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Damo's Dish: Basketball transcends
Monday, October 21, 2013, 06:08:15 PM

Basketball transcends the actual game that is being played on the court.

It can bring people together socially, improve individuals physically or as was the case this weekend it can help you when life isn't going your way.

On Wednesday night our coach's mother passed away. She fought hard but in the end enough was enough and her body shut down. Trevor was back in Victoria by her side and needless to say it was not an easy week for him.

Beating Melbourne on Sunday, the team Trevor had formerly coached, after the week he had off the court was a special win not only for him but for all of us involved and one that won't be forgotten any time soon.

With Trevor in Victoria our assistant coach Andy Stewart took the reins and led us to a good win over a talented Sydney team on Friday night.

It's great playing at Perth Arena and I'm not sure I've heard it ever get as loud as it did after one of James Ennis' three monster dunks during the game.

For Sydney, Brad Hill has slotted in to the 4-man spot with ease. Although smaller than most players in this position he still managed six offensive rebounds and was close to being their best.

Shawn Redhage and Ennis were great for us and a special mention must go to our rookie Tom Jervis who has been fantastic all pre-season. That form has carried over into the regular season which saw him get seven points, seven rebounds and a massive six blocks on Friday night. He then backed that performance up with 10 rebounds on Sunday.

The atmosphere at the Cage on Sunday was impressive.

Their "6th Man" cheering squad was great and has come up with some pretty funny sledges. However, I was offended that they kept chanting "Miami doesn't want you" whenever James Ennis shot free throws but refused to chant it to me when I was in the same situation! Technically it's true. I checked my phone after the game and had no missed calls from Pat Riley or anyone else at the Miami Heat asking me to come over! Just kidding. The 6th man squad is great for the Tigers and something I think other clubs should adopt.

Chris Goulding played his first game back after a serious ankle injury and was incredible scoring 16 points in the first half. Lucas Walker showed that he does more than just dunking the ball and bicep curls when he dominated the third quarter with 12 points and will be a tough match up for opposing big men with his three point shot looking good also.

Again Redhage and Ennis were our best and Shawn hit a massive turn around jump shot to put us up four points with six seconds to go and seal the game. Shawn has the most unique footwork and shot selection I have ever seen. It doesn't always make complete sense but is very successful.

As for our upcoming week, I am writing this while seated on a plane heading to New Zealand for our game against the Breakers on Thursday night.  We will then head to Sydney to end a massive four games in 10 days stretch when we face the Kings in the Harbour City on Sunday.

Finally a special congratulations to two time Olympian and former Townsville Crocodiles player Brad Newley and his wife Bridgette who became parents this week. A future Opal is born named Beth Newley.

Until next week,