NBL1 Round 12 was action packed for our Senior Ranger teams but the results didn’t quite fall our way, as our Men split their back-to-back while our Women dropped two more games.
That makes it three losses in a row for our Ranger Women post-lockdown who are still trying to find chemistry with a new-look team. While they have been without Gemma Potter since early in the season the departures of Dallas Loughridge, Kodie Myszka and Elly Morgan have hurt our Women so far in their return.
That’s not to say we haven’t seen some strong performances by players stepping up post-lockdown. Makaela Zeldenryk, Alannah Chatfield and Maxine Allan all put up some great numbers over the weekend and have excelled when called upon, especially from deep.
Perhaps the real cause for concern is our ability to protect the paint going forward, losing both rebounding battles in Round 12 and giving up extra possessions to the opposition. This was highlighted oi Friday’s incredibly close game as the Rangers fought hard, secured a big lead but lost it to an Eltham team ready to fight hard to grab the W.
If our Ranger Women are able to re-secure driving lanes and box out their opponents they should definitely be able to turn this season around. They’ll have a great opportunity to do so this Saturday as they take on two bottom half NBL1 South teams, Ballarat and Geelong, who are similarly competing to surge back into finals contention.
After stumbling out of the gates early in the season our Ranger Men have now secured Ws in three of the last five outings, splitting their results on the weekend by beating Eltham and falling to NW Tasmania at home.
The win in Eltham on Friday night was especially impressive after our Men found themselves down early, fighting hard throughout the night against a vocal Wildcats home crowd to capture the lead in the third quarter.
From there the Rangers were able to keep the Wildcats at arms-length thanks to some great interplay between Ollie Hayes-Brown and Venky Jois. This was in contrast to the week prior with both players looking a little lost offensively. Throughout this weekend the duo really seemed to find their footing and will hold the Rangers in good stead going forward.
Unfortunately they couldn’t quite get us over the line on Saturday night with the game’s progress an almost mirror-flip of the Rangers Friday night game. Leading early, our Men looked fantastic in front of our home fans and likely to secure another big win.
But the NW Tasmania Thunder brought exactly that in the second half as they locked down our Rangers on defense and secured an impressive interstate victory. A tough, physical game, both teams played hard at each end throughout but the Thunder just shot that bit better in the second half.
A mixed bag of results but there’s still plenty of positives to keep us excited for the second half of the NBL1 season! We’ll be back in action at home this Sunday for a matinee day of competition against the Geelong Supercats, with our Ranger Women kicking things off at 12PM followed by our Ranger Men at 2PM.
Be sure to grab your tickets today and get ready to #RideWithUs this Sunday!
NEXT HOME GAME – DANDENONG RANGERS VS. GEELONG SUPERCATS
Event Date: Sunday July 18th
Doors Open: 11:00AM
Women Tip Off: 12:00PM
Men Tip Off: 2:00PM
Tickets: Available now via Intix