THE 2018 SBL Division 1 Grand Final promises plenty of action as the dominance of the Joondalup Wolves will be tested by an explosive Kalamunda Eastern Suns outfit. We got a take on the game from team representatives, who expect a high calibre contest. Tip-off 3:30PM, Sunday 29 July, Bendat Basketball Centre.
Regular season record 13-1, 1SToverall
Past 5 games: W W W W W
Players to watch: Sam Curtis, Joel Offereins
WABL: How has your Association approached SBL Division 1 this year?
Joondalup CEO, Cameron Britt: The Wolves have focused upon culture and development this season, building a strong pathway towards our SBL program.Our Head Coach Doug Gates is also a former SBL stalwart and current SBL Men’s Development Coach, and the really tangible benefits of his efforts and our structure have been an important outcome in 2018.
Doug’s ability to relate to the players and offer clear, direct instructions and game feedback has helped to develop and motivate the team across the year.Our Division 1 team is snapping on the heels of some household name SBL players within the Wolves roster, and this drives work ethic and a belief in striving to be better every time they take to the floor.
WABL: Thoughts on your opposition and the last time you played?
CB: Congratulations to the Kalamunda Eastern Suns, a very deserving Grand Finalist!They are an up-tempo sort of team and have a unique style of game play, which has proven successful for them over the course of the season. It will be a great spectacle today, and hopefully a quality representation of Division 1 level Basketball for all the fans.
WABL: What will be your team’s keys to winning the game?
CB: Every team has a style of some degree, but we believe in sticking to our process – the Wolfpack process – and believe this philosophy will serve us well today.If we play 40minutes of the standard of Basketball that we aspire to play each week, we will be rewarded. We want accountable players and a complete focus upon a team only mentality.Our athletes have worked very hard all year and today is a great stage for both reward and recognition.
KALAMUNDA EASTERN SUNS
Regular season record 8-6, 7THoverall
Past 5 games: W W W W W
Players to watch: Jamon Child, Carl Aylett
DC: How has your Association approached SBL Division 1 this year?
Kalamunda SBL D1 Head Coach, Stefan Pawlak: We have a combined goal of development and finals success. Many of our Division 1 players are 2 or 3-year players, who in their second and third year have been playing significant SBL minutes. We have improved from winning 1 game in year 1 to the first round of finals last year, to the grand final this year by giving players the opportunity to reach their potential.
DC: Thoughts on your opposition and the last time you played?
SP: Joondalup are the best drilled team in the comp in both D1 and SBL. They execute well and rarely make mistakes. We lost by 6 last time in a tough one, lacking some of our strongest shooters and defenders. They don’t rely heavily on any one player and move the ball well.
DC: What will be your team’s keys to winning the game?
SP: We must be disruptive with our full court pressure and make the game as fast as possible. We need to control the boards and give them only one shot per possession. Sam Curtis will be a player we seek to contain in the open floor.