Wollongong Roller Hawks lose NWBL double-header to Queensland

Finals push: Michael Auprince drives to the basket against Queensland. Picture: Geoff Adams
Finals push: Michael Auprince drives to the basket against Queensland. Picture: Geoff Adams

The Wollongong Roller Hawks have been forced into a sudden-death showdown with the Red Dust Heelers after losing their final round games against Queensland.

A power outage at Shellharbour forced the double-header to be played as back-to-back games on Sunday. It proved an omen for the Hawks, who were shutdown 54-42 in the first clash, before being forced to extra-time in the second.

The Spinning Bullets held their nerve to lead by four in over-time, a late Brett Stibners three proving a consolation in the 68-67 loss.

“They’re a very good team, they’ve got very good chair skills,” Roller Hawks coach Brendan Dowler said. 

“They’ve got a differentiator with their aggressiveness in ‘D’ and their chair skill. They disrupted us offensively and while we tried to adapt to that, we weren’t able to execute. A few turnovers, a few missed layups, a few missed box outs, they all added up.”

Finishing third on the ladder, the finals are now played in Brisbane, starting on Friday week.