Round 1 Recaps

Round One is in the books, time to see what the Big V has on offer in season 2018!

State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women


State Championship Men

Round 1 is done and dusted for Big V season 2018 after what was a massive weekend of action across the board.

Hawthorn 80 def. Hume City 77

The Magic upset the Broncos in the season opener, surviving a furied last-quarter fightback from the visitors to steady and hold on late. The Magic burst out of the blocks for a 29-11 quarter-time lead, but the Broncs chipped away and stayed within striking distance before making a big run in the closing stages. A Lee Jeka (16pts) three-pointer gave the visitors the lead with a minute to play, before Nelson Kirksey (21pts 6reb 3ast) put the Magic back in front for good with 20 seconds on the clock.

Knox 72 def. by Eltham 93

Eltham started the season in red-hot fashion, claiming a huge win over Knox on the road. After a tightly contested first term, the Wildacts blew away their opponents in the second with a 34-14 effort that put the game to bed by halftime. Big nights from Justin Aver (21pts 6reb), Ben Waldren (20pts 12reb), Chris Cameron (20pts 11reb) and Jordan Canovan (19pts 7reb) proved too much for the Raiders, who were led by Taylor Dyson (23pts).

McKinnon 91 def. Casey 84

McKinnon fought back from a double-digit first quarter deficit to claim a first-up win over the Cavs. The visitors started strongest but the Cougars clawed their way back into the contest, cutting the deficit to just four at the final change. A big 30-19 final term saw the home team finish strongest, as Dillon Stith  (27pts 15reb 4ast) dominated the Cavs and Ivan Platenik (19pts 9reb) fell just short of a double double. For the visiting side, Brandon Polk (20pts 9reb) and Ben Louis (16pts 11reb 4ast) led the way.

Keilor 79 def. Corio Bay 62

Life in the top flight started well for Keilor, seeing off Corio Bay at home. The Stingrays were never truly in the contest as Jordan Coleman (21pts 10reb) Hanner Mosquera-Perea (16pts 13reb 3ast) proved too much to handle. Phil Renteira (18pts 6-8FG) led the disappointing Stingrays in defeat.

Waverley 61 def. by Ringwood 69

A blistering 29-13 first quarter from the Falcons wasn’t enough to secure a first-up victory in the grand final rematch. The visiting Hawks got themselves back in the contest immediately after the first break and finished the better side in the second half of a lowscoring and ultra-defensive affair. The Falcons were held to just 20 points after the main break as Adrien Sturt (21pts 14reb) played a lone hand. Jacob Gibson (28pts 7reb) starred for the Hawks as their title defence got off to the best possible start.

Werribee 109 def. Blackburn 101

A high-scoring and entertaining affair saw the Devils start their campaign with a win against newly promoted Blackburn. In a contest that was tight throughout, the efforts of Konor Kulas (33pts 13reb 3ast) were enough to outlast the Vikings, who were led superbly by Brendan Trewella (27pts 10reb 6ast). Both sides will need to tighten up defensively but will have a bright season ahead if their efforts with the ball in this one are anything to go by.


State Championship Women

In R1, Bulleen lost two games, the Hawks grabbed a winning double, Keilor looked competitive first up and McKinnon kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Sth Peninsula 55 lost to Knox 64

Both teams had their moments in this season opener – both good and bad moments that is. After jumping to a 21‐10 lead in the first qtr, the Raiders then slumped as the Sharks went on a 19‐4 run to close out the half. The third period tightened up and we looked set for a grandstand finish with the home team leading. However, the Raiders again found a sparked and raced home with a 23‐8 last qtr to take a strong win on the road. Bec Ott and Leah Santamaggio hit 13pts each to lead the way for the winners, while the Sharks were hamstrung by a 26% shooting clip, with Peyton Little landing 19pts.

Sunbury 69 def Hume City 55

Celebrating last year’s championship banner, the high flying Jets wasted little time taking up from where they left off. Up 50‐26 at the half, the Jets cruised to the line for the win, Orla O’Rielly leading the charge with 23pts and 5 treys. For the Broncos, Viv Saad netted 14pts.

Bulleen 52 lost to McKinnon 81

With both teams missing some leading players it was McKinnon taking the advantage by winning all four qtrs. The Cougars looked sharp and once Ariel Thomas returns they will be a unit not without a chance this season. With five players in double digits, no doubt coach Paul O’Brien would have been very happy with young Saraid Taylor (11pts, 14rbs). For the Boomers, Caitlin Cunningham (14pts) and Maxine Allan (13pts) enjoyed a solid outing.

