Perth secures minor premiership
The 2013 season is drawing to a close and round six has all but allowed the top four teams to consolidate their spot in this year’s finals series.
The Be Active Perth Wheelcats were ruthless winning game one against the Spinning Bullets by 44 and then left no doubt running their starting five to run away 69 point winners in game two. The Spinning Bullets had pushed the Wheelcats in front of a home crowd earlier in the year but faced a Perth team who was at full strength for just the second time this year. The series win means that the minor premiership is Perth’s for 2013 and they’ll go into round seven very keen to have another look at Wollongong before finals.
Wollongong ensured they’ll finish in second place with a series sweep against the Sydney Uni Wheelkings in the NSW Derby. A 44 point win was followed by a 37 point win with Wollongong’s trademark spread of scoring getting the job done with the big four; Shawn Russell, Brett Stibners, Luke Pople and Nick Taylor all scoring in double figures on both days. Auprince and Grogan were the best for Sydney Uni but the Rollerhawks efficiency was just too much for the young Wheelkings.
In Victoria, the travelling Thunder almost did enough to make round seven very interesting by taking a game off Victoria. Winning by 14 points on Saturday night the Victorians were pushed all the way on Sunday, doing just enough to squeak past the Thunder 55-57. Daniel Del Toso was massive with 27 points and 22 rebounds in that game but Victoria’s ability to find a second scorer in Campbell Message (15 points) that was the difference in the end.
The seventh and final round of the 2013 NWBL regular season sees a league first with two mini-cluster rounds. The Sydney Uni wheelkings will host both the Wollongong Rollerhawks and Be Active Perth Wheelcats while the Adelaide Thunder will play host to the RSL QLD Spinning Bullets and Victoria. For the top four teams moving onto finals it’ll be a dress rehearsal for what’s to come later this month while the teams not moving on will look to end their years on a positive note. Either way, round seven will act as a teaser for what’s building up as a very exciting final series.