Bygate and Kereama advance to Grand Final


It has been a good week for Tall Fern Jess Bygate.

Fresh from signing on with the Melbourne Boomers for the upcoming Australian WNBL season Bygate played a major role for the Sunbury Jets as they moved through to the Big V Division 1 Grand Final series beginning next weekend.

The Kennedy Kereama coached Jets had no problems disposing of Mildura Heat at home in ‘The Hangar’ on Saturday. The Jets won 86-57 in game two of the best of three semi-final series having won game one by a similar margin the previous weekend.

Bygate led all scorers with 21 points (10/17FG) and also snared 7 rebounds

It is going to be an uphill struggle for Toni Edmondson and the Perry Lakes Hawks to advance beyond the semi-final stage in the Western Australian State League.

Facing the top ranked Joondalup Wolves the Hawks were outclassed 80-50 in a one sided affair.

Edmondson led the Hawks scoring with 19 points but her team fell behind 21-5 in the opening quarter and trailed 51-14 at half-time – game over!

The Hawks will enjoy home advantage in game two next weekend but it will take a monumental effort to take the series to a decisive third game.

The CJ Bruton coached Brisbane Spartans came unstuck at Bendigo Braves in the SEABL Eastern Conference major semi-final on Saturday convincingly beaten 83-60.

After a season high 22 points last weekend Duane Bailey was unable to repeat that form contributing just 2 points and 4 rebounds to the Spartans effort.

Brisbane will now face Nunawading Spectres in the Eastern Conference Preliminary Final next weekend. A win would set them up for a rematch against Bendigo in the Conference Final.

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