Waverley 53 lost to Ringwood 63

As expected, the Falcons and Hawks delivered a gritty contest with scoring hard to come by. Neither team shot well, but with imports Desiree Ramos (21pts) and Cassidy Mihalko (20pts) standing tall this one belonged to the visitors. Kelly Bowen (20pts, 12rbs) did all she could in the absence of Tegan Cunningham, while Jackie Vanderzaag (13pts) looked good against her former team.

Ringwood 84 def Keilor 73

An excellent start to the season with two hard‐fought wins by the Hawks. In a good sign, Keilor pushed the home team all the way and showed some glimpses that they will be competitive in the top flight. Cassidy Mihalko (27pts, 10/10FTs) looked terrific and Desiree Ramos (23pts) was on song again – the pair finished off a great first weekend in Big V. For the Thunder, Erin Bollman (23pts, 10rbs) and Aneta Bandilovski (12pts) both played well, while Amy Smith chipped in with 11pts.

Eltham 78 def Bulleen 74

Eltham stepped out for their first run of the season, taking on a Boomers outfit still smarting from a big loss on Saturday night. Leading by 15pts at the half it looked like Eltham might coast to the final buzzer, but the Boomers lifted and made a strong run down the stretch. The Wildcats held on for the win with Olivia Bontempelli (23pts) top scoring, while Sam Creed (14pts) and Meg Dargan (8pts, 11rbs, 8ast) both played well. For Bulleen, winless from two games, Tara Blair (19pts) and Maxine Allan (16pts) did what they could, with Caitlin Cunningham adding 10pts and 14rbs.


Division One Men

R1 down – good signs for Chelsea, a great start for Collingwood and a horror weekend for Sunbury!

Warrnambool 87 def Latrobe City 77

The imports came to play in R1 with Xavier Blount(44pts) and James Crockett (36pts) putting on a show at The Arc. Though both teams didn’t shoot that well, it was a 22-10 2nd qtr that broke the contest open.Other than that, it was an even contest. Good win for the Seahawks, a frontrunner this season for sure.

Warrandyte 97 def Sunbury 58

A 61-26 2nd half has propelled the Venom to a thumping win over a very flat Jets outfit. The home team shot at 49%, the visitors at just 26% in an unexpected one‐sided contest. Six Venom players hit double digits with David Moore (14pts, 18rbs) in great form, while his dashing PG Brenton Charles dished out a whopping 13 dimes.

Chelsea 90 def Western Port 74

The Gulls put together a strong start (21‐15) and finish (25‐18) to edge past the Steelers. Nathan Frost (27pts) started the season in style for the home team, while Corey Standerfer (25pts, 16rbs, 9ast) didn’t skip a beat in a dominant performance. The Steelers showed some good signs, but clearly a lot will ride on the shoulders of Dylan Travis (39pts, 10rbs) this season.

Whittlesea 75 lost to Bulleen 78

A good first‐up win by the Boomers, buit on the back of a 27‐16 start that the Pacers found too hard to bridge during a spirited contest. Luke Hughes came off the pine to drop 20pts for the winners in what was an even team shooting performance. For the Pacers, Brad Hassal (21pts) did his bit and Judson Seumanu (15pts, 12rbs) looked strong, but the shots weren’t dropping for sharp‐shooter Aiden Zeverona (3/23).

Collingwood 72 def Melbourne Uni 61

A huge start to life in D1 for the All Stars with a quality win against the Black Angels. Celebrating their 2017 title, the home team used a 39-°©‐26 run during the middle qtrs to set up the win. Manny Hendrix (22pts) led the way and Jon Lindhe (12pts) looked good, while for Melbourne Uni it was Jovan Bojanic (23pts) doing what he could to keep his team in the contest.

Sunbury 84 lost to Chelsea 113

A very disappointing weekend for Sunbury with two stinging losses, while for Chelsea you can’t help but feel they have some serious redemption on their mind. Despite a thrilling 33‐33 opening qtr, the Gulls took control of the contest via a 54‐29 run through the middle qtrs. Standerfer (27pts, 10rbs) was again a highlight reel, with Matt Brasser (20pts) and Nathan Frost (19pts) getting amongst it. For the Jets, Jed O’Riley played all 40min for his 32pts.

