Round 13 Previews

Another week of Big V action is upon us! Read about each of the competition’s twelve divisions as they prepare for the weekend of fixtures.

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

Corio Bay will try to rebound from last week’s horror show against Eltham. The Stingrays are on an 11-game skid and are two wins behind their nearest opposition at the bottom of the standings. The ‘Cats, meanwhile, are sitting in third and eyeing off the top two with Waverley faltering in Round 12.

Hume City will hunt an upset win when they battle Ringwood. The Broncos struggled without star import Mike Rose last weekend, so whether he plays will have a big bearing on how they fare against the Hawks juggernaut. That said, Ringwood are extremely tough to match up on and will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak and further cement their spot on top of the ladder.

Casey will look to climb into the top six when they tackle McKinnon. The Cavs have been great at home this year, holding a 5-2 record in their own gym, and will try to make it five wins in six starts against the Cougars, who have won two straight after a run of losses saw them tumble down the standings. A finals spot could well be on the line here so it will be game on.

Blackburn hits the court fresh from their massive upset win over Waverley when they tackle Hawthorn. The Vikings broke their road duck with a stunning win over the Falcons last week and return home as they look to build. Standing in their way are the high-flying Magic, who sit fourth with a 9-5 record and will be looking to lock-down a finals spot with a win.

Waverley will try to put a horror week behind them when they face Knox. Ordinarily this would be game of the round but both sides are coming off below-par Round 12 efforts, with the Falcons dropping two games and the Raiders also suffering defeat. The loser of this game could see their playoffs spot suddenly in jeopardy.

McKinnon backs up on Sunday when they welcome Keilor. The Thunder sit at 4-10 but have not been out of place in the top flight, while the Cougars may well need to win this game to be in the top six at round’s end. The Cougars have been hard to beat at home despite their mid-season struggles and will start warm favourites.

Eltham hosts Casey in an important match for both sides, but for different reasons. The ‘Cats will want to grab a victory to potentially climb back into the top two by the end of the weekend, while the Cavs are eyeing a top six spot with a road win. Eltham’s home form hasn’t been fantastic so the visitors will go in with a sniff. Expect a tough, physical game that could go down to the wire.

Werribee rounds out the weekend by hosting Corio Bay. The Devils have endured a disappointing season but have played free-flowing basketball, which could mean a big score is on the cards against the hapless Stingrays. That said, if the visitors can find some sort of spark and hang in the contest it will be a lot closer than form suggests.

Corio Bay vs Eltham                                        Sat 6:30pm                              Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Hume City vs Ringwood                                  Sat 8pm                                   Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Casey vs McKinnon                                         Sat 8pm                                   Casey Stadium

Blackburn vs Hawthorn                                  Sat 8pm                                   Knox Basketball Stadium

Waverley vs Knox                                            Sat 8:30pm                              Waverley Basketball Centre

McKinnon vs Keilor                                         Sun 1pm                                  GESAC

Eltham vs Casey                                              Sun 2:30pm                             Eltham High School

Werribee vs Corio Bay                                                Sun 3pm                                  Eagle Stadium

State Championship Women

Jets (7-­‐5) vs Falcons (10-­‐2)

A big chance for the Jets to keep moving up the ladder this round with two games, the first of which looks a big challenge against the soaring Falcons. Fresh off a thumping win against Ringwood, the Falcons won’t take a backward step at Sunbury and have plenty of match-­‐winners to test the home team. A number of important match-­‐ups will greet the fans and the possibility of the result going right down to the final buzzer is a real chance. If the Jets are a genuine contender this season we need to see them deliver the good against one of the league’s very best teams, which the Falcons most certainly are.

Wildcats (2-­‐10) vs Broncos (5-­‐6)

After losing four of their last five games, the Broncos just can’t afford to drop this one against the lowly Wildcats. The battle for finals is heating up and the likes of Sunbury and Sth Peninsula look a little more settled, so a return to the winner’s circle can’t come quick enough for the visitors. Over at Eltham it has been a season to forget, they just can’t get things going and lack firepower to help Alice Kunek out. Very hard to see Hume City let this one go, it’s a must win and could be the confidence booster they need to get on a roll from here.

Sharks (6-­‐5) vs Boomers (3-­‐9)

After losing their first nine games, the rising Boomers have won their last three, but now they face the in-­‐form Sharks as a real test. The home team looked brilliant last week against Knox and though the Boomers are in form, how they go about stopping the Sharks’ agreesive running will be a key to the game. Sth Peninsula haven’t been convincing at home this season (2-­‐3), but they have the chance to make a statement here.

Thunder (4-­‐7) vs Jets (7-­‐5)

Big weekend for the Jets, two wins will see them well on the way to making finals. Of their two games this one should be a little easier, though you can never discount the young Thunder. The Jets have too many winners within their starting five and that should be enough to get the win.

Hawks (9-­‐4) vs Cougars (3-­‐10)

It’s not often Ringwood loses three in a row, but that’s what they are looking at if they drop this one against a desperate McKinnon. The Hawks were humbled last week and that will sting, you can be assured they come out very hard here. For the Cougars, finals are out of the question but they could put a massive dent in Ringwood’s hopes of a top-­‐two finish if they can cause a massive upset. Danger game written all over this one.

