Caps and Boomers resume finals rivalry

Melbourne and Canberra will resume the rivalry from last year’s semi-finals which saw elbows, fines and a tight 2 – 1 UC Capitals win in the 3 game series. After splitting the regular season matchups, it seemed destined for these two clubs to meet once again. Likely the most consistent teams from the past 3 years, the Boomers, like the Caps, have kept the core of their group together in Cayla George, Ezi Magbegor and Maddie Garrick. This allowed them to bring in the continuity that many other clubs were missing through the start of the year. The addition of All WNBL 2nd team member Tess Madgen this year has eased the loss of Lindsay Allen and presents a new matchup issue for the Caps. Well equipped to deal with the small, jittery style of point guard – Madgen, with her ability to post up smaller guards, means that the likes of Rocci, Cubillo and Melbourne will need to dig deep.

There is Opals talent all over the floor at the big spots, with George matching up with Marianna Tolo, and Kelsey Griffin coming up against Magbegor. Froling and Ruef will also see time at the bigs for the Caps which gives us the ability to use fouls – particular on the long and athletic Magbegor.

Maddie Garrick got going in the second regular season matchup and she will be a focus of the Caps coming in. Whether or not she can get her perimeter shooting going could be a determining factor in the outcome of the game.

It’s finals time so it’s do or die. Which of these powerhouse clubs can stay alive and progress to the preliminary final and that all important chance at playing in a GF.

Pos Team   Played Points Won Lost
1 Southside Flyers 12 0 10 2
2 UC Capitals 13 0 9 4
3 Townsville Fire 13 0 9 4
4 Melbourne Boomers 13 0 9 4
5 Adelaide Lightning 13 0 5 8
6 Sydney Uni Flames 13 0 5 8
7 Perth Lynx 13 0 4 9
8 Bendigo Spirit 13 0 0 13
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08

Abby
Cubillo

Height 168CM
Date of Birth 08/05/1999
Position guard
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05

Jade
Melbourne

Height 175CM
Position point guard
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03

Mikaela
Raef

Height 191CM
Date of Birth 20/10/1990
Position centre
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02

Brittany
Smart

Height 174CM
Position guard
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23

Kelsey
Griffin

Height 188CM
Date of Birth 02/07/1987
Position forward
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04

Tahlia
Tupaea

Height 175CM
Date of Birth 01/06/1997
Position point guard
47

Ashleigh
Karaitiana

Height 183CM
Position forward
22

Cayla
George

Height 193CM
Position centre
13

Ezi
Magbegor

Height 193CM
Position power forward
10

Izzy
Wright

Height 180CM
Position guard
32

Kalani
Purcell

Height 187CM
Position power forward
23

Maddie
Garrick

Height 179CM
Position shooting guard
12

Penina
Davidson

Height 190CM
Position centre
4

Rachel
Antoniadou

Height 173CM
Position guard
6

Rachel
Brewster

Height 180CM
Position guard
21

Stella
Beck

Height 183CM
Position guard
7

Toni
Farnworth

Height 181CM
Position small forward
9

Tess
Madgen

Height 183CM
Position guard