Keysborough 76 def Geelong 59

Keysie looked good first up, taking care of Geelong with a workmanlike performance. Though it wasn’t the flashiest day at the office, it was enough against a young Supercats outfit. Jonny Kloester (23pts) and Gerrard Newby (16pts, 12rbs) did the damage for the Cougars, while for the visitors it was up to Jacob Pupavac (19pts) and Lewis Varley (17pts) to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Bulleen 67 lost to Shepparton 81

The Boomers fell short on a back‐to‐back, running out of legs down the stretch as the visiting and fresh Gators took full advantage. Spencer Coleman (32pts, 16rbs) and Cameron Vines (18pts, 12rbs) took control for the winners, while for the Boomers it was Luke Hughes (16pts) again coming off the bench to lead the charge.


Division One Women

Warrnambool 70 def Latrobe 54

The Seahawks have wasted no time in showing everyone that this is the right level for them, making easy work of the Energy in the first round and their first season back in D1. A 20 to 9 start put them in good stead for the game, the Energy forced to play catch up. They managed to cull the margin back to 5 at the half but was short lived as the Mermaids pushed this out to 14 by three quarter time. The game evened out in the 4th but what a great start from the Mermaids.

Chelsea 67 def Western Port 58

Reigning champs the Gulls have started their season off well with an opening win against the Steelers. After an even start from both teams, the Gulls made their move in the 2nd to lead by a small 4 points at half time. There was a good fight on our as the second half got underway with not much movement from either team happening in the 3rd. But that early lead helped them in the end, finishing off with a 9 point victory.

Mildura 81 def Hawthorn 58

The Magic were sent home packing in their round 1 clash against the Heat, taking a 23 point loss. From the get go the Heat had control of this match, somewhat with the help from the Magic’s 6 point 2nd quarter. At the halfway mark, the Heat already had a comfortable 15 point lead but this was almost doubled in the 3rd quarter, the Heat up by 26. The Magic could at least take home a 4th quarter win but unfortunately that is all.

Camberwell 92 def Geelong 87 OT

Not sure whether there can be upsets already but we are going to say that the result of this match certainly was. The Supercats, who finished top of the ladder in 2017, headed into this game against the Dragons as favourites and were pushed to the very end. So much so that it took OT to decide the winner. The Supercats had the game by the scruff of the neck in the first half, leading 50 to 36 at half time. But the early hard work started to wear off in the second half, the Dragons starting to claw their way back. And that they did. The Dragons took this game into OT and deserved to take the win, the OT period 13 to 8.

Whittlesea 64 def by Casey 72

After a decent off-season with a number of decent recruits, the Casey Cavaliers started their season off with a bang. It was a tight opening half, the Pacers giving the Cavs a good run. At the half way mark only 2 points separated the two. With this being the case, we were all strapped in for a close finish. Unfortunately the break in momentum hampered the Pacers, only putting 8 points up in the 3rd. This gave the Cavs the bumper they needed to go on for the win.

Warrandyte 33 def by Werribee 49

The season may have just got underway but it is going to be a long one for the Venom who went down in what was a very low scoring game. A 14 point half from the Venom put them on the back foot early on, coming to the double digit party in the 3rd. Both teams eased into the final quarter, 8 points a piece, as the Devils went on for an underwelming win.


Division Two Men

Sherbrooke 78 def Maccabi 65

What an opening game it was with a high scoring first half for both teams. After the half time break some cracks began to show which the Suns took advantage of, they capitalised on Maccabi’s missed shots converting them into baskets of their own. The 4th remained close but Sherbrooke proved too strong at home and claimed the first win of the season.

Southern Peninsula 62 def Pakenham 59

With just under a minute remaining Pakenham had to dig deep, 6 pts down (59-53), 8 seconds to go they somehow had tied the game up. However the Sharks captian Corey Bond stunned the Warriors with a deep game deciding triple in the dying seconds of the match, turning out the lights on Pakenham’s come from behind win and taking it for themselves.

Mildura 88 def Altona 74

It certainly was hot in the hot house on Saturday night, with only 3 points between the two going into the final quarter, it was a great match up proving it was still anyones game. In the opening minutes of the quarter it seemed to be raining treys with 4 dropping in 1 minute. Mildura’s dynamic duo Calvin Henry & Dallas Brown showed why they play for the “Heat” with their hot hands finishing Altona off, the duo had 29 of Mildura’s 34 points for the final quarter to take it out.

