Round 12 Previews

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

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

Championship Men

The fourth-placed Hawthorn Magic host the struggling Chelsea on Saturday night at Boroondara Sports Complex. Hawthorn snapped a poor run of form with a large win over a red-hot Casey outfit last week. Shooting at 75% from the three-point line from Jack Barry continued his run of form, contributing 34 points. The Gulls were handed a fifth-straight loss on Saturday night before rebounding to a win over Corio Bay in Geelong. Colin Voss contributed 29 points and 15 boards, with Corey Standerfer also putting up six threes and 32 points total. Chelsea have a chance to turn their season around away from home and move into sixth place.

Second-placed Casey got smacked by Hawthorn last week ending their run of form and will look to bounce back against Keilor. Matt Donlan contributed 17 points on under 50% from the field in the absence of Branden Polk. Keilor went down in a huge swing match against the Broncos despite Mike Anderson putting up some big numbers of 35 points, seven boards and eight assists to snap their two-game winning streak.

Werribee enter their game against Blackburn in red-hot form after getting their fourth win in five games over Chelsea last week. Konor Kulas continues his great season with 26 points on 63% FG and 15 rebounds, with David Shepard also contributing big with 28 points in a highly defensive game. Blackburn lost again and sit equal last on the table, with the team needing a better showing this week. Bennett, Heath and Odigie all shot above 50% from beyond the arc contributing to the team’s 12 threes, but they will need stronger team defensive efforts to win this week.

Werribee will return to the court on Sunday with a match up against Hume City in Broadmeadows. The Broncos are going for their sixth-straight win after last round’s double win over Blackburn and Keilor. Two impressive team showings from the Broncos with six players reaching double digit points against Keilor showed their quality this season, as they draw level for wins with Casey who play twice this weekend. Werribee may find this one tough with both games against form opposition.

Casey will travel to Geelong after their Saturday encounter and will look to complete their weekend against struggling Corio Bay. Corio Bay got handed large defeats in both encounters last week despite Ivory Young putting up 52 points, 13 boards and 16 assists across the two games last week. Casey will look to put this one away and stay within touching distance of McKinnon.

The final game of the round sees leaders McKinnon travel to Thunder territory. A tougher game is promised for McKinnon this week, after they dismantled Corio Bay in a dominant display in Round 12. Adrian Tomada dropped a massive 51 points from 61% FG and seven threes, who was accompanied by Dillion Stith contributing 35 points on his own on 67% FG and 14 boards. You’d expect a rested McKinnon to be in their offensive swing again with them having only lost one game and averaging 112 points per game. Keilor will need to step up at home to stay in touch with the Magic in fourth. 

Hawthorn vs Chelsea — Sat 8pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Casey vs Keilor — Sat 8pm — Casey Stadium

Werribee vs Blackburn — Sat 8.30pm — Eagle Stadium

Hume City vs Werribee — Sun 2pm — Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Corio Bay vs Casey — Sun 2pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Keilor vs McKinnon — Sun 3.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Championship Women

Casey kick off the weekend with a clash against Southern Peninsula at Casey Stadium. The Cavs enter the game off the back of six defeats in a row, the longest losing streak of any team in the division. Southern Peninsula also enter the game in poor form, losing their last two games before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Prior to their last two results the Sharks had won three games in a row to extend their tally to five wins for the season. 

First plays last when Werribee travel to Warrnambool to face the Mermaids on Saturday night. The Devils have won nine games in a row to sit one win ahead of Sunbury at the top of the ladder. Alisia Jenkins has been a standout for the Devils this season, averaging 25.9 points in nine games. The Mermaids on the other hand have failed to win a game this season and sit at the bottom of the ladder. Amy Wormald has been gallant all season for the Mermaids however, averaging 14.9 points per game. 

McKinnon could climb to fifth with victory over Sunbury at GESAC on Saturday night. The Cougars have won three of their last five games to edge their way within the top five after a poor start to the season. Their task will not be easy as the Jets sit second on the ladder and are on a seven-game winning streak. Geralynn Leaupepe had 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the Jets’ 12-point win over Keilor in their last outing. 

