- Jun 26, 2011
- AFL Club
- West Coast
- Other Teams
- Perth Wildcats, Perth Lynx
A lot of blood was spilt in Perth last weekend, but it was the victims who were fined.
Blood being spilled does not mean a call was wrong. Basketball is not a non-contact sport, especially not when players like Griffin and Taylor are playing it. Few go harder than those two.
Canberra were massive sooks last weekend and paid the price they deserved IMO. I'm all for calling out bad reffing, but when you start making serious accusations about refs over an incident that they were correct on, that should not be tolerated by the league. The refs showed amazing restraint IMO for not hitting Paul Goriss with techs the way he was carrying on in that game.
Having said that, the Caps are a quality team, and I've thought since before the season started that we were destined for a Melbourne-Canberra grand final series. Nothing has happened yet to change my opinion about that. It's great to see Tolo returning to action - she's one of my favs. Leilani is starting to get into the groove after a very quiet (due to injury) start to the season, and that will be just as big for the team as Marianna IMO. And Nurse will probably never be as cold from the field again in her career as she has been in her last 7 quarters of basketball. She's world class too and will only get better looks once Tolo is in the paint attracting all sorts of attention.
I thought Canberra played the better basketball last Friday, but a lot of good shots didn't drop and that's just unlucky. That's the way it goes some nights. Perth showed a lot of heart and cohesion, and hit just enough big shots when it mattered down the stretch.
I'm still puzzled by Canberra's final 30 seconds though. That's a lot of time in basketball and I sure didn't feel like we had it in the bag yet at that point. They just gave up instead of fouling to make us win it from the free throw line, and we're the worst FT shooting team in the league.