Coburg 92 def Melton 69

The Thoroughbreds came out of gates firing with a trey then a nice little and 1, but the Giants were in it for the long haul with 5 players racking up double didgits by the end of the match. Coburg had a strong 2nd quarter pushing out a bit of a lead, which continued all the way through the 3rd. Things didn’t get any better for Melton in the 4th when their import Dexter Graham went down 2 minutes in with a shoulder injury which seen him sidelined for the remainder of the match. Lets hope it’s nothing major and he is back out balling with his boys next week.

Wallan 89 def North East 67

The Panthers pounced on the Bushies in the second quarter putting up 7 unanswered points. Wallan’s import Kojo Afari took a little while to settle himself into the swing of things but showed he is going to be a force when it comes to rebounds this year, lets hope the ankle injury he sustained half way through the 4th isnt too bad. North East had a tough battle without their import but pushed on to outscore Wallan in the last but the deficit was too big for them to come from behind and steal the win.

Coburg 81 def Sherbrooke 79

The rivalry continues between these two teams, both coming off wins from Saturday night. In what was a highly physical match both teams put in the work, but it was Eric Miraflores who got “bizzy” running the giants around in circles while knocking shots down left right & centre. From start to finish the match was exciting to watch and they made sure the dying seconds were no different. 12 seconds remaining, Suns down by 3, Suns time-out, “boom” nail the 3 to tie it up! 7 seconds remaining, Giants timeout and execute the play perfectly with Jeremiah Juric putting up a nice little reverse lay-up to win the game & go home 2-0 after round 1.

Craigieburn 65 def Maccabi 57

Maccabi headed into Sunday’s game 0-1 and needed a win to ensure they finished round 1 with at least 1 win under their belt. Adam Klas has not lost his touch as he returned to the Warriors line up this year knocking down almost half of Maccabi’s total points. After a slow start the Eagles found their wings and soared in the second quarter to take the lead, with a tough 3rd the Warriors were up by 4 going into the final term but Craigieburn proved too tough & pushed the lead out to 8 to take the win.

Camberwell 79 def Pakenham 71

Camberwell surprised the basketball world with the return of Kevin Anstey, who showed he still has what it takes to dominate on the floor. The Dragons were lucky they got an early lead in the first half as Pakenham owned the second half out scoring them 39 – 34. Unfortunately time was against them and they just fell short of a victory.


Division Two Women

Round One in the bank, and some good hit-outs to start the year.

Melton 82 def Coburg 64

The Thoroughbreds returned to the Div 2 Women with great intent in front of a triple header home crowd to open up an early lead and held the balance of play in the second to open up 15 point lead at the main break, ending the term on a mini 5-0 run. It took the Giants two and a half minutes to open its second half scoring, but by then the horses had bolted to a 20 point lead. From there, the Giants kept pace in the last term, thanks to a game high performance from new recruit Breonna O’Connor but the Conroy Convoy of Jenna and Lauren combining for 47 Points allowed Melton to record their opening win of the season.

Collingwood 69 def Melb Uni 51

Collingwood hosted the Black Angels, and the home side wrestled the lead early in a low scoring first term which held Melb Uni to single digits. The All Stars offence put the foot down in the second term to establish an 18 point main break lead. From there the visitors tried to play catch up, but despite being outscored in the final term, the home side had done enough to secure the opening round victory of the back of their inside scoring game. Maybe Mia Motta led the way with 20, whilst Lauren Bellegante was the only Black Angel to reach double figures.

Mornington 47 def by Nth East 64

The Bushies started strongly in what is one of their longest road trips and were never really troubled after leading at the main break by 10 Points, outscored the Breakers by 4 and 3. Ash Wright for Mornington had a double (16p, 10rb) playing most of the game and was supported by Erin Ludwick (15p) but were shaded by a double from Chloe Storer (15p, 12rb) and Alaana Northey (13p) to give North East their first win of the weekend.

