Round 14 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 look to build on their second win of 2018 when they welcome Blackburn. The Stingrays stunned Werribee on the road last week and a second straight win is certainly not out of the question here. The Vikings were unable to bring down a high-flying Hawthorn last week but have a chance to atone here on the road. A win for the Stingrays will give them a glimmer of hope of avoiding the wooden spoon and relegation in the run home.

Hawthorn will try to consolidate their top six spot when they host Werribee. The Magic are genuine threats in 2018 and should do as expected here, but pride is at stake for the Devils after they were stunned by lowly Corio Bay on their home floor last weekend. Look for the visitors to come out firing but whether it will be enough to overcome the Magic is the big ask.

Casey will take on Ringwood as the Cavs look to tackle the toughest mission in the league. The Hawks are once again proving to be the standout side to beat in SCM, sitting pretty atop the ladder with a three-game lead on their nearest rivals. The home side, meanwhile, are sitting just outside the top six but a win will likely see them occupy a post-season spot by the end of the weekend. High stakes and high rewards on offer in what should be a ripping contest.

The Hawks will back it up on Sunday by welcoming Knox to The Rings. The Raiders started the season slowly but now find themselves right in the thick of the championship battle, but a trip to Ringwood will certainly test them. A win here would be enormous for the visitors but the Hawks rarely lose at home and all things being equal they should prevail with a victory.

Blackburn hosts Eltham on Sunday in a match the Wildcats simply must win if they want to have home court throughout the early playoff rounds. The race for the top two has been blown wide open after Waverley’s recent form slump and the ‘Cats have a big chance to make it theirs in the final month or so of the season. The Vikings won’t roll over at home but the visitors will start warm favourites.

Keilor and Waverley will battle in the final match of the round as the Falcons desperately seek a win to get their season back on track. A fast start to the campaign has been negated by a recent string of outs and the perennial powerhouse will be looking to arrest that slide in time to make a title run in August. Keilor has been far from disgraced in 2018 and will sense an upset based on current form.

Corio Bay vs Blackburn                                   Sat 6pm                                   Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Hawthorn vs Werribee                                   Sat 7:30pm                              Boroondara Sports Complex

Casey vs Ringwood                                         Sat 8pm                                   Casey Stadium

Ringwood vs Knox                                           Sun 2pm                                  The Rings

Blackburn vs Eltham                                       Sun 3pm                                  Knox Basketball Stadium

Keilor vs Waverley                                          Sun 3:30pm                             Keilor Basketball Stadium

State Championship Women

Sharks (7-­‐6) vs Wildcats (2-­‐11)

With Hume City breathing down their neck, the Sharks just simply need to take care of business here against the lowly Wildcats, who not only sit last on the ladder but have also lost their last four games. You can always expect a competitive show from the Sharks and back on their home deck they will start very warm favourites. For the Wildcats, they just have to keep giving players a go and try and find a spark to help them cause an upset, but it won’t happen this week. Sharks too strong at home.

Cougars (4-­‐10) vs Broncos (6-­‐6)

McKinnon caused a stunning upset last week, getting over the Hawks and with that victory will come a real boost of confidence. Hume City continue to hang in the race for finals, but they need to start stringing wins together and this weekend provides them with a big chance against two teams below them on the ladder. Look for a great match-­‐up between Ariel Thomas and Nicole Zammit. If the Broncos want to play finals they cannot slip up here, or on Sunday. All eyes are on them, as is the pressure to step up and perform.

Hawks (9-­‐5) vs Raiders (11-­‐2)

Ringwood has lost three in a row and now face a fresh Raiders team looking for redemption after a loss to the Sharks prior to a couple of weeks off. With import Cassidy Mihalko sidelined through injury the Hawks just can’t find anyone to step up and fill her shoes, which is understandable, but if they can’t start doing it by committee in the near future they could find themselves battling to stay in the top half. The Raiders should be at full strength here and will be eager to bounce back. All signs lead to a Raiders win.

