat in Round 10 put them just percentages behind the Miners.  The battle for 4th place in the South is hotly contested between all three teams, and this Saturday’s results could alter everything, hopefully in favour of the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras if they bring a new attitude to game.

LAST TIME THEY MET: After battling back and forth with the Chargers in Tasmania, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras had the advantage entering the final period of play 64-63.  But the Chargers proudly protected their home floor and an outstanding performance by import Brandon Polk (26 points) secured the win.  The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras were defeated 87-80 despite big points by Garfield Blair and Zach Malvik, who scored 21 and 20 points respectively.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras tip off against the Chargers at 8:15pm on Saturday 16 June on Hugh McMenamin Court.