THE SBL Division 1 season has reached its conclusion, with the Grand Finals at the Bendat Basketball Centre this weekend promising two high-quality games featuring the league’s best up and coming local talent.
Tipping off on Court 1 at 4:30PM are the SBL Division 1 Men, and a battle between East and West, as the East Perth Eagles take on the Perry Lakes Hawks. For the Eagles, it’s their second trip to the Grand Final in as many years, following their loss to the Lakeside Lightning 12 months ago. During that Finals campaign the Hawks and Eagles met in Week 1, where the Eagles came out on top to force Hawks into a Week 2 elimination game.
While the Hawks will have what some would call a ‘home-court advantage’, their squad face the daunting task of travelling from Geraldton earlier in the day as they complete Round 20 of the SBL Fixture the night before, in a game that could decide if the League team progresses into the post-season. Bailey Cole-Heath, Mitchell Clarke and Jackson Simkovic have all played key bench roles for the Hawks SBL team, and will have to back-up their Saturday night responsibilities if the Hawks are to prevail.
East Perth Eagles (4th) 9W-5L
Perry Lakes Hawks (6th) 9W-5L
Last time they met:
Eagles def. Hawks 75-57
The Women’s competition sees the Perth Redbacks looking to defend their 2016 title against a resurgent Mandurah Magic, whose Women’s SBL program seen incredible success this season.
In 2016, the Perth Redbacks boasted a regular season record of 13-2 which they translated into a Grand Finals victory over the Stirling Senators. Building on a successful core of experienced SBL players Jess Jakens, Jess Hughes and Alix Hayward, the team went even better in 2017 with a 15-1 record.
It’s a different story for the Mandurah Magic squad who managed just 5 wins last season, as they ended the 2017 season 2nd overall with an impressive 13-3 record. Development of young players Aimee Coles, Kasey Miegel, Jemma Gatti, Rachel Pettit, and Tiahna Sears, who have all made the jump from Junior WABL into SBL look seamless, has gone a long way to ensure SBL and Division 1 success.
Perth Redbacks (1st) 15W-1L
Mandurah Magic (2nd) 13W-3L
Last time they met:
Redbacks def. Magic 68-55
Entry to the 2017 SBL Division 1 Grand Final is FREE for all spectators, with doors open from 4:00PM.
GRAND FINAL SBL DIVISION 1 FIXTURES
Perry Lakes Hawks v East Perth Eagles – Bendat Basketball Centre Court 1 4:30pm
Perth Redbacks v Mandurah Magic – Bendat Basketball Centre Court 2 4:30pm
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