Coach and Player of the Month - May

14.06.2016

State Championship Men

Coach of the Month - Matt Brooks (McKinnon)

While the Cougars may still be feeling the aftermath of what could have been in 2015, Brooks made the necessary moves to go one better in '16. The team are 'All In' right now after an unconvincing start to the year, now reeling off five wins out of six tries in May. Is this the mid-season push everyone saw coming? 

Player of the Month - Chris Kaba (Whittlesea)

Kaba has been a beast this month, putting in the hard yards for a Pacers team trying to find their way out of the bottom section of the table. The team has been leaning on Kaba, with 25.6ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.2spg and 1.6bpg - the man can do it all. The only problem is that one man cannot beat five, he'll need some help if the Pacers are to start moving in the W column. 

 

State Championship Women

Coach of the Month - Katrina Hibbert (Hume City)

Hume City are the ever consistent force of the Big V in recent history. The binding force behind that ship right now, Katrina Hibbert. Six wins from six throughout May, knocking over some pretty handy competition as well if you don't mind. The best one's, and the one's that will impress the coach the most, Southern Peninsula, Knox and Diamond Valley.

Player of the Month - Brittany Carter (Southern Peninsula)

The Sharks superstar import has it all in 2016, picking up a host of statistical numbers across her six games of play in May. While only scoring the ball at 14.6ppg, it's her assets around the court which provides so much to Southern Peninsula. 6.6 rebounds a game, 4.1 assists, a whopping 4.5 steals per game and just over a block a contest - Britt Carter have it all!

 

Division 1 Men

Coach of the Month - Paul Lankford (Blackburn)

The Vikings again went undefeated in May and have now won 12 straight dating back to the opening round. Not only did they not drop a game but their average winning margin was 19.5 points through their 6 games! Coach Lankford has his side purring along nicely and in the box seat to make it very deep into August.

Player of the Month - Nathan Sobey (Warrnambool)

Sobey was red-hot in May, leading his Seahawks to a 6-1 record for the month and second spot overall. The NBL guard averaged 32.7ppg while also accumulating 5.9rpg and 6.6apg in a truly dominant month. If Sobey keeps this up, the Seahawks will be very tough to beat as the season rolls on.

Division 1 Women

Coach of the Month - Craig Smethurst (Chelsea)

The Gulls are suddenly on the verge of the top six after going 4-0 in May and looking dangerous. Wins against Camberwell and Latrobe City were the most impressive for the month, as Coach Smethurst started to extract some big performances out of the girls.

Player of the Month - Shanice Steenholdt (Latrobe City)

Steenholdt continued to be utterly dominant in May and was impossible to overlook. The Energy star put up huge numbers again, averaging 24.6ppg and a whopping 20rpg through five games, recording three 20-20 games along the way to achieving a 4-1 month for her side. 

Division 2 Men

Coach of the Month - Jeff Reid (Pakenham)

All aboard the Pakky bandwagon! The Warriors are flying and the rest of the competition should be on notice. With Reid at the helm, he's had his players firing on all cylinders. Is this simply a one off month, or are Pakky the real deal in 2016?

Player of the Month - Justin King (Oakleigh)

Speaking of the real deal - Justin King is it. 31 points a game in five games throughout May, adds to his 11.6rpg and 4.4apg. Put simply, King is doing it all for Oakleigh. It's now time to step up around that and put some wins on the board!

 

Division 2 Women

Coach of the Month - Lisa Hogben (Coburg)

There may be three clear leaders at the top of the Division 2 Women's pack, however there is only one starting to make their climb and stalk the competition's powerhouses. Enter, Coburg. The Giants are primed to make a run at the title and May has shown glimpses of what to expect.

Player of the Month - Rachael Mckeown (Coburg)

A gun player in any side, Mckeown's impact has Coburg shooting right up the table. 23.75ppg, 4.75rpg, 3.75apg and 4.75spg has her spittin straight fire in all categories of a stat sheet - it's no wonder the Giants are so reliable when she steps out onto the floor. 

 

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Coach of the Month - Ben Walker (Blackburn)

Walker's influence on the mighty Vikes has stemmed from YL1M and now into the big time. Last year's Coach of the Year (YL1M) picks up his first Coach of the Month in VYCM as the rampant Vikings don't look like slowing down. A loss to Melbourne in tough conditions looked as though it could see a slump - no worries on this wagon as they racked up five wins around it, Knox/McK/Wav/Ring/Sandy.