Hume City climbed to third on the ladder two weeks ago following a 45-point win over Whittlesea. The Broncos have won three of their last five games and will expect to add to their record when they face ninth placed Bulleen. Despite their poor record, the Boomers’ two victories have come on the road this season, which could keep them in good stead against the Broncos.

Keilor and Whittlesea wrap up the round on Sunday afternoon at Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder will be keen to return to their winning ways after they were relegated from third on the ladder by Hume City at the end of Round 11. The Thunder have the third best offence in the division, which could cause havoc for the Pacers, who sit eighth on the ladder. Whittlesea have won two of their last five games, but have won only one game on the road this season. 

Casey vs Southern Peninsula — Sat 6pm — Casey Stadium

Warrnambool vs Werribee — Sat 6pm — The Arc Sports Stadium

McKinnon vs Sunbury — Sat 8pm — GESAC

Hume City vs Bulleen — Sun 12pm — Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Keilor vs Whittlesea — Sun 1.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Collingwood host Bulleen in a must-win match between two clubs currently down on their luck. The Boomers were having an impressive campaign but have lost their last four matches, while the All Stars sit at the tail end of the ladder and will be looking to pick up their sixth win of the season.

Keysborough host Latrobe City Energy as the Cougars look to land themselves a place within the top four. Calvin Enge will be hoping to carry on with his strong campaign, ranking fifth for match points this season with 295.

Shepparton face off against Coburg in a clash between two clubs with contrasting fortunes. The Giants have found themselves in a rut after losing their last four games, while the Gators continue their strong form this season, defeating Melbourne University by 25 points in Round 11. 

Sunbury and Bellarine meet at Boardman Stadium on Saturday night. Bellarine’s Nathan Lemke and Jason Reardon rank first and second in defensive rebounds for the division (127 and 118 respectively), and will need to be on song if the Storm are capable of producing an upset.

Western Port host Melbourne University in what looks to be a fairly lop-sided match on. The Steelers were able to recapture their form with a resounding win against Warrandyte last round, but will be facing a Black Angels outfit high on confidence after recording their third win of the season against Collingwood.

Warrnambool and Warrandyte round out the Saturday night fixtures as the Seahawks search for their eighth win of the season. The Venom won’t be lacking motivation after being dismantled by the Steelers in Round 11.

Bulleen and Shepparton will kick off Sunday’s proceedings. Chauncey Orr will be a threat for the Boomers, averaging 29.4 points per game so far this season.

Keysborough travel to the Bellarine Sports Centre to face the Storm on Sunday. The Cougars boast a 10-4 record this season and will be hoping to leapfrog Shepparton into the top four by the end of the weekend.

Coburg and Collingwood face off in a game between two poorly performing clubs. Both sides have only won one of their last five matches and will both be hoping to restore some respect on the weekend. 

Sunbury and Whittlesea close the Round 12 fixture. The Pacers have won their last two games and will be hoping they’ve turned the corner in their season.

Collingwood vs Bulleen — Sat 6pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Keysborough vs Latrobe City — Sat 7pm — Rowville Secondary College

Shepparton vs Coburg — Sat 7.30pm — Shepparton Sports Stadium

Sunbury vs Bellarine — Sat 8pm — Boardman Stadium

Western Port vs Melbourne University — Sat 8pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Warrnambool vs Warrandyte — Sat 8pm — The Arc Sports Stadium

Bulleen vs Shepparton — Sun 1.30pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Bellarine vs Keysborough — Sun 2pm — Bellarine Sports Centre

Coburg vs Collingwood — Sun 2pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Whittlesea vs Sunbury — Sun 3pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Division One Women

Camberwell host Latrobe City in the opening game of the round on Saturday evening. The Dragons lost in their last outing against Chelsea, 59-77, whilst on the other hand Latrobe were unsuccessful in both of their games last round, losing to Craigieburn and Hawthorn. The Dragons currently sit in fourth position, whereas the Energy are on the bottom of the ladder.

