Adelaide and Perth had the weekend off, while Aces and Cavalry fans got their first taste of ABL action for the 2014/15 season. A weekend where two sides dominated the win column sees movement in the power rankings.
1. Perth Heat (Season high-1, Last week – 1) – The Heat are the only team to keep their spot from last week. Despite being inactive over the weekend, the Heat keep the top spot on the back of their performance against Sydney in week one where they were able to work their way from an 0-2 hole to earn a split. The trip to Adelaide, who were also inactive this week, will be a real test for Steve Fish’s men.
2. Sydney Blue Sox (Season high-2, Last week-3) – The Blue Sox moving up after taking three games in Canberra. Four errors in the Friday clash cost the Blue Sox a sweep and the top spot in the ABL standings. The Blue Sox continued to dominate with the bats scoring 21 runs across the four games, a feat which is going to make them tough to beat if they can repeat it across the season.
3. Brisbane Bandits (Season high-3, Last week-4) – The Bandits found themselves in Melbourne over the weekend, taking three of four from the Aces. Saturday and Sunday saw extra innings at Melbourne Ballpark but the Bandits were able to preserve their bullpen, using four men across the two games, which were eventually split between the teams. The Bandits showed their power with the long ball on Friday night, belting 6 home runs on their way to a 10-3 victory.
4. Adelaide Bite (Season high-1, Last week-2) – The Bite fall again this week through a combination of being inactive and their inability to win the series against Brisbane after jumping to a 2-0 lead. A pair of exhibition wins will have kept the squad sharp. A return to Norwood Oval for the first time this season will show what sort of year Bite fans are in for.
5. Melbourne Aces (Season high-5, Last week-6) – The Aces move from the cellar on the back of their lone victory and the potential of what might have been. If not for four errors on Monday and a lack of key hitting on Sunday the Aces could have taken the series. This should have Aces fans in good spirit as they head to Brisbane this weekend.
6. Canberra Cavalry (Season high-5, Last week-5) – Pitching depth had been outlined as a key concern for the Cavalry and it reared its ugly head against the Blue Sox. The Cavalry were lucky to get away with a win across the weekend and will be dreading the return trip to Sydney this weekend. On a positive note for the Cavalry, Sean Toler is returning to the ABL and should be available for the series against Perth.