- Hawks Look At Season Defining Round
- Taipans Focus On First Win
- Bevo Is Glad The Hawks Lost
- Powell “I do know a lot of really good players come from Australia”
- Shawn Redhage 350 Games [Photos]
- Sydney Kings Sign Josh Powell
- Bennie Lewis Returns To Melbourne
- Lemanis Happy With Brisbane Crowd
- Cadee Stays In Sydney
- AJ Ogilvy Re-signs With Hawks
Agent Orange: Like A Roundhouse Kick From Holly Holm
- Updated: November 20, 2015
Like a roundhouse kick from Holly Holm, the Taipans proved that if you have a pulse and put your pants on one leg at a time anyone can be beaten. Agent Orange will be the first to admit my normal foolhardy victory bravado was tinged with worry that a supercilious Melbourne United would storm our gates and burn down our bastille at last Friday night’s game. While they’ve scraped through a couple of tight games, they have firepower not seen since a leather-strapped Cher straddled the battleship USS Missouri’s main cannon. Much like Cher’s later career, United failed to live up to the standard previously set and flopped to the delight of the Orange Army.
Much credit needs to be given to the battle plan drawn up by the coaching staff and to the execution of the men running up and down on the pine. In particular to Captain Cam Gliddon, who had the daunting task of guarding the mercurial Chris Goulding for most of the game. Goulding has been leading the league in points per game and shots taken (and made) from the car park, while much had been made of Gliddon not being able to hit the side of a barn door with a handful of Beluga Whales (2/18 from 3-point range in the past 4 games). Forty minutes later, not only did Gliddon reverse his shooting slump, but his defensive pressure reduced one of the league’s best, most accurate marksmen, to the NBL’s largest exporter of bricks. They don’t give the Moustache of Leadership to just anyone – you have to be handy with that round thing filled with air.
While there is still much to improve, the Taipans look to have gotten their groove back, groove that will be put to the test in Perth on Sunday; nothing against the Wildcats comes easy. They’re even more of a challenge now that they’re anchored by a man who is a beanstalk away from a fairly tale character, the largest human in Australia, Mr Nate Jawai, but slaying giants is nothing new to the Taipans. Bring it on.