Capitals and Melbourne fight for crucial finals positioning
For the second time this season we are treated to a clash of two of the most talented teams in the competition in the UC Capitals and the Melbourne Boomers, this time, likely with both squads at full strength.
Back in round 1 it was the Caps who pulled out the win behind the coming out party of rookie guard Jade Melbourne. Boomers coach Guy Molloy will ensure that Melbourne has a more difficult game with him saying that they ‘Didn’t give her enough respect’ in the first matchup. It’s unlikely they will make the same mistake. This game will see Tess Madgen against the Caps for the first time though with the Opals squad member sitting out the first matchup due to an ankle injury.
The Boomers too however will be seeing players at full strength for the first time this season as Kelsey Griffin, Tahlia Tupaea and Britt Smart all having only recently returned from injuries before the first match. All three have been improving with every match as they find their fitness and form toward the latter half of the season.
The matchups will be great all over the floor with Madgen and Rocci matching up in a battle that Opals coach Sandy Brondello will certainly have her eye one. Garrick will be looking to get one back on Melbourne, with Melbourne dominating the matchup in Mackay, whilst Tolo and George will again do battle after George was hampered by foul trouble. The result may come down to the performance of WNBA player Ezi Magbegor who was quiet despite showing flashes early on posting up the smaller Froling.
The game will likely have placing implications for the end of the season as both teams battle for that all-important top 2 spot.
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