Mia Loyd with the block in the Indigenous Round of NBL1 featuring uniform design by women's head coach Cassie Dover (Deadly Creations) - Photo Credit - Al Minifie
Both teams featured indigenous uniform designs. The Roar's kit was created by Veto Sports from a painting by proud Yugubir woman, and RedCity Roar women's coach, Cassie Dover (Deadly Creations). The painting was a gift to the RedCity Roar Association after last year's Indigenous round and Veto turned it into a living, moving, piece of art. The game featured a "Welcome to Country" and dancers of the Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation from Minjerribah and also indigenous dancers from St James College.
The Simple Promo Co RedCity Roar women clinched a nail biter against the visiting South West Metro Pirates at the the First National Real Estate "Den" at the Paul Bancroft Centre. Neither team could capitalize on their offence with shots of both teams just not falling. It was the type of game that would be determined by who got more possessions or who made the plays at the business end of the game. Apart from Mia Loyd (18 points) for the Roar everyone struggled with to score efficiently. Possessions were a factor with the Roar forcing the Pirates into more turnovers and winning the battle on the boards. The Pirates played well down the stretch and got their noses in front with 54 seconds left 53 -52. A foul on the Roar's Ari Moorer on a drive to the basket created two clutch free throw opportunities. Ari calmly slotted both and gave the Roar the lead. A defensive stop on the next play and another drive and foul drawn by Ari Moorer, followed by another two clutch free throws had the Roar up by three points with 18 seconds to go. The Pirates took a time out to advance the ball for a chance to tie the game game with a three pointer, however Myka Arthur stole the inbounds pass and was fouled on the layup attempt. Myka hit both shots to seal the game 58-53.
In the men's game the Plasmaide RedCty Roar had a convincing win over the South West Metro Pirates. Spencer Parker had another dominant performance with 30 points. The Roar had contributions across the floor and the crowd got behind indigenous brothers Aidan and Bailey Graham as well as a rapid fire performance of Gareth Lyle who had 6 points in just over two minutes that inspired chants of "M-V-P, M-V-P" from the crowd. Replacement player for Jarett Croff, Josh Derksen, had a successful outing in his first game with the Roar with 10 points. The Roar ran out comfortable winners 102 - 78.
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