The final four teams remaining in the 2011 NWBL season fought out an enthralling weekend of basketball action with the Wollongong Roller Hawks, behind 48 points from Australian Rollers representative Tristan Knowles, defeating the Be Active Perth Wheelcats 95-85 on Sunday to claim the title.
The Roller Hawks were outstanding in the final. They have been in the final for the past four years against Perth and were well coached by Australian Gliders assistant coach Ben Osborne, winning their first title since 2003. Perth have been champions for the past five years, led by the Australian Rollers players Brad Ness, Justin Eveson, Shaun Norris and Michael Hartnett.
The finals were televised and will be shown next Saturday on Aurora TV – see telecast schedule below.
Semi Final (Friday)
Wollongong Rollers Hawks 93 (Shaun Russell 29 points, 18 rebounds, Brett Stibners 26 points, 18 rebounds, Tristan Knowles 24 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists) defeated Be Active Perth Wheelcats 74 (Justin Eveson, triple double of 13 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists, Shaun Norris 23 points, Brad Ness 23 points)
Semi Final (Saturday)
RSL Brisbane Spinning Bullets 85 (Bill Latham 29 points, Agusten Alejos-Alonso 21 points) defeated Sydney Uni Wheelkings 51 (CJ Grogan 25 points, Kylie Gauci 17 points)
Be Active Perth Wheelcats 84 (Shaun Norris 28 points, Justin Eveson 16 points, Brad Ness 13 points) defeated RSL Brisbane Spinning Bullets 67 (Agustin Alejos-Alonso 29 points, Bill Latham 17, Bridie Kean 11 points)
RSL Brisbane Spinning Bullets 83 (Bill Latham 27 points, Agusten Alejos-Alonso 21 points) defeated Sydney Uni Wheelkings 64 (Josh Meoli 20 points, CJ Grogan 14 points)
Wollongong Roller Hawks 95 (Tristan Knowles 48 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, Brett Stibners 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, Shaun Russell 12 points, 12 rebounds) defeated Be Active Perth Wheelcats 85 (Brad Ness 35 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, Justin Eveson 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, Shaun Norris 15 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists)
Aurora TV Telecast Schedule
Saturday 24th 12.30pm
Sunday 25th 11.30am, & 5.30pm
Tuesday 27th 3.00pm
Friday 30th 3.30pm
Wednesday 5th 3.00pm
Thursday 20th 3.30pm
Sunday 23rd 11.30am
Thursday November 17th 8.30pm
Friday November 18th 12.30pm
International Day of People With Disability
Friday 2nd December (Time TBC)
Saturday 3rd December (Time TBC)