Round 13 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 Broncos are flying at the moment and will line up for their seventh-straight win against Casey in the Round 13 opener. This shapes up to be the match of the round with the winner moving into outright second place after Casey’s shock loss to Corio Bay last week. Another huge team performance from the Broncos last week saw seven players hit double figures, with Jake Martin leading the team with 24, including four three-pointers. Matthew Donlan will need to continue to hit his three pointers for the Cavs with impressive statistics from the weekend shooting at 67%. There is lots to play for in this clash.

Hawthorn look to consolidate fourth spot and can narrow the gap on Casey and Hume with two wins this weekend, starting down in Geelong against Corio Bay. The Stingrays host the contest coming off another 30-point plus game from Trae Young who continues to star for the Stingrays’ struggling outfit. They will look to get off the bottom of the ladder with their second straight win. A double-double from Luke Sist was the only shining light in last week’s loss to Chelsea and the Magic will look to bounce back.

Werribee’s run of form halted last weekend as they were thrashed in both games, and things won’t get any easier against McKinnon this week. The Devils were shocked by Blackburn before going down to Hume City and were the only team to concede over 100 points, doing it not just once, but twice. Konor Kulas and David Shepard combined for 63 in Sunday’s loss with Kulas also recording a double-double, but they will need to fire against the ladder leaders this week. Meanwhile the Cougars continued their hot run, easing to a win against Keilor, with five players scoring in double figures and a well-used amount of rotations.  They come into the game this week relatively fresh and on-form, and will be tough to beat.

Chelsea and Blackburn both come off impressive wins last week. Both teams were in a horrid run of form, but bounced back with wins last Saturday night. Chelsea took down the favoured Magic in a close affair thanks to 36 points and 16 boards from Corey Standerfer, whilst as well as Colin Voss putting up 20pts and 17 boards of his own. Voss is hitting his form at a nice time of the year, stringing consistent efforts together over the past few weeks. Jake Heath’s 33 points contributed to their dismantling of Werribee, along with 22 points from Ryan Bennett.

Keilor will be hosted by Hawthorn on Sunday after back-to-back losses last weekend. A high number of turnovers and poor defence cost Keilor who were hoping to capitalise on good form heading into the Round 12. Mike Anderson will look to drive his team to winning ways after putting up 22 points and nine boards last week, however he too was poor in transition, with five turnovers. A spirited performance should be shown by the Thunder who only have the one game to deal with in Round 13; Hawthorn are the only side doubling up this week as there are only five games. 

Hume City vs Casey — Sat 8pm — Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Corio Bay vs Hawthorn — Sat 8pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Werribee vs McKinnon — Sat 8.30pm — Eagle Stadium

Chelsea vs Blackburn — Sun 1pm — Patterson River Stadium

Hawthorn vs Keilor — Sun 3pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Championship Women

Hume City and Casey kick off the round on Saturday night at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. The Broncos enter the game off the back of three wins in a row, including a 35-point win over Bulleen last week. BreAnna Brock starred with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while teammate Teyla Evans was one rebound shy of adding a double-double to her 18 points. The wheels have fallen off Casey’s season after their 4-1 record to start the campaign. The Cavs have lost seven games in a row and now sit seventh on the ladder, and are in desperate need of a win. 

Werribee notched up their 10thwin in a row with a 57-point win over Warrnambool last weekend. The Devils were dominant at both ends of the court and were led by Alisia Jenkins who collected 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. McKinnon failed to extend their winning streak in Round 12 and were no match for Sunbury. The Cougars could climb to fifth on the ladder and remain in the hunt for the top four with a win over Werribe this Saturday night. 

Whittlesea will look to overturn their two-game winless run with a win over Sunbury on Saturday night. With an average of only 51.8 points per game this season, the Pacers are the lowest scoring team in the division. Their task will not be easy this week as they host a red-hot Sunbury who enter the game on an eight-game unbeaten streak. The Jets are the highest scoring team in the division and have the stingiest defence, yet sit one win behind Werribee at the top of the ladder. Geralynn Leaupepe has starred for the Jets, averaging 20.6 points per game.

