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Caps snatch 6th WNBL title

By toriness - 16 March 2009 14

[First filed: March 14, 2009 @ 14:41]

If you were sitting in front of me in the AIS arena last night, I apologise for what must be a suffering of temporary deafness.

In front of a sell-out (even standing tickets ended up being sold to accommodate fans) screaming crowd, the Caps downed the Boomers last night 61-58 to grab their 6th WNBL title. The lead seesawed (sickeningly if you ask me – although others might say the crowd certainly got their money’s worth for a thrilling match-up) between the Caps and Boomers 11 times throughout the four quarters, including ending the first half with scores dead even. There was no certainty of victory until the final siren went – and then the celebrations began.

What a game!!! All players stepped up and all deserve equal congratulations for getting the Caps, and Canberra, over the line. Congrats to Nat Hurst for the award of Grand Final Most Valuable Player.

GO CAPS!!

Links to full Canberra Times and WNBL reports.

(Comic by Panama)

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Caps snatch 6th WNBL title
stirred21 5:26 pm 16 Mar 09

RuffnReady said :

It might have been a great game in terms of the scores being close throughout, and I guess the D was very good from both teams, but both teams’ offense was HORRIBLE. The Caps had opportunity after opportunity to put that game away and failed to take one of them, not to mention all the blown layups and wide-open mid-range jumpers.

I agree 100%. Great D was played from both teams but Canberra couldnt by a basket esp Bisho (who is my favourite player and a great girl).. Big ups to tolo though who had an absolute blinder! Hope she remains at Canberra next year!

RuffnReady 5:03 pm 15 Mar 09

It might have been a great game in terms of the scores being close throughout, and I guess the D was very good from both teams, but both teams’ offense was HORRIBLE. The Caps had opportunity after opportunity to put that game away and failed to take one of them, not to mention all the blown layups and wide-open mid-range jumpers.

It was particularly grating when they were up by 10 or 11 with 3 or 4 mins to go, Boomers went to a zone, and for the next three possessions the Caps shot 3s… you can’t just go into your shell and settle for outside shots you’ve been mostly missing all game because the other team zones up – you should attack the zone with good ball movement and cutters. Unless you are hot, which they were NOT, settling for 3s on every possession is a surefire way to lose your lead.

Anyway, the Caps were the far more talented squad, but the Boomers played a better team game, and in the end talent won out, particularly Bish’s rebounding which was clutch (although her shot selection and shooting were mostly awful – she’ll learn from that, hopefully).

Congratulations to the Caps, and anyone who questions Graf’s coaching doesn’t understand basketball – she is a superb coach, and i look forward to seeing her coaching the Opals at the next Olympics. Hope she signs that 4 year deal to stay in Canberra.

staria 2:50 pm 15 Mar 09

:o) I know… I just see a few missed opportunities each game that could really fire up their scoring records…

*settles back into armchair*

vg 1:43 pm 15 Mar 09

“We just need more consistent rebounding, both offensive and defensive – we’ve certainly got the height in the team to be outstanding in this area.”

I think the GF result indicates that things are just fine. How much more outstanding do you need than to be GF winners and clearly the best team all year?

staria 11:21 am 15 Mar 09

That was such a nailbiting game! I had such a sore throat afterwards from all the yelling. Nat Hurst definitely deserved the game MVP, and I thought Tolo looked good when she started taking on the Bulleen girls under the net and getting right in there to take a shot. I was hoping to see a bit more out of Bibby, but still quite a solid game from her. We just need more consistent rebounding, both offensive and defensive – we’ve certainly got the height in the team to be outstanding in this area.

All in all a great GF game.

Roadrage77 10:13 am 15 Mar 09

I read the other thread. It’s not like anyone cast any aspersions over Graf’s coaching ability in the first place.

Good onya Caps. Must be a good 20 years since a hoops game at The Palace had that kind’ve atmoshpere!

vg 11:25 pm 14 Mar 09

Most of those who took the piss who no doubt never have graced the sporting arena to a decent standard.

Having shared a brew with the aforementioned CG I can say that you will not find as professional a sporting coach anywhere else on this planet. If some of the modern day NRL coaches had as much intestinal fortitude as Carrie you wouldn’t see as many ass monkeys of the standard of Carney, Watmough and Stewart gracing the field. Someone would ahve done something before it got to the point of juvenile idiocy.

Well done Caps, Canberra’s best ever national sporting team

DJ 8:55 pm 14 Mar 09

That’s the one thanks. Shame on all the people who put her down….

toriness 6:56 pm 14 Mar 09
DJ 5:52 pm 14 Mar 09

JB can we get a link to the post ages ago when there was plenty of taking the piss out of the coach on this very forum?

To those who took the piss… how do you like those apples?

Gobbo 4:27 pm 14 Mar 09

It was marvelous.

A great night, a memorable match.

Some omissions of sight by refs and some argey-bargey.

I roared.

I shouted.

I cheered.

I clapped my hands together until they resembled two plates of raw meat.

I went home very happy.

🙂

Pommy bastard 4:07 pm 14 Mar 09

Oh, my seat was directly behind one young Mz Gallagher, thought earwig as I might I didn’t pick up any hot gossip. (She, however, may now be deaf from my SHOUTING!!)

Neither did I try chatting her up, using my extreme powers of Pommy persuasion, I’m sure you’ll be sad to note.

Pommy bastard 3:15 pm 14 Mar 09

Excellent match, and the best team won by a narrow margin. The place was packed to the rafters, and much good entertainment was had, both on and off the pitch.

The Caps were not as dominant as I would have expected, and the Booomers played their hearts out. One Boomers player (No.4 ) a small dark skinned lass, was on the pitch for the whole of the match.

The usual suspects lifted the Caps game, my daughters fave player, Nat Hurst, was deservedly player of the match.

A fine nights sporting entertainment

Granny 3:08 pm 14 Mar 09

Well done those Canberra Capitals!!

: )

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