Blackburn 36 def Craigieburn 55

Mornington couldn’t get their offensive game going early, and in a low scoring encounter Craigieburn simply maintained their advantage for the rest of the match after producing a 12 point lead in the first term. Despite the loss, the Vikings held sway off the glass 61-50, which the Eagles may need to be wary of in future weeks. Andrea Belmonte was the only Breaker to fill double digits on the scoresheet, with a double of 12 Points to accompany 13 boards and 4 assists. For Craigieburn, Kellie Bailey-Lynn had 13 Points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Nicole Cameron contributed 12 Points and 8 rebounds.

Coburg 80 def Sherbrooke 75

Licking their wounds from the previous night, Coburg returned to more familiar surrounds to host the other newcomers to the division, Sherbrooke. A couple of buckets separated the teams at the half and momentum shifts in both the third and fourth quarter, with the visitors leading during the third term briefly, but running out of time to secure their maiden win and the Giants ultimately holding their nerve, after leading by as much as 13 early in the last term, thanks to Breonna O’Connor putting up 30 points. Rebecca Ross played an outstanding game on the boards for the Suns, collecting 24 to go with her 17 Points and 3 assists.

Nth East 58 def Wallan 52

The final game of the round was a tight tussle, Wallan made the home side work for their win with fresher legs after North East travelled back from the Peninsula to host in Wodonga. The second quarter proved the difference as the home side wrestled a 6 point lead at half time and an entertaining second half equated to the margin remaining the same at the final buzzer. Rebecca Guglielmino led the Bushies with 14 Points, whilst Gemma Jackson for the Panthers played a majority of the game to be a board off a double with 13 Points and 9 rebounds.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Hawthorn 84 def Keilor 79

The Magic were able to get the jump on Keilor early, racing out to a 9 point lead in the first quarter, before the tide began to turn and the Thunder clawed their way back. A Nick Grantham deep bomb gave Keilor a slender 2 point lead, before Lachlan Viney tied the game at 70 with under a minute to play. Hawthorn’s Xavier Evans was fouled on a deep attempt, knocking down all three freebies. With only a few seconds to play, down by three, Grantham came up huge, nailing a triple to send it into OT. However, it was all Hawthorn in the extra period, as they ground out the win.

Knox 66 def by Eltham 68

This one looked like it would be a comfortable victory for Eltham through the first three quarters. However, Knox were able to use a 21-11 final quarter to make it tight down the stretch, bringing the game even with under a minute to play. Eltham were able to knock down a couple of free throws, and hold on for the W.

McKinnon 52 def by Ringwood 63

A dominant second half from Ringwood powered them home against a poor shooting (32% FG) McKinnon. After getting out to a solid lead, the Hawls let the Cougars back into the game through the 2nd quarter. They didn’t make the same mistake in the next half, picking up a double digit lead and holding it.

Nunawading 80 def Diamond Valley 70

The difference in this one may have come down to each teams respective bench’s. Nunawading, led by Barker and Graham, were able to outscore the Eagles’ bench 38 to 25. The Spectres finsihed the game strongly, with a 20-9 final quarter.

Melbourne 53 def by Dandenong 77

Dandenong have made their intentions clear for this season, rolling out a star studded team in round 1 on their way to dominant victory. The Rangers were able to share the load around, with no one logging over 23 minutes.

Kilsyth 90 def Blackburn 67

The reigning premiers began the 2018 season in style, with a consistent performance over all four quarters. The usual suspects were at work, with Dielemans and Adnam each scoring over 20. The Vikings dominated the rebounding battle, but an abysmal 30% from the field and 22 turnovers let them down.

Ringwood 55 def Nunawading 52

This tough tussle was a low scoring affair, with neither team gaining much of an advantage all hame. With both teams shooting poorly, Matthew Hickey was the standout performer picking up 17 points and 7 boards.

Bulleen 82 def by Hawthorn 84

What a thrilling contest. What Hawthorn were able to gain with lights out shooting from deep (10/17 3PT), they gave back with turnovers (21). Bulleen guard Shayan Mahboobi played a brilliant game (21pts, 6reb, 4ast), and had a chance to tie it up for the Boomers, but missed his shot in the final seconds.

Blackburn 71 def by Sandringham 80

A huge contrast between these two teams on the day, with Blackburn shooting the ball well, but Sandringham dominating the rebounding battle 62-35. Cameron Taylor and Zak Pantelis lead the way for Sandringham on the offensive end.