Southern Peninsula will expect to add to their six wins for the season when they host Bulleen on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks ended a two-match losing streak last week with a 26-point win over Casey. Megan Smith led the way for the Sharks with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Bulleen have struggled to find form this season and sit second last with only two wins all season. The Boomers concede an average 87.5 points per game – the second most in the competition – and have also struggled at the other end of the court so far this season. 

The round concludes when Keilor host Warrnambool on Sunday afternoon at Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder have won three of their last five games, but have struggled for consistency and have not been able to string together consecutive wins. Warrnambool have failed to win a game all season and sit at the bottom of the ladder. They will want to improve on their dismal performance last week when they lost by 57 points to a red-hot Werribee.

Hume City vs Casey — Sat 6pm — Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Werribee vs McKinnon — Sat 6.30pm — Eagle Stadium

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

Southern Peninsula vs Bulleen — Sun 12pm — Hillview Stadium

Keilor vs Warrnambool — Sun 3.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Bulleen and Coburg face off on Saturday evening to kick-start Round 13. The Boomers and Giants are stuck in a rut, with both teams losing six consecutive matches as they look to break the drought against one another. Coburg will need to produce a more composed effort on defence, ranking fourth for total points scored against so far this season with 1317. 

Melbourne University host Warrnambool in a must-win match for the Seahawks. The Black Angels were beaten convincingly by Western Port last round, while Warrnambool were gallant in defeat in a six-point loss to Warrandyte.

Western Port meet Shepparton in an exciting clash that could shape the current top four entirely. The Steelers have won two games on the bounce, and while they do have two games in hand, could leapfrog the Gators if they were to win on Saturday night.

Warrandyte take on a resurgent Collingwood outfit at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars have won their last two matches to restore some order to their season. Warrandyte’s Brenton Charles ranks second in the league for assists this season (84), and will need to be on song if the Venom are to knock off the All Stars. 

Latrobe City will clash with Whittlesea on Saturday night with nothing but pride to play for. Both sides have put in better efforts over the last month, and will be looking to gain bragging rights on Saturday night. Whittlesea’s Hakeem Simon ranks fifth in the league for rebounds, with an average of 10.1 per game.

Latrobe City go back-to-back as they travel to Bellarine to open up Sunday’s fixtures. The Storm’s mediocre run of form has continued, losing to both Sunbury and Keysborough last round to remain mid-table. 

Sunbury host Keysborough in a massive top four-clash between the two sides. The Jets have won their last nine matches and show no signs of slowing down, while the Cougars will be looking to cement their place within the top four and hold off the fifth-placed Steelers. Jets star Ishmael Sanders continues his strong form this season, recording a total 448 points scored in the league to date to sit second overall.

Coburg and Warrnambool will play to finish off Round 13 at the Coburg Basketball Stadium on Sunday. The Giants and Seahawks have endured underwhelming seasons, and the Giants will be hoping to end their six-game losing rut to finish Round 13 on a high.

Bulleen vs Coburg — Sat 7pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Melbourne University vs Warrnambool — Sat 7pm — Melbourne University Sports Centre

Western Port vs Shepparton — Sat 7.30pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

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

Latrobe City vs Whittlesea — Sat 8pm — Traralgon Sports Stadium

Bellarine vs Latrobe City — Sun 2pm — Bellarine Sports Centre

Sunbury vs Keysborough — Sun 3pm — Boardman Stadium

Coburg vs Warrnambool — Sun 3pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Division One Women

Chelsea face Western Port in the opening game of the round on Saturday. The Gulls won their third game in a row last week, after they defeated Mildura by two points. That victory has put them sixth on the table, with a record of seven wins and eight losses. The Steelers sit just below them on the ladder in seventh, with a record of six wins and ten losses. They will be looking to bounce back after losing twice last round. 

Latrobe City will play Mildura at 6pm on Saturday. The Energy are on the bottom of the ladder, after only winning three games so far this season. They were unsuccessful against Camberwell last weekend, going down 87-72. On the other hand, the Heat have the chance to lead the competition with Hawthorn if they are victorious in Traralgon. They currently have a record of eleven wins and four losses, after losing last week to Chelsea.

