IT IS the Anzac Round in the Women’s SBL beginning with three matches on Friday night, another one on Saturday and then three on a spectacular afternoon on Wednesday.
The Anzac Day commemorations begin on Friday night to open Round 6 of the 2018 Women’s SBL season and will then conclude on the occasion itself with three matches on the afternoon of Anzac Day.
The three matches on Friday night sees the Perry Lakes Hawks take on the Stirling Senators, the Joondalup Wolves play the Cockburn Cougars and the Rockingham Flames take on the East Perth Eagles.
Then on Saturday night, the lone Women’s fixture sees the South West Slammers play the Rockingham Flames at Eaton Recreation Centre.
Then on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Anzac Day commemorations, the Willetton Tigers play the Kalamunda Eastern Suns, the Cockburn Cougars take on the Stirling Senators and the Mandurah Magic host the Perth Redbacks.
The Friday night action begins with the defending champion Hawks hosting the Senators who finished last season in fourth position. But both teams have started 2018 slowly with just the one win apiece.
That makes it a crucial contest at Bendat Basketball Centre come Friday night with Perry Lakes trying to bounce back from a 30-point loss to Kalamunda last Friday when they were without Lauren Jeffers, Nat Burton and Toni Farnworth.
Meanwhile, the Senators come into the game on a high having broken their duck last Saturday night by winning their first game and doing so against a Magic team that had previously been undefeated.
Also on Friday night, the Wolves host the Cougars at HBF Arena in a contest featuring two teams that lost in the quarter finals of 2017.
The Lady Wolfpack have started 2018 with a 2-3 record and last up they lost at home to the Slammers before the bye last weekend.
The Cougars started the season winning their first two games before losing their previous two including a narrow four-point defeat last Friday to the Magic.
The last game of Friday evening sees the Flames host the Eagles at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.
Rockingham has won two and lost two games so far this season while East Perth has lost all five and is still chasing a first victory. But just a competitive showing is required from the Eagles given they have an average losing margin so far of 32.8 points.
Then Saturday night will see the Slammers host the Flames at Eaton Recreation Centre.
Rockingham will have the short turnaround from hosting East Perth on Friday night before travelling to Bunbury to play a Slammers team that has now won two of their past three games to be building some momentum on the back of import pair Charlotte van Kleef and Tori Fisher.
It’s then on to the Anzac Day Women’s SBL action starting with the Tigers hosting the Eastern Suns at Willetton Basketball Stadium.
It will be the only game of the round for both teams with Willetton coming into the contest at 3-1 while Kalamunda is 3-3.
Also on Anzac Day, the Cougars play the Senators at Wally Hagan Stadium with Cockburn having played the Wolves on Friday night with Stirling also having taken on Perry Lakes.
And lastly, Mandurah hosts Perth at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre in what could be an early tease of a potential late playoff match up or even Grand Final preview.
The Magic are coming off their first loss of the season last Saturday night against Stirling without Carly Boag and Bree Klasztorny. The Redbacks will be playing their only game of the round and are in hot form having won their past four match ups.
WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES – WEEK 6
Perry Lakes Hawks v Stirling Senators – Bendat Basketball Centre 6.30pm
Joondalup Wolves v Cockburn Cougars – HBF Arena 6.30pm
Rockingham Flames v East Perth Eagles – Mike Barnett Sports Complex 6.30pm
South West Slammers v Rockingham Flames – Eaton Recreation Centre 6.00pm
WEDNESDAY (ANZAC DAY)
Willetton Tigers v Kalamunda Eastern Suns – Willetton Basketball Stadium 1.00pm
Cockburn Cougars v Stirling Senators – Wally Hagan Stadium 1.00pm
Mandurah Magic v Perth Redbacks – Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre 1.00pm