Falcons (11-­‐3) vs Boomers (3-­‐10)

Bulleen’s three-­‐game winning streak came to halt last week, though there was no denying Sarah Booth and Jasmine Hines did all they could for the lowly Boomers. With the visitors, who were last season’s runners-­‐up, now resigned to making up the numbers this season, this clash with Waverley is an opportunity to start shaping the top half. However, to do that they will need to be at their best and find a way to keep Bowen, Cunningham and Mokrzycki all quiet. The Falcons split a tough double last week and will be up for a strong showing here.

Broncos (6-­‐6) vs Thunder (4-­‐8)

Hume City step out for the double and are usually very strong at home. The Thunder continue to push most teams and they’ll take on board a heap of lessons from this season, but getting over the top of teams above them hasn’t been altogether easy. The Broncos have to get the job done this weekend, they need to get two wins and keep the pressure on the top half. They should come out of this one with a victory.

Round 14
Southern Peninsula vs Eltham Sat 5:30pm Hillview Stadium
McKinnon vs Hume City Sat 6pm GESAC
Ringwood vs Knox Sat 8pm The Rings
Waverley vs Bulleen Sat 8:30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Hume City vs Keilor Sun 3pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Jets (4-­‐13) vs Supercats (6-­‐10)

Sunbury looks safe from relegation, while Geelong appears to be out of the finals hunt, which means this has dead rubber written all over it. This clash is also packed with an opportunity for a win as both teams look for some confidence. Inconsistency aside, expect a tight tussle, both teams simply have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Gators (14-­‐2) vs Black Angels (9-­‐8)

Two teams playing good ball right now. Melbourne Uni pushed Chelsea all the way last week and this looms as another tough test, but with a few teams breathing down their neck a win here against the top team would really set up their quest of making finals. Masunda and Armstrong versus Coleman and Vines – great match up.

Steelers (12-­‐6) vs Pacers (5-­‐12)

The Pacers have won their last two and will take some confidence with them to Western Port where they’ll face a tough task in stopping Dylan Travis. The Steelers arguably have the best player in the league and they are consistently finding ways to get the ball in his hands. Question is can the Pacers stop him? Steelers to win.

Boomers (8-­‐9) vs Gulls (14-­‐3)

Bulleen is struggling to string wins together and unless they find some consistent form quickly, and a few scorers to go with Thadd Varmall, they might fall short of making the finals. It’s a tough weekend for the Boomers, first up against Corey Standerfer, and then a Sunday date with Ayinde Sprewell. If both stars get a hold of the Boomers it could be a slippery slope for Varmall and his teammates.

Cougars (13-­‐3) vs Seahawks (9-­‐8)

The games don’t get any easier for Warrnambool and after three straight losses they now have to contend with two of the league’s top three teams in less than 24hrs. First up its Keysie and given the consistent form Newby and Enge are in, the home team will start hot favourites to topple Blount and co.

All Stars (6-­‐11) vs Cougars (13-­‐3)

Collingwood ‘s season is sliding backwards and after four losses in five games it appears hard to see Hendrix and his team pushing for finals. Up against Keysie in a Sunday fixture, the in-­‐form Cougars should take care of business as they prime themselves for a big tilt at this year’s title.

Gulls (14-­‐3) vs Seahawks (9-­‐8) 

A super tough weekend for Warrnambool, first the Cougars and now a trip to Patterson River Stadium. Chelsea are also on a double but will fancy their chances in both. With the Seahawks set to put plenty of attention on Standerfer, look for Matt Brasser to take the lead and play a ripper for the Gulls.

Venom (8-­‐8) vs Boomers (8-­‐9)

Possibly a season-­‐defining game for both teams. The Venom host the Boomers who have a testing double and given the ladder position of both teams this clash might be the difference between making or missing out on finals this season. Sprewell will relish the chance to go against Varmall, question is who will go with them? Look for Brenton Charles to be a big playmaker for the Venom and keep his dimes stacking up in big numbers.