Hawthorn host Craigieburn at the Boroondara Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Magic are first on the competition ladder, with four consecutive wins giving them a total of 12 wins for the season. They dismantled the Steelers last round; 72-43. The Eagles were also victors last week, beating Bellarine 65-79 away from home. The Eagles have a mixed record of eight wins and seven losses, putting them in fifth place on the competition table.

Warrandyte and Camberwell will meet each other on Saturday night. The Venom have lost 11 of the 14 games they have played so far this season, including losing against Hawthorn 54-72 last week.  With only three wins for the season thus far, the Venom are second last on the table. The Dragons are faring better, winning 10 of their 16 games, putting them in third. Camberwell have won their last two games and will look to build on this form. 

Bellarine face Latrobe City in the first Sunday game of the round. The Storm were defeated by Craigieburn last week; 65-79. Bellarine currently sit fourth on the table, after winning nine games this season. The Energy will play their second game of the round and will want to move up the table, as they sit at the bottom.

Craigieburn play Warrandyte on Sunday in Craigieburn. Both sides will be playing in their second game of the round. The Eagles have won four games in a row, whilst the Venom have lost two in a row. Both teams will be looking for a win here.

Camberwell host Hawthorn in the final game of the round at Balwyn High School. The Dragons have only lost six games for the season and could still finish the season on top of the table. This will be the most anticipated game of the round, as they play a red-hot Hawthorn side who will want to take points off a top three rival. 

Chelsea vs Western Port — Sat 6pm — Patterson River Stadium

Latrobe City vs Mildura — Sat 6pm — Traralgon Sports Stadium

Hawthorn vs Craigieburn — Sat 7.30pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Warrandyte vs Camberwell — Sat 8pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Bellarine vs Latrobe City — Sun 12pm — Bellarine Sports Centre

Craigieburn vs Warrandyte — Sun 12pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Camberwell vs Hawthorn — Sun 2pm — Balwyn High School

Division Two Men

North East and Maccabi face off in a tail-end matchup to open the round. Both clubs have won two of their last five matches, with the Warriors holding a 4-12 record sitting directly below the Bushrangers on the ladder, who sit at 5-12 with one game in hand over Maccabi. 

Camberwell take on Sherbrooke at Balwyn High School on Saturday evening. The Suns have had a couple of matches they would like to forget, losing two straight and being leapfrogged on the ladder by a couple of teams in the process. Camberwell’s Maxwell Barkeley has scored 337 points so far this season, and will be one to watch.

Ladder leaders Mildura travel to Pakenham to take on the Warriors. Pakenham have lost their last three games, and will need to turn their fortunes around to resume their quest for a top four spot. 

Craigieburn host Wallan in another clash that could shape the top four standings come the end of the round. The Panthers won their third straight match last weekend when they downed Sherbrooke by 14 points.

Melton meet Southern Peninsula as the Thoroughbreds look to get their season back on track. Troyce Manassa has been dominant for the Sharks this season, leading the league for total match points with 442. 

Sherbrooke and Mildura kick off Sunday’s schedule as they face off at Belgrave Heights Christian School. The Heat have been made to look human over the last month, having lost three straight matches before responding last round against Melton. 

RMIT host Mornington as the Redbacks look to continue their hot run of mid-season form. Mornington meanwhile remain at the bottom of the table, recording just the two wins so far this season.

Altona take on Pakenham, with the Gators undoubtedly approaching this game with a bit more confidence having won last weekend. Joseph Mausar has 55 assists so far this season, and will need to carry on this run of form if Altona are to pick up their sixth win of the season. 

Southern Peninsula and North East go back-to-back as they clash to finish off Round 13 at Rosbud’s Hillview Stadium. Expect a one-sided affair as the Sharks look to break into the top two.

North East vs Maccabi — Sat 5pm — Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre

Camberwell vs Sherbrooke — Sat 6pm — Balwyn High School

Pakenham vs Mildura — Sat 8pm — Cardinia Life

Craigieburn vs Wallan — Sat 8pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Melton vs Southern Peninsula — Sat 8pm — Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Sherbrooke vs Mildura — Sun 12pm — Belgrave Heights Christian School

RMIT vs Mornington — Sun 12pm — RMIT Sports Centre

Altona vs Pakenham — Sun 1pm — Altona Sports Centre

Southern Peninsula vs North East — Sun 2pm — Hillview Stadium

Division Two Women

It is a battle of the two most struggling teams in the league when Collingwood host North East on Saturday night. The All Stars have lost five games in a row and sit second last on the ladder. They have conceded 125 points more than the Bushrangers who have the second-worst defence in the competition. North East will hope to win their first game after 12 defeats to start the season. Rachael Jeffery has worked tirelessly for the Bushrangers all season and averages 15.9 points per game. 

