Hungry Jack's NBL
GM's Message - And then there were two.
And then there were two. The 2016 Swisse NBL Grand Final Series will be contested between the Perth Wildcats and the New Zealand Breakers. Two great teams with almost unparalleled Championship winning pedigree. On Friday night, Perth were victorious against a gallant Illawarra; the result bringing an end to the Hawks’ season. But what a season it has been. The quick, offensively geared game plan put in place by Coach Rob Beveridge and executed (almost) all season by his team was an absolute joy to watch. Overall, rising from the bottom of the ladder to finish third in the space of one year is a fantastic effort and one that duly deserves commendation. Now all eyes turn to the Grand Final Series, with Game 1 to be played on Wednesday night in Perth, Game 2 in Auckland on Friday night and, if necessary, a deciding third game will be played in Perth on Sunday afternoon. While home court advantage has proven to be huge in Grand Final games (19 of the last 21 games have been won by the home side), the two away wins have both been achieved by the Breakers, with one of them being against Perth to seal the 2013 Championship. Another marker of the competitiveness we can expect to see in this Grand Final Series comes from the remarkable Championship winning experience present in both teams. Incredibly, between the players, New Zealand collectively has 24 NBL Championships and Perth 10. What’s more both teams are led by Championship winning coaches and captains. Trevor Gleeson and Damian Martin for Perth, and Dean Vickerman and Mika Vukona for New Zealand. With such immense talent and experience present in both teams, it is bound to be a hugely entertaining and closely-fought Grand Final Series, and a fitting end to a massively successful 2015-16 NBL season. As always, may the best team win.