Dandenong 89 def Sherbrooke 59

Dandenong didn’t show any ill-effects from having a double header, en route to a commanding victory over the Suns. For the second time in the weekend, they were able to keep their starters’ minutes low and spread the load. Nodia Odigie fought hard for Sherbrooke, finishing with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.

Altona 69 def by McKinnon 88

An energised McKinnon Cougars ran rampant in the third quarter to gain a strong advantage over Altona. Led by Jordan Greer and Joel Becker, the Cougars were able to hold off the Gators despite 26 points from Jeremy Edwards.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Nunawading 46 def by DV 66

A horror first half put the writing on the wall for the Spectres on Saturday night, mustering up just 14 points going into the changerooms. As a result, 27%FG and 28 turnovers was the fate of the outcome. Amelia Smith (10r) and Mikayla Peterson both had 10 points.

Melbourne 62 def Dandenong 51

A strong third stanza, as well as an incredible individual performance has lifted Melbourne to its Round One victory. The 21-13 third term, in addition to Zoe Cransberg’s (15p 14r 10s 6a) enormous tripledouble had the Rangers in a spin.

Bulleen 65 def by Knox 70

Liv Frost (29p 13r) gave everything to keep the Boomers in this one at home, however were eventually overpowered late by what seems to be their foes over the last number of years. Maighan Hedge dropped 21 points in the victory.

Ballarat 66 def by Bendigo 69

Bendigo snatched victory on the road against rivals Ballarat with a three-point overtime win off the back of Danielle O’Toole’s 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Hayley Harrington was big on the boards, collecting 19 to go with her ten points.

Kilsyth 78 def Warrandyte 52

Kilsyth wasted no time getting their first win on the board, harrassing newcomers Warrandyte early on (8 1st Q pts). Taylah Black looks like a player with 25 points, ten boards and five steals in the opener.

Waverley 53 def by Ringwood 76

The Hawks were led by Annabel Deerbon who dropped 16pts off the bench on 7-9FG shooting. Rachael Watson started where she finished in 2017 collecting 19 rebounds.

Warrandyte 40 def by Sandringham 53

Scoring was a struggle for the Venom in R1 after putting up just 40 in game two. The Sabres were well balanced and once again showed why they’ll be at the pointy end when the season concludes.

Dandenong 57 def by Waverley 63

The Rangers haven’t started season 2018 like they would have wanted to, slumping to their second consecutive loss. Nyaduoth Lok (24p 8r) and Alyssa Weston (19p 5r) paced the way.

Hawthorn 89 def Bulleen 49

Hawthorn have staked their claims early with a 40- point drubbing of the Boomers. The team, led by Tom Maher sure will be putting the clamps on their opponents defensively in the weeks to come.

Hume City 49 def by Kilsyth 57

Kilsyth made it two-from-two despite a late hiccup (6- 15 4th Q). It was a topsy-turvy contest with both teams sure to find positives and negatives out of the contest. Ultimately, Hume’s opening quarter proved costly (4pts)

Altona 63 def by Bendigo 76

Danielle O’Toole once again propelled the Braves to another win, this time with 17 points and 12 boards. The Gators couldn’t convert from distance (1/16 3P), which may be mentioned on the practice court this week.


Youth League One Men

Warrandyte 80 def Hume City 65

The Warrandyte Venom kicked off their season in style with a 15-point win over Hume City which included 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals from Jarrod Molnar. The efficiency will be something he’ll want to work on however, needing 26 shots to get to that mark (7-26FG). Sharpshooter Liam Davidson contributed 14 points off the pine. For the Broncos, it’s positive signs for Bailey Kirkman who notched 19 points and six boards.

Coburg 67 def by Corio Bay 92

Corio Bay put Coburg to the sword after strong second and fourth quarters. Cohen Blythe put his fresh legs to good use, dropping 16 points before senior duties called later on in the weekend. Aaron Ruiz was brilliant on the glass with 15 rebounds to go with 14 points. Damien Watson was efficient for the Giants in the loss, posting 10 points and 15 rebounds on 4-7FG shooting.

Casey 84 def Camberwell 75

Casey used a 17-8 third quarter to launch their Youth League One Men’s campaign off to the right start, defeating Camberwell 84-75 at home. Double doubles to Brendan Head (14p, 11r) and Oyiti Amum (15p, 11r) led the way, however Head will be looking to reduce the turnover rate in the coming weeks, having had eight in his opening game.