Melton enter their game against Melbourne Uni off the back of three wins in their last five games. The Thoroughbreds had a two-point win over Mornington last week to extend their record to 6-6 for the campaign. Melbourne Uni will be tough to beat as they have won eight games in a row and sit second on the ladder. The Black Angels have won six of their seven away games and will expect to extend their record this week. 

First plays third when Pakenham travel to Blackburn to face the Vikings. The Warriors remain top of the ladder after a massive win over Collingwood last week; their second win in a row. Stephanie Pal has starred all season, averaging 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and an assist per game. Blackburn sit third on the ladder, two wins behind the top two. The Vikings have won four of their last five games, with their latest win coming against Coburg. 

The Giants could climb into the top four with a win over Wallan on Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a 20-point defeat to Blackburn, the Giants will want to recapture the form that saw them win two of their last three games before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Wallan could displace the Giants into fifth position as only percentage separates the two sides. Rebecca Romeo had 25 points, 17 rebounds and five assists in the Panthers’ seven-point win over Sherbrooke last week. 

Sherbrooke and Mornington will both want to return to the winners’ list after less than impressive performances in Round 12. The Suns have slid to fourth on the ladder after two defeats in a row and are in danger of dropping further with another defeat this week. Mornington’s three-game winning streak ended last week with a defeat to Melton. Sammie Simmons averages 13.9 points per game and will need to be at her best for the Breakers to record a win.      

Collingwood vs North East — Sat 6pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Melton vs Melbourne University — Sat 6pm — Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Blackburn vs Pakenham — Sat 8pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Coburg vs Wallan — Sun 1pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Sherbrooke vs Mornington — Sun 2pm — Belgrave Heights Christian School

Victorian Youth Championship Men

The round kicks off at Nunawading Basketball Stadium where the streaking Spectres host the Boomers. Nunawading has won their past six games and hold a neat 6-2 record at home this season. Bulleen will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. 

Sherbrooke and McKinnon meet in a contest between two sides that have had disappointing seasons. After winning their first two games, the Suns are on a 15-game losing streak, while the Cougars have dropped their last three. 

Knox and Hawthorn do battle at the State Basketball Centre with plenty at stake for both teams. The Raiders are second in the Terrill conference, however have a number of sides on their tail, whilst the Magic need to start winning games to stay in touch with the top four. 

Hawthorn come right back on Sunday in a home clash against the fresh Waverley. The Falcons have dropped their last five to sit sixth in the Watson conference and are quickly falling out of the playoff picture.

Blackburn meet Nunawading to continue the Sunday fixture at Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Spectres return after opening the round against Bulleen, while the Vikings come in fresh and will look to bounce back from a five-game losing streak. 

Keilor and Eltham clash in an exciting inter-conference battle. The Wildcats are on a red-hot 10-game winning streak with no signs of slowing down. But the Thunder are not to be taken lightly, having won their last two and fighting to push into the top four.

Dandenong and Kilsyth clash at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium in a first v fourth inter-conference clash. The Rangers have been flying and are yet to drop a game at home this season, but the Cobras are a neat 11-6 and will be no walkover. 

Melbourne and Diamond Valley continue the Sunday fixture in a blockbuster top four clash in the Terrill conference. The Tigers are actually weaker at home – where they hold just a 3-5 record – as the Eagles search for their fourth-straight win. 

Southern and Knox fight it out in what looks to be a one-sided affair. The Raiders are 10-5 and have won four of their past five. The Sabres sit dead last in the Watson comp with just three wins, but have been playing better recently.

Bulleen and Ringwood cap off the round at East Doncaster Secondary College. Ringwood bring fresh legs into the conference and will look to consolidate second place.  

