NBL 1 West Champions awarded
By Jevan Collins
We saw two great grand finals played in the NBL1 West over the weekend between Willetton and Joondalup in the woman and Perry lakes and Rockingham in the men.
Willetton Vs Joondalup 65-54
In what was Kayla Steindl last game for Joondalup before her and son Noah move to Tasmania with husband Clint who has signed with the Jack Jumpers in the NBL, Joondalup took on the most successful woman team in the competition Willetton. Joondalup got off to a good start by taking an early quarter-time lead before Willetton came out all guns blazing in the final 3 quarters, regular-season MVP Alex sharp proved she was made for the big stage as she won grand final MVP with 13 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal to help Willetton to their 9th women’s title by 10 points and first since 2016 to be crown the inaugural winners of the NBL1 West.
Perry Lakes Vs Rockingham 92-82
Perry lakes wanted to bounce back after last year’s Grand final loss to the Warwick Senators last year in the West coast classic, Rockingham, on the other hand, were going into their first Grand final to see if they could win their first title. These two teams had already met in the qualifying final earlier with Perry Lakes winning the encounter, but this game was much closer than the qualifying final with the lead changing 7 times in the game with the game highlight coming on the three quarter time buzzer via a half-court shot which put the hawks in front and they never looked back as grand final MVP Andrew Ferguson finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 1 assist to help his side win their 7th championship by 10 points to win the inaugural championship the NBL1 West.
Overall what a great season it was in 2021 congratulations to the champions both Willetton and Perry Lakes and looking forward to the second season of the NBL1 West in 2022.