Hawthorn play Western Port at Boroondara Sports Complex on Saturday. The Magic convincingly beat Latrobe in the last round by 34 points and are currently in second position on the ladder, after only losing four games for the season. The Steelers will want to improve their record after the week off. They have a mixed record so far this season with six wins and eight losses.

Mildura face Chelsea on Saturday evening. The Heat lead the competition with eleven wins this season, only losing three times. They were victorious last round, defeating Western Port by fifteen points. The Gulls won both of their games in the last round, beating Camberwell and Bellarine. Chelsea sit in sixth position on the ladder with six wins so far this season. 

Bellarine and Craigieburn meet in the first Sunday game for the round. The Storm have had a relatively good season so far, winning nine out of 15 games. They beat Warrandyte in the last round, however fell to Chelsea, 87-56. On the other hand, the Eagles have seven wins to their name, including a victory over Latrobe last round by 17 points. Craigieburn has also lost seven games this season. 

Western Port and Camberwell play each other on Sunday, in both teams’ second game of the round. The Steelers lost to competition leaders Mildura last round, 93-78. Their side is currently placed in seventh position on the table, after losing eight times this year. The Dragons have a better record than the Steelers, after winning eight times this season.

In the final game of the round, Warrandyte play Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon. The Venom sit in second last place on the ladder, after winning only three of their 13 games. Warrandyte lost by 21 points last round to Bellarine. The Magic play in their second game of the round and will be looking to build on their strong performances so far this season.

Camberwell vs Latrobe City — Sat 6pm — Balwyn High School

Hawthorn vs Western Port — Sat 6pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Mildura vs Chelsea — Sat 6pm — Toyota Hothouse

Bellarine vs Craigieburn — Sun 12pm — Bellarine Sports Centre

Western Port vs Camberwell — Sun 1pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Warrandyte vs Hawthorn — Sun 2pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Division Two Men

Southern Peninsula and Pakenham kick off the round at Hillview Stadium on Saturday night. The Sharks have won three of their last five games to sit third on the ladder, one place ahead of Pakenham. The Warriors have also won three of their last five games but enter the game off the back of a defeat to RMIT in their last start. Daniel Steen has 18.8 points per game this season and will need to be at his best if the Warriors are going to prevail.

North East sit 10thon the ladder with a 5-11 record and the division’s second leakiest defence. However, they have won three of their last five games, which is more than their opponents Craigieburn, who have won two of a handful of games. The Eagles sit fifth on the ladder, but could climb into the top four if results go their way this weekend. 

Wallan are one of the division’s most in-form teams, having won four of their last five games. The Panthers sit sixth on the ladder, winning six of their seven home games this season. Sherbrooke are ninth on the table with a 6-9 record, however they have won only one of their eight games on the road, which could go against them on the weekend.

Mildura remain top of the ladder despite a three-game losing streak, which ended a 12-match unbeaten streak to start the season. Two of those defeats came against teams in the bottom half of the ladder, including 13thplaced Mornington. The Heat will need to turn around their form against Melton this weekend as Camberwell are now level with them on wins. The Thoroughbreds have won half of their games this season, but only three wins have come on the road. Chris Johnson averages 18.9 points per game and will need to be at his best if the Thoroughbreds are going to come away with the win. 

Pakenham return to the court on Sunday to host Camberwell, who could climb to the top of the ladder with a win and a fourth consecutive defeat to Mildura last round. 

Altona host Mornington at the Altona Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Gators have lost their last five games and sit 12thon the ladder, while the Breakers sit at the bottom of the ladder with only two wins for the season thus far. 

Maccabi and RMIT conclude the round at the Bialik Stadium. The Warriors will be buoyed by their victory over Mildura in their last start, while RMIT have won four games in a row and are the division’s most in-form team.