Nunawading vs Bulleen — Sat 7.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Sherbrooke vs McKinnon — Sat 8pm — Belgrave Heights Christian School

Knox vs Hawthorn — Sat 8pm — State Basketball Centre

Hawthorn vs Waverley — Sun 1pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Blackburn vs Nunawading — Sun 1pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Keilor vs Eltham — Sun 1.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Dandenong vs Kilsyth — Sun 2pm — Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Melbourne vs Diamond Valley — Sun 2pm — MSAC

Southern vs Knox — Sun 2.30pm — Southern Basketball Stadium

Bulleen vs Ringwood — Sun 3pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Nunawading and Southern kick off Round 13 in an exciting inter-conference clash. The Sabres remain second in the Terrill conference boasting a 11-6 record, while the Spectres sit atop the Watson conference with a 14-3 record, having won their last four matches.

Hawthorn host Altona as the Magic’s woes in their 2019 campaign continue. Hawthorn succumbed to their fifth straight loss last round, going down to Kilsyth by 20 points. 

Knox host a resurgent Waverley on Saturday evening. The Falcons have won their last five matches and will be looking to leapfrog the Raiders, who narrowly sit above Waverley on percentage, albeit with a game in hand.

In another inter-conference matchup, Ringwood come up against Diamond Valley at The Rings on Saturday evening. The Hawks sit third in the Watson conference but with some inconsistent efforts over the last month, while the Eagles have won three straight in the Terrill conference as they look to salvage something from their 2019 campaign. 

Ballarat and Hawthorn meet each other with both sides desperate to put an end to their winning drought. The Magic have lost five straight, while the Rush has lost an astonishing 12 straight matches but went agonisingly close against Bendigo last round, losing by just three points.

Sunbury and Waverley face off on Sunday morning at Boardman Stadium in a bottom-of-the-table clash. Alyssa Weston and Nyakoang Lok have been crucial to the Falcons resurgence, ranking fourth and fifth in the league for total match points, with 216 and 208 respectively.

Hume City and Kilsyth face off in what appears to be a fairly lop-sided match up on paper. The Cobras have won four of their last five matches and sit second on the ladder, while the Broncos have won one of their last five matches and are at risk of being leapfrogged by Waverley for sixth place. 

Ringwood travel to Dandenong in an exciting top four clash between both sides. The Rangers rank second in the league for points scored, but also rank second in the league for points against, and will want to tidy that up against an offensively composed Hawks outfit.

Melbourne host Nunawading at MSAC on Sunday in an enticing clash between two well-performing sides. Melbourne’s Katie Bugden sits second in the league for total match points, with 290.

Southern and Knox go back-to-back as they face off on Sunday afternoon. Expect Chloe Hicks to be a threat for the Sabres; shes produced 66 assists so far this season.

It’s top versus bottom when Bulleen and Bendigo face off to finish Round 13. The Boomers have had just the one win in season 2019 to date, and will be hoping for a miracle when they come up against the Braves.

Nunawading vs Southern — Sat 5.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Hawthorn vs Altona — Sat 5.30pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Knox vs Waverley — Sat 6pm — State Basketball Centre

Ringwood vs Diamond Valley — Sat 6pm — The Rings

Ballarat vs Hawthorn — Sun 10am — Mars Minerdome

Sunbury vs Waverley — Sun 11am — Boardman Stadium

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

Dandenong vs Ringwood — Sun 12pm — Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Melbourne vs Nunawading — Sun 12pm — MSAC

Southern vs Knox — Sun 12.30pm — Southern Basketball Stadium

Bulleen vs Bendigo — Sun 1pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Youth League One Men

Camberwell host Hume City on Saturday afternoon at Balwyn High School. The Dragons had mixed fortunes last week, after beating Casey by a point but then losing to Corio Bay by seven points the day after. They currently sit in seventh position on the table with nine wins and nine losses. The Broncos have lost 12 games this season, leaving them in 10th spot. They have lost their last three games, including a loss to Bendigo last week.

Corio Bay will play Warrandyte on Saturday evening in Geelong. The Stingrays were victorious last week against Camberwell, beating them by seven points. Corio Bay are placed fourth on the competition table after winning 10 out of their 16 games for the season thus far. The Venom are last on the ladder, after losing 15 games this season.

