WOMEN by Kieren Vartuli
Rolling into this contest with a two-game winning streak, the Norwood Flames look to continue their climb up the ladder against the struggling Panthers. South Adelaide, sitting tenth, have failed to make their mark on 2019 after recording a record of 3-11 so far. But interestingly, one of their few wins is against the Norwood Flames back in Round One. Off the back of Saunders and McKendrick who carried the scoring duties for the evening, the Flames were unable to answer and fell by 15-points.
Last round, the Flames held off the hungry Lions by 9-points after Bruffey, Annetts, North and Webber finished in double figures. With this being a prime example of Norwood’s offensive depth, the Panthers may be in trouble.
As we know, much has changed since the opening round, but lightning may strike twice for South Adelaide with the scoring duo of Saunders and McKendrick being the deciding factor. In turn, a loss for the Flames does not put their finals hopes into immediate danger, but definitely raises concerns about their ability to test the teams above.
Hang Time Prediction: Norwood Flames
MEN by Daniel Renfrey
The Flames will be heading into their game against the Panthers with a lot of confidence after easily handling the Lions in Round 16. The team hit 11 three-pointers and made 21 assists in an impressive offensive display and also held the Lions to 68 points with stifling defence. The team’s output was also very even-spread but Brine and Legan were the standouts, combining for 34 points and 13 rebounds. The Panthers, who lost to the Pioneers and the Eagles in Round 16, will have their work cut out for them. Facing another top three team, the Panthers will need to show improved rotation and coverage on defence, and also give Allmon, who had 41 points, three steals, three assists and 12 boards against the Eagles, some more support. If they can do this, they might snag an upset. This seems unlikely against the Flames away though, and Norwood should produce another solid win.
Hang Time prediction: Norwood Flames