Grand Final Previews

Another week of Big V action is upon us! Read about each of the competition’s twelve divisions as they prepare for the weekend of fixtures.

State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women


State Championship Men

Ringwood (1st) vs Eltham (2nd)

Meetings This Season

R8: Eltham 98 def. Ringwood 89
R18: Eltham 96 def. Ringwood 88

From The Coaches

Ken Harrington (Ringwood)

It is always great to be playing in the final two weeks of the Big V season and I am again really proud of the guys who have battled hard to get to this point.

Ringwood and Eltham finished first and second so you can argue that this is a good result and reward for both clubs.

Eltham are a deep, physical and talented group but they also have plenty of experience including coming off their bench. In our two games this season, Eltham beat us quite handily so we will need to find a new idea or two to throw at them.

The Wildcats have great scoring threats with Ben Waldren, Justin Aver, Jordan Canovan, Chris Cameron, Sam Whelan and Simon Bradbury. The import pairing of Sykes and Bonhomme has also been a fantastic addition this season. If we let them get out and run, it will be a difficult series for us.

All games in this series will be sold out, it will be intense and a great spectacle of Big V basketball. 

Trevor Lee (Eltham)

Comment unavailable at time of publish.

Overview

The Big V State Championship Men’s Grand Final series is here, with Ringwood and Eltham going head-to-head in a battle between the leagues two best sides this year.

The Wildcats have beaten Ringwood in both their meetings this season, which is a rare feat for any side in Big V over the past few years.

While the Hawks have home court after finishing as the top seed, that will hold no fear for the ‘Cats after they won at The Rings in the final round of the season.

The ‘Cats must win game one if they are any chance of taking the title, but if they do they will suddenly be in the box seat.

That means that the opening game is crucial to both teams’ chances, and given that Eltham have had the wood over Ringwood this year and are playing at home, they are well poised to take a series lead to Ringwood.

Prediction

Eltham 2-1


State Championship Women

Sunbury Jets vs Southern Peninsula Sharks

G1: Sat Aug 25 @ 7pm Hillview Stadium
G2: Sat Sept 1 @ 7pm Boardman Stadium
G3: Sun Sept 2 @ 1pm Boardman Stadium (if required)

Meetings this season

R5: Sth Peninsula 63 def Sunbury 62
R11: Sth Peninsula 70 lost to Sunbury 79

From the Coaches

Kennedy Kereama (Sunbury)
The team is extremely excited about playing in the grand final series. This part of the season is what every team in the league builds towards and giving yourselves a chance to compete for a championship is a great accomplishment. However, to win this thing we need to get past a very tough outfit in Southern Peninsula and they have got some very big scalps to get here. The Sharks are young, they play hard and they play good team basketball. We won’t be underestimating our opponent and believe that only our best will be good enough to beat this them. I believe we are ready, we have been playing great basketball, and have had a great week preparing. We look forward to a competitive series and electric atmosphere at the Shark Tank.

Gerard Hillier (Sth Peninsula)
What a real buzz it is for our program to be heading in to our first ever State Champ Division Grand Final series (men or women), a really big achievement in itself and a great reward for the many who have forged this pathway and helped deliver our vision. We are really looking forward to taking on a highly skilled and well coached Sunbury Jets, I know both teams will be well prepared for the series, so it is shaping up to be an exciting series.

The Final Word
In one corner we have a young and energetic team with an incredible appetite for intensity and in the other corner we have a team full of vets loaded with huge experience when it comes to winning championships. It makes for an exciting battle and you can’t help but feel we might see three very close games. The Sharks have toppled some big teams to get here and they look like they don’t want this run to end any time soon. As for Sunbury, a three-­‐peat awaits them in what would cap a golden era for the club. Look for a heap of quality match-­‐ ups and some incredible performances. This one should go down to the wire. The Sharks MUST get game one to be any chance at snatching the title.