Ballarat and Altona meet each other on Saturday. The Miners suffered their first loss of the season last week, after going down to Werribee 93-88. However, they are still the stand out team in the division after winning 14  games in a row before the loss last round. Altona have also impressed so far this season, sitting in third position with 11 wins. They have won their last three games, including a win against Bendigo last week.

Frankston face Bendigo on Saturday evening in Frankston. Both sides were winners in the last round, with Frankston beating Sunbury and Bendigo beating Hume City, however the Braves also lost to Altona. The Blues have a mixed record of eight wins and nine losses so far in 2019, whilst the Braves have won 10 games and lost seven. 

Casey will host Sunbury on Saturday. The Cavaliers were unsuccessful last week, after losing to Camberwell by a point. They sit fifth on the competition table after playing 16 games. The Jets lost both of their games last week, leaving them with eight consecutive losses. They sit second last on the ladder with 14 losses.

Sunbury play Werribee in the first Sunday game of the round. Both teams come into this game being in the bottom half of the table. The Devils were winners last week, after beating the Miners by five. They have won seven games this season and have lost 10. The Jets will play their second game of the round and will want a win.

Geelong and Ballarat will meet each other at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Supercats currently sit in second position on the ladder, after winning 12 games this season. They beat Warrandyte last weekend, 91-104. They face a Miners side who are on top of the table, in what should be the game of the round.

Hume City face Frankston in the final game of the round on Sunday at 2pm. The Broncos have only won four games this year, and have lost their last three. They are in 10th position on the ladder. On the other hand, the Blues are in eighth position, with both sides looking for some points in this one. 

Camberwell vs Hume City — Sat 4pm — Balwyn High School

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

Ballarat vs Altona — Sat 7pm — Mars Minerdome

Frankston vs Bendigo — Sat 7.30pm — Frankston Basketball Stadium

Casey vs Sunbury — Sat 8pm — Casey Stadium

Sunbury vs Werribee — Sun 1pm — Boardman Stadium

Geelong vs Ballarat — Sun 2pm — AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

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

Youth League One Women

Last plays second last this week when Corio Bay host McKinnon on Saturday afternoon. Both teams kicked off their 2019 campaign in fine form, but have not won a game since Round 1. The Stingrays enter the game off the back of a 51-point loss to Warrandyte last week, while McKinnon had a two-point loss to Craigieburn. Defence could be key to the final result and unfortunately for the Stingrays they have conceded 291 points more than the Cougars thus far this season. 

Casey extended their winning run to nine games with a 15-point win over Camberwell in Round 12. The Cavs are lethal on offence, averaging 76.4 points per game; the most in the division. They will host Craigieburn who have won their last four games and sit just outside the top four. The Eagles were made to work for their two-point win over Corio Bay last week. Carley Cranston starred for the Eagles with 22 points, which was the fourth game in a row she had scored over 20. 

Warrandyte enter their game against Geelong in red-hot form after a 51-point win over Corio Bay in Round 12. The Venom could climb to third if results go their way and the Dragons lose to Keilor. The Venom have won three of their last five games, including a narrow win over second-placed Keilor. They will be favourites to beat the Supercats who had a four-point loss to the Thunder in Round 12. Prior to this defeat, the Supercats had won three of their last four games and were one of the division’s in-form teams. 

Geelong will take the floor again on Sunday against Eltham at the AWA Alliance Bank Stadium. With only one win in their last five games, the Wildcats sit seventh on the ladder. Eltham put up a gallant performance against Craigieburn last round, but unfortunately still came away with a two-point defeat. They have been ordinary away from home this year and have won only one of their five games on the road.

It is a clash between second and third when Keilor host Camberwell to round out Round 13. The Thunder have won four of their last five games and sit one game behind Casey at the top of the ladder. Tess Heal has been the standout for the Thunder this season, averaging 15.3 points per game. Camberwell sit one win behind the Thunder and will seek to return to the winners’ list after a defeat to Casey in Round 12. The Dragons have the fourth best offence and the third best defence in the league this season. 

