State Championship Men
Coach of the Month: Mark Leader (Corio Bay)
It’s hard to look past Eltham’s incredible winning run to the finals, but take a closer look at Corio Bay’s form during July and it’s just as difficult to deny Coach Mark Leader this accolade. Six wins from just as many games during July for the Stingrays included victories over Hume City (33pts), Waverley @ Waverley (13pts), Ringwood (15pts) and Knox (7pts). Fair to say the Stingrays are well and truly warmed-up for the August action.
Player of the Month: Lee Jeka (Hume City)
Jeka exploded during July, delivering averages of 34.8pts, 6rbs, 5ast, 2.2stl and 5 treys per game. Though it wasn’t enough to get the Broncos into finals, Jeka’s huge numbers certainly created plenty of headaches for every opponent. His 53pts and 8 triples against Whittlesea were a highlight.
State Championship Women
Coach of the Month: Robbie Baldwin (Knox)
Both Knox and Hume City enjoyed seven wins each during July, but it was Coach Baldwin just pipping Coach Hibbert for the July award. The Raiders enjoyed a strong month win victories over Sth Peninsula (38pts), Ringwood (14pts), Melbourne (32pts), McKinnon (10pts), Diamond Valley (19pts), Warrandyte (39pts) and Sth Peninsula (9pts). In winning form and ready for the finals, the month of July has prepared Coach Baldwin and his Raiders perfectly.
Player of the Month: Colleen Planeta (Hume City)
Just pipping the likes of Tegan Cunningham (Waverley), Nicole Romeo (Warrandyte), Korrine Campbell (Knox) and Britt Carter (Sth Peninsula) for this month’s award, Hume City’s Colleen Planeta put up incredible numbers across seven games, delivering averages of 28.6pts, 11.4rbs, 2.7ast, 3.3blk and 1.7 treys. A warm favourite for this year’s MVP, Planeta was recently rewarded for her good form with a WNBL contract (Adelaide).
Division 1 Men
Coach of the Month: Paul Lankford (Blackburn)
As much as we like to see change, it is impossible to go past Lankford yet again given his side are on a 21-game win-streak heading into the post-season, with another undefeated month in July. While there is plenty of work to be done for the Vikings in August, their achievements in 2016 are remarkable to date, particularly given Lankford's side was amongst the cellar dwellers last season.
Player of the Month: Raheem Lemons (Latrobe City)
Lemons beats out some very stiff competition for July, with the double-double machine filling up the stat sheet to coincide with his team's brilliant late season form. In seven games, the big man averaged 20ppg and a whopping 15.6rpg, recording a double-double every time he took the floor. Lemons also shot the ball at 53% and dished 4.5apg to top it all off.
Division 1 Women
Coach of the Month: Kennedy Kereama (Sunbury)
Kereama is impossible to look past after leading the Jets to an undefeated season, let alone month! Another six scalps in July, with a lowest winning margin of a very comfortable 25 points, and the Jets are purring along very nicely indeed ahead of the post-season. An undefeated season is a massive achievement in any league, and hats off to Kereama and his crew for all their success.
Player of the Month: Alli Gloyd (Mildura)
Gloyd found some of her best form again in July, particularly following her side's penalties, to lead the Heat to the post-season regardless. With 27.3ppg and a massive 17rpg through four games that counted in July, Gloyd was enormous. A 42-point, 18-board effort against Chelsea was a highlight, while she also recorded 7 steals in the Heat's final game to secure a playoff berth.
Division 2 Men
Coach of the Month: Jeff Reid (Pakenham)
Interestingly, no team in Div 2 went through July with an unblemished record, but with four strong wins from five games it’s Pakenham’s Coach Reid who has taken the July award. Those wins included beating Collingwood (22pts), Craigieburn (7pts), Mornington (13pts) and Maccabi (16pts). Those victories propelled the Warriors into second place for a tilt at this year’s title.
Player of the Month: Manny Hendrix (Collingwood)
There were plenty of contenders for the July award, but there’s only one Manny Hendrix. One of the league’s most popular imports, not only did Hendrix lead his team to an inaugural finals berth, he did it with brilliant averages of 27pts, 6.2rbs, 3.2ast, 2.4stl and 2.4 treys per game during the month. He’s a ripper.
Division 2 Women
Coach of the Month: Jase Bannerman (North East)
An incredible month for the Bushies, with the team only being pipped at the post for a fairytale finals berth. Bannerman had his girls firing on all cylinders with team depth a real focus when slowing down their opposition. A credit to the team who had the best second half of the season!
