FLASHBACK: The way they were
FLASHBACK: The way they were

This report appeared in the South Western Times — the Bunbury Herald’s sister newspaper — on Tuesday, April 14, 1992.

The women’s team plays its first game in 1992 Slammers Simone Rogers looks to drive past Mandy Coombes from the Swan City Mustangs in one of South West’s early games.

SBL debutants give Willetton big scare

The South Western Times report detailing the team’s first ever game against Willetton.

The Chicken Treat Slammers women’s basketball team sounded a warning that they will not be taken lightly by future opponents when they held a powerful Willetton Tigers to 10 points in their State Basketball League debut in Perth last Saturday night.The Tigers won 70-60.

Many thought after their two pre-season thrashings the Slammers would capitulate to the big Willetton team.

But the courageous South West team put in a month’s determined graft in their SBL debut and it paid off.

Jodie Griffith scored 14 points and pulled down a whopping 17 rebounds.

But more importantly she held former Breakers star Tanya Fisher to just 16 points for the match.

Simone Rogers was another Slammer to show her paces, coming through her first SBL match with the game top score of 21 points while youngster Nerilee Miller scored 10 points in a promising start to her SBL career, the referees awarding her one point towards the MVP behind Tigers Tanya Fisher and Robyn Brown.

Captain Caroline Harvie showed her SBL experience by controlling the match with finesse before fouling out, while Michelle Blakiston worked tirelessly inside the keyway.

The Slammers started sensationally, with teenager Miller opening her SBL scoring account in the first minute and Blakiston putting up the second basket of the game a minute later.

The Slammers led for the first eight minutes of the match, but as the Tigers settled down they started to take command.

But a fighting Slammers never let them get away and were shaded by a single point at quarter time.

The Slammers’ worst quarter was the second when a few too many fouls and a couple of nervous turnovers saw them downed 10-17 for a halftime score of 30-38.

The visitors kep in touch during the third term (10-14) and then, realising the Tigers were not as awesome as they thought, they took it right up to their opponents with a fine 20-18 final quarter.

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