Finals Previews: Aug 31 – Sep 1

Another weekend of hoops ready to bounce, who will take W’s this time out?

Championship Women
Division One Men
Division Two Men
Division Two Women


Championship Women

After defending their home court in game one of the Grand Final series, the Devils are now just one win away from the Championship Women’s title, although they’ll have to defeat Keilor on the road this weekend in order to lock up the silverware. Werribee defeated the Thunder 77-64 last weekend, off the back of strong performances from Alisia Jenkins (22 points, 14 rebounds), Alexyz Vaioletama (14 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Sarah Elsworthy (10 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals). Erin Bollmann led the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, although she wasn’t able to will her side over the line. Jenkins (23.3ppg, 12.7rpg) and Bollmann (23.8ppg, 11.0rpg) are two of the league’s heavyweights, with the pair sitting inside the top three for average points in the competition, as well as inside the top five for average rebounds. The two sides met three times in the regular season, with Keilor grabbing two big wins by 39 and 26 points, while the Devils also recorded a big victory to the tune of 22 points back in late June. Both sides have what it takes to win this game with the series delicately poised, as the Thunder host game two at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. Game three will take place on Sunday at the same venue, if the Thunder triumph on Saturday.

Keilor vs Werribee — Sat 7.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Keilor vs Werribee — Sun 2pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium (if required)


Division One Men

Following their 14-point road win over Sunbury in game one, Warrandyte are just one win away from lifting the Division One Men’s Championship banner. As the higher-seeded side, the Venom will host games two and three (if required) this weekend, meaning they’ll have two chances to win the series. Jacob Thom (16 points, six rebounds, six assists), Bryan Moore (15 points, 16 rebounds, four assists) and David Moore (14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) led the way for the Venom last week, as everyone who took to the court scored at least five points, showcasing just how deep their side is. Ishmael Sanders was the lone hand on the offensive end for the Jets with 22 points and seven assists, with Sunbury’s supporting cast needed to do a little more if they’re to grab a victory on Saturday. Both sides shared the spoils during the season, with the Venom picking up a home win in April, before Sunbury defended their home court in late June. The Venom’s away win in game one bucked the trend of these two sides this season, so the Jets will need to record back-to-back road wins in order to take the Championship home. Game three will be held on Sunday afternoon if Sunbury record a victory on Saturday night.

Warrandyte vs Sunbury — Sat 7pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Warrandyte vs Sunbury — Sun 1pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex (if required)


Division Two Men

Camberwell and Southern Peninsula meet for game two of their Grand Final matchup at Dromana Stadium, with the Sharks holding a 1-0 series lead as they head back to their home fortress. The Sharks only narrowly got the win last Saturday in a game that went right down to the wire, behind big performances from Brady Neill (17 points, five rebounds), Troyce Manassa (15 points, seven boards, five assists, two steals) and Jack Ocwieja (14 points, seven rebounds, four steals), while Kade Ebert added 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Maxwell Barkeley (27 points, nine rebounds) and Orlando Mein (15 points, eight boards) played well for Camberwell, but the team committed 17 turnovers to Southern Peninsula’s 10, which was ultimately the difference in the match. The Sharks were 11-1 at home during the regular season, while Camberwell went 9-3 on the road. If necessary, these teams will play in a game three decider on Sunday back at Dromana Stadium. 

Southern Peninsula vs Camberwell — Sat 6pm — Dromana Stadium

Southern Peninsula vs Camberwell — Sun 2pm — Dromana Stadium (if required)


Division Two Women

The Black Angels and Warriors renew their Grand Final matchup in game two of the series as it shifts to Cardinia Life in Pakenham. Melbourne University were far too good for Pakenham in game one last Saturday, winning 75-47 in a blowout at the Melbourne University Sports Centre. Amelia Smith (21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, seven steals) was the MVP on the night, while Emmie O’Nial (13 points, 11 rebounds, three steals) and Lauren Bellegante (12 points, five rebounds, three assists) also came up big. Ellie Coutts (11 points, eight rebounds, two steals) and Jacinta Maxwell (12 points, five boards) were solid for Pakenham in an otherwise disappointing performance. Melbourne University dished out 24 assists to Pakenham’s 11 in what was a key metric of how these sides played. The Warriors did finish with an impressive 8-1 home record during the regular season, while the Black Angels were 8-1 on the road. If necessary, these sides will play a game three decider on Sunday back at Cardinia Life.   

Pakenham vs Melbourne University — Sat 7pm — Cardinia Life

Pakenham vs Melbourne University — Sun 12pm — Cardinia Life (if required)


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