Player of the Month: Tara Bohanna (Blackburn)
Bohanna pipped out other worthy candidates in Sarah Mellington (NE) and Rebecca Jones (Sher) thanks to her level of consistency at both ends. In five games, Bohanna polled 20ppg and 11.4rpg with a whopping 53%FG.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Coach of the Month: Rob Grieve (Bulleen)
While the Boomers have already been bounced from the VYCM finals in what was a shock loss, this award is probably now bittersweet for Grieve. The Boomers had plenty of bounce though when it came to July, notching four straight W's, including a double digit win against Blackburn, plus their incredible fourth quarter comeback at Nunawading. Can't take that away from what was a stellar regular season!
Player of the Month: Max Cody (McKinnon)
The Cougars balled out of their brains throughout July despite being a team without a chance of playing finals. Max Cody had a LOT to do with that! While wins were originally at a premium, they came thick and fast as Cody notched 27ppg and 8apg in his five appearances throughout the month.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Coach of the Month: Gary Fox (Bulleen)
A very young side just may have what it takes to boost Gary Fox into his third successive grand final appearance. His Boomers took on some handy competition throughout June, yet made the most of it as four successive wins saw the side finish with a home final. Impressive wins of Geelong (33) and Hume City (39) were bookended as the squad knocked off DV and Knox in between.
Player of the Month: Brianna Babic (Melbourne)
A monster month for one of the best players in the comp, as Babic lifted her production to give Melbourne every possible chance to be there right until the end. In five games, she compiled 20.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2spg as the Tigers continued to roll on!
Youth League 1 Men
Coach of the Month: Craig Bennett (Altona)
A perfect month in July for Craig Bennett and his Gators made him the clear choice for Coach of the Month. Their 6-0 run included two wins of at least 60 points, and four games in which they broke the triple figure scoring mark. Arguably their greatest achievement of the month was knocking off 2nd placed Whittlesea by 19 points. Craig Bennett led his side to one of the best months imaginable and thus is the July Coach of the Month.
Player of the Month: Tom Georgiadis (Altona)
There is an Altona flavour to July, and considering the stats it is hard to argue against it. Gator Thomas Georgiadis helped lead his team to a 6-0 record in July. He dominated averaging 22 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.3 steals per game throughout the month. His biggest game was a 35 point and 8 rebound effort against Hume City.
Youth League 1 Women
Coach of the Month: Randy Shanklin (Altona)
Coach Shanklin had some competition this month, but a win over the top placed Venom is what has earned him yet another COTM honor. Not only were they undefeated for the month of July, they have been undefeated for 8 games straight. As we head into finals, they are one side to look out for.
Player of the Month: Nicola Stewart (Craigieburn)
Our Player of the Month goes to Craigieburn’s Nicola Stewart. She really stepped it up in July to cap off her impressive individual season. Coming up against 2 top 4 sides, Stewart wasn’t all too fazed, still dropping big numbers. Overall finishing with high averages of 26.6ppg, 11.2rpg and 2.6apg. You won’t see her Eagles side making finals this season but at least for Stewart, she’s finished off on a high.
Youth League 2 Men
Coach of the Month: Glenn Round (Chelsea)
You can’t go past a team that remains undefeated for the month and that is why Coach Round has earnt himself his first Coach of the Month. With wins over Corio and Melton, the Gulls were doing everything in their power to make the final top 6. And after a season that was full of ups and downs, Coach Round and his team did just that.
Player of the Month: Zac Smith (Mornington)
Our Player of the Month has always been a consistent worker during the season, but for July, he took things to another level. Zach Smith was once again the go to guy averaging 19.3ppg, 10.7rpg and 2.3apg. Smith will be one player to look for in the upcoming finals series.
Youth League 2 Women
Coach of the Month: Glenn Wansbrough (Mornington)
The Breakers have been a consistent unit across the season, and under the stewardship of Wansborough stormed into their first finals campaign in YL2W in just the second season of the Mornington program, recording five wins in seven games fixtured during the month of July, including two double fixture weekends in Round 16 and crucially in Round 18 to consolidate their playoff place.
Player of the Month: Tamara Booth (Chelsea)
Over 6 games in July, Tamara scored a double double in each and most notably on 5 occasions held more rebounds than points, including a stand out game against Whittlesea where 20 points were accompanied with 29 rebounds. One of the reasons Chelsea made the playoffs is that over July, Tamara averaged 19.3 rebounds, well above her season average, and averaged 14.5 points during July.