Southern Peninsula vs Pakenham — Sat 6pm — Hillview Stadium

North East vs Craigieburn — Sat 7pm — Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre

Wallan vs Sherbrooke — Sat 8pm — RB Robson Stadium

Mildura vs Melton — Sat 8pm — Toyota Hothouse

Pakenham vs Camberwell — Sun 2pm — Cardinia Life

Altona vs Mornington — Sun 3pm — Altona Sports Centre

Maccabi vs RMIT — Sun 3pm — Bialik Stadium

Division Two Women

North East host Melbourne University, with both sides on opposing ends of the spectrum. The Black Angels have been in blistering form and are unlucky to not be top of the table, while the Bushrangers have lost 11 consecutive games and don’t seem likely to conjure an upset. 

Wallan and Sherbrooke face off in an exciting Round 12 match-up. The Panthers must win if they are to remain in finals contention, and would only be one win behind the Suns if they were to get back into winning ways, following their 17-point loss to Melbourne University last round.

Another lop-sided match beckons as Collingwood come up against Pakenham at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. Despite her side’s woes, Nyesha Sims has been a shining light for the All Stars, ranking second in both average points and average rebounds for the division. Meanwhile, Pakenham continue their stay at the top of the ladder after recording a gritty win against Sherbrooke last weekend. 

Blackburn host Coburg in an exciting top-half clash between two strong sides. The Vikings currently sit third but with rival teams on their tail – including a Coburg outfit who have only won two of their last five games – will be entering this matchup driven and determined to get the win. 

Mornington and Melton complete the round in a highly intriguing matchup. Both sides remain in contention for a top four spot, as the Breakers look to carry on with their good run of form, having won their last three games. Mornington’s Sammie Simmons will be a massive threat for the Breakers, currently coming third in the league for rebounds with 129. 

North East vs Melbourne University — Sat 5pm — Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre

Wallan vs Sherbrooke — Sat 6pm — RB Robson Stadium

Collingwood vs Pakenham — Sat 8pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Blackburn vs Coburg — Sat 8pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Mornington vs Melton — Sat 8.30pm — Mornington Basketball Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Hawthorn face Dandenong on Saturday afternoon. The Magic beat McKinnon last round, lifting them to fifth position in their division. The Rangers have won 15 games this season and lead their division.

Southern play Waverley on Saturday night. The Sabres defeated Blackburn by 36 points in the last round, but they still sit at the bottom in their division. The Falcons lost in the last round and are sixth in their division.

Nunawading host Sherbrooke on Saturday in Nunawading. The Spectres beat Knox by five points in their last outing, giving them their 10th win of the season. The Suns sit last in their division with two wins this year.

Diamond Valley and McKinnon meet on Saturday. The Eagles beat Kilsyth in their last game, leaving them in fourth position in their division. The Cougars sit second last in their division after two losses last round.

Bulleen face Keilor on Saturday at 8pm. The Boomers were victorious last round, but also lost the day after to the Melbourne Tigers. The Thunder are fifth in their division, with seven win and nine losses to their name.

Knox play Blackburn at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday. The Raiders have won nine of their 14 games this year. On the other hand, the Vikings have only won three out of 15 games this season. 

Ringwood host Kilsyth at The Rings on Saturday. The Hawks currently sit second in their division, after winning  nine and only losing five of their 14 games. The Cobras sit third in their division with 10 wins and five losses.

Kilsyth and Hawthorn play each other in their second game of the round on Sunday. The Cobras lost last round to Eltham by 20 points. The Magic have won six games this season, but have also lost eight games so far.

Dandenong face Southern on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers won both of their games in the last round, improving their lead on the top of the table. The Sabres have lost 14 games so far this year, winning only two.

Melbourne play Nunawading on Sunday at MSAC. The Tigers are currently second in their division, after winning 10 out of 15 games this year. The Spectres sit fourth in their division, with only five losses.

Eltham host Bulleen in the final game of the round. The Wildcats have only lost one game this season, as they easily lead their division at the moment. The same could not be said for the Boomers, who sit in sixth position.

