Once again, it feels like there has been a long time between WNBL games in Perth.
After a three week break, the West Coast Waves are at home on Sunday and will take on the Dandenong Rangers.
When these teams met in round one, the Rangers took out an easy but unconvincing win.
I know that’s an odd statement to make, but given the difference in talent on the Dandenong and West Coast rosters it’s one I feel I can make.
After the game, I remember commenting to a friend that it will be interesting to see the return bout in February to see whether the Rangers, after their big off season shopping spree, would have become world beaters or a flop.
In the opening rounds of the season, it looked like Dandenong would dominate, but now, as the team sits outside of the WNBL’s top five, it appears that the latter is the case.
On the flip side, this season has been one of significant improvement for the Waves.
Although the team will be disappointed with the amount of close losses they’ve had, (which would have had them firmly in the play off race), their six wins for the season (to date) signals club’s best performance since the 2002/03 WNBL season when the team, then known as the Perth Lynx, finished the season with a 6-15 record.
Looking at this game, the match up which stands out to me most is that between point guards Tully Bevilaqua and Kathleen Macleod.
After missing out on a place with the Opals at the 2010 World Championships, Macleod has been in stellar form for the Rangers.
Bevilaqua too has been a stand out for the Waves, with her signature hard nosed defence and vastly increased scoring output this season.
While both guards do a good job of getting the ball to their team mates, there’s no doubting Bevilaqua has the edge defensively in this match up.
Seeing as this will be my last Waves home game of the season (I’ll be in Sydney when they host the AIS on 11 February), I’m hoping for a good match and, as always, some good photos ops.
Speaking of photo ops, in case you missed them last time around, below is a link to my game photos from the Waves and Rangers game from round one.
Game photos: West Coast Waves v Dandenong Rangers