Pacers (5-­‐12) vs Gators (14-­‐2)

Another two teams on the double with top team Shepparton travelling to Melbourne for a testing danger game against Whittlesea. Given the stars in the Gators team the visitors should get the win, but any complacency at Mill Park has proven costly for a couple of teams this season. A huge test for the young Pacers.

Energy (1-­‐16) vs Jets (4-­‐13)

After nine straight losses is this the chance Latrobe City has been waiting for? The Jets have to back it up after a tough game against Geelong and head on a 3hr drive to Traralgon, where the fresh and ready Energy will be waiting for them. After losing both imports to injury, Latrobe City has unleashed some quality young players and will sense an opportunity to get a rare win. Having said that, the Jets won’t want that 3hr drive back home with a loss to the bottom team. This could well be an entertaining finish to an action-­‐packed 10 game weekend.

Sunbury vs Geelong Sat 7pm Boardman Stadium
Shepparton vs Melbourne Uni Sat 7:30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Western Port vs Whittlesea Sat 8pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Bulleen vs Chelsea Sat 8pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Keysborough vs Warrnambool Sat 8pm Rowville Secondary College
Collingwood vs Keysborough Sun 1pm Darebin Stadium
Chelsea vs Warrnambool Sun 1pm Patterson River Stadium
Warrandyte vs Bulleen Sun 1pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Whittlesea vs Shepparton Sun 3pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Latrobe City vs Sunbury Sun 4pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon

Division One Women

We do love our games of the rounds in this competition and we have been thrown another doozy this weekend. Our 1st placed Heat will be hosting our 3rd placed Mermaids and one of them has revenge in their sights. Back in round 8 when these two met for the first time, it was the Mermaids who got up by a 7 point margin. We are expecting another close match this time around but we are on the fence as to who will get the job done. Both sides have some incredible players and consistent ones at that and we know that they will be playing massive parts in this game. We are no doubt looking forward to watching this one pan out.

Let’s hope the Cavs have shaken off the events of last weekend and are all geared up and prepared for their round 14 match up with the Supercats. Last week really put a question mark over the Cavs as their full and what we thought was an unstoppable roster was no longer working how it used to. This gives teams like the Supercats hope that when the fixture hands out a clash against the Cavs, you go in with a red hot chance at the win. The Supercats have worked their way into the top 6 but are not safe as yet. It is a must win game for both sides so the question is, who wants it more?

The Supercats have been given double the chance at a win as they come up against the Steelers on the Saturday night. The Steelers will be on a high after defeating the Cavs last week and this will sure be the confidence boost they need heading into this match up. They will be coming up against a side that has more to fight for though and this will be the mindset for the Supercats.

Our in form underdogs, the Devils, are in for a big weekend taking on both the Magic and the Pacers. Their first game against the Magic could be the danger game, the Magic defeating both the Dragons and the Pacers in recent weeks. And with the Devils sitting just one spot ahead of the Pacers on the ladder, the Magic would surely have no issues in getting the win against them too. They also are still in the fight for a finals spot so that gives them even more fire in their bellies.

Their Sunday clash against the Pacers is an unknown one. The Pacers do hold 5th spot but they are also looking down the barrel of a possible three game losing streak. It should be mentioned that the Devils haven’t dropped a game for 5 weeks and that it is an impressive feat. We expect that the Devils will take advantage of this down period that the Pacers have put themselves in and get the job done.

Hoping they can reverse the effects of last weekends results is the Energy. They dropped down to last place after round 13 but still sit on the same record as neighbours Western Port. But their match up against the Gulls this weekend could be their chance at turning this around. The Gulls have had a tough draw lately, meeting with 4 of the top 6 sides over their past 5 matches. This game will be the breathing space they need and if a win can come from it, well even better.