Falcons (10-­‐2) vs Sharks (6-­‐5)

Game of the round, this looks a ripper between two in-­‐form teams. The Falcons smashed Ringwood last week and look a genuine contender this season. Loaded with depth and class, Waverley has some genuine size and experience to match. For the Sharks the message is simple – if you can dismantle Knox at Knox, why can’t you take down Waverley at Waverley? Good game on the way to finish a busy R13.

Round 13
Sunbury vs Waverley Sat 7pm Boardman Stadium
Eltham vs Hume City Sat 7pm Eltham High School
Sth Peninsula vs Bulleen Sat 7:30pm Hillview Stadium
Keilor vs Sunbury Sun 2pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Ringwood vs McKinnon Sun 2pm The Rings Waverley vs Sth Peninsula Sun 2:30pm Waverley Basketball Centre

Division One Men

Supercats (6-­‐9) vs Steelers (10-­‐6)

This might be last roll of the dice for Geelong. They are on their home deck once again and they desperately need a win to keep pressure on the top half. Some additional help for the Varley boys would be helpful, as would a plan to limit Dylan Travis. The Steelers look finals bound, though a slip-­‐up here might open the door a little.

Gators (13-­‐2) vs Seahawks (9-­‐7)

The Gators come in off a rare loss and they will be fired up for the visiting Seahawks. The lads from Warrnambool faltered against Warrandyte last week and have an eager pack chasing them for a spot in the finals. If the Seahawks can somehow cause an upset here it will help their finals aspirations greatly. Shepparton to start favourites.

Venom (7-­‐7) vs Energy (1-­‐15)

Warrandyte has won their last two and loom as a dark horse if they can keep locking teams down. The Energy have lost eight straight and will start as underdogs, but like most of their games this season they have nothing to lose and can throw caution to the wind. A must win for the Venom, but a danger game all the same.

Black Angels (8-­‐7) vs Boomers (8-­‐8)

Probably the biggest game of the round, it’s 6 v 7 and both teams must keep winning. The form of the Black Angels at home hasn’t been flash (3-­‐5), so they are anything but a sure thing. The Boomers are 4-­‐4 on the road and will again rely heavily on Varmall. A huge game, look for Masunda to continue his recent run of form for the home team.

Pacers (4-­‐12) vs All Stars (6-­‐10)

Collingwood have lost three of their last four games and are 1-­‐6 on the road this season, not great signs when you simply must win to keep your finals hopes alive. The Pacers will fancy their chances here and will test the All Stars. It’s last chance stuff for the visitors, their season is on the line. Look for the Pacers to deliver an upset.

Jets (4-­‐12) vs Cougars (12-­‐3)

Sunbury’s season hasn’t been flash. While they’ve lost all 8 of their away games, they have managed to split their home games 4-­‐4. However, up against Enge, Newby and the Cougars, chances are the Jets might struggle to get this one done. The Cougars are a big chance this season and won’t let this one slip.

Gulls (13-­‐3) vs Black Angels (8-­‐7)

A massive weekend for Melbourne Uni. Having fronted up against Bulleen on Saturday night, this trip on Sunday looks a real challenge. Chelsea has won six straight and are in ripping form. With the business end of the season not too far away, don’t expect Standerfer or Brasser to start letting up anytime soon.

Steelers (10-­‐6) vs Venom (7-­‐7)

The big challenges don’t ease up with both Western Port and Warrandyte facing a tough double. The ladder is jammed up between the Steelers in fourth and the Supercats in ninth, a span that includes the Venom lurking in eighth. With Sprewell set to do battle with Travis, we could find ourselves watching a clash between two of the competition’s big MVP candidates.

Geelong vs Western Port Sat 3pm Geelong Arena
Shepparton vs Warrnambool Sat 7:30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Warrandyte vs Latrobe City Sat 8pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Melbourne Uni vs Bulleen Sat 8:30pm Melbourne University Sports Centre
Whittlesea vs Collingwood Sun 1pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Sunbury vs Keysborough Sun 2pm Boardman Stadium
Chelsea vs Melbourne Uni Sun 2pm Patterson River Stadium
Western Port vs Warrandyte Sun 3:30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

Division One Women

It’s the rematch we have all been waiting for. Our 2nd placed Cavs taking on the 3rd placed Mermaids. Now it has been some time since these two first met and a whole lot of basketball has been played in between. But for the players involved, more so the Mermaids, they will remember the round 2 clash and the one point result that went along with it. The Cavs are one up in this battle but will the Mermaids put an end to their stellar run of wins or will the Cavs continue to forge through this competition pretty much unscathed?

The weekend doesn’t stop here for the Cavs, backing up on the Sunday to take on the Steelers. There will be some tired bodies taking the floor for the Cavs but even with this, a second gear Cavs side is still capable of winning games. The Steelers have really struggled to find their place in this competition and although they have a number of players contributing to the scoreboard, it just doesn’t seem to be enough for a win.

