17 May 2021

The WBCA will hold a competition first this June allowing its teams to top-up their lists ahead of the winter season. Here at WISPA Media, we looked at the bottom 5 sides of the summer rounds, and we asked some questions. What’s the missing ingredient for your team? Who can fill it? Who are the diamonds in the rough?

9th – The Tropics (Pick 1).

An interesting season for the Tropics, finishing just one win out of the 8 and showing enormous positives at the closing of the season. The Tropics would rank 13th for points conceded in rounds 1-5, but would tighten the screws come the easter weekend. Finishing up middle of the table for points against.

The Tropics scored an average of 43 points per game, and when defending well, had the firepower to take some big scalps to the buzzer. The area the tropics should be looking to strengthen is their depth in defence and scoring avenues.

They need someone dynamic, with an established craft and the dare to make game-changing decisions. Tsonas created fantastic opportunities all season as the leading assist maker. And Wanless clamped down most opponents willing to press. The Tropics need a man who can rotate each of those domains.

We are looking at two mid-season nominations. Two former Tropics, as the team demands a player who has proven a connection to the teams functioning unit. The most obvious player screaming out to us is Miller. He’s the first guy back on D and the first up at the ring. He’s steelie and will take the game on. If you’re looking left then you better believe he’s throwing right.

If they don’t have the draft points to make that selection, there is J-Mac. A little slower on defence but can get on a clean scoring run. The only weakness is his passing, it has seemed to lack the kind of ‘umphf’ that Millers generates. Still a handy selection if they can’t grasp Miller.   

Next week:

10thth – The Outsiders

11th – Northern 69ers

Phil Shifter She-he. WISPA Media