Another team facing two games this weekend and also still an outside chance at making the finals is the Dragons. And this weekend should be double wins for them. They take on 10th placed Warrandyte on the Saturday followed by the Energy on the Sunday. All 3 sides have had their fair share of weeks without a win and this weekend will be putting the smiles back on some players faces. We are giving the Dragons the upper hand in both matches but won’t be surprised if an upset occurs.

Camberwell vs. Warrandyte                              Sat 4pm                                   Balwyn High School

Hawthorn vs. Werribee                                    Sat 5.30pm                              Boroondara Sports Complex

Western Port vs. Geelong                                 Sat 6pm                                   David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

Mildura vs. Warrnambool                                 Sat 6pm                                   Toyota Hothouse

Chelsea vs. Latrobe                                           Sat 8pm                                   Patterson River Stadium

Geelong vs. Casey                                             Sun 2pm                                   AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Latrobe vs. Camberwell                                    Sun 2pm                                   Latrobe Leisure Traralgon

Werribee vs. Whittlesea                                               Sun 3pm                                   Eagle Stadium

Division Two Men

After an unexpected loss last round the Dragons need to get back to the winners table if they want to regain their position on the ladder, as we head into the last 4 rounds of the season. This game is set to be a cracker IF Camberwell bring their A game, they can’t afford to have another loss like last week especially against the team that just stole their position on the ladder. The Thoroughbreds may have had a slow start to the season going 0-4 but from then they have gone from strength to strength to now being one of the strong contenders for the title.

Coburg dropped their first match since round 8 last week against none other than the top side Craigieburn, it would be a shock to everyone if they managed to drop this one. Unfortunately the Bushies haven’t had the season they were hoping for, they seem to get so close by just can’g get over the line, they will be looking at what they can do to improve for next season as they find themselves holding up the bottom of the ladder.

Sherbrooke finally got the win they needed to get out of the rut they had been in when they took down North East, however this week is going to be a tough one for them as they tackle the Sharks who are in dangerous waters when it comes to their finals chances, sitting on the cut off line is always a dangerous spot to be in this close to finals. With Camberwell getting the chance to get 2 wins this round its imperative that Southern Pen come out with a win to stay with the Dragons on the ladder and not drop down and out of finals contention.

Returning home for a 3rd week in a row the Heat also find themselves back in the top 3, but if they aren’t careful they could see themselves drop a couple places thanks to how close the ladder currently is, Wallan who still have the chance to come from 8th and steal that 6th spot really need to bring it all this week if they want to be there come finals time. Mildura have been up and down lately and will be calling out for everyone in Mildura to get down to the Hothouse to help get them over the line.

Even with 2 of their starters out for a few weeks the Eagles still managed to get the job done last round, and with coach Wilson suiting up for them to help fill the big hole Shiels left after his horrific injury he leaves the reins in the capable hands of Coach Mofo who stepped up and got them over the line, can she do it again? Camberwell will have to show they have what it takes to be able to back up a big Saturday night game and then take on the D2M leaders on the Sunday in their chance to get that 1 possibly 2 wins ahead of Southern Pen.

In one of the toughest travel weekends for the Bushies they head out to the Swamp to go Gator hunting on the Sunday after a big battle at home Saturday night against Coburg. If the Bushies can shoot the lights out like they did last week Altona better watch out because the Bushies might just sneak up on you without notice and get that elusive win they are so desperate to get. Its going to be a great match up of bigs this game with Townsend-Gant from the Bushies set to match up with Altona’s James Till, this will be a tough one for the referees to match, who need to allow the bigs to play but still control them within the rules.

7th position is possibly the worst spot to finish in when it comes to the end of the season, you get so close but yet so far away at the same time, this is the current predicament Pakenham find themselves in as they sit 7th and 2 wins behind Southern Pen in 6th, if they want to make finals they have to win this match or they will find themselves even further behind. Macabi are coming off 2 bigs wins in the past 2 weeks and their confidence will be booming, can they continue their good form and put a big dent in the Warriors finals hopes or will Pakenham prove to be too strong for them?