Our top of the table leaders are in for a comfortable match up, remaining at home for their clash against the Energy. Similar to the Steelers, the Energy have found it difficult to convert games into wins. They have had some close match ups, some in recent times against quality sides. But on top of the long trip that is ahead of them, awaits a tough match up finished off with an unpleasant margin and some unhappy faces on their return home. The Heat are just too good this season.

One side that comfortably sits in the shadows of some of the teams above is the Devils. They have really stepped it up a notch in the second part of the season and are giving a number of teams a run for their money. Hopefully in their match up this weekend, they can prove just how good they are. They take on the Gulls who back in round 5 actually took home honours of a 3 point victory. But from where we sit, the Devils will make up this deficit plus more. They have some incredibly talented players and they are proving too hard to stop.

The Magic have a tough weekend ahead of them taking on both the Pacers and the Dragons. Both of these sides sit above the Magic on the ladder and are in contention for finals. But in the Magic’s past few weeks, they have tested two of the top 3 sides falling by just single digits. This will put all the more pressure on the Pacers and the Dragons.

Up first for the Magic is the Pacers. Out of the two, this is going to be the tougher ask. The Pacers have worked hard to find themselves in 5th position but the closer they can get to the top the better. They have the Devils right in their sights and they need wins like this to keep in touch. In their first meeting back in round 6, the Pacers made easy work of the Magic. We still see the Pacers taking the W but we don’t think it will be as easy.

Heading over to the Sunday, the Dragons will be fighting hard for a win. They haven’t had a win for a number of weeks now and if they are to make the final 6 in this competition, they need to secure wins like this. If they start to drop games against those that sit below them, well their placing in this competition will follow suit. In their defence, they have played both the 1st and 2nd sides over the past 3 rounds so the fixture hasn’t been kind to them. This will be the first more gettable game they have had and they need to take advantage of it.

Hawthorn vs. Whittlesea                               Sat 5.30pm                              Boroondara Sports Complex

Casey vs. Warrnambool                                  Sat 6pm                                   Casey Stadium

Mildura vs. Latrobe                                         Sat 6pm                                   Toyota Hothouse

Werribee vs. Chelsea                                      Sun 1pm                                  Eagle Stadium

Western Port vs. Casey                                   Sun 1.30pm                             David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

Camberwell vs. Hawthorn                              Sun 2pm                                  Balwyn High School

Division Two Men

We kick off R13 with one of the biggest battles in the competition 11th vs 12th the Bushies have the chance to get their first win of the season, while the Suns started strong in 2018 they have been on the down fall since R7 which was were they last recorded a win, dropping their last 7 straight they will be pushing to stop the run of losses and get back to the winners table. The Bushies have struggled week in week out but have shown promise in some games, if they can put the pressure on for all 4 quarters they definitely can get a win here.

After a huge win last week over the Eagles the Thoroughbreds confidence would be pumping, and they are going to need it this round as they get set for a big double header, first up taking on the Sharks at home. With the return of Voss into the Sharks line up they have been a completely different side, flying under the radar they have managed to steal 4th position and set themselves up nicely for the run into the finals, while Melton find themselves sitting on the edge of the cut off and in the most dangerous position, every win for them is crucial, if they can get 2-2 this round they could potentially jump into 3rd depending on how Camberwell and Mildura go.

The road trip of the season begins for Pakenham as they make their way to Mildura to take on the Heat at the “Hothouse” I hope it’s warmer than it was last week because it was freezing in the there! Pakenham have 3 weeks on the road starting this week and every game is a must win if they want to push one of those top 6 teams out and take their spot. With it being so close from 3rd to 8th every team must be in top form if they want to make finals, and the run starts now!

The winner of this match up will take top spot that’s the one thing that is set in stone until Sunday anyway when the Eagles suit up for their second match of the round. If the Giants get up they must do it by more than 12 points if they want to seal top spot if it comes down to head to head for finals, as the Eagles got the better of  them last time. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles recover from the loss of not just one but two key players in Shiels & Watt after both went down in their surprise loss last round against Melton, while Coburg return from their road trip to Mildura on a roll winning their last 5 matches straight.

After a tough battle with the Giants Saturday night Craigieburn don the uniform again as they return home to go Gator hunting, while the Gators are coming in fresh to the match the Eagles still remain the stronger team sitting top of the ladder compared to Altona’s 9th position. The Eagles cant underestimate the Gators who have been in good form of late even though they dropped their last one before that they had taken down 2 of the top 6 teams. If the Eagles aren’t careful they could very quickly find themselves 0-2 this round.

With both clubs situated not so far from each other I would be expecting both teams to have a solid crowd behind them as they battle it out for the win, the Dragons need to win if they want to remain in 3rd position as a loss here could drop them all the way to 6th especially after dropping what should have been a win last round against Altona. If the Warriors can shut down O’Hara as well as Altona they have a good chance at putting a big dent in the Dragons finals run.