Prediction
Sunbury 2‐1


Division One Men

Chelsea vs Shepparton
G1: Sat Aug 25 @ 7:30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
G2: Sat Sept 1 @ 7pm Patterson River Stadium
G3: Sun Sept 2 @ 1pm Patterson River Stadium (if required)

Meetings this season
R7: Chelsea 69 lost to Shepparton 75
R12: Shepparton 83 lost to Chelsea 91

Peter Caspersz (Chelsea Coach)
It has been something we have worked hard for since last year’s GF loss, to have the opportunity to go and have another crack. It is something that we feel is a just reward, but we still have a lot of work to do. Congratulations to the Gators on a great season and they have been without doubt the best team we have played all year, quality imports and quality local talent will make them super tough and what a great series it will be. If we can continue our good form and trust within each other then I am confident without being over confident, good luck Gators, bring on the GF!

Leigh Bathman (Shepparton Coach)
Really exciting for our Club & Greater Shepparton community to have the opportunity to host game 1 of the Championship Series. Been a great team effort by our group to reset & refocus throughout the playoffs after an untidy finish to the regular season. Since then we have played to a much higher standard but realise we need to rise to a new level again as Chelsea have been in awesome form winning 16 of their past 17 games, and also reached this stage last season. Our task to beat them twice in 3 games is a huge one but certainly one we are ready to embrace and believe our best form is definitely capable of achieving this. The potency of the “Gull’s Big 3” in Corey Standerfer, Matt Brasser & Mitch Riggs is a formidable trio to contain. They each have different strengths, however complement each other and their role players very well. There will be some great match ups in this series and the big crowds at both venues are sure to be treated to some high-­‐quality basketball. Good luck to all teams & associations competing in the Championship Series across all divisions.

The Final Word
Lots of star players on show and some with the capability of grabbing each game by the neck, but history says (very loudly) that if Shepparton is any chance of taking the title they MUST win the opening game at home. Do that and they are in with a chance, but drop that home game opportunity and the mountain becomes so much bigger. All eyes will be on Corey Standerfer – if he gets off the leash it is hard seeing Chelsea do anything but win. Vines and Coleman have been fantastic all season, can they turn it on in Game 1 and give the Gators an advantage heading to the big smoke? Great match-up.

Prediction
Chelsea win the series 2-0


Division One Women

Casey (1st) vs. Warrnambool (3rd)

G1: The Arc Sports Stadium, Saturday 6pm

G2: Casey Stadium, Saturday 1 Sept, 8pm

G3: Casey Stadium, Sunday 2 Sept, 3pm (if needed)

Meetings this season

R2: Casey defeated Warrnambool 58-57

R13: Warrnambool defeated Casey 81-65

From the coaches

Alex Palazzolo (Casey)

The team is looking forward to the Grand Final contest against Warrnambool. Our players have been challenged both individually and collectively throughout the course of the year however have constantly shown great resilience and an ability to overcome adversity. We look forward to the challenge ahead in what should be a tough and physical series and a fitting end to what’s been a very even season.

Louise Brown (Warrnambool)

Firstly, congratulations to Casey on a great season. We are looking forward to a tight grand final series against a quality team. We are really excited to be hosting game one and are very proud of how far we have come as a team over the season. There will be a few great match ups across the floor throughout this series and I have no doubt each game will go down to the wire.

Overview

It’s hard to go against the ladder leader. Casey has been a dominant force all season and has swept aside Geelong comfortably to book its place in the grand final series. Sharing the minutes through the semi-final series showcases their depth also as Casey has plenty in the tank. The Jeffs, Hood, Hobba and Wilkin continue to impress and impact the game in all facets. Warrnambool knows how to win at Casey Stadium though – taking its Round 13 win earlier this year. They have form on the board and will relish the opportunity to impress on the biggest stage yet. O’Keefe, Wormald, Green, Strom and Sutherland give plenty of options for the side and they might pull a surprise out of the hat. It’s a big might though at this stage.

