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Big V Big Bounce is just days away and I for one can’t wait to see some of the stars of our men’s competitions going head to head. Entry down at MSAC this Saturday is free, so no excuses.

The ladies played against Japan last year, so this time around it’s all about the blokes and from what I’ve heard around the traps the lads are definitely coming to play!

For what it’s worth I think Marcus Timmons and MegaTron will steal the show against the D1M, I’ll go with Ivan The Destroyer to teach the Youthies a few lessons, which will then pit the D2M up against the SCM in the final.

Who will take out the Big V Big Bounce? Get along and find out!

We’ll be sure to have the Big V TV camera out and about, so get along and steal some of the spotlight as we settle in to watch three great games. Loud and proud ladies and gentlemen – bring your voices and enjoy the show!

Now, me and my big mouth! Looks like all you have to do to get people fired up around here is put a slab or two on the table and hey presto! It worked wonders for those Keysie Cougars! Happy to help out boys.

True to my word, Keysborough have a slab coming their way for beating McKinnon last week, though they missed out on the double-up after Sweet Cal managed to sneak a couple of points at the charity stripe.

And yes I am aware that The Vulture, Timmy O and their Dragon mates not only beat the Cougars the night before, but they also kept the great man scoreless, however my bet was with Keysie, so sit tight Dragons and let’s see what I can put on the line for you in the coming weeks?

One thing that my young mate Cal has perfected this season is calling teams out, and thankfully it fires a few up and we see a reversal in fortunes almost immediately.

So let me do something that Sweet Cal won’t do for fear of the great MT flattening him – I’m calling out McKinnon!

The Cougars were held to 3pts in the second quarter against Camberwell last Saturday, and then they coughed up the chance to redeem themselves on Sunday against Keysborough.

All jokes aside, if McKinnon expect to be a serious contender this season then they need to pull their socks up quick smart. Right now Marcus and his charges are in need of a kick up the backside, so hopefully this does the trick.

Moving along, I wonder if the Idaho Vandals had a smile on their collective faces when they saw Stacey Barr’s stats line against Whittlesea? The dynamic guard outscored the Pacers on her own, slotting away 55pts in an amazing performance.

The Vandals must be pretty damn excited to see their new Freshman ripping games apart and, let’s be honest, Whittlesea are hardly fodder. I’m not going to open up the State U20 selections again, but it does take a special player to net 55pts in the D1W competition. Enough said.

Question now is who exactly is going to score for the Gators when Stacey crosses the Pacific? Mind you, who cares – the publicity generated by The Vandal has been worth its weight in gold. Altona must be lapping it up and hopefully Stacey’s achievements are generating some excitement amongst the club’s junior ranks.

Now, I’ll have to check my horoscopes and the stars to see if we had a full moon over the weekend because some of the reports sent through to me on abuse of players and referees across round 11 was ridiculous!

I won’t go into some of the stuff here, but a message to players and spectators – pull your bloody heads in and think twice about some of the rubbish that spills out.

A bit of banter is fantastic and adds to the spectacle, but some of you crossed the line last week (and you’ll know who you are) and need to be educated on some ethics, not only in sport, but also in society. Some of the trash that was delivered just isn’t on.

I don’t care what anyone says, a player’s religion, country of birth or preferences in life are no-go areas. Wise up or get out, and that includes spectators who think they can pay their money, sit in the stands and shout out shocking comments.

It is actually quite sad to watch and listen to people hurl abuse at players and referees and either think they are funny or well within their right to do so.

Some of the behaviour of players (to other players) last week was also disgraceful.

Let’s hope the abuse is eradicated quickly because our great league and all of our clubs should be, and are, above that sort of nonsense.

A big weekend for Bulleen in SCM – two great wins (including a victory at Waverley) has pushed the Boomers to third, while a couple of losses for Sherbrooke has sent the Suns down to fifth.

Bulleen’s Matt Fennell is having a super season and is leading his team in the trenches. We’ll all keep talking about the Big Three in SCM, but Bulleen might just be the team that sneaks along and spoils the party later in the season.

From all reports the Suns were unlucky against Ringwood after a shot rimmed out in the dying seconds to deny the boys from the forest a memorable win. It’s the little things that come back to haunt you – that little slice of luck is always welcome.

And what about Hume City? Are they too far back? Four wins in six games is impressive, but have the Broncos left their run too late?

In SCW it was all about Eltham, Waverley and Ringwood again, the top trio certainly look a class above. The American gals out at the Hawks continue to impress, as does Froggy Hibbert at Eltham, while the Falcons are just a great unit from top to bottom.

Sally Laing was back in great touch for the Suns, while the Broncos remain without a win and seemingly nothing will change over the coming months.

Very happy to see Scott Cuffe dominating and lifting his Black Angels to two great wins in D1M. Quality stuff by The Rotator. As was The Magician’s (Jay Allen) 42pts in a top win for Hawthorn. Right now D1M goes eight deep with the Magic (in 8th) not out of it.

The slide of Melbourne Uni in D2W continued after a loss to LTU and I just can’t believe how quickly the Melbourne Uni lades have slipped – something’s not right at The Dorm.

Lauren Cooper dominated for the Steelers and still it wasn’t enough to get past Keilor, while Coburg’s ladies look a little vulnerable after being smashed by Mornington’s Wansbrough and Banks.

Speaking of Coburg’s ladies, I had the chance to meet young Karinda Farrant earlier this week, a young star on the rise who’s had more steals this season than the whole gang from the Underbelly series.

Softly spoken and just loving the game, Karinda has had a super season and just continues to rack up the steals each week, hence us giving her the name – The Thief (for all the right reasons of course). Good story and great to see Coburg’s women’s program back in business and promoting some youth.

Speaking of ladies, I’ve heard a whisper that Southern Peninsula’s ladies have an import set to take the court for the rest of the season (paperwork pending), no doubt a strong ploy to avoid relegation from D1W.

Can’t say too much as the paperwork is still being processed, but I like the looks of this strong player and though they are resting at the foot of the ladder, look out for the Sharks to shake a few up down the stretch.

The quality and excitement of D2M just continues to purr along. Those who were knocking the conference system prior to round one are well and truly hibernating.

J-Will was awesome last week, The Vulture and his mates were back up and firing, Robby B and his Vikings belted the Warriors, Melton was all over the shop, Mornington finally stepped up and Timmy Pickert was again pushing Horsham in the right direction.

I can’t help but think D2M will deliver one of the most memorable finals series.

Some interesting results in the Youth competitions last week, probably no bigger upset than Mornington beating Werribee in SYC2M. Great win for the Breakers and I doubt anyone saw that one coming.

Warrandyte claimed its first ever win in SYCW – well done to the team and with the first one locked away no doubt a few more victories will follow. DV just continues to charge ahead and now has 12 straights wins in the bank, while Waverley’s offensive prowess knows no boundaries!

And finally, spare a thought for Altona’s Youth Men. Ever since the young man to my right came out spruiking about Operation Alcatraz it’s been all downhill for the Gators, who seem to have lost their snap.

Anyway, have a good week, get along to MSAC this Saturday afternoon for the Big V Big Bounce and let’s find out which of the four men’s divisions will be taking home the bragging rights?


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