This is probably the most important game for both teams, the Thoroughbreds have the chance to jump up the ladder being this is their second game for the round but for the Panthers it gets them that one win closer to stealing that elusive 6th position that so many teams are currently fighting for. Melton’s size is going to trouble the Panthers as they don’t have the tallest team, however they can shoot the ball, so defence will have to be high on the Thoroughbreds agenda this match. If the Panthers can stop Emmanuel and Dexter they will have a chance but if they let them have free run they will find themselves in a lot of trouble very quickly.

Sherbrooke vs. North East                              Sat 8pm                                   Belgrave Heights Christian School

Melton vs. Southern Pen                                Sat 8pm                                   Melton Indoor Rec Centre

Mildura vs. Pakenham                                    Sat 8pm                                   Toyota Hothouse

Coburg vs. Craigieburn                                   Sat 8:30pm                              Coburg Basketball Stadium

Craigieburn vs. Altona                                     Sun 2pm                                  Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Maccabi vs. Camberwell                                Sun 3pm                                  Bialik Stadium

Wallan vs. Melton                                           Sun 3pm                                  RB Robson Stadium

Division Two Women

For whom will Round 13 be lucky/unlucky?

It would seem a tough task for Sherbrooke to take the W against North East, who are a side clinging to the chasing pack. It will be the Bushrangers last visit to Melbourne for a few weeks, so if they can get a victory and potentially string some home form, they’ll be definitely be in post season contention. For the Suns each game in their debut season breeds experience.

A couple of vital games coming up this round for the Black Angels. After scraping through against the Giants last round, the Melbourne Uni girls will need to switch on early against a Mornington side who despite their ladder position have been tough for many teams to put away. A finals campaign for the Breakers seems unlikely but they look sure to have a say on shaping how the post season looks.

Collingwood will be looking to get a win at their new home at Darebin against a plucky Coburg side who were very unlucky not to have an extra number in the W column last week. The AllStars need this one or risk their chance of staying alive in the finals race. Expect a close contest given the two associations have built up a healthy rivalry over recent years.

Wallan are in some super impressive form at the moment and have developed a fortress at Robson which Away teams have struggled to overcome. That won’t stop Melton from trying some different combos to try and unsettle the home side. Much like Collingwood, Melton need a couple of sneaky victories on the road to keep in touch for post season action.

Coburg are back home on the Sunday to face the Eagles. A tough ask for the Home side, but Craigieburn’s depth has been tested in recent games so if it all clicks for the Giants they might ge the upset. But with fresher legs, Craigieburn might win the fatigue battle.

A key game of the round is Blackburn hosting Melbourne Uni at Knox. Both teams have a good percentage and a win here against the team coming into the round directly above/below  them might start the psychological mind games should both teams make it to the final month and on form there’s not much to say that won’t be in a good position to be there.

Sherbrooke vs. North East                                          Sat 6pm           Belgrave Heights Christian School

Melbourne Uni vs. Mornington                                  Sat 6:30pm      Melbourne University Sports Centre

Collingwood vs. Coburg                                              Sat 8:30pm      Darebin Stadium

Wallan vs. Melton                                                       Sun 1pm          R B Robson Stadium

Coburg vs. Craigieburn                                               Sun 1pm          Coburg Basketball Stadium

Blackburn vs. Melbourne Uni                                     Sun 2pm          Knox Basketball Stadium

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Round 13 showcases an intra-conference top of the table clash. What more could you want. The Blackburn Vikings are enjoying a three game winning streak but will open round 13 looking for revenge. The Vikings host the Hawthorn Magic, a team which defeated this same Vikings outfit by 22 points back in round 4. Blackburn will need another huge performance from its star Jake Heath. The Vikings scorer was incredible in round 12, recording 33 points on 11-21 shooting, in Blackburn’s big win over Altona. They will need the same performance to knock off a Magic squad which has run into troubled times. Hawthorn are riding a 3-game losing slide, and hope this ends at the Vikings expense.

The difficult match-ups keep coming for the league leading Dandenong Rangers. After putting down a spirited Knox Raiders last round, the challenge heightens as the Rangers travel to face the Thunder. Keilor destroyed Altona last weekend, winning by an astonishing 62 points! The Thunder are charged with taking advantage of Hawthorn’s struggles looking to pass them in the standings, if they get the win over the Rangers this would be their season highlight. This one has the recipe to be the game of the round.

One match which should be an one-sided contest on paper is Knox travelling to Diamond Valley. The Raiders are better than the Eagles, and should take care of business away from home. Bulleen hosts Nunawading in another cracking game, thanking the rostering Gods, with two closely matched squads meeting off in intra-conference play. The Spectres had a great round 12 winning both of their games, and will look to extend their now four game winning streak. The Sabres used ball movement and crashed the glass to secure the win in round 12 over the higher placed Bulleen Boomers. Sandringham’s passing carved up the Boomers defence for 94 points with 25 assists. The Sabres will need this teamwork again when they visit the Cobras in round 13. In a match-up which could have finals implications, Kilsyth will  need its star Jorden Adnam to have an impact on the game. Adnam has been fantastic during the season averaging 19.5 points and almost nine rebounds a match. The Cobras will rely on him again to deliver them the victory.

