Taipans no longer easy­beats

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

ASK and you shall re­ceive.

The Taipans are up and about, and are com­pet­ing at a high level.

The Snakes played their best game against lad­der lead­ers Syd­ney last week, and while they didn’t get the win, the fans had plenty to cheer about.

Late game ex­e­cu­tion cost Cairns in the end, as Syd­ney were able to force clutch shots to be taken by the Taipans role play­ers who didn’t find their mark.

For Syd­ney it was their two for­mer league MVPs in Jerome Ran­dle and Kevin Lisch who were tak­ing turns in putting Cairns to the sword.

Over the past month we’ve seen teams rest star play­ers like Bris­bane’s Cam Bairstow and Perth’s Bryce Cot­ton for the Far North clash.

But the “easy win” la­bel put on this Cairns team has now been changed to “dan­ger game”.

It was great to see Mike Kelly so an­i­mated in his time­outs.

He did a great job sens­ing those mo­ments, and while it goes against ev­ery­thing in his per­son­al­ity, it was fan­tas­tic to see him evolve into more of a “what­ever the team needs” ap­proach.

Mel­bourne have been far from con­vinc­ing, and I be­lieve the de­fend­ing champs are ripe for the pick­ing. Bris­bane took down United with rel­a­tive ease last week after at­tack­ing star guard Chris Gould­ing.

With no Casey Prather and Tai Wes­ley in the United lineup this year they’re miss­ing some se­ri­ous fire­power, and if you can keep Gould­ing a non­fac­tor you’re in with a chance. Mel­bourne have been the Casper Ware show, and that’s about it in re­cent weeks.

New Year’s Eve is a dis­tant mem­ory but I ex­pect some late fire­works in this clash.

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