Who is your team to take out the title?

Camberwell vs. Melton                                   Sat 6pm                                   Balwyn High School

North East vs. Coburg                                     Sat 7pm                                   Scots School

Southern Pen vs. Sherbrooke                         Sat 7:30pm                              Hillview Stadium

Mildura vs. Wallan                                         Sat 8pm                                   Toyota Hothouse

Craigieburn vs. Camberwell                           Sun 12pm                                Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Altona vs. North East                                      Sun 3pm                                  Altona Sports Centre

Maccabi vs. Pakenham                                   Sun 3pm                                  Bialik Stadium

Division Two Women

As the regular season sees the finish line in sight, the jockeying for positions heats up in earnest particularly the final two spots in the Top 5 destined for finals.

North East hosts Coburg at Scots and the Bushrangers will be wary of the Giants, despite their loss last round. A win here for the Home side could put them in the box seat for a 4th placed finish, but Coburg will throw everything at this and are an improving side from their last encounter in Round 9.

With games in hand, Blackburn have some upcoming big games in their quest for finals and what better test of their credentials to start their weekend than against a side pretty much cemented in the Top 2. The Panthers are on a monster 6 game streak and if the Vikings are looking to play post-season they need to get the game on their terms very early in front of their passionate Home fans at Fort Knox. Wallan are a strong scoring team and they’ll be hard to contain.

Melton have dropped off the pace a little and they will visit the Eagles who will want to take one more notch towards securing the minor premiership. Craigieburn have proven very hard to beat at home. The Thoroughbreds in their debut season have proven very competitive and it’s been a long time since the teams battled it out in Round 2. Melton have the talent, but they’ll need to find their best form of previous games to give themselves the best chance to try and sneak a road win.

Mornington travel up the hill to visit the Suns in Belgrave. Mornington are on the wrong side of 50% at this time of the season, but they’ll take some confidence from their win over the Black Angels last round. Sherbrooke have found the going tough but have always continued to learn. Nothing to say if they start they might secure their second win but the Breakers have a lot to play for if they want to make a run towards the Top 5 especially having played the most games of all team so far.

Melton head back home to host Blackburn and this game has potential to have a big say in who has the inside run to sneak into 5th place and Finals. Both teams will be playing their second game of the round so fatigue might be a factor and managing rotations. Expect a very tight contest here and it is hard to pick a winner.


North East vs. Coburg                                                 Sat 5pm           Scots School

Blackburn vs. Wallan                                                  Sat 7:30pm      Knox Basketball Stadium

Craigieburn vs. Melton                                               Sat 8pm           Craigieburn Sports Centre

Sherbrooke vs. Mornington                                        Sun 12pm        Belgrave Heights Christian School

Melton vs. Blackburn                                                  Sun 1pm          Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

With only three rounds remaining, every match in Youth Championship has massive implications. After a sensational round 13 which threw up a number of surprise results. Round 14 is poised to be a ripper. Bulleen tips its round off against a fiesty Blackburn outfit. After been given a scare but a spirited Nunawading squad in round 12, the Boomers need to focus on the defensive mindset they have shown all season long. Holding oppositions to 77.3 points per contest, the Boomers have allowed recent opponents to post scores of 80 and 94. While Blackburn is riding a four-game winning streak, driven by the outstanding play of Jake Heath. After nailing seven treys en route to 29 points in round 13, it is certain Heath will have a target on his back. But for the Vikings the winning streak has been the result of stellar team play. Racking up over 20 assists in round 13, if they can continue to create open shots from ball movement they could give Bulleen a run for its money.