McKinnon had a tumultuous round 12, after winning on Saturday behind 51 points from Luke Peynenborg and Jordan Geer. The Cougars crashed back to Earth with a loss to Ringwood on the Sunday. McKinnon was dominated on the boards in the loss, something Melbourne will look to take advantage of in this Terrill conference match-up. The Tigers had a lucklustre weekend in round 12 with two poor performances ending their winning streak. But with a finals position still within its grasp Melbourne will be looking to make amends in this Saturday night showcase match.

Eltham Wildcats will take the court on Sunday with a vengeance. Unfortunately for the Gators it may come at their expense. The Wildcats had two uncharacteristic games leading to two sizeable defeats in round 12. With a losing streak now reaching four games, Eltham will need to get back to its ferocious best with only four rounds left in the regular season. They should do this against the lowly Altona squad.

It is incredible how competitive the Terrill conference is this season. A match-up between the seventh and eighth placed sides in an eight team conference normally doesn’t sound exciting. But when you realise a win for either team could thrust them into the finals conversation. Then the match-up between Sherbrooke and Ringwood takes on a whole new meaning. A Suns win could see them as high as fourth, while a Hawks victory could claw them back within a game of post-season play. Much to play for.

It’s going to be the game of the round when the Boomers head to face Dandenong. Both teams have suffered hiccup losses recently and both play Saturday night, but this could be a preview of the grand final. The teams have been the class of the field in season 2018. The round wraps with what poses to be another incredible contest where the winner gains some breathing room in the finals chase. What a round of basketball to look forward to. Can’t wait.

Saturday June 23, 2018

Blackburn Vikings vs. Hawthorn Magic               6:00pm            Knox Basketball Stadium

Keilor Thunder vs. Dandenong Rangers             7:30pm            Keilor Basketball Stadium

Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Knox Raiders             8:00pm            Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre

Bulleen Boomers vs. Nunawading Spectres        8:00pm            East Doncaster Secondary College

Kilsyth Cobras vs. Sandringham Sabres               8:00pm            Kilsyth Sports Centre

McKinnon Cougars vs. Melbourne Tigers                       8:00pm            GESAC

Sunday June 24, 2018

Eltham Wildcats vs. Altona Gators                     12:30pm          Eltham High School

Sherbrooke Suns vs. Ringwood Hawks               2:00pm            Belgrave Heights Christian School

Dandenong Rangers vs. Bulleen Boomers          2:00pm            Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Knox Raiders vs. Keilor Thunder                        2:00pm            State Basketball Centre

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

With only four rounds remaining, both conference’s top fours are not set in stone. Round 13 could help clear the finals picture. Sandringham continues to be in complete control of the VYCW league. Riding a 10-game winning streak, the Sabres are using suffocating defence to restrict their opponents, holding them to an impressive 55.3 points per game. In round 13, Sandy opens the round hosting the Ballarat Rush. The Rush fought and scrapped in round 12 hoping to end their losing streak to no avail. Now they come up against the competition leader. Don’t think Ballarat’s losing streak will end here.

The match-up against the Melbourne Tigers poses as a danger game for the Bendigo Braves. The Braves are running into inconsistent form at the worst time of the year, losing three of their past five match-ups. Danielle O’Toole was inspirational in round 12 for Bendigo to power them over the line against Dandenong. But the Tigers defensive resurgence could cause the Rush problems which they don’t need with only four rounds to go before finals.

Kilsyth is clinging onto the fourth spot in the Watson conference with everything they have got. The team chasing them in fifth place… the Waverley Falcons. In the most tantalising Saturday fixture these teams face off at the Kilsyth Sports Centre. Both teams are coming off of lacklustre performances in round 12, the Cobras limping over the line against the Venom, and the Falcons falling to the Broncos. Both teams are desperate for form and this could be the game to start them on this path.

The Altona Gators should head into the match-up with Hume City Broncos brimming with confidence. They are the better team, they had a solid round 12, travelling to Ballarat and defeating the Rush, and playing Ringwood tough. But their inconsistent form over the recent rounds could rear its ugly head, and easily see them drop this fixture to a pesky Broncos squad.

Diamond Valley remains undefeated on its home court. The Eagles host the Raiders in the Saturday fixtures and will look to make this 9-0. Mikayla Peterson returned to her dominating best in round 12, with a 25-point 9-rebound performance and the Eagles will need another big game from her to hold off the Raiders on their 3-game winning streak.

The Spectres were magical in their round 12 defensive masterclass against the luckless Hawthorn. Next up are the lowly Boomers who will struggle if the same Nunawading pressure makes it way to East Doncaster. Bulleen had the unenviable double of Diamond Valley and Sandringham in round 12. The Boomers gave the Eagles everything they could muster last round, but it wasn’t enough to steal the win, and the Sabres were a class above. Round 13 sees another tough double, with Sunday against the Rangers. Could be a chance to play the entire squad with an eye on 2019.

