Wolves chase an­other SBL ti­tle

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

WAFL club Su­bi­aco might get the plau­dits as the power state league team of this decade, but the Joon­dalup Wolves have made a strong case to be con­sid­ered in that con­ver­sa­tion.

The State Bas­ket­ball League side is head­ing into its sixth grand fi­nal this week­end with a shot at its third ti­tle from nine sea­sons since 2010.

Su­bi­aco has con­tested four grand fi­nals with two pre­mier­ships in that time and ap­pears headed for a fifth ap­pear­ance in this year’s de­cider.

Joon­dalup chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Britt raised the Su­bi­aco com­par­i­son af­ter it was brought to his at­ten­tion by a Wolves mem­ber. He de­scribed it as “rar­efied air”.

“They’re (Su­bi­aco) cer­tainly a club that’s well recog­nised in WA for their suc­cess and on­go­ing abil­ity to be right in there at the pointy end of a sea­son,” he said. “So it’s quite nice to see that we’re run­ning along side them.”

The Wolves, who face the Perry Lakes Hawks at Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre on Satur­day, have en­joyed just as big a sea­son off the court as they have on it.

Big­ger crowds have fol­lowed them to their mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar new home court at HBF Arena af­ter they ended nearly 30 years at Joon­dalup Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium last sea­son.

In re­cent sea­sons, it was rare for the Wolves to land a crowd big­ger than 500 in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

This year, they had an av­er­age at­ten­dance of 550.

That num­ber peaked at 866 with their semi-fi­nal against Stir­ling ear­lier this month.

Britt said that game was “enor­mous to man­age but highly sat­is­fy­ing”.

“We had prob­a­bly 75 peo­ple who didn’t see the whole first quar­ter, such was the surge of at­ten­dees ar­riv­ing just be­fore tip-off,” he said. “Our fans have saluted in terms of their at­ten­dance and in­ter­est.

“It would be ic­ing on the cake to hang a (cham­pi­onship) ban­ner on our de­but year in the arena.”

Pic­ture: Michael Far­nell

Trian Iliadis drives to the bas­ket in game 2 of the SBL semi-fi­nals against Stir­ling.

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