Corio Bay vs McKinnon — Sat 4pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Casey vs Craigieburn — Sat 6pm — Casey Stadium

Warrandyte vs Geelong — Sat 6pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Geelong vs Eltham — Sun 12pm — AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Camberwell vs Keilor — Sun 12pm — Balwyn High School

Youth League Two Men

Western Port and Mornington open Round 13 at Somerville Recreation Centre as the Breakers look to push into the top six. The Steelers are on an ugly 12-game losing streak, including a thumping 51-100 defeat to the Warriors last week. It’s now or never for Mornington, who must continue on from last week’s win to stay in touch with the playoff picture. 

Pakenham meet Melton at Cardinia Life to continue the Saturday card. The Warriors are sitting at the top of the table at 13-1, currently riding a seven-game winning streak with no signs of slowing down. Melton have been in impressive form of their own however, winning their past four. 

Craigieburn and Wallan meet in what looks to be one-sided affair at Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Eagles are the form team of the competition, currently riding a scorching hot 12-game win streak and looking near unstoppable at home. The Panthers are still yet to get their first win on the board in 2019, sitting at 0-15. 

Coburg host Keysborough in an eighth v ninth clash as both teams will look to make a charge towards the top six. The Giants will need to turn around their recent poor form, having dropped their last four games. The Cougars have been inconsistent and hard to trust on an away court. 

Chelsea and Maccabi do battle in a massive top six clash on Sunday. The Gulls look to be one of the premiership contenders, having won four of their last five games. The Warriors have been in a rich vein of form themselves of late, claiming three-straight wins to suddenly have a nice hold on sixth place. 

Collingwood and Craigieburn round out the fixture at Darebin Community Sports Stadium in a blockbuster fourth v second matchup. The All Stars bring fresh legs into the contest and have been one of the hottest sides in the competition in recent weeks, claiming three wins on the trot. 

Western Port vs Mornington — Sat 5.30pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Pakenham vs Melton — Sat 6pm — Cardinia Life

Craigieburn vs Wallan — Sat 6pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Coburg vs Keysborough — Sat 6.30pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Chelsea vs Maccabi — Sun 11am — Patterson River Stadium

Collingwood vs Craigieburn — Sun 3pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Chelsea will play Western Port on Saturday at 4pm. The Gulls were victorious last week, defeating Blackburn 51-56. This was their third consecutive win in a row and their 11th win of the season. The Gulls sit in third position on the ladder, whislt on the other hand the Steelers have only won three games to date this season. With a record of 10 losses, they are currently eighth on the table.

Frankston host Whittlesea on Saturday in Frankston. The Blues are the benchmark of the competition, after winning 12 games this season and only losing one. They have won 10 games in a row, including a win against Sherbrooke last week. The Pacers were also successful last week, beating Mornington by 38 and Pakenham by 28. Whittlesea are just behind Frankston on the ladder, in fourth position.

Sherbrooke face Mornington at Belgrave Heights Christian School on Saturday evening. The Suns are second on the competition ladder after winning 11 games so far this season. They suffered their second loss last weekend, against top-of-the-table Frankston. On the other hand, the Breakers have only won three games this season. They have lost their last four games and will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend.

Blackburn and Pakenham will meet on Saturday at 6pm. The Vikings have lost nine games this season and are in some worrying form coming into this one, having lost their last four. They sit seventh on the ladder at this stage. However Pakenham have been faring even worse, losing 10 games to date this season. Both teams will be desperate for a win come Saturday night.

Coburg play Frankston in the first Sunday game of the round. The Giants are on the bottom of the ladder at the moment, after losing 13 games so far this season. They only have one win to their name and will find it tough against the in-form Blues. Frankston play their second game of the round and are favourites in this top v bottom clash. 

Collingwood host Werribee in the final game of the round on Sunday. The All Stars were winners last week, as they beat Coburg by 42 points. They currently sit in sixth position, with seven wins and six losses. The Devils sit just above them on the ladder in fifth. They have improved the further the season has gone on, winning their last five games in a row. They defeated Western Port by 25 points last weekend and will be looking for a similar performance on Sunday.

Chelsea vs Western Port — Sat 4pm — Patterson River Stadium

Frankston vs Whittlesea — Sat 5.30pm — Frankston Basketball Stadium

Sherbrooke vs Mornington — Sat 6pm — Belgrave Heights Christian School

Blackburn vs Pakenham — Sat 6pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Coburg vs Frankston — Sun 11am — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs Werribee — Sun 1pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

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