1 We need a new hobby
Tipping … EUGH! With both competitions so even tipping has been hard at the best of times this season. On the weekend we correctly tipped just 11 of 20 games in Hang Time, the offical weekly magazine of the Premier League. West Adelaide’s men made us look silly with another upset win over a table-topping side, the Southern Tigers’ men dropped two we had pencilled them in to win and South Adelaide’s women got up in a bottom-of-the-table battle we picked them to lose. Did you go any better?
2 West Adelaide is coming
The Bearcats’ men made a dismal start to a four-game homestand when they lost to Central Districts on May 20. Three games later West has taken down two teams that entered play top and now sit in fifth spot, just percentage back from third-placed Forestville. Jordan West has averaged 20.6 points since returning to the starting five, while Dee Oldham scored a total of 60 points in games against then first-ranked Forestville and North Adelaide. And then when Oldham was quiet against Eastern Mavericks on Sunday, Harold Ridgeway stood tall with 26 points.
3 South Adelaide’s women do not want the spoon
The Panthers’ women snapped an eight-game losing run in style against Central Districts. South recorded a comfortable 78-49 road win in a clash of the bottom two sides in the women’s league. The Panthers had four starters reach double figures, led by 21 points from Danita Goodwin. Teonna Campbell continued her consistent season with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. South showed plenty of character and is now in the box seat to avoid finishing last.
4 Alex Wilson is elite
West Adelaide’s women came to play with their season on the line against the Eastern Mavericks on Sunday. It was clear from the outset they were desperate. But Alex Wilson soon became a frustration for the Bearcats. The Mavericks’ ace scored 18 of her game-high 34 points in the opening quarter. Wilson drained three three-pointers and a buzzer beater to put her side up at the break. From there they pulled away and put a huge dent in West’s top-five hopes.
5 The men's finals race is down to ....
Eight teams, with an asterisk next to Woodville. The Warriors gave their season a glimmer of hope with a valuable win over Forestville but could not back up against North Adelaide. Woodville now sits a win behind Norwood and South Adelaide and two back from fifth-placed West Adelaide. Another loss and they will join Central District and Eastern Mavericks as being out of contention. With games against the Bearcats and Panthers to follow the Warriors' fate is still somewhat in their own hands