Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Week of Missed Opportunity

The race for playoff positions are really hotting up, but the last week only tightened it more. All teams trying to snag the fourth seed failed to establish or claw their way towards securing that spot.

Ourselves, we only have to look in the mirror to see who to blame. The game against the Hawks was probably our worst of the season. I will be able to confirm this after practice as we will be watching the game in its entirety.

Perth seemed to lead for most of the game against the Tigers, but came up short by a point. A win here would have helped the Wildcats big time in moving up. This is a team we cannot afford to be tied with at the end of the season. They have the split on us.

Cairns could not get a rare road win in Melbourne so they remained idle on the ladder for another week. They play Brisbane New Year's Eve night, so once again like us, they have a chance to move up with a win.

New Zealand took Sydney to overtime but came up short at the end. Once again, they led most of the way, but the Kings made more plays when required.

Gold Coast had the best chance to put their hand up, but ran into a Bullets team seeking revenge from a loss the night before. The Blaze play us New Year's Eve which is the first of three remaining games between these two Queensland franchises. This series is going to have a large bearing on how the playoff position end up.

For now the ladder remains the same as it did before these last games started. Only difference is some teams may be looking over their shoulder as Adelaide is making a late run for the playoffs.

With the season beginning to wind down, teams need to start mounting their charge for a top four position, otherwise time will beat all to the finish line. This last month of games are going to be rippers, I can only hope we (the Crocs) make the most of the opportunity presented.

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