State Championship Men
Coach of the Month - Mike Bullock (Waverley)
Waverley’s leader just pipped Trevor Lee (Eltham) for this month’s award. In a short month, the Falcons notched three straight wins, including a victory at Knox, plus they pounded Hume City and Whittlesea by 33pts and 42pts respectively. As we head towards finals, the Falcons are up and running and look a genuine title contender.
Player of the Month - Mike Rose (Knox)
Rose exploded during June and beat home a strong field of contenders, including Ryen Vilmont and Jack Barry, amongst others. Rose ended the month (from four games) with averages of 26pts, 6.5rbs, 3.3ast, 2.3stl and 4.8 treys per game.
State Championship Women
Coach of the Month - Katrina Hibbert (Hume City)
At outstanding month for the Broncos with three wins against contenders Waverley (19pts), Bulleen (18pts) and Ringwood (15pts). Knox also had a good run with just the one blemish, but this month’s award goes to Coach Hibbert and her coaching staff. There’s no denying the Broncos are warming at title favourites as we draw closer to August.
Player of the Month - Nicole Romeo (Warrandyte)
Incredibly close call this month with Tegan Cunningham, Lauren Pearce, Korrine Campbell, Colleen Planeta and Kate Oliver all in contention. Ahead of her 43pt haul on July 1st, Romeo finished the month of June with averages of 23.7pts, 5.3rbs, 7.3ast. 1.7stl and 4.3 treys per game. Now that's impressive!
Division 1 Men
Coach of the Month - Paul Lankford (Blackburn)
The Vikes just keep winning, once again enjoying a perfect month to move to 15-1 on the season, including an ultra-impressive touch up of Casey. Transforming from 2015 cellar-dweller to 2016 contenders with a list that has the same core together shows just how brilliant Lankford's coaching has been this season.
Player of the Month - Corey Standerfer (Chelsea)
Despite the Gulls only going 2-2 through June, Standerfer came up big, averaging 25.5ppg, 11.8rpg and 4.0apg while playing every second of his side's games. With the playoffs fast approaching, Chelsea will be hoping Standerfer keeps it up and guides his side into the post-season.
Division 1 Women
Coach of the Month - Shayne Bow (Geelong)
The 'Cats have won seven straight, enjoying three wins without defeat in June, and now sit comfortably in second spot on the ladder. After an up-and-down patch earlier in the year, the Supercats have found their feet and are well and truly firing behind Coach Bow's leadership and are a genuine threat to Sunbury for the title.
Player of the Month - Billie Lucas (Chelsea)
Lucas has been in stellar form and a big reason behind the Gulls' stellar form. Through May, the star scorer poured in 20.3ppg across three contests, however averaged just 28 minutes thanks to an eight-point outing in just 15 minutes. Lucas grabbed 7.3 rebounds and recorded 2.7 steals per contest to go with her scoring to lead her side to more success.
Division 2 Men
Coach of the Month - Dylan Theis (Coburg)
Western Port also had a good record during June, but there was more than a bit to like about Coburg. On the road for the entire month, the Giants won games at Mornington (4pts), Craigieburn (12pts) and Oakleigh (31pts). With finals fast approaching, the Giants may well look back on June as the month they cranked up the machine and gothic season motoring towards a possible title.
Player of the Month - Benji Tamir (Maccabi)
Back at home after a season with McKinnon in SCM, Tamir streeted the field during June, landing averages of 30.3pts, 5.7rbs, 1.3ast, 3stl and 3 treys per game. The Warriors are hanging in there and still have a shot at finals, thanks largely to the exceptional talents of Macao’s favourite son, Benji Tamir.
Division 2 Women
Coach of the Month - Michael Davies (Casey)
Davies edged out Renay Bresnan thanks to a decisive win over Coburg in the final round in June, a win which propelled the Cavaliers to top spot on the Division 2 Women's table! An impressive streak of being undefeated on the road, Davies hoping that won't be needed come finals time if they can secure home court advantage all the way through!
