Matthew Lally completes his layup to score two points. Photos from Leroy Todd.
Matthew Lally completes his layup to score two points. Photos from Leroy Todd. Contributed

Cat fight for grand final

THE  basketball season looks to reach its climax this coming Monday, with the grand final to be fought out between the most improved team, Thunderkatz and surprise qualifiers Bobcats.

Two semi-final showdowns were held to determine the qualifiers with plenty of surprises in store.

Thunderkatz overwhelmed Huskies in the first game of the night, and were looking to continue their run of form that has seen them be unbeatable of late.

Simon Lodder paced his team with 11 points; however there was an even distribution of scoring opportunities in a low scoring affair where defence dominated.

The match ups inside the pint with James Adkins and Josh Bond against Paul Holmberg and Ryan Gottke eventually got the job done, as Huskies were held scoreless in the third term to swing the game in the favour of Thunderkatz.

The final scoreline of 37-27 did not showcase the offensive threats that both teams possess.

The second game of the match pitted minor premiers Pelicans against the underdog Bobcats team.

Pelicans came out of the gates strongly, but fell off the pace midway through the second term.

The inside presence and efforts of Bobcats proved the difference in the end, as Pelicans sought to score from outside options, but had an off night with many of their shots failing to translate on the scoreboard.

Luke Hauser poured in 23 points for Pelicans, but this was outdone by the 25 points contributed by Matt Lally who led Bobcats in scoring as well as defensive pressure at the top of the key.

Pelicans ultimately could not match the hustle and bustle of Bobcats as they shook off their regular season frailties to come up big in the first week of finals.

The grand final will see Thunderkatz enter the game as rightful favourites.

The Thunnderkatz just a few days before the final, Paul Holmberg with the ball and Zac McClean in defence.
The Thunnderkatz just a few days before the final, Paul Holmberg with the ball and Zac McClean in defence.

Man Mountain Josh Bond is a huge presence inside the paint, ably supported with the leadership of Redshaw and Adkins.

Their bench is not deep as is the case with many of the local teams, but they will look to Zac McLean to provide spark when needed.

Bobcats on the other hand will have a mix of veterans and young guns to counter the Thunderkatz threat, with Curtis Dray, Miguel Galy and Matt Lally to carry most of the scoring load.

The young guns of the Bobcats' line-up will look to provide them with run and transition as Bobcats seek the win slated for tip-off at 6.30pm on Monday.

A reminder also for juniors that there are no games for under-10s and U12s on Monday.

There will also be no games on Tuesday due to the Melbourne Cup.

The U18s however, will be holding their semi-finals and players are encouraged to get to the Pavilion as early as possible as games tip-off at 4.15pm.

It would be great to see as many people as possible attend to watch the U18s semi-finals and men's grand final. Check out the Association website and Facebook Page for any other updates.

Gympie Times


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