Hawthorn vs Dandenong — Sat 4pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Southern vs Waverley — Sat 7pm — Southern Basketball Stadium

Nunawading vs Sherbrooke — Sat 7.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Diamond Valley vs McKinnon — Sat 7.30pm — Diamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre

Bulleen vs Keilor — Sat 8pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Knox vs Blackburn — Sat 8pm — State Basketball Centre

Ringwood vs Kilsyth — Sat 8pm — The Rings

Kilsyth vs Hawthorn — Sun 2pm — Kilsyth Sports Centre

Dandenong vs Southern — Sun 2pm — Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Melbourne vs Nunawading — Sun 2pm — MSAC

Eltham vs Bulleen — Sun 2.30pm — Eltham High School

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Southern and Altona kick off the round, with the Sabres sitting third, one place ahead of the Gators in the Terrill conference. The Sabres have won five of their seven home games this season, while the Gators have won three of their six away games. 

Diamond Valley have won their last two games to sit fifth in the Terrill conference. They will expect to continue their stellar form against Ballarat this weekend who enter the game off the back of 10 defeats in a row. 

Nunawading meet Dandenong in a top four clash in the Watson conference. The Spectres will be shooting for their third-straight win and looking to consolidate top spot, while the Rangers are going for their fifth win in their last six. 

Knox and Hume City clash with both sides looking to make a run at the top four. The Raiders will be hoping to bounce back from a three-game losing streak, while a win would see the Broncos even their season record at 8-8.

Ringwood and Kilsyth do battle at The Rings in a blockbuster top three clash in the Watson conference, as both sides will be looking to prove their championship credentials. The Hawks snapped their two-game losing streak against Knox last round, while the Cobras fell to Dandenong. 

Bendigo and Melbourne continue the Saturday action at Bendigo Stadium in a monster top two clash in the Terrill league. The Braves take the better form into this one, riding a two-game win streak, whereas the Tigers have dropped their last two. 

Bulleen and Waverley cap off the Saturday action with the Boomers looking to add to their one win for the season at home. The Falcons are on the bottom of the Watson table but have won their last four on the trot. 

Altona and Nunawading open up the Sunday card. The Gators are 5-3 at home this season, but meet arguably the top team in the league in the Spectres, who could be shooting for their fourth straight win. 

Melbourne and Bulleen butt heads in what looks to be a one-sided affair on paper. Interestingly, the Tigers have actually performed worse at home this season (3-4) despite sitting second. 

Dandenong and Sunbury clash with the latter taking the fresh legs into the contest. Sunbury will be hoping to pinch one on the road here and add to their three-game winning streak. 

Kilsyth and Hawthorn meet at the Kilsyth Sports Centre as the Magic will be looking to snap their four-game losing streak. The Cobras could be tired from their game against Ringwood on Saturday. 

Ballarat and Bendigo cap off the Round 12 action at the Mars Minerdome. The Braves will be coming off a massive contest against the Tigers, but should not have any trouble with a Rush outfit that have lost their last 10.

Southern vs Altona — Sat 5pm — Southern Basketball Stadium

Diamond Valley vs Ballarat — Sat 5.30pm — Diamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre

Nunawading vs Dandenong — Sat 5.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Knox vs Hume City — Sat 6pm — State Basketball Centre

Ringwood vs Kilsyth — Sat 6pm — The Rings

Bendigo vs Melbourne — Sat 6pm — Bendigo Stadium

Bulleen vs Waverley — Sat 6pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Altona vs Nunawading — Sun 11am — Altona Sports Centre

Melbourne vs Bulleen — Sun 12pm — MSAC

Dandenong vs Sunbury — Sun 12pm — Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Kilsyth vs Hawthorn — Sun 12pm — Kilsyth Sports Centre

Ballarat vs Bendigo — Sun 1pm — Mars Minerdome

Youth League One Men

Camberwell and Casey kick off Round 12 on Sasturday afternoon. The Cavaliers currently sit third on the ladder, boasting a 10-5 record. The Dragons sit seventh with an 8-8 record, but will want to pick up their form if they are to mount a challenge for a top four spot.

Sunbury host Corio Bay at the Boardman Stadium on Saturday evening. The Jets have lost their last six matches and are languishing down the bottom of the ladder, while Corio Bay have won four of their last five matches and are gearing up for a strong run home.

