Knox on the other hand will be pleased with their victory over Brisbane last week. The Raiders came from 3 points down at three quarter time to storm home and win by 12. Moreover, if the defeat to Albury/Wodonga in round 20 is ignored, Knox has won seven of their last nine matches, with the only losses coming against Hobart and Kilsyth.
Kilsyth Cobras (19-8) v Knox Raiders (15-12), Kilsyth Indoor Sports Centre, 7:30pm Saturday, Aug 14
On a personal level, Kilsyth Head Coach Grant Wallace played for one year at Knox, and Knox Head Coach Graham Longstaff actually coached Wallace in 1987 and 1990 for the North-East Melbourne Arrows. The Arrows competed in the Continental Basketball Association, an early forerunner of the SEABL competition.
Knox Raiders vs Kilsyth Cobras
The NBL1 Cobra Men have bounced back with a solid Round 9 weekend, losing a thriller on the road to the Eltham Wildcats on Saturday before lighting up the Waverley Falcons on Sunday in spectacular fashion. Entering the weekend on a four-game skid, the Cobras brought a renewed focus on the defensive end, and it
Fernandez Lockett managed only 3 points in 36:10 minutes against the Braves, so look for the swingman to bounce back this week. Ryan Bathie is the other danger; his 23 points against Bendigo accounted for 41.8% of Kilsyths entire score, and his average points per game is up to 17.0 over the last four games against his season average of 14.3.
Across the two games, Knox have shot a poor 33.1 FG%, while Fernandez Lockett obviously enjoys playing against the Raiders, averaging 24 points and 9.5 boards in the two games this season.
Knox on the other hand is finding form at the right time. The losses this year to the Cobras could give them added incentive to win, but will also be in the back of their mind when the sides hit the pine for the third time this year. So expect to see a typically tough, physical contest when one of the oldest SEABL rivalries continues on Saturday night.
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The long awaited NBL1 season is finally here! And what a better way to start the season than to ignite once again the age-old rivalry that is the Ashes Cup, between two of the largest basketball organisations in Australia Knox Raiders and Kilsyth Cobras.
The NWBL Cobra Men make their 2019 home this weekend, taking on the Queensland Spinning Bullets in a trio of home games, while the VYC Men and Women are back in action on Hugh McMenamin Court when they play host to Diamond Valley and Ballarat, respectively, on Saturday night. The VYC Women enter the
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For our Womens side, Lucy Dawson, Bec Ott and Leah Santomaggio (Melbourne Boomers) return to the court, as well as Rachel Quirk.
With the Ashes Trophy in the balance, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will take on the Knox Raiders this Saturday 21st July, with tip-off at 8.15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
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Kilsyth have won both encounters this year. In round 16 Kilsyth lead all the way to win convincingly, but in round 2 the contest was much tighter, with only 4 points separating the teams at full time after scores were level at the half.
Knox Raiders Senior Men vs Kilsyth Cobras
Kilsyth must see themselves as title contenders after beating the Supercats in Geelong only a fortnight ago, and the Cobras will be hurting from their loss to Bendigo last week. The best remedy to heal the pain from that loss will be to put arch-rival Knox to the sword in front of a parochial home crowd this week.
Kilsyths seven game winning streak came to an abrupt halt against the Bendigo Braves last week. In what was a defensively-oriented match, the Braves strangled the Cobras into only 25 second-half points. This is impressive given that Bendigo have been more offensively-minded this year, averaging 88.9 points per game versus Kilsyths 80.0.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras will take on the Knox Raiders this Saturday 21st July for the Ashes Trophy, tip-off is at 6.15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
LAST TIME THEY MET The Swinburne Lady Cobras were dealt their first loss of the season at the Knox Stadium, losing the matchup by 15 points (69-54). A big second quarter by the Raiders (27-12) gave them a lead that was too hard for the Swinburne Lady Cobras to bridge.
Regaining their composure in Season 2012, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will aim to take a big scalp when the Knox Raiders hit Hugh McMenamin Court this Saturday night. With a game against Mt. Gambier the night before, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will look to bring their recent form to the court this weekend. On a six-game win streak, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras are coming off a big weekend with wins against Geelong (22 points) and Brisbane (44 points), and returning themselves to the top-four.
Also look for Joshua West and Malik Meunier, home-grown talent produced from our Knox Junior Raiders program, coming up to NBL1 after competing in BigVs Youth League Champ competition last year.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will look at regaining the Ashes when rivals Knox Raiders head to Kilsyth Sports Centre this weekend to defend the coveted trophy.
Staring down the barrel of two straight losses, the Swinburne Lady Cobras have hit unfamiliar territory thus fair in Season 2012, and will look at reversing recent form and getting back in the winners circle when the Knox Raiders come to town. Coming off the back of losses last weekend against Geelong by 6 points and Brisbane bythree points, the Swinburne Lady Cobras will aim to regain some composure against the South Conferences leader, who are on an eight game win streak and have but one loss to their name in SEABL Competition.
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Our Mens team will welcome back former Knox Raider SEABL players Mike Rose and Simon Grant as well as fan favourite Durrell Nugget McDonald. Sharp shooter Casey Marshall and big man Abe Nyok will also return to don the Raider gold this weekend.
Fans on both sides will welcome the first inaugural season that is the new NBL1 that will aim to bring a new level of excitement and atmosphere to semi-pro basketball in Australia.
While CJ Massingale remains crucial to the Raiders hopes of defending their title, the return to form of Lester Strong should have any opposition side worried at the moment. Strong had a match winning 41 points and 13 rebounds against Brisbane, as the Spartans struggled to find answers to his strength and quickness.
Coming off a bye, this in-form Knox Raiders outfit will aim to make the Swinburne Lady Cobras number nine on their win-streak this Saturday night. Prior to the bye, Knox had defeated both Nunawading and Launceston 13 points and 34 points respectively. The Swinburne Lady Cobras will look at locking up second spot this weekend, and regaining the wood on what will be their biggest competitor come playoffs.