Kristi Harrower rates the Bendigo Spirit's rivals

AT the halfway mark of the Women's National Basketball League I thought it would be an opportune time to give you my thoughts on the Bendigo Spirit's rivals.

We've played the other eight teams at least once this season and I've been impressed with the quality of the basketball.

Even though the Spirit sit on top of the ladder with an 11-1 record we are not getting carried away because on any given night any side can beat you.

Here's how I rate the other eight WNBL clubs:

Dandenong (9-3, second place) - The Rangers had a great season last year, but I feel as though they're more dangerous this year.

They're playing together a lot better this year. Their imports are high quality and I've been impressed with point guard Leilani Mitchell.

If you relax against Dandenong they can score 10 points against you very quickly. Certainly one of the big threats to us.

Townsville (8-4, third) - The Fire beat us in the first game of the season. They're always hard to beat at home. I don't think I've ever won at Townsville.

Their first six or seven players are as good as any in the competition. My one doubt is I don't know if they have the same depth as last year.

Looks like they're starting to find their best form and they'll be mighty hard to beat again down the stretch.

Melbourne Boomers (8-4, fourth) - The way they run their plays is great. They play hard and they outwork their opponents.  They remind me of the way we play.

My one question mark is their lack of experience as they are quiet young, but they have showed in their past 12 games that they can compete with anyone.

Getting Rachel Jarry back from injury will make them even tougher.

Adelaide (6-7, fifth) - The Lightning have been hurt by losing some close games.

They have the talent and experience to be a top four team.

The changing of the head coach always takes some time for the players to get used to. I'm expecting them to finish the season strongly.

They pushed us in all three games we played them.

Sydney Uni (5-7, sixth) - For me, Sydney Uni has one of the best rosters in the competition.

You can't take them lightly, they can beat anyone on their day. They're about to get a new US import, so that could be a telling factor as to whether they make the play-offs or not.

Canberra (4-8, eighth) - The Capitals have been helped by the return of Abby Bishop and Natalie Hurst.

Offensively, they're as good as anyone. They can  light up the scoreboard.

A lack of experience in the frontcourt has hurt them, but there is some young talent coming through.

Logan (3-9, ninth) - Logan has put a great group together, they just lack some quality bigs.

You add a couple of bigs into that squad and the win-loss record would look better. The club has had some off-court worries as well and that can play on the minds of players.

West Coast (1-12) - West Coast has had some injury worries this season, but I've noticed in the past few weeks they're a lot more competitive.

We played them a couple of weeks ago and they really made us work hard for the win.

Their first six or seven players are as good as any in the competition.

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