North Adelaide Rockets (1-0) v Woodville Warriors (0-1)
Saturday April 13, 8.15pm at Hillcrest
The North Adelaide Rockets can make it two-for-two if they can defeat the Woodville Warriors on Saturday.
A stunning 29 point effort (11/14 FG) from Jamie-Lee Peris helped the Rockets overcome the absence of Jo Hill to defeat South Adelaide 83-62 in Round 1. Shannon McKay added 13 points, Rebekah Hatchard scored 10, and former Tiger Genna Anderson registered 8 points and 12 rebounds in her first game for her new club.
The Warriors were just that bit behind all night against Eastern, ultimately failing to win a quarter. They went down 52-66, despite the best efforts of Katherine Perkas (13 points, 9 rebounds), Emily Sims (11 points) and Jessica Koch (10 points, 8 rebounds).
The Rockets had two blowout wins over the Warriors in 2012.
The Warriors should make more of a contest of things this time, however the Rockets will likely still be too strong at home.
Eastern Mavericks (1-0) v Norwood Flames (1-0)
Saturday April 13, 6.30pm at Adelaide Hills
In the Match of the Round, Tess Madgen and the Eastern Mavericks will go up against Jess Foley’s Norwood Flames, in what should be a ripping encounter.
Last time they met in the Hills, the Flames picked up a relatively comfortable 14 point road win. However, Madgen and co. buttered up in Round 14, scoring a pivotal 68-67 win that went a long way to securing a finals position.
In Round 1, Madgen almost single-handedly kept the Warriors at bay, leading the team in points (43), rebounds (16) and assists (5), while shooting at 60 per cent from the field. The rest of her teammates, led by Madison Bycroft and Shannon Tarran at 6 points apiece, combined for 23 points on 9/45 shooting, but it was still enough for a win.
At Mars, it was a team effort that helped the Flames cruise to an 86-29 victory. Foley, Jessica Good and newly recruited Elizabeth Keane all posted double-doubles.
The matchup between Madgen and Foley should be entertaining to watch. Whoever wins that battle will help their team go a long way to securing victory.
The Flames’ depth should be the decisive factor in a close win.
Southern Tigers (0-1) v West Adelaide Bearcats (0-1)
Saturday April 13, 6.30pm at Morphett Vale
The Southern Tigers and West Adelaide Bearcats will be attempting to make the winner’s list for the first time in 2013 following Saturday’s clash.
The young Tigers took a hard knock in Round 1, failing to reach the 30 point mark in a loss to Norwood. One of their few highlights was leading the rebounding count 14-8 at quarter-time. Justine Mules top-scored with 8 points, while Ashley Biddell led the team in rebounds with 10.
The Bearcats were within four at half-time versus Forestville, before a 6-17 third quarter confined them to an opening round defeat. Ashlea Vordermaier led the team in points (10) and rebounds (7). Sky Langenbrinck added 8 points.
The Bearcats lost both games to the Tigers in 2012, although the teams that will feature on Saturday will look far different to those of yesteryear.
New Bearcats recruits Jess Mahony and Desinta Cummins were out-of-sorts last week, combining for just 10 points. This spells danger for the Tigers.
Sturt Sabres (1-0) v South Adelaide Panthers (0-1)
Saturday April 13, 6.30pm at Pasadena
The South Adelaide Panthers will be hoping for a repeat of Round 8 last season when they visit the Sturt Sabres.
The Panthers defeated Sturt by a point at Pasadena last term, one of just two team wins for the whole year. At the time, it was the Sabres’ seventh consecutive loss, after opening their account with a victory in Round 1. The Sabres will be hoping to make it two straight so as to avoid any fears of a repeat of last year.
The Sabres were made to do it tough by Centrals in Round 1, leading by just six points with a quarter to play. However, they pulled away in the final 10 minutes, winning the final period 18-8 and the game 68-52. Hannah Bowley (18 points) and Aneeka Smith (17 points) were the Sabres’ top scorers, while Brigid Bowley, Jess McPhail and Amy Shaw led the rebounding with 7 apiece.
An excellent debut from Teresa Kinross (19 points, 7 rebounds) was not enough for the Panthers to prevent a loss to North Adelaide. Dana Rommel added 14 points and Jamie-Lee Bow scored 10.
Another double-digit win and loss for the Sabres and Panthers respectively seems feasible here.