Despite sitting above the Tigers on the ladder, everyone on the Chargers side knew this would be a tough game. Both teams had won four of their last five games before Friday's game, and neither side wanted to tarnish that record.
There was never a doubt that going up against the top ranking team would be a challenge for the Chargers. Nunawading played a strong first half, but the boys were able to match them, resulting in a tied game when the half-time bell rang.
Tallying a league-high for the season with 43 points, Craig Moller has earned the Round 8 Player of the Week award after leading the Hobart Chargers to an important top-four victory against his old club, Ballarat Miners.
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HOBART faces a crunch 24 hours against two of the most dominant SEABL sides of recent times but the rewards will be huge if the side can continue its own blazing form.The Chargers host last year’s East Conference finalists Mt Gambier at home tonight.
In unfamiliar territory outside a finals position at the moment, Mt. Gambier sit at 3-3 and face a difficult road trip against one of the better home teams so far this season in Hobart who own a 5-2 record overall.
The Chargers are 3-1 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and are winning by an average margin of 14 points while four victories on the trot have raced them into fourth position after a shaky opening fortnight.
The first quarter of Round 3 saw the boys trailing by 7 points, before an awesome catchup leading to a 16 point lead at half time. The stampede continued to the end of the third quarter with a 10 point lead, before a tough final quarter with outstanding play from the opposing team, leading to their four point victory.
Hobart coach Anthony Stewart was impressed by returning forward Zac White, back from a groin strain, and his gallant guard. “Tre did very well for us today,” Stewart said. “Everyone played their role — Matt Young ended up with 23 and Craig [Moller] and Zac were very good defensively.
Smart, 32, will bring a wealth of experience to the Chargers line-up having played professionally in Belgium and Sweden and also having played the past three years in the WNBL for the Melbourne Boomers, falling just short in the final playoffs last season.