Hawthorn needs to win against the Rush to keep any hopes of finishing in the top four alive. It is still mathematically possible, but the Magic will need to cast a few spells and need big games from Bella Niven-Brown to somehow make it. If Ringwood wants to send a message to the Sabres, this game against the Braves is the match to do it. Bendigo visits The Rings, where the Hawks are undefeated, the Braves have the talent to win. But look for Rachael Watson to continue her stellar form on both ends of the court and see the Hawks fly away with the win. Hosting the Broncos on their home court should result in a win for the Raiders. Knox needs to keep winning to stay in top four contention, and this is a game where there should be no excuses to come away with the W. Eliana Bravington is playing some amazing basketball, look for her to have another monster game.

The Sabres will be looking to make it 12 wins in a row on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons will fight, but the Sabres will bite and take home the victory. Destiny Liu and Trinity Steele should lead the Gators to a victory over the Venom to close out Round 13.

Saturday June 23, 2018

Sandringham Sabres vs. Ballarat Rush                3:00pm             Nunn Media Basketball Centre

Bendigo Braves vs. Melbourne Tigers                6:00pm             Bendigo Stadium

Kilsyth Cobras vs. Waverley Falcons                   6:00pm             Kilsyth Sports Centre

Hume City Broncos vs. Altona Gators                 6:00pm             Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Knox Raiders             6:00pm             Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre

Bulleen Boomers vs. Nunawading Spectres        6:00pm             East Doncaster Secondary College

Sunday June, 24 2018

Dandenong Rangers vs. Bulleen Boomers          12:00pm          Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Ballarat Rush vs. Hawthorn Magic                      12:00pm          MARS Minerdome

Ringwood Hawks vs. Bendigo Braves                 12:00pm          The Rings

Knox Raiders vs. Hume City Broncos                  12:00pm          State Basketball Centre

Waverley Falcons vs. Sandringham Sabres         12:30pm          Waverley Basketball Centre

Warrandyte Venom vs. Altona Gators                1:00pm             Warrandyte Sports Complex

Youth League One Men

Round 13 is highlighted by the salivating match up between the Youth League 1 ladder leaders, with the Sunbury Jets taking on the Waverley Falcons. With results having finals implications, round 13 is poised to be sensational.

The Supercats are starting to find their rhythm heading into the home stretch. After knocking off the Miners in round 12, Geelong showed they have a number of ways to beat teams. Supercats star Josiah King had a quiet game by his standards, Max Kos stepped up drilling six three-pointers in a 31-point performance. Corio Bay are clawing onto its final position, and a hiccup in round 12 against the Broncos has not done the Stingrays any favours with only seven games remaining. This match-up poses to be another test of the Stingrays resiliency.

Another team on the cusp of the finals bubble is Camberwell. Sitting in the sixth and final place, the Dragons cannot misfire in round 13 against the challenging Miners. Ballarat played well above its record suggests in round 12, pushing both Hume City and Geelong to the edge. The Dragons cannot take this one lightly. Warrandyte and Casey are both on the outside looking into the finals window. The Venom pushed second placed Waverley all of the way in round 12, and Warrandyte will need this effort again to keep the Cavaliers at bay.

The Hume City Broncos had a sensational double victory last round, knocking off the Stingrays and the Miners, two teams within the battle for sixth place. Christopher Alai was incredible with 18 points and 23 rebounds in the Saturday fixture, while Waays Hassan dominated on Sunday with a 26-point, 10-rebound and 6-assist masterclass. Look for both of them to have their way with the lowly Giants.

In the game of the round, the second-placed Falcons host the undefeated Jets on their home court. Waverley has circled this rematch ever since Sunbury defeated them by two points in round 5. On Saturday, they get their chance for revenge. But to have any chance, Waverley will need to have the best game of its season. The Jets have been incredible in season 2018, winning 17 straight games with a winning margin of 15.1 points per game. This one is going to be a cracker.

Werribee get the rest day Saturday, and then on Sunday welcome the Stingrays to Eagle Stadium where they are 6-2. A win can all but assure the Devils of a top-3 finish, look for Daniaell Herbert to continue his awesome recent play against Corio Bay. Sunbury backs up on the Sunday against the Braves. Bendigo had a great round 12 winning both games, and depending how gassed the Jets are after the big Saturday fixture, this one has the potential for upset written all over it.

Casey has a great chance to complete the round sweep hosting the Giants on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers have benefited from the outstanding recent play of Oyiti Amum who has averaged 19.7 points and nine rebounds a contest over his last three games. Amum should continue this hot play against the bottom-placed Coburg. Warrandyte will be looking to square the ledger against the Geelong Supercats on Sunday.

After losing to the Supercats by nine points on their home court in round 8, the Venom will need to play at their very best to limit the impact of Geelong stars Wang Nyieth and Josiah King. Waverley back up on Sunday afternoon travelling to MARS to take on the Ballarat Miners, for the Falcons they hope a victory will mean a clean sweep on the weekend. We shall wait and see.

