Rockets vs. Bearcats - Men's Preliminary Final

North Adelaide and West Adelaide will face off for a chance to face Southern Tigers in the grand final at Hillcrest on Saturday.

After dropping a tight contest to the Tigers last weekend, the Rockets will be looking for redemption as they look to avoid a straight-sets exit from the finals.

On the other hand, the Bearcats knocked off the Norwood Flames by 16 points in their semi-final and remain a chance to make the final game of the season from a fourth-spot finish.

North coach Nathan Hawkes is not even thinking about having another shot at Southern.

“(We) are not interested in preparing for a rematch with Southern or talk of the grand final at this point,” Hawkes said.

“Our only focus is beating West on Saturday night.”

The Rockets went down by 12 points to the Tigers as they used their first chance after finishing minor premiers.

Hawkes was disappointed but took plenty out of the loss.

“It was a much closer game against Southern than the final score reflected,” he said.

“Despite our shooting woes from the floor and foul line, the game was still up for grabs during the last quarter and Southern played the better ball down the stretch.”

Stopping Dee Oldham will be a key to Hawkes’ side advancing to the grand final.

Oldham scored 21 points in West’s semi-final win and averaged 20 points and 4.5 assists in two games against North during the regular season.

“(He) is a genuine threat and as a team we need to limit his opportunities to get going, be prepared to help and definitely keep him off the boards,” Hawkes said.

The Bearcats will be aiming to overturn a 19-point defeat at Hillcrest in the final round of the season.

Alex Starling scored 28 points for North in the final round contest while Darcy Aistrope (20) and Aric Miller (17) also proved hard to contain.

West coach Corey Maclean said he side needed to do a better job defensively.

“We need to be honest and hardworking defensively and not only focus our attention on Miller and Starling but make sure we are playing solid team defence on all five guys,” Maclean said.

“Alex and Aric are both terrific scorers in this league.

“Our goal defensively is to only give them tough shots and we will then live with whether they make them or miss them. The key will be keeping them away from their strengths.”




Comments

Comment Guidelines: The SportsTG Network is made up of players, families and passionate sports followers like you who have a strong opinion about sport. That's great - we want you to have your say and share your thoughts with the world. However, we have a few rules that you must follow to keep it fun for all. Please don't be rude, abusive, swear or vilify others. Apart from some pretty serious sport sanctions, we also can ban you and report you if things get out of hand. So play fair and have fun, and thanks for your contribution.

Average Points
2018 Premier League Women
Average Rebounds
2018 Premier League Women
Average Assists
2018 Premier League Women
Free Throw Percentage
2018 Premier League Women
Three Point Percentage
2018 Premier League Women
Total Defensive Rebounds
2018 Premier League Women
Average Points
2018 Premier League Men
Average Rebounds
2018 Premier League Men
Free Throw Percentage
2018 Premier League Men
Three Point Percentage
2018 Premier League Men
Total Rebounds
2018 Premier League Men
Total Defensive Rebounds
2018 Premier League Men
Total Three Points Made
2018 Premier League Men

Webcasts