Prediction

Casey 2-0


Division Two Men

Coburg (2nd) vs Mildura (6th)

G1: Toyota Hothouse, Saturday, 7pm

G2: Coburg Stadium, Saturday 1 Sept, 7pm

G3: Coburg Stadium, Sunday 2 Sept, 1pm (if needed)

Meetings this season

R6: Coburg defeated Mildura 73-53

R12: Coburg defeated Mildura 78-70

From the coaches

Dylan Theis  (Coburg)

We look forward to heading up to Mildura for the start of the Grand Final Series. We look forward to our matchup against Mildura, who has really turned it on for their playoff run, and know it will be a very tough series.

David Curran (Mildura)

Very proud to be coaching this group of guys. We’re looking forward to our battle for the next few games against Coburg. The Hothouse will be packed this weekend, as it will be in the Coburg the next. Let’s go Heat fans!

Overview

The underdog story continues to put up captivating chapters and plot twists. Mildura has bucked convention and qualified for the grand final series as the sixth seed. Calvin Henry and Dallas Brown have been on the ball all year.

Patrick Green, Mweemba Maluma and Jeremiah Juric on the other hand have been a potent trio throughout the season and will be hungry to take the title.

Is it David vs Goliath? The underdog Heat versus the mighty Giants? You’d say so but chalk it up to a bit of optimism… the Heat has toiled and will be hard to beat now the prize is right before the roster.

Prediction

Mildura 2-1


Division Two Women

Craigieburn (1st) vs. Blackburn (4th)

Saturday 6:30pm Mullum Mullum Stadium

Saturday Sep 1 7pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Sunday Sep 2 7pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium (if req’d)

Meetings this season

R1: Blackburn defeated by Craigieburn 36-55

R8: Craigieburn defeated Blackburn 52-49

From the coaches

Ben Carroll (Craigieburn) 

The Eagles girls can’t wait to kick off this Grand Final Series. We have been preparing well and looking forward to the challenge that Blackburn provides. Blackburn have been a team that has prepared well for its opposition and have done really well at wrestling the game to be played on their terms. There are some really key matchups in this game that I’m sure the fans will enjoy watching from both teams. We have the upmost respect for Blackburn and can’t wait for the contest!

Peter Buckle (Blackburn)

Not available at time of publishing

Overview

It’s the battle of the ‘Burns and we can bet this series is going to be lit! Craigieburn have been the team to beat all year and even when their injury run happened they mostly got through games unscathed. The loss against the Panthers was the peak of that. Blackburn started a little slowly but have come home with an outstanding run of form and very methodical in their approach. Week to week, they continue to impress and certainly deserve their spot in the big dance. The key player for Craigieburn to stop will be Golden Hands joint winner Andrea Belmonte, but Victoria Sumskas has also been dominant on the boards and others can pop up and play a role. Blackburn need to stop the influence of Nicole Cameron, Kellie Bailey-Lynn and Rebecca Halsall. The Vikings haven’t had the luxury of a break let alone two the Eagles earned. When they’re in such good form, why stop a good thing or will fatigue play a part? Have the rests helped the Eagles prepare or will it take time to get into the series? Best of luck to both teams and we all look forward to an exciting Div 2 Women’s Grand Final series with promotion and pennant the prize at stake.

Prediction

Craigieburn 2-1


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Season Completed!


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Season Completed!


Youth League One Men

Season Completed!


Youth League One Women

Sunbury (2nd) vs. Keilor (1st)

G1: Boardman Stadium Sat 7pm

G2/3: Keilor Basketball Stadium TBA

Meetings this season

R4: Keilor 62 defeated by Sunbury 70

R10: Keilor 76 defeated Sunbury 44

R14: Sunbury 63 defeated Keilor 49

From the coaches

Andrew Seidel (Sunbury)

Well as they Say; “Welcome to the Big Dance”

All the best to Ryan and the Keilor Youth Girls in this upcoming Grand Final series, which will be hotly contested by the 2 best teams of 2018.

