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Luina Geelong Lady Supercats (2st East Conference 18-4) vs. Bendigo (1st South Conference 14-8) @ Kilsyth Sports Centre, Saturday 5:30pm

LUINA Geelong Lady Supercats coach David Herbert has played down the significance of his team’s two wins over Bendigo during the regular season ahead of Saturday night’s All-SEABL Championship clash at Kilsyth Sports Centre. The Lady Supercats posted a 26-point win over the Lady Braves in Round 8 as star forward Sara Blicavs exploded for 38 points at the stunning shooting percentage of 73.7%. In Round 15, Blicavs again impressed as she poured in 24 points, this time at 68.8%. That night at Bendigo Stadium, the now—departed Chantel Horvat had 21 points, while Ebony Rolph and Isa Brancatisano both posted double-doubles. Lady Braves import Chante Black did all she could to keep her team competitive with 21 points on 90% shooting. However, veteran guard Kelly Wilson didn’t play in either meeting with Geelong. Her influence in the semi-final win over Dandenong and South Conference championship victory over Launceston couldn’t be denied. She scored 16 points in both contests, while dishing six assists against the Rangers and nine against the Tornadoes. “Both results in the regular season mean nothing,” Herbert said. “It is finals and either team on their day can win this contest.  Bendigo are well coached and have quality experienced players throughout their line-up.” Brancatisano and captain Alex Duck are likely to spend time trying to limit the influence of Wilson, while the Rolph-Black match-up will also be pivotal to the final result.  “At this stage we are still working out our match ups and tactics to counter a number of their players. It is an interesting challenge as both teams have changed so much since the regular season.” With a club record 20 wins for the season under their belt, Herbert isn’t afraid to make adjustments to Geelong’s style – even with one game remaining  – to ensure a first All-SEABL Championship banner hangs from the rafters at Geelong Arena. “We have been working at some new things for this game that we are looking forward to rolling out,” he said. I hope this may give us the slightest edge, but we will have to be at our best to win this contest.”