Hobart 72 - - - 80 Kilsyth
The guys had a tough time in the first half of the game. Number 14 player Cameron Brown commented "We lost the first quarter, but I think we ran the other three quarters". The results support Cam's take on the game. During the second half of the game, the Chargers scored 42 points to Kilsyth's 29. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to bring the team a first-game victory.
"We just gotta come back"
- Anthony Stewart, Men's Coach, Post-game interview
Despite the loss, the team showed a lot of potential. Tre Nichols is ranked 5th highest scorer of the league and Craig Moller is 2nd for total rebounds. If the team plays like they did in the second half of this game for the rest of the season, there is a very good chance of making the finals.
Hobart 64 - - - 101 Kilsyth
The womens team kept the game close until half-time, with the score sitting at 36-46 in Kilsyth's favour. Unfortunately Kilsyth dominated the second half and took the game away from the Chargers. The game was always set to be a tough one - Kilsyth's team on paper is one of the strongest squads in the league. The post-game stats show how strong the Cobras are, with Kilsyth players littered all over the leaderboards for season statistics.
"Defensively, we just weren't anywhere near where we needed to be"
- Dwain Davie, Women's Coach, Post-game interview
The Hobart side was down two key players for this match. Imports Brittany Smart and Kathleen Scheer (who was voted SEABL defensive player of the year for 2017) were unable to play, with Smart injured and Scheer interstate. With the return of these players and a revision of strategy, the team is in a good position to reach a 1:1 win/loss ratio after Game 2.