The Geraldton Buccaneers are back in the NBL1 West grand final, as they hope to redeem last year’s heartbreaking loss in the big game. After a long season, the Buccs have made their way back to the grand final thanks to their convincing 119-83 win against the Redbacks on Saturday. Even though Geraldton had failed to beat the Redbacks in their previous two meetings earlier in the season, they got the job done when it mattered most and now they will get the chance to play for another championship. The Buccaneers remained dominant in Geraldton, proving home court advantage exists as they capped off their season going 12-0 at Activewest stadium. After a fast-paced first quarter when both teams combined for 70 points, it was Geraldton who took full control of the ball game after the second quarter. Now the team will get the chance to redeem their loss in last year’s grand final, after finishing the 2022 season on top of the ladder, they fell to the Rockingham Flames 91-79. While the makings of a 2022 rematch seemed likely, the Buccaneers sat in the changeroom after their win to watch the Flames fall in overtime to the Joondalup Wolves. Now the Buccs will face the Wolves on Saturday for a chance to win their first grand final since the 2019 season, when they defeated none other than Joondalup. During the regular season the two teams split games between each other, with each team winning at home, now they will face for a final time at a neutral stadium. Although the loss to the Wolves happened in only the third game of their season, now the Buccs are on a roll and seem to have found their groove at just the right time. “If you asked me this at the start of the year we probably thought it was a long way off, but the boys have become good at the right time,” coach Dayle Joseph said. “We said we’d hope to make the play-offs and see if we could do some damage once we got here, to finish as high as we did and get the home final made a hell of a difference.” This will be the ninth grand final appearance for Geraldton but the team will hope to overcome their poor record in the big dance, as they have gone 2-6 in previous appearances. This is the first time the Buccs have appeared in consecutive grand finals since 2001. The team will face Joondalup at Bendat Basketball Stadium on Saturday, August 12, for championship glory in front of a crowd that sold out within a day of tickets being released.