The McKinnon Cougars have encountered a rough patch at the worst time of the year. Falling to its second straight loss, McKinnon is now right on the cusp of the post-season cut-off. The task doesn’t get any easier in round 14 as they welcome the Nunawading Spectres to GESAC. The Spectres gave everything they had against the top of the table Bulleen in round 13, falling by an agonisingly close two points. If one of the 31 three-point attempts which rattled out fell, we would be celebrating the Spectres as a post-season dark horse. But alas, they are still in third place and now battling for their post-season dream and trying to hold off the rampaging pack. Should be a cracking game.

Eltham are enduring the worst stretch of its season losing four straight games. In round 14, they are handed a reprieve against a struggling Sandringham team. The Sabres needed to win in round 13 to keep in touch with the top four, and a 23-point trouncing at the hands of Kilsyth did not help. While the post-dream is mathematically still alive, a loss here in round 14 will mean it’s all over for season 2018. Much to play for.

The Tigers showed in round 13 the ferocious potential they possess thumping an out of sorts Cougars side. Now in round 14 against the bottom placed Sherbrooke Suns is the time for the Tigers to move into the top four conversation. Melbourne has the talent to be a top ranked side, and how showed its deadly outside shooting can overcome a stifling defence in round 13. Melbourne in a blow-out. After winning four of its last five matches, Kilsyth will come into Saturday night’s match-up against Ringwood as heavy favourites. The Hawks enjoyed a resounding victory at the Suns expense last round. While the Cobras put in an impressive performance behind their star Jorden Adnam. Look for him to have another monster game and lead Kilsyth to the win.

Ringwood then backs up hosting an inconsistent Knox Raiders. Losing four of its last five, has meant Knox is now hanging on by a thread to playing post-season ball. This could be the catalyst to saving the Raiders season. Ethan Woodward starred last round for the Raiders and will need to put in another epic performance to slay the persistent Hawks.

Hawthorn are hoping and pleading they can cast a spell and end this miserable run it is on. Losing four straight the Magic will use the trip to face Altona, to reignite their season as they enter the final stretch. Eltham have a great chance to sweep the weekend with a trip to Knox to face the Vikings. The Wildcats need to discover their vicious best, and a weekend of match-ups against very winnable opponents could be just what they need. BJ Symons is a gun. Keilor has been riding Symons exceptional play recently, and will turn to him again as they welcome Bulleen to their home court. For the Boomers, this could be an awfully challenging round, where they could drop both games. They will need to have Shayan Mahboobi continues his great play, already averaging over 20 points a game on the season, Mahboobi will need a monster game for the Thunder to take down the top squad.

Kilsyth should be too strong for a Diamond Valley team which surprised the Raiders in round 13, the Cobras will be ready to strike. Dandenong will be frustrated after a loss in round 13. Look for them to get back to its winning ways in round 14 against the Spectres.

Saturday June 30, 2018

McKinnon Cougars vs. Nunawading Spectres     4:00pm            GESAC

Bulleen Boomers vs. Blackburn Vikings              6:00pm            East Doncaster Secondary College

Eltham Wildcats vs. Sandringham Sabres           7:00pm            Eltham High School

Sherbrooke Suns vs. Melbourne Tigers              8:00pm            Belgrave Heights Christian School

Kilsyth Cobras vs. Ringwood Hawks                    8:00pm            Kilsyth Sports Centre

Sunday July 1, 2018

Ringwood Hawks vs. Knox Raiders                     12:00pm          The Rings

Altona Gators vs. Hawthorn Magic                     1:00pm            Altona Sports Centre

Blackburn Vikings vs. Eltham Wildcats               1:00pm            Knox Basketball Stadium

Keilor Thunder vs. Bulleen Boomers                  1:30pm            Keilor Basketball Stadium

Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Kilsyth Cobras           2:00pm            Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre

Nunawading Spectres vs. Dandenong Rangers   2:30pm            Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

After another stellar round of ball, the playoff picture is still not settled. Now with only three rounds remaining teams are fighting for their post-season lives. Round 14 is sure to provided its fair share of talking points. Let’s check out the games. Bendigo has the unenviable task of trying to defeat the rampaging Sabres in round 14. The Sabres have 12 straight games including two dominant performances in round 13. But the Braves have Danielle O’Toole. The Bendigo star has been incredible in season 2018, averaging 17.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and almost three assists a game. But will need to have the game of her season if Bendigo stands any chance upsetting the league leaders.