Player of the Month - Jake Heath (Blackburn)

Speaking of Vikes flying, Heathy is turning up the volume in his productivity. The league's leading scorer is making an impact and the competition is still yet to find a way to slow him down. At 22.6ppg, 5rpg and 3.6apg - Heath claims May's POTM over a solid Matt Burke (Sandringham).

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Coach of the Month - Chad Burton (Knox)

Burton led the resurgent Raiders to a perfect 5-0 month in May, claiming Nunawading as their biggest scalp. Knox are back on track to potentially claim a rare three-peat as they are now on the heels of the front runners. Burton just nudged out Dielemans (Ringwood) who also knocked about for a 5-0 record. 

Player of the Month - Rebecca Noller (Ringwood)

Noller has simply been on a tear this Big V season, racking up numbers in a red hot Ringwood rampage. The wins are coming left, right and centre as Noller's performances are right in the thick of it. 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in six games throughout May, just pips Monique Conti (Melbourne) who is a worthy runner up. 

 

Youth League 1 Men

Coach of the Month - Craig Bennett (Altona)

Altona had an impressive month in May going 6-0. They are now 13-1 on the year and are leading the league. Bennett has had his players firing on all cylinders, they're average winning margin in May was 15ppg.Managing to get his numerous star players to come together and buy in to the team system has meant Coach Bennett is a clear cut choice for May's Coach of the Month.

Player of the Month - Jack Petruccelle (Whittlesea)

It's been a big month for Petruccelle who has helped lead his Pacers to a 4-1 month, and second position on the ladder. The star man has averaged 21.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists across five games in May. His defensive presence has also been integral to his team's success recording an impressive 3 steals per game. Jack Petruccelle is the obvious pick for May's Player of the Month, and Whittlesea will be hoping his hot form continues.

Youth League 1 Women

Coach of the Month - Randy Shanklin (Altona)

There is no going past the Gators and Coach Shanklin for this month’s Coach of the Month. They have had an incredible run, notching up 5 wins across the month of May. With wins over the Venom and the Devils, two of their closest rivals and 1st and 2nd on the ladder, there is only one thing left for the Gators to do. With finals coming up quickly, you surely will have the Gators as your number 1 pick.

Player of the Month - Dana Lindemann (Altona)

One player that has been instrumental in the Gators success is none other than Dana Lindemann. She has been the ‘go to girl’ for the Gators, putting up great numbers across the Gators 5 games. Dominating in all facets of the game averaging 17 points, 10 boards, 4 steals and 2 blocks, Dana was a worthy winner of Player of the Month.

 

Youth League 2 Men

Coach of the Month - Matt Baker (Mornington)

While the Breakers remain undefeated, there is no way we cannot reward them and Coach Baker with this accolade. 5 from 5 for the month of May, along with all their previous results, this team is unstoppable. Coach Baker has had his team on the straight and narrow from day dot, and with finals only just around the corner, they will be looking to go one step better than last year and take the title home.

Player of the Month -  Nathaniel Abeyaratne (Mornington)

This month’s POTM goes to one guy that has been a consistent fixture in the Breakers side and a player that has dominated at both ends of the floor. It was only a matter of time before Nathaniel Abeyaratne was noticed for his efforts and May was certainly his month. Averaging 13 PPG, 11 RPG and 2 APG, you know the ball is safe in his hands.

 

Youth League 2 Women

Coach of the Month - Glenn Dyett (Chelsea)

Much like last month, the ability to create and maintain a win streak shows a team's faith in the coaching staff's game plan, and that starts at the top. Chelsea have had a streak of 5 wins in May to be undefeated for the month, and as part of a current 7 game winning streak.  Without a standout player to have to rely upon through all the wins, it just adds to the belief in consistent performance across the board that Glenn is installing in his players and an ethic of solid teamwork at what is a crucial month in the season for post season aspirations.

Player of the Month - Alexandra McKellar (Keilor)

Many candidates for the month of May made this a difficult one to judge upon.  However, this month we have selected Alexandra McKellar from Keilor Thunder as Player of the Month. Part of a formidable duo with team mate Amy Smith, Alexandra's 9.8 rebounds per game during May was superior from her peers. She also averaged 16.4 points per game and 2.4 assists per game in May, well above her season average to date.


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