Player of the Month - Rebecca Swaine (Mornington)
Mornington's Swaine was just a touch of class above a list of names who would have been valuable winners of this month's award. Beating out the likes of Carden-David, Wilkin, McCracken and King-Hawea, Swaine averaged 24.3ppg over the course of three victories. Her stat line also included an important 8.6rpg, 3.3apg, while shooting at an impressive 48% from the floor.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Coach of the Month - Greg Jeffers (Eltham)
Jeffers has sparked the Wildcats to what is looming to be a typically fairytale Eltham finals run/appearance. The 'Cats are flying thanks to four wins from four throughout June, knocking off fellow finals chasers Kilsyth, Sandringham, Nunawading and Ringwood.
Player of the Month - Ben Waterhouse (Knox)
Known as an offensive weapon each time he returns from college, Waterhouse has done it again for the potentially finals bound Raiders. In six jam packed games throughout June, Waterhouse found his groove most times he stepped on the floor. 20.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 4.3apg - Waterhouse can certainly lead a team in the right direction.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Coach of the Month - Gary Fox (Bulleen)
Considering the Boomers have been somewhat inconsistent over the first half of the season, they've certainly found a way to lock in throughout June and now see themselves once again as a threat to the big clubs. Fox leads from the front year after year, getting the best out of his players and it looks as though the dividends are paying off again!
Player of the Month - Breanna MacKenzie (Kilsyth)
The Cobra killer, Breanna MacKenzie surprised many this month thanks to her mid-season return. Four games in June sparked the Cobras prompted two wins and another spirited performance against one of the league leaders in Dandenong. At 20.25ppg and 2.25spg at 43.8% from the field - MacKenzie is a worthy recipient.
Youth League 1 Men
Coach of the Month - Bill Nicolaidis (Warrandyte)
It's been an impressive year for the Warrandyte Venom, new to YL1M they look destined to play a serious part in the playoffs. The man at the helm, Bill Nicolaidis, had his team firing on all cylinders in June going 4-1 in the month. In those 4 wins was a 13-point win against Werribee, and a 46-point thrashing of Ballarat.
Player of the Month - Jacob Pupavac (Geelong)
The past month was a massive month for Jacob Pupavac, who led his Geelong side to 3 wins from 4 games in June. Across the month he poured in the points and averaged 20.5ppg. Adding to that was 12.75 rebounds, 1.75 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks per game. Pupavac's month featured a huge game against Ballarat in which he finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Youth League 1 Women
Coach of the Month - Anthony Arcangel (Coburg)
It hasn’t been an easy road for the Giants but over the past few weeks Coach Arcangel and his squad worked hard to secure their place in the finals. With an undefeated record for the month of June, which included an incredible 1 point victory over the Gators, Coach Arcangel is a worthy winner.
Player of the Month - Lyndsey Hoogenhout (Coburg)
Taking honours for what is now her 3rd POTM, is none other than Lyndsey Hoogenhout. She has been instrumental in the Giants success especially over these past few weeks. Thanks to Lyndsey averaging 25ppg, 19rpg, 2apg, 5bpg and 1.7spg, the Giants are looking finals bound with a current 4th placing.
Youth League 2 Men
Coach of the Month - Matt Baker (Mornington)
14 wins from 14 games, on the verge of an undefeated season, there is only one thing left for Coach Baker to tick off: the title of ‘2016 YL2M Champions’. What Coach Baker has already been able to achieve is why he continues to hold onto the title of Coach of the Month.
Player of the Month - Brad Murfett (Chelsea)
Not a bad effort to come back from injury and earn yourself another Player of the Month. Murfett has been quick to snap back into form averaging 23.25ppg, 11.75rpg, 1.75apg and 1.75spg. These effort should go a long way in lifting his Gull’s into the finals for yet another year.
Youth League 2 Women
Coach of the Month - Andrew Seidel (Sunbury)
After a minor blip against Mornington prior to Big V Origin, the Jets have been methodical and focused having to successively manage a tough fixture which included two double up weekends. Two of the four wins recorded in June were key victories against very tough opposition in Keilor and Chelsea - the latter halting the Gulls 10 game winning streak. Winning those games has given Sunbury great confidence heading towards the finals, where the Jets will likely have to negotiate both teams in their quest for championship glory in the division.
Player of the Month - Chloe Angove (Sunbury)
Chloe scored 3 double doubles and won Blue Carpet nomination in Round 12 following her spirited 31 points in the field goal win over Keilor. Averaging 19.2 points per game, along with 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in June, which is well above her season average. Chloe has been a consistent scoring machine for the Jets and is one of the reasons Sunbury has found a resergence at the right time of the season.