Ballarat 88 def Bendigo 78

The country rivalry went Ballarat’s way in the opener of 2018, with the Miners putting together a strong opening half which proved too much for Bendigo to chip away at. 23 points to Ross Weightman led the way but was backed up by a bunch of contributors. Anthony Kuel (15p, 8r, 6a), Tristan Fisher (18p, 4r) and Amos Brooks (13p, 14r, 2s, 2b) made it extremely difficult for the Braves. Jake Wilcocks paced the visitors with 24 points (on 27FGA).

Waverley 78 def Geelong 65

Waverley made their intentions clear to start the year, with a 16-8 opening stanza paving the standard in their 78-65 win over Geelong at home. Nathan Malloy posted 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 9-11FG, in addition to Andrew Noller’s 17 points on 7-11FG.

Werribee 98 def Warrandyte 81

Another big game from Jarrod Molnar wasn’t quite enough this time to propel the Venom to two opening round wins. His 29 points and nine rebounds were outclassed by the combo of Daniaell Herbert (22p 6a) and Josh Zamperoni (15p 5r) as the Devils shot 51%FG from the field.

Hume City 71 def by Sunbury 98

The Broncos couldn’t get the job done at home on Sunday either, falling short to Sunbury by a comfortable margin. A massive second half really gave the Jets the ascendancy off the back of Ivanne Loncaric’s 21 points and seven rebounds. Jeremy Wragg (13p, 14r) chipped in with a handy double double.


Youth League One Women

McKinnon 96 def Corio Bay 84 (2OT)

What better way to start the season than with a double overtime. With over a minute to remian in regular time no one would have guessed 68 all would remian the score when the final buzzer went. But here we are going into the first overtime of the season where the teams literally went shot for shot to take us into double overtime. The Cougars continued to put the shots up and came out victorious after a gruelling 50 minutes.

Sunbury 95 def Chelsea 41

The Jets have stamped out any confusion of them being good enough for YL1W with a stellar first game performance in front of their home crowd. Chelsea scored an early basket but then couldn’t stop a 13 point onslaught, they did manage to get a quick basket in the dying seconds of the first quarter but a 13 point lead this early is always hard to come back from. Moving forward from the first, things didn’t get any easier for Chelsea, they kept their heads up and kept fighting all game but Sunbury were just too tough for them. These girls are going to be an exciting team to watch this season, look out YL1W the Jets are coming.

Geelong 66 def Camberwell 48

The Supercats had one goal and they executed it to a tee, dominating from the beginning to the end they made sure the Dragons knew they meant business. Geelong spread the load but it was their starters that did majority of the damage with three of the five finishing in double didgits, they also showed how important defence is to a great offence. The Dragons are not going to be push overs in 2018, they will regroup & come out pushing even harder next week.

Keilor 72 def Eltham 51

In Eltham’s first game down in YL1W they would have been hoping for a much different result and maybe underestimated their opponent a little here too. Both teams seemed relatively well matched which showed as it was a 2 point ball game going into the half time break. Eltham lost their mojo in the 3rd to which Keilor took full advantage of out scoring the Wildcats 23-12, then they ran away with it in the final term. Eltham will look back at this match and have to make some adjustments before next weeks match up when they take on a tough Geelong side.

Corio Bay 84 def Craigieburn 58

After coming off a double overtime loss Saturday night the Stingrays were not going to let another one slip past them. Craigieburn didn’t know what hit them as Corio went on an 11-0 opening run before the Eagles managed to get a point on the board. The rest of the game was more of an even spread but Craigieburn couldn’t stop Big V TV favourite Teagan Tatlock who led her team to a victory to finish the weekend 1-1.


Youth League Two Men

Melton 116 def Latrobe 86

Kick starting their 2018 campaign in a big way, the Thoroughbreds finished their weekend off with a double whammy. First team off the rank was newbies Latrobe and they certainly put up a good fight. They may have been trailing for the entire game, only behind by 17 at three quarter time. But with some tired bodies heading into the 4th quarter, the Thoroughbreds took advantage going 30 to 17 for their 30 point win. Bradley Watson finished with 26 and 4 assists.

Keysborough 67 def by Melton 69

In Melton’s second game for the weekend, their 21 to 14 opening quarter was what kept their win alive. This slight gap between the scores allowed the Thoroughbreds to keep their lead even with the Cougars breathing down their neck. Heading into the final quarter, it was 7 points the difference and the Cougars fought hard to turn this around. With only 22 seconds left on the clock, Baldan put the Cougars within 2 points leaving it all up to Agon who was fouled late to take the game into OT. Unfortunately, nerves got the better of him.