Dandenong will welcome the Hume City Broncos in the Saturday fixture. Battling through inconsistent form over the last five matches, round 13 saw the Rangers getting back to doing what they do best, controlling the paints. Jacinta Maxwell’s 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Boomers was vital in the battle. While the Broncos suffered their third-straight defeat, losing at the hands of the Raiders. Out of post-season contention, the remaining rounds will allow Hume City to play its entire squad and start the preparations for 2019.

The Cobras are enduring through a difficult stretch of basketball. Losing four of its last five games, Kilsyth are now on the cusp of the playoffs picture. With one of the more solid defensive units in the league, the Cobras need to rediscover the viciousness they possessed earlier in the season. The round 14 match-up against the lowly Ballarat Rush could be the catalyst they need to find this. Ballarat were dismantled by Sandringham in round 13, and will look to build some confidence against the Cobras.

Look for a frustrated Ringwood outfit to bounce back against the Knox Raiders in round 14. After suffering its third defeat of the season, Ringwood did not play up to its potential on its home court in round 13 losing to Bendigo. Sitting three games clear at the top of the Watson conference, put it down to late season malaise. The main task will be stopping Eliana Bravington. The Raiders star scored 41 points and hauled in 29 rebounds in her two round 13 games. Stop her and the Hawks should win.

Warrandyte’s losing streak has now reach double-figures after round 13. But the Venom have a chance to strike back against an inconsistent Magic squad in round 14. Hawthorn were winners last round, but if its recent form guide is anything to go by, a loss is up next.

The Falcons had two solid outing in round 13, knocking off a fellow top four contender in Kilsyth on Saturday. Before giving the Sabres a scare on the Sunday, eventually succumbing by 14 points. With a match-up against the cellar dwelling Boomers, Waverley has a chance to move into the top four if results fall its way. The Eagles saw their winning streak come to a close in round 13, bringing them back closer to the chasing pack. With a match-up against the bottom placed Venom ahead, Diamond Valley should be relishing this opportunity to find the winning formula again. This is a game made for Mikayla Peterson. After a few below par performances in her last five games, the Eagles star should use this game to get back to her dominant best.

Nunawading are looking to keep the winning feeling as they hope to stay in the second spot in Terrill with only three rounds remaining. The match-up against the Rangers on paper should result in a Spectres victory, but Dandenong are proving to be a thorn in my top ranked team’s sides. Should make for a great contest.

Altona should be very confident heading into Boroondara Sports Complex on Sunday. They are the better side and need to show it against the up and down Magic. Ringwood one of the top teams in the competition and will show why on Sunday. Predicting big win for the Hawks.

Saturday June 30, 2018

Bendigo Braves vs. Sandringham Sabres             6:00pm            Bendigo Stadium

Dandenong Rangers vs. Hume City Broncos       6:00pm            Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Kilsyth Cobras vs. Ballarat Rush                          6:00pm            Kilsyth Sports Centre

Ringwood Hawks vs. Knox Raiders                     6:00pm            The Rings

Warrandyte Venom vs. Hawthorn Magic            6:00pm            Warrandyte Sports Complex

Waverley Falcons vs. Bulleen Boomers              6:30pm            Waverley Basketball Centre

Sunday July 1, 2018

Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Warrandyte Venom   12:00pm          Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre

Ballarat Rush vs. Melbourne Tigers                    12:00pm          MARS Minerdome