We have done everything possibly as a group up till this day, so hopefully we can now do what is required to win the Championship.

Thank you to everyone involved with our Team and Club this season and hope we can deliver another championship to our Club.

Good luck to all involved

“#GoJets”

Ryan Morris (Keilor)

“This Grand Final Series will be tough for both teams!
Andrew has done a great job this season and has a core group that have seen them deserve their place in this series. 
We are young but hungry for success. The ladies have worked relentlessly to get their opportunity and know it requires our staple of a team effort to get the job done.”

Overview

Goliath vs. Goliath. These two teams have been the benchmark of the competition throughout the course of the season. Finishing 1 and 2 for a reason, these two teams have firepower, desire, aggression, determination and a hunger for championship glory. May the best team win, as we’re in for a cracker of a series!

Prediction

Keilor 2-1


Youth League Two Men

Pakenham (3rd) vs. Frankston (1st)

G1: Cardinia Life Sat 6pm

G2/3: Frankston Basketball Stadium TBA

Meetings this season

R1: Frankston 79 defeated Pakenham 71

R8: Pakenham 69 defeated by Frankston 81

From the coaches

Simo Pajdic (Pakenham)

We come into the grand final series off a good win against a very strong side in Collingwood and have taken a lot of confidence out of it. However, Frankston have beaten us twice in the regular season and we are welcoming the challenge they pose. We know they can put up points in a hurry, so it is on us to limit the damage they can do on the offensive end. We are looking forward to a very competitive grand final series that will be played at a high level.” 

Glenn Eames (Frankston)

Firstly, congratulations to the Warriors on their win last weekend.

Simo has the boys playing some great ball at the right end of the season and they will be a tough opponent.

It would not surprise me if this series went to game 3.”

Overview

An excellent return to the competition for the Blues from Frankston, attempting to etch themselves straight into the record books by returning as champions. It’s been an impressive season after a shaky start and they’ve steadied, as well as composed themselves to become a force of the competition. Six straight wins to finish off the season saw them top of the table and earn the right to claim home court advantage. Can they use that advantage when it matters most? The Warriors did it the hard way, slipping into elimination finals before trumping Collingwood who had proved a handful this season. Can they use their weapons on hand to blow the Blues out of the park early? They’ll need to.

Prediction

Frankston 2-1


Youth League Two Women

Casey Cavaliers (1st) vs. Frankston Blues (3rd)

G1: Frankston Basketball Stadium | Saturday 26 August 2018 | 6:30pm

G2: Casey Stadium | Saturday 1 September 2018 | 6:30pm

G3 (if req.): Casey Stadium | Sunday 2 September 2018 | 12pm

Meetings this season

RD12: Casey Cavaliers 70 def. Frankston Blues 59

RD18: Frankston Blues 73 def. by Casey Cavaliers 88

PF01: Casey Cavaliers 74 def. Frankston Blues 62

From the coaches

Brad Rooff (Casey)

Coaches comment unavailable at time of publish.”

Byron Carpenter (Frankston)

The key factors in our ability to qualify to the grand final series has been our ability to maintain our defensive intensity for the entire game in our wins. The challenge is for us to carry this intensity forward into the grand final against a very strong Casey team.

Overview

The grand final series is poised to be a sensational match-up. The league’s top offensive squad the Casey Cavaliers will take on the best defensive outfit the Frankston Blues. The Cavs have had the Blues number in the previous three match-ups during this season, but Frankston is currently the hottest team in YL2W. Holding opponents to a stellar 57.7 points per game in the post-season, the Blues have been focused on the defensive end. They are going to need to play the series of their lives to hold off the rampaging Casey squad. After the late season hiccup dropping two straight games, the Cavs have rebounded back to its devastating best. This series has all the makings to be a cracker.

Prediction

Casey Cavaliers win series 2-1

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