DANDENONG and Townsville have the capabilities of denying the Bendigo Spirit a second-straight title, according to WNBL coach of the Year Guy Molloy.
While Molloy said the Spirit were deserved favourites for the WNBL championship, he said Bendigo would be foolish to write off either of its potential grand final opponents.
"It's never as simple as Bendigo should win the grand final,'' Molloy said.
"The mentality of Townsville and Dandenong is different.
"From the outside looking in Townsville think they can beat Bendigo, but Dandenong don't think they can.
"In terms of talent, Dandenong is a better chance (to beat Bendigo), but they seem to have lost their way in the past month.
"Bendigo has had a great season and they must be a better than 50 per cent chance of winning the grand final, but it still comes down to one game."
Molloy and the Melbourne Boomers' season finished on Saturday when they lost an enthralling semi-final to Townsville.
A fortnight earlier the Boomers took the Spirit to double overtime in Bendigo.
"The strength for Bendigo is they have by far the most imposing frontcourt in the league,'' Molloy said.
"Even without Elyse (Penaluna), the way they can interchange Griffin, Richards, Blicavs and Aubry through their frontcourt makes them very hard to stop.
"The great thing about Kristi Harrower's game is her vision and the way she can change the movement of the ball to find the best scoring options for her team.
"She's better at that than anyone in the league and it makes it mighty hard for the defence.
"Bendigo is structured in a way that I think is the right way to play. The ball movement through the air and the cutting and screening is a priority."
Molloy said it's hard to split Dandenong and Townsville in this week's preliminary final.
"Momentum favours Townsville, but talent favours Dandenong,'' he said.