WNBL Grand Final preview
Defending champions Bulleen Boomers will be out to go back-to-back this Sunday at The Cage against Dandenong Rangers in the 31st WNBL Grand Final. It will be the first all-Victorian final since 1987.
Last week Dandenong set up the cross-town clash thanks to a stunning 13-point upset win over minor premiers Adelaide Lightning.
Jenna O’Hea played the starring as she amassed 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. O’Hea expressed the team’s delight at turning their fortune around after stringing eight wins in succession. “A couple of weeks ago we weren’t even looking to make the finals, we finished in third spot and now we’re in the Grand Final”.
Liz Cambage, who already has an impressive resume to her name at just 20 years old, will be essential to Bulleen’s chances. She was last season’s MVP and has even made it to the big time in the US, taken pick two by Tulsa Shock in the recent WNBA draft. Towering at an imposing 203cm, she’s arguably the most formidable players in the competition. She leads the season for average rebounds with 10.5 per game. Sometimes it’s her poor attitude that can blight her game. But if she can overcome that speed bump and turn up with her game face, it could prove to be the difference in an otherwise hard-to-pick final.
With 2012 being an Olympic year, the Grand Final becomes all the more important, doubling as an audition for selection into the Opals squad for London later this year. Bulleen’s Liz Cambage, Rachel Jarry and Sam Richards along with Dandenong’s Kath Macleod and Jenna O’Hea have already been chosen in an expanded squad, although they still need big performances to impress national selectors and earn a berth when the squad gets whittled down closer to competition.