VENUE & DATE: IceArena, Adelaide, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of August 2012
LAST TIME: 13/05/12 – Adrenaline 8 defeated Blue Tongues 4 at the Iceland, Bundall
WHAT’S WHAT: If results had gone the way of the Blue Tongues last weekend, this matchup may have had a lot more riding on it than pride and momentum. As it is, the term dead rubber could be used however the atmosphere at Thebarton’s IceArena will be far from dead as the Adelaide faithful send their boys off to yet another AIHL Finals Series – the fourth in a row for the Adelaide franchise.
The Blue Tongues will be keen to finish off their 2012 campaign on the up after seeing both highs and lows this year. When at their best, the Blue Tongues have proven that they can beat any side in any venue, however consistency has been a large part of the Blue Tongues’ downfall.
WHO’S HOT: Finding some good late season form has been Jon Bale scoring a fantastic four against the Ice Dogs last weekend. All four of Bale’s goals were assisted by former Melbourne Mustang James Sanford. Another Blue Tongue that has been hot pretty much all season is Anthony Kimlin. Kimlin despite a mid season ankle injury that saw him miss many games for the Queensland side has performed brilliantly, arguably the most consistent on the Blue Tongues’ roster.
Scoring multiple game goals seems to have been somewhat of a regularity in the Adelaide camp with Captain Greg Oddy leading the way. Oddy has scored multiple goals on six occasions in 2012 in what may well be his best ever season in the AIHL. While Oddy’s return after injury has been great, the team leading Brett Liscomb has been super consistent sitting on 43 points for the season. Liscomb acts almost as a quarterback for the Adrenaline and that showed in their last game against the Mustangs where although he did not score himself, Liscomb came up with 5 assists proving he should never be left unattended.
WE THINK: Looking to build a head of steam before the Finals weekend where they first take on the Newcastle North Stars, the Adrenaline will come away from this double header with two hard fought wins. After the Mustangs pushed them all the way in Melbourne, the Blue Tongues will do the same and make the Adelaide side work for their wins in arguably the best sort of preparation Coach Ryan O’Handley could ask for.
by Andrew Hewitt
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