Saturday June 23, 2018

Corio Bay Stingrays vs. Geelong Supercats         4:30pm            Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Camberwell Dragons vs. Ballarat Miners            6:00pm            Balwyn High School

Warrandyte Venom vs. Casey Cavaliers              6:00pm            Warrandyte Sports Complex

Coburg Giants vs. Hume City Broncos                6:30pm            Coburg Basketball Stadium

Waverley Falcons vs. Sunbury Jets                     6:30pm            Waverley Basketball Centre

Sunday June 24, 2018

Werribee Devils vs. Corio Bay Stingrays             11:00am          Eagle Stadium

Sunbury Jets vs. Bendigo Braves                        12:00pm          Boardman Stadium

Casey Cavaliers vs. Coburg Giants                      1:30pm            Casey Stadium

Geelong Supercats vs. Warrandyte Venom        2:00pm            AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Ballarat Miners vs. Waverley Falcons                 2:00pm            MARS Minerdome

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With the Jets finding their form again after a couple bad weeks they head to The Nest this round to ground the Eagles who clocked up another win last round against the struggling Gulls. Chloe Angove and her Jets will need to stop the likes of Shona Brooks and Casey Valenti-Paea from getting to the basket as they showed last week if they are left open they will make you pay as both players racked up very impressive double doubles. The biggest struggle for the Eagles will be their defence, if they don’t stick to the Jets like glue they can very quickly and easily run away with the game before the Eagles even notice.

Seven straight wins is what the Thunder have achieved in the past 7 rounds and zero losses on the road for the entire season, the Thunder have only dropped the 1 game this year which was against the Jets way back in round 4. McKinnon have a big game ahead of them, they will have to give it their all if they want any chance at keeping up with the Thunder who have set the pace for this competition, the Cougars had a set back a few weeks ago with the loss of Emma Crees with a broken wrist, when you pair her and Chelsea Bransden together this McKinnon team will make those teams ahead of them worried, be aware teams the dynamic duo are coming.

After making the long trip out to the bay to take on Corio last weekend the Gulls have to make the long trip again this week to take on Corio’s neighbours, the Wildcats at their new venue, Chelsea put the pressure on the Stingrays last week as they looked like a completely different team only falling 2 point short, can they give the Supercats a run for their money or will Geelong prove to be too strong for the Gulls as they solidify themselves in 3rd position on the ladder.

The Wildcats hit the freezer this round to tackle the Dragons who were left 6 points short of a win last week thanks to the Thunder, Eltham found themselves playing catch up from the beginning of their match last week, lets hope they don’t make the same mistake this week. The last time these two met was back in round 8 where Camberwell showed no mercy as they smashed the Wildcats by 35 points, if they Wildcats don’t want a repeat of that match they will need to bring their A game and leave nothing in the tank.

Sitting just outside the the top 4 Corio Bay find themselves in a tough position as they now have to make sure they win every game being that they currently sit on equal wins with both McKinnon and Camberwell, the Eagles come into this match off the back of a tough battle with the Jets on Saturday night. It will be interesting to see if the Stingrays can improve their on their performance from last week after they only just got over the line against Chelsea.

With only 4 teams making finals for this division each and every game counts now, especially since its so close between 3rd and 6th positions. Does your team have what it takes to make the top 4 and get that one step closer to the 2018 championship?

Craigieburn vs. Sunbury                                  Sat 6pm                                   Craigieburn Sports Stadium

McKinnon vs. Keilor                                        Sat 6pm                                   GESAC

Geelong vs. Chelsea                                        Sun 12pm                                AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Camberwell vs. Eltham                                   Sun 12pm                                Balwyn High School

Corio Bay vs. Craigieburn                                Sun 2pm                                  Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

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One side hoping they can crack into the top 6 have been given one hell of a weekend. It will either prove to be a quick way to make up ground or a way to see them drop further away. We are talking about the Cougars who take on the Pakky Warriors on Saturday night followed by the Eagles on the Sunday. The Warriors have been working really hard to push themselves up the ladder and although we think they are in a comfortable spot at the moment, they are wanting to go even better. We would normally be saying that we don’t see the Cougars getting over the line but they do have a lot to fight for. This in itself is motivation and may take them a long way.

As for the Sunday, well we don’t know what to expect. Before last weekend we would have said the Cougars have no chance, the Eagles are sitting pretty in top spot and won’t be flying the coop any time soon. But then round 12 happened and they dropped both games. In this match up, the Cougars need to take advantage of the Eagles down spell. But we will pre-warn you, the Eagles won’t be going easy, redemption is on the cards for them.

Let’s go onto the team that was more than happy to see the Eagles drop, the Blues. After all the chaos last week, the Blues took over as the number one team and happily too. They are looking down the barrell of straight win number 10 and they are looking the goods to seal the deal. They are meeting with the Maccabi Warriors, a team that has fallen away from the pack. They had an impressive match up last week but going further back from that, was their first meeting with the Blues. It wasn’t a great finish for the Warriors, going down by 57 points. Let’s hope they take less damage this time around.

The All Stars had a great weekend last weekend even though they did take a hit. But on a positive they did get a W over the Eagles and put 123 points on the board in that match and only went down to the in form team at the moment by just a handful of points. If they continue to put games like this together, they are going to be a team to watch out for at the pointy end. This weekend sees them take on the Pacers, a side that have worked up 3 straight wins. And not just any 3 wins, two of them against both Pakenham and Melton. With this being the case, they may be a dangerous match up for the All Stars.

