ROUND 11 of the Women’s SBL begins with three big games on Friday night with plenty on the line for various reasons with the Perry Lakes Hawks, Joondalup Wolves, Rockingham Flames, Willetton Tigers, Stirling Senators and Perth Redbacks all in action.
There’s plenty on the line right across Round 11 of the Women’s SBL and the stage is set on Friday night.
The three matches sees the Perry Lakes Hawks and Joondalup Wolves meeting at Bendat Basketball Centre with both desperate for a win.
The Rockingham Flames and Willetton Tigers do battle at Mike Barnett Sports Complex in a contest between two contending teams while the Stirling Senators also face the Perth Redbacks at Warwick Stadium.
There are then another five matches in the Women’s SBL on Saturday night with the Perth Redbacks playing the Perry Lakes Hawks, the Joondalup Wolves taking on the Mandurah Magic, the East Perth Eagles battling the Rockingham Flames, the Cockburn Cougars hosting the Lakeside Lightning and the Willetton Tigers taking on the Stirling Senators.
There are three matches on Friday night in the Women’s SBL with plenty at stake starting at Bendat Basketball Centre with the Lady Hawks taking on the Wolfpack.
Coming off winning the championship in 2017 and only losing twice along the way, things couldn’t have gone much worse so far for Perry Lakes who come into hosting Joondalup on Friday night on a 1-9 record.
Things aren’t going a whole lot better for the Lady Wolfpack who are sitting in 10th position at 4-7.
The Hawks won their lone game of the season way back in Round 2 defeating the winless East Perth Eagles 84-56. Since then Perry Lakes has lost eight straight by an average of 13.6 points with one-point defeats to Lakeside and Cockburn thrown in there.
The Wolves, meanwhile, have lost their last four to Rockingham, Kalamunda, Lakeside and Willetton as well including by 40 points last Saturday on the road to the Tigers.
That means that both teams who are used to being nearer the other end of the table will be desperate to open Round 11 with a win this Friday night.
The Flames and Tigers do battle at Mike Barnett Sports Complex in what shapes as a fascinating contest between two teams currently inside the top four.
Rockingham is building some momentum now since the arrival of imports D’Lesha Lloyd and Taneisha Harrison to team up well with Maddison Allen.
That’s seen the Flames win five of their past six matches to improve to a 7-3 record on the season having beaten the Perth Redbacks 74-62 last Friday night on their home floor.
The Tigers too have welcomed imports Ashli Payne and Leah Cotton in recent weeks and the champions of 2016 have won three straight matches since the last meeting with Rockingham which the Flames won 91-56 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.
The return clash should now be a beauty in Rockingham this Friday night as Willetton looks to improve on its 8-2 record to continue to put pressure on the league leading Lakeside Lightning.
Then at Warwick Stadium, the Senators host the Redbacks in another contest between teams inside the top eight who are looking to show they belong in the championship discussion for 2018.
Stirling had a horror start to 2018 losing its opening four matches but since then they have done well winning five of seven including their past two against the Eagles and Slammers, and five of the past six overall to be building some nice momentum.
They face another significant test at home to the Redbacks on Friday night though.
Perth comes into the round in third position at 8-3 despite a 12-point loss on the road last Friday night to the Flames.
Following the three big matches on Friday night, it’s a huge Saturday evening as well with another five games in the Women’s SBL.
That begins at Belmont Oasis with the Redbacks hosting the Lady Hawks. Perth will have already played Stirling on Friday night with Perry Lakes having played the Wolfpack.
Speaking of the Lady Wolfpack, they will be back to HBF Arena to play the Mandurah Magic.
The Magic will be playing their only game of the weekend and need a win too coming into the weekend at 6-4 in sixth position having lost their past two matches to Lakeside and Kalamunda by a combined 59 points.
The Eagles have a big task to try and get their first win on the board for 2018 when they are back on their home floor at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday night up against the Flames. Rockingham will be coming off hosting Willetton on Friday.
The Cougars and Lightning are then two teams who will play their only games of the round on Saturday night when they do battle at Wally Hagan Stadium.
Cockburn enters the round in eighth position with a 4-7 record after beating East Perth on the road last Saturday night but then losing at home to Willetton on Sunday.
The Lightning look to maintain their advantage on top of the Women’s SBL as they attempt to improve on their 10-1 record.
The last game of the round then takes place at Willetton Basketball Stadium and it’s a rematch of the quarter finals from last year with the Tigers hosting the Senators in another battle of Simon Parker and Glenn Clarke as head coaches.
Willetton will have already played in Rockingham on Friday night while Stirling will have hosted the Redbacks.
WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES – WEEK 11
Perry Lakes Hawks v Joondalup Wolves – Bendat Basketball Centre 6.30pm
Rockingham Flames v Willetton Tigers – Mike Barnett Sports Complex 6.30pm
Stirling Senators v Perth Redbacks – Warwick Stadium 6.30pm
Perth Redbacks v Perry Lakes Hawks – Belmont Oasis 6.00pm
Joondalup Wolves v Mandurah Magic – HBF Arena 6.00pm
East Perth Eagles v Rockingham Flames – Morley Sport and Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Cockburn Cougars v Lakeside Lightning – Wally Hagan Stadium 6.00pm
Willetton Tigers v Stirling Senators – Willetton Basketball Stadium 6.00pm