NBL1 South Finals Preview – Week 1

Elimination Final (6th v 7th): Sandringham Sabres vs. Ringwood Hawks

Day and Time: Saturday, 6:00 pm

Venue: Southern Basketball Stadium

The Sandringham Sabres are entering the finals with confidence after their recent victory over the Ringwood Hawks. Funda Nakkasoglu has been a key player, averaging 19.7 points per game, and Georgia Pineau’s scoring (18.8 points per game) adds depth to their offensive arsenal. Brittany Smart and Klara Wischer have also been instrumental in the Sabres’ success.

The defending champions, Ringwood Hawks, are determined to prove their worth once again. Marta Hermida, who joined mid-season, has been a game-changer with her scoring prowess (17 points per game) and playmaking ability (5.4 assists per game). Marena Whittle’s consistent scoring (22 points per game) makes her a player to watch out for.

Can the defending champions, Ringwood Hawks, find their winning form and progress in the finals?


Qualifying Final: Knox Raiders vs. Sandringham Sabres

Day and Time: Saturday, 8:00 pm

Venue: State Basketball Centre

In a battle between the top-seeded Knox Raiders and the 4th-placed Sandringham Sabres, this qualifying final promises to be a thrilling contest. The Raiders have been the team to beat all season, finishing at the summit of the ladder. They are led by the dynamic duo of Ke’Jhan Feagin and Wayne Stewart, who have been instrumental in their team’s success.

Feagin, averaging 18.9 points and 5.4 assists per game, has consistently provided scoring and playmaking for the Raiders. Stewart, known for his rebounding prowess, snatches 7.8 boards per game. Plus they have the support both ends of the court from Mason Peatling and the defencive impact of Deng Acouth’s length in the paint.

The Sabres, on the other hand, will rely on the scoring prowess of Ben Ayre, who ranks 5th in the league with 21.4 points per game, and NBL talents David Barlow, Dane Pineau and Campbell Blogg.

The Raiders and Sabres have already met this season, with the Raiders emerging victorious in a hard-fought battle. Will the Sabres seek revenge and cause an upset, or can the Raiders maintain their dominance and march one step closer to the championship?