The Perth Wildcats hosted the Adelaide 36ers for game 1 of the 2013/14 NBL Grand Final on Monday 6th April. The game followed the controversy of the NBL MVP Awards held a few nights earlier.I arrived a couple of hours before the game and you could feel the energy around the Perth Arena. Even though the doors hadn’t yet opened to the general public, there was a gathering crowd outside waiting for opening of the Arena. Inside it was the calm before the storm as some of the Wildcats players shot some baskets, stretched, and were getting in the zone for the big game.
Fast forward 1 hour and the doors had swung open, the crowd was streaming through the doors in their hundreds, and the Arena was starting to buzz.
This was my second Grand Final series I had photographed for the Wildcats. I also shot the Grand Final series last season when the Wildcats went down to the New Zealand Breakers last season. It was also my first game after winning the 2013/14 NBL Photo of the Year Award at the NBL G-Shock Media Awards. To say I was excited is an understatement.
The brief for a Grand Final series is a little different then a regular game – whilst it was my job to capture the action on the court, my brief also included some crowd shots to capture the energy and excitement inside the Perth Arena.
As you probably already know, the Wildcats won the game 92 – 85 infront of 13,291 fans. Here are some of the highlights on and off the court.