It is a rivalry for the ages Southern Districts Spartans versus the Brisbane Capitals. Over the years there have been many great matches that have gone down to the wire and this weekend should be no exception.
These storied associations hold a combined 25 QBL Championships across the leagues 33-year history. The women’s match-up is definitely one to watch as the Carina Leagues Club Lady Spartans hold an undefeated record of 4-0 and are on track to delivering a third straight championship to Southern Districts. The two former players turned coaches Rebecca Lewis and Bronwyn Marshall are set to battle it out with tip-off at 6:00pm in Rowland Cowan Stadium.
The men’s game is set to feature a huge list of talent. The marque match-up being the two Bullets teammates Callum Dalton (Spartans) and Will Magney (Capitals) going head-to-head. “The young talent on display is staggering, both Callum and Will are local players who have massive futures in this game, it promises to be a big game,” said Spartans GM Hamish Cain.
The game will also feature home-grown talent for both rosters including ex-Spartan Ben Volkman (Capitals), Josh Derksen (Spartans), Darryl Jnr McDowell-White (Spartans) and QBL-veteran Jacob Allen (Spartans). The two import point guards Chris Whitehead (Spartans) and Aaron Anderson (Capitals) will also bring a flurry of fast-paced highlights.
There will also be no love lost across the coaching benches with both Sam McKinnon (Capitals) and Rob Scheibner (Spartans) being first year QBL Head Coaches at their respective clubs. Coach Scheibner has spent the last two seasons with the Carina Leagues Club Lady Spartans, as lead assistant, claiming two championships. Rob also has a QBL men’s title to his name, winning the championship in 2002 as the then Head coach for the Brisbane Capitals, the Capitals only QBL Men’s Championship to date. Sam is currently on the Brisbane Bullets coaching staff and has made an immediate impact getting the team off to a blistering 4-0 start sitting well atop the QBL table making a charge for the 2019 title.
The “Battle of Brisbane” is played in memory of Mick McSween and is awarded to the club with the best aggregate points for and against, across QBL Men’s and Women’s matches. It is contestable whenever the current holder is playing at home.
Mick McSween first started going to Brisbane Bullets games in 1985 and was a season ticket holder for the next 18 years. After the QBL started, Mick would help with the men’s Brisbane Brewers, after some years he was then appointed to management role with the Brisbane Spartans. Mick was Team Manager for the Queensland U18 Boys’ team in 2013, that same year he suffered a heart attack. Basketball Queensland soon after instituted the “Mick McSween Manager of the Year Award”.
Southern Districts Spartans Vs Brisbane Capitals
Saturday 18th May 2019
Rowland Cowan Stadium
56 Zahel Street, Carina, QLD 4152
Doors open at 5:00pm
Carina Leagues Club Lady Spartans vs Brisbane Capitals tip-off at 6:00pm
Southern Districts Spartans vs Brisbane Capitals tip-off at 8:00pm