Rockhampton Rockets Round 8 Preview
The Rockets sit top of the ladder at the start of Round 8, on seven wins and just one loss, having stolen Mackay’s thunder in a close win in Round 6 at the Meteors’ first home game for the season. Rockhampton will be looking to capitalise on any fatigue issues that Bundaberg may be carrying, with the Bulls having to face up to Mackay on Friday night before this clash. Bundy head into Round 8 with just two wins to their name, so they’ll be looking to cause some upsets on this road trip, but face an uphill battle against two of the league’s toughest teams. The Bulls will be hoping for big things from imports Willie Shackleford and Rodrick Stewart, as they do battle in the key against Rocky’s dominant post forces of Michael Kingma and Justin Watts. With Bundaberg boasting the league’s leading rebounder, they’ll be looking to Shackleford to continue his strong form and dominate on the boards in a bid to take control of the match for the Bulls, but the likes of Kingma, Watts and Stephen Weigh will also be keen to rule in the paint and look for second-chance points for Rocky. This will be a tough match and the Bulls will no doubt use their muscle to try to gain the upper hand over the Rockets, but the home side will do all they can to defend their turf.
Rockhampton Cyclones Round 8 Preview
The Cyclones are back at Hegvold for the first time since Round 4, and will be relishing the home-court support following their Round 6 trouncing by Mackay. They’ll be hoping for better fortunes against Bundaberg, with the Cyclones playing an injury-depleted side in Round 6, but they’ll still have to make do without import Chandrea Jones for the rest of the season due to her knee injury. Rocky are taking on a Bundaberg side who are fighting to stay in playoffs contention, and who will be on the back-foot having faced Mackay on Friday night. With the Bears likely to still be without Yvonne Turner and relying on the sharp-shooting of D’Lesha Lloyd, Kylie Giles and Alice Honnery, the group will need to have left some reserves in the tank from their clash with Mackay when they face Rockhampton’s injury-plagued but still capable group including Shanavia Dowdell, Alex Brady, Katrina Clifford and Amee Brown. Rockhampton will be out to secure a win here to help strengthen their playoffs chances, so expect the Cyclones to pull out all the stops in order to seal up a win on their home court, but they’ll face a determined Bears side who’ll be out to do the same.