With the Geelong Lady Supercats welcoming back former Cobra Deanna Smith the Saturday night game was always set to be a tightly contested match

The first half was riddled with inaccuracy with neither side able to capitalize on their opportunities; Geelong could only manage to shoot at 25% FG while Kilsyth wasn’t much better shooting at 34% FG. Scores were level going into the long break and someone needed to stamp their authority on the match in the second half.

The third quarter saw the Swinburne Lady Cobras come out firing, shooting at an impressive 80% for the quarter; they dominated play and outscored the Lady Supercats 26-15, to take an 11 point lead in to the final quarter.

The final term saw Kilsyth get into some foul trouble (7pfs to 3pfs) however their third quarter lead proved to be insurmountable for the Lady Supercats with the Swinburne Lady Cobras taking the match by nine points.

Abby Bishop again proved her class with 25 points, nine rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three assists, her partner in crime Eva Afeaki also dominated play with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. They were well supported by Chantella Perera (10pts, 6rbds) and Hayley Moffatt (8pts, 11rbds).

The Swinburne Lady Cobras then returned home for Sunday’s game against the Bendigo Lady Braves, aiming for their 10th straight win however it was not be going down by five points in their first loss since the opening game of the season.  

Bendigo was in front at every change and led for the majority of the game, Kilsyth appeared to struggle after their road trip to Geelong the night before. Both sides struggled with accuracy in the first quarter but it was Bendigo’s accurate shooting in the second third quarters that gave them the ascendency in the game.

With just under four minutes left in the game Kilsyth hit the front and looked like they had the momentum to take the game away from the Braves until consecutive three pointers from Kelly Wilson gave Bendigo a one point lead. Kilsyth could not wrestle back the lead and even though they had opportunities to push the game into overtime could not get the baskets to drop.

Abby Bishop capped off a solid weekend with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Eva Afeaki (13pts, 8rbds) and Chantella Perera (12pts, 6rbds) also joined her in double figures.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras need to regroup as they come up against 2010 SEABL Champions the Dandenong Rangers, next Saturday night at home. 

The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras next game sees them take on Frankston on Saturday April 30. Tip Off is 6:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.