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GM’s Message - Seven to go

105 matches down, seven to go. And befitting a season that has been so tightly contested, there’s every chance that exact make-up and order of the top four might not be settled until the buzzer sounds on the very last game of the regular season between Perth and Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. Depending on how results fall, this game might hold the chance for Adelaide to nab back fourth spot from the Breakers, or see the Wildcats clinch top spot from Melbourne United. If your tipping is anything like mine, good luck trying to pick who will be sitting where come Sunday evening. While there is massive interest in whether it will be the Breakers or the 36ers who secure the last remaining ticket to the finals, it is worth taking a moment to acknowledge the achievements of the three teams that have already locked away theirs: Melbourne, Perth and Illawarra. After taking out the wooden spoon last year, it has been a momentous effort for the Hawks to get themselves straight back into the post-season action. Their attacking, high scoring play has been a joy to watch and has provided plenty of terrific action for their fans, and for basketball fans in general. The Wildcats are, well, they’re here again. For the 30th consecutive year. An astonishing feat. No doubt Perth supports will make the Jungle as intimidating as ever. And what an atmosphere it will be in there when the action really heats up. Then there is Melbourne, the team that rediscovered their chemistry after a mid-season slump to prove that they are the real deal. From starting 9-0, United dropped 7 of their next 9 to slump to 11-7. However, they bounced back hard to win 7 of their next 8. We all know determination and grit are worth so much in basketball, as in life, and Melbourne have shown over the last six weeks that they have plenty of it. On the eve of the finals, the application of good old fashioned grit, might just determine who finishes where.
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