The Deakin Melbourne Boomers suit up tonight to take on the Perth Lynx in Traralgon, Gippsland, for the game of the round.
Our home-away-from-home in Regional Victoria will finally get their chance to play host to what is sure to be an intense battle, with not much so far separating our two teams so far this season.
Last time we met in round seven, the Boomers managed to bring home the W in Ballarat in a high-intensity three-point win.
At the top of the ladder, the Lynx hold a 6-2 win/loss record at a 75%-win rate. The Boomers currently sit third on the ladder, still having played and won the equal most games along with UC Capitals (second on ladder). The Boomers hold a 7 – 3 win/loss record (70% win-rate).
Along with the Boomers, the Lynx will have a different line-up and starting five, with Opals squad being named and currently travelling to Serbia for the FIBA WWC qualifiers.
Lynx will be without Sami Whitcomb and Darcee Garbin, whereas the Boomers will be missing Cayla George, Tess Madgen and Ezi Magbegor. George and Madgen are currently travelling with the Opals, whereas Magbegor didn’t travel with the team due managing a light injury sustained at selection camp.
Despite these losses, both sides still look dangerous and retain key standouts in Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young for Lynx, and Tiffany Mitchell and Lindsay for the Boomers. New Zealand Tall Ferns’ Penina Davidson returns, as well as fresh face Lauryn Hippolite debuting in the purple for the Boomers.
The Boomers will want to ensure quick and efficient ball movement, to get through plenty of hands and make Perth’s defence work harder.
Defensively, we need to be on point for the duration of the game. Despite Perth missing a couple of dangerous key offensive players, they have no shortage on their list to draw from.
The Latrobe Valley region are huge supported of the Boomers, basketball and women’s sport and we are excited to be bringing this huge game to the GRISS. Boom up!
Deakin Melbourne Boomers v Perth Lynx
Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS), Traralgon
Sunday 6th February
6:00pm AEDT / 5:00pm AEST
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