WOMEN by Kieren Vartuli
Round 14 saw the Eagles knock off the Rockets by more than twenty in a dominant outing allowing a little breathing room between them and Sturt. Interestingly, the last time these two faced off, West Adelaide defended their homecourt with a 19-point victory behind a 27-point effort from Ashleigh Spencer. Four West players found themselves in double figures while the Eagles could only answer with Ella Sawyers’ 20 and Hamilton’s 15. The difference maker in this contest was the bench input from the West who managed to drop an astounding 42-points compared to Forestvilles’ 25. With minutes most likely being shared due to their workload the evening before, West may be able to keep up with the flying Eagles and push for a victory after their last efforts. Backing it up can be hard enough to recover from, but up against two of the toughest sides in the league, the Bearcats may struggle to endure both fixtures and drop at least one contest this round.
Hang Time Prediction: Forestville Eagles
MEN by Daniel Renfrey
The Bearcats will have the unfortunate task of playing a motivated Forestville side on a back-to-back this round. The Eagles will be desperate to make amends this week after their disappointing loss to the Rockets in Round 14. The team was very uncharacteristic with its performance, failing to shut down the Rockets attack for most of the game and struggling to score or setup teammates in advantageous positions. This week will rely on Forestville coming together as a team and laying on the same age again, as they had been for much of the season so far. This was missing against the Rockets, especially on offence. If players like Deng and De Wit can get good production from their supporting cast this weekend, there is little doubt the Eagles will win. However, if they don’t and West Adelaide start strong out of the gates, they may suffer an upset defeat. This seems very unlikely though.
Hang Time prediction: Forestville Eagles