It should be the weekend that sees the Thoroughbreds push further ahead in this competition, looking at games against both the Gulls and the Panthers. These sides take their place at 11th and 12th and won’t be a threat to the Thoroughbreds. With the likes of Bol Bak and Broden Collins dropping stats left, right and centre, neither the Gulls or the Panthers have a response to this. Our suggestion for these sides is to remain competitive and to try and make the final margin as small as possible.

We are putting it out there. The Energy will get win number one this weekend. We don’t believe it will come from their first game against the Pacers due to the reason we’ve mentioned above. They have taken some great wins lately against teams that are finals bound. Where we see it coming from is on the Sunday when they take on the Gulls. Now these two met back in round 4 and the result was not pretty. But between now and then, a lot has happened. The Energy have improved and learnt during this time whereas the Gulls have somewhat gone backwards. Let’s hope we’re right.

The Breakers are in a tough spot at the moment, only just hanging on to that 6th placing. And this weekend sees them take on a team that they should beat comfortably but only managed to by 4 points back in round 5, the Panthers. There are a number of teams breathing down their neck and they can’t afford to drop games they should win.

Melton vs. Chelsea                                           Sat 6pm                                   Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Latrobe vs. Whittlesea                                      Sat 7pm                                   Latrobe Leisure Traralgon

Keysborough vs. Pakenham                               Sat 7pm                                   Rowville Secondary College

Mornington vs. Wallan                                      Sat 7.30pm                              Mornington Basketball Stadium

Wallan vs. Melton                                             Sun 11am                                 RB Robson Stadium

Craigieburn vs. Keysborough                             Sun 12pm                                 Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Chelsea vs. Latrobe                                           Sun 12pm                                 Patterson River Stadium

Maccabi vs. Frankston                                       Sun 1pm                                   Bialik Stadium

Whittlesea vs. Collingwood                               Sun 3pm                                   Mill Park Basketball Stadium

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With six rounds remaining before the finals campaign gets underway, and with eight teams mathematically eligible of still making the top five, round 13 could be remembered at the most significant round of the season.

South Peninsula Sharks are tasked with the difficult challenge of trying to stop the rampaging Casey Cavaliers to open round 13. The teams last met in round 7, when Southern Peninsula were also undefeated. The Sharks played the Cavaliers tough but ultimately fell by a considerable margin of 17 points. Fast forward six rounds and the Sharks have battled through inconsistent form. Heading into the rematch on the back of a 2-4 record, Southern Peninsula will need big games from both Keely Toohey and Abbey Toohey to have any chance at the upset. For the Cavs, it’s business as usual. They’ve been the dominant team in the competition and if they can keep up this level of play, the goal of playing for the title is looking more and more a certainty.

After their upset loss in round 12, the Warriors will be out to amends the defeat in round 13. Standing in their way are the bottom-placed Mornington Breakers. Look for Ellie Coutts to have a big game. The Warriors star has been dominating in season 2018, averaging 12.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, and against the minnow Breakers, Coutts should have a field day.

Whittlesea Pacers were sensational in round 12, dominating the lowly Suns to the tune of 62 points. Showcasing their impressive ball movement en route to an extraordinary 37 assists. But in round 13 they come up against one of the toughest defensive squads in YL2W, the Western Port Steelers. Holding opponents to 51.7 points in season 2018, the Steelers are known for forcing turnovers and crashing the defensive glass hard. For the Pacers they will continue to rely on emerging superstar Hailey Wynd to spearhead their attack. Wynd has been incredible averaging 18.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per contest, and recording eight double-doubles from Whittlesea’s 12 games. She will need another big game to power the Pacers over the line.

Werribee are riding high after completing one of the biggest upsets of the season, knocking off Pakenham in round 12. The Devils had Alana Anthony and Lauren Jones combined for 44 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists in the victory, and will be looking for big games again from the pair. With six games left in the season, Werribee still has a mathematical chance of making the top five, and if they can play like they did in round 12, they could make it. But if they falter at this first hurdle, it could spell the end of their 2018 campaign. For the Suns, this could be signal of the end, and the opportunity to start playing their seldom used squad members and look to 2019.

The Frankston Blues fans are agonising the final rounds of the season. The Blues currently sit in the fifth and final post-season position. But with match-ups against Casey and Pakenham to come, this weekend’s match-up with Blackburn could be the most crucial game of their run home. Defeat the higher ranked Vikings and the Blues  confidence continues to grow heading into the match-ups with the top two. Lose and it will give Frankston the blues and will effectively end their chances to be competing in the finals.

Another incredible weekend of basketball awaits in round 13.

Saturday June 23, 2018

Southern Peninsula Sharks vs. Casey Cavaliers          5:30pm                        Hillview Stadium

Pakenham Warriors vs. Mornington Breakers           6:00pm                        Cardinia Life

Sunday June 24, 2018

Whittlesea Pacers vs. Western Port Steelers             11:00am                      Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Sherbrooke Suns vs. Werribee Devils                         12:00pm                      Belgrave Heights Christian School

Frankston Blues vs. Blackburn Vikings                       2:00pm                       Frankston Basketball Stadium

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