Werribee take on an undefeated Ballarat side at home on Saturday night. The Miners came very close to having their undefeated streak broken last round, with Casey narrowly losing to them by three points. Liam Allison is likely to continue his strong offensive form, averaging 5.5 assists per game.

Bendigo take on Hume City on Saturday with the Braves winning their last four matches. The Broncos would be shattered following their narrow loss against Werribee last round, while Bendigo ended up defeating Werribee by 17 points.

Corio Bay host Camberwell to kickstart Sunday’s fixture in Round 12, in what proposes to be an exciting mid-table clash. Camberwell’s Charlie Fitsioris is sure to be a threat to the Stingrays, recording 255 points this season to rank third in the league.

Warrandyte take on Geelong on Sunday as the Supercats will be hoping to respond following their thrilling one-point loss to Altona in Round 11. The Venom couldn’t do enough against the Cavaliers last round and will need some luck on their side if they are to record their third win of the season. 

Altona and Bendigo meet in a massive fixture for both clubs. The Gators will be looking to cement themselves within the top four, but the Braves will likely making life difficult for them. Expect Aidan Brohm to star for the Braves, as he currently leads the league in total assists for the season, with 99. 

Frankston and Sunbury round out the Round 12 fixture in this bottom-half clash. The Blues have found themselves in a rut in recent weeks, while the Jets will be hoping Sunday is a good chance of recording their fourth win of the season. 

Camberwell vs Casey — Sat 4pm — Balwyn High School

Sunbury vs Corio Bay — Sat 6pm — Boardman Stadium

Werribee vs Ballarat — Sat 6.30pm — Eagle Stadium

Bendigo vs Hume City — Sat 8pm                       Bendigo Stadium

Corio Bay vs Camberwell — Sun 12pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Warrandyte vs Geelong — Sun 12pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Altona vs Bendigo — Sun 1pm — Altona Sports Centre

Frankston vs Sunbury — Sun 2.30pm — Frankston Basketball Stadium

Youth League One Women

Geelong play Keilor in the opening game of the round on Saturday afternoon. The Supercats come into this game on the back of a victory against Eltham in the last round. Geelong is placed fifth on the competition table, winning six games and losing seven so far this season. The Thunder have fared better, winning 10 games and losing two. Keilor beat Warrandyte by four points last round, putting them in second position on the ladder.

Craigieburn face McKinnon on Saturday evening at 6pm. The Eagles were victorious in their last game, beating Corio Bay 66-91. Craigieburn have only won five of their 12 games played so far this season. The Cougars lost their 10th game of the season last round, after going down to Camberwell 44-64. They sit second last on the competition table.

Corio Bay host Warrandyte at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre on Saturday night. The Stingrays are last on the ladder after a poor start to the season, having only won one game out of the 12 they have played. The Venom have a much better record after winning eight games this season. However, they did lose their third game of the season last round against Keilor.

Camberwell and Casey meet each other in the first Sunday game of the round. The Dragons currently sit in third position on the table, after winning 10 of their 13 games this year. Camberwell defeated McKinnon in their last match, by 20 points. They will face a Casey side who are leading the competition. The Cavaliers beat Corio Bay in the last round, leaving them with a record of 11 wins and two losses.

Eltham play Craigieburn in the final game of the round on Sunday. The teams will do battle at Eltham High School, in a tight sixth-against-seventh contest. Eltham have lost 10 times this season, including a seven-point loss to Geelong in their last outing. The Eagles have lost seven games this year, but were successful in the last round, recording their fifth win. 

Geelong vs Keilor — Sat 3pm — Geelong Arena

Craigieburn vs McKinnon — Sat 6pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Corio Bay vs Warrandyte — Sat 6pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Camberwell vs Casey — Sun 12pm — Balwyn High School

Eltham vs Craigieburn — Sun 12pm — Eltham High School

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea and Whittlesea kick things off in Round 12. Both sides have had completely contrasting seasons, with the Gulls boasting a 10-4 record while the Pacers hold a 4-10 record. The Gulls went down to Craigieburn in Round 11 and will be keen to bounce back.