Whittlesea 57 def by Maccabi 74

Following suit, the Maccabi Warriors had a great opening round taking home 2 wins themselves. With an away game at Whittlesea up first, it took them the opening 10 mins to settle in. However in the 2nd, a 25 to 17 quarter had the Warriors leading by 8 at the half. This lead continued on into the 3rd with the 4th being a quiet quarter from both.

Maccabi 74 def Craigieburn 72

It was a much tougher affair for the Warriors on the Sunday, getting taken right down to the wire by the Eagles. The Eagles held onto this game for the first 3 quarters, actually leading by a comfortable 10 points at three quarter time. However a 30 point quarter led by Shamis, Vadas and Tenenberg had the Warriors take over the game and take the win by 2.

Frankston 79 def Pakenham 71

New team on the block Frankston have certainly shown they’re a competitor this year, taking care of favourites Pakenham in a close finish. The first half was what gave the Blues the edge taking out the half 44 to 35. The second half evened out but the game had already been decided.

Collingwood 77 def Mornington 74

What a comeback win for the All Stars. They only managed 8 points to the Breakers 26 in the opening quarter and still came away with the W. They were still down at half time too. The Breakers would have been disappointed to let this one slip through.

Chelsea 72 def Western Port 63

The Gulls and the Steelers battled it out for bragging rights, the Gulls taking the cake this time around. The Steelers can put this loss down to their 2nd quarter effort, only putting 7 points on the board. They attempted to make up for it in the 3rd but it was too late. The Gulls put the finishing touches on the match in the 4th, 25 to 20.

Wallan 50 def by Keysborough 74

The Cougars were ensuring they finished the weekend off with a win, getting the early jump on the Panthers, 19 to 9. The game evened out for the next 3 quarters but there was nothing the Panthers could do to revert the damage.

Western Port 93 def Wallan 73

The Steelers redeemed themselves on the Sunday, taking a comfortable 20 point win over the Panthers. Although the final margin suggests otherwise, it was a tight game quarter by quarter. The difference being the Steelers were the ones winning each one of them. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the start to their season has not gone well.


Youth League Two Women

Southern Peninsula 58 def Sherbrooke 36

Southern Peninsula kicked off #BIGV18 in Youth League Two Women in style, giving up just 13 first half points to Sherbrooke in what looks to have set the tone for the year ahead – defensive hustle! Gemma Simon notched 16 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. The Suns will be rueing their opportunities, having coughed up 36 turnovers in the loss.

Blackburn 62 def Werribee 55 (OT)

Blackburn and Werribee couldn’t be separated after 40 minutes, with the pair locked at 50 points apiece. The Vikings however outlasted their opponents in the overtime period taking a W in their opening contest. Nikolina Sukurica posted 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the win, with the Vikings as a team didn’t shoot the ball as well as Werribee (27%FG/33%FG). In fact, the Devils had similar issues as the Suns, giving up 36 turnovers in the loss. Jasmine Silcock’s 12 points, six rebounds and three steals the best for the visitors.

Whittlesea 65 def by Casey 87

Casey finished their contest off against Whittlesea just as well as they started, putting together a dominant four quarter effort to win on the road. Despite a 14 point, 21 rebound, four steal and four block effort from Hailey Wynd, the Pacers didn’t have the answers for the visitors, as Peta Rhodes (19 points, 5 steals), Tess Young (16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists) and Lauren Tuplin (16 points, 3 steals) led the charge for the Cavs.

Western Port vs. Mornington

Unfortunately at time of publish, no score was available for this contest.

Pakenham 57 def Frankston 55

The Warriors left it late, however two Ellie Coutts free throws with 29-seconds left handed Pakenham a decisive first-up win over the re-entered Frankston Blues. The game hung in the balance for the majority of the game, especially when Annabel Fitter (8 points, 9 rebounds) tied the game at 55 with 36 seconds left to play. Coutts’ (18 points, 14 rebounds, 9 steals, 4 assists, 4 blocks) near triple-double gave the home side something to cheer about as the win sure provides a huge confidence booster to a team that faded out at the conclusion of 2017.

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