Western Port and Keysborough meet in a clash between two sides who have been disappointing this season. The Steelers have lost 10 straight matches, but will be hopeful of ending that trend against the Cougars, who sit 10thwith a 4-10 record, and haven’t done too much better than the Steelers.

Mornington and Melton face off as the Breakers hope to end their poor run of form and get back on track. Mornington’s Henry Peirce tops the league in average rebounds and will be hoping to star against the Thoroughbreds. 

Pakenham host Coburg as the Giants hope to produce an upset and make a climb up the ladder. The Warriors remain on top of the ladder after dismantling Western Port last weekend. 

Coburg and Collingwood commence Sunday’s clashes as the All Stars hope to affirm themselves within the top four. Coburg have lost their last two matches and will need Vito Carbone to deliver against a composed Collingwood outfit. Carbone leads the league in assists for this year with 64.

Maccabi play their first game of the weekend when they take on Western Port on Sunday. The Warriors dominated against Whittlesea in their last match and well and truly showed what they are capable of, recording their seventh win of the season by 34 points.

Whittlesea have an enormous task on their hands when they host Craigieburn at Mill Park Basketball Stadium. The Eagles have won 11 games straight and show no signs of slowing down, as they continue to mount the pressure on first-placed Pakenham. 

Wallan and Mornington round out the fixture as the Panthers continue to search for their first win of the season. Max Cairns has had a strong season for the Breakers, and is ranked third in the league for total defensive rebounds with 90. 

Chelsea vs Whittlesea — Sat 6pm — Patterson River Stadium

Western Port vs Keysborough — Sat 6pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Mornington vs Melton — Sat 6.30pm — Mornington Basketball Stadium

Pakenham vs Coburg — Sat 7pm — Cardinia Life

Coburg vs Collingwood — Sun 12pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Maccabi vs Western Port — Sun 1pm — Bialik Stadium

Whittlesea vs Craigieburn — Sun 1pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Wallan vs Mornington — Sun 1pm — RB Robson Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Western Port and Werribee kick off the round at Somerville Recreation Centre on Saturday afternoon. The Steelers enter the game off the back of three wins in a row to climb off the bottom of the ladder, and now sit in eighth position. Werribee also come into the game in good form, winning their last five games. The Devils have won three of their five away games this season and will be favourites to take the win. 

Blackburn could do with a win this week as they have lost three games in a row. The Vikings have struggled to score enough points to win games, averaging 51 points per game; the fewest in the league. They will face a difficult task this week as they take on third placed Chelsea, who have won four of their last five games and five of their six games on the road. 

Bottom-of-the-ladder Coburg host Collingwood in a must-win clash for both clubs. The Giants need a win to end their 11-game losing streak, while a win for the All Stars will keep them in touching distance of the top four. Collingwood will also be keen to end their two-game losing streak, which has seen them drop below Werribee on the ladder. 

Whittlesea will expect to return to the winner’s list when they host Mornington on Saturday night. The Pacers suffered a 13-point loss to Sherbrooke in their last start, which ended a two-game winning streak. Mornington enter the game off the back of three defeats in a row, which has dropped them to ninth on the ladder. The Breakers will need to shore up their defence as they have conceded the second most points in the division so far this season. 

The Pacers return to the court on Sunday to face Pakenham at Cardinia Life. The Warriors have lost their last four games but still sit second last on the ladder. Surprisingly they have the sixth best offence, but have the third leakiest defence. 

The round concludes when Frankston and Sherbrooke do battle at the Frankston Basketball Stadium. The Blues are the division’s most in-form team, winning their last nine games to sit second on the ladder. Sherbrooke, however sit one spot above them at the top of the ladder with an 11-1 record. Both teams love to attack so expect a thrilling contest to end the round. 

Western Port vs Werribee — Sat 4pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Blackburn vs Chelsea — Sat 6pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Coburg vs Collingwood — Sat 6.30pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Whittlesea vs Mornington — Sat 7.30pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Pakenham vs Whittlesea — Sun 12pm — Cardinia Life

Frankston vs Sherbrooke — Sun 12.30pm — Frankston Basketball Stadium

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