Nunawading Spectres vs. Dandenong Rangers   12:30pm          Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Hawthorn Magic vs. Altona Gators                     1:00pm            Boroondara Sports Complex

Hume City Broncos vs. Ringwood Hawks            1:00pm            Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Youth League One Men

Playoff race heating up. Three rounds left. Round 14, can’t wait. Camberwell Dragons tip off round 14 by hosting the Corio Bay Stringrays. As the Dragons continue to fight to earn their way into the top six, the Stingrays are already there. Corio Bay is coming off a strong showing in round 13, led by Cohen Blythe dropping 32 points over the Geelong Supercats. While Camberwell fell to its third loss in its last five games, after suffering a surprise loss against Ballarat on its home court. The Dragons will be throwing fire as this could be the defining game of their season.

Geelong had a round to forget last weekend. Losing both contests by decent margins was a surprise for the team currently sitting in fourth place. This weekend’s match up against the ninth place Broncos will be an opportunity to bounce back and find some much needed form heading into the final stretch. For Hume City losing to the Cavaliers wasn’t on the cards. The Broncos should have been the better team, but they were beaten resoundingly, losing most of the statistical categories. Round 14 will test the Broncos resiliency.

The Waverley Falcons have sights on the title, Coburg will be only a speed bump. After defensive masterclass they showed in round 13 beating the previously undefeated Jets, the Falcons sent a message to the rest of YL1M that they are a title threat. Finding their best basketball at the perfect time, Waverley should tear through the lowly Giants.

Daniall Herbert has feasted on Corio Bay defenders en route to 27 points and 10 rebounds in round 13. For his next meal, welcome the Bendigo Braves. The Braves had little chance at extending their winning streak against a frustrated Sunbury Jets outfit in the Sunday fixtures. Now facing a Devils team which is looking to secure their top three finish, this should be another tough contest for Bendigo. Werribee have won four of its last five games, led in large part due to Herbert’s outstanding play. But also due to their stellar team play and ball movement.

Warrandyte have the most difficult task of round 14 hosting the league leading Sunbury Jets on its home court. The Jets saw their perfect season tarnished in round 13, but the goal of the championship still remains. This is the type of game Sunbury has been feasting on this season. Kyle Collins and Nathan Marshall have been incredible on the season, and are poised for another big contribution as the Jets look to win out for the remaining three rounds.

Waverley backs up on the Sunday hosting the Casey Cavaliers on its home court. Brendon Head was inspired for the Cavs in round 13, posting 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds but it wasn’t enough for the win. Shutdown him, and the Falcons should win. Comfortably. The Falcons are the better team and need to show it, they can’t mess around with these danger teams.

Ballarat mathematically can still make the playoffs. But one slip up and the dream is done. The Miners hope is Warrandyte’s double duty in round 14 will help them secure the upset victory. Amos Brooks was Ballarat’s star in round 13 nailing 21 points, and the team will need a big game again to get the win.

Saturday June 30, 2018

Camberwell Dragons vs. Corio Bay Stingrays      2:00pm            Balwyn High School

Geelong Supercats vs. Hume City Broncos         3:00pm            Geelong Arena

Coburg Giants vs. Waverley Falcons                   6:30pm            Coburg Basketball Stadium

Bendigo Braves vs. Werribee Devils                   8:00pm            Bendigo Stadium

Warrandyte Venom vs. Sunbury Jets                 8:00pm            Warrandyte Sports Complex

Sundat July 1, 2018

Waverley Falcons vs. Casey Cavaliers                 12:00pm          Waverley Basketball Centre

Ballarat Miners vs. Warrandyte Venom              2:00pm            MARS Minerdome

Youth League One Women

As we enter the final 4 weeks before finals, with two teams sitting safely in the top 2 it now becomes a fierce battle for the last 2 positions Geelong have the upper hand as they find themselves 2 wins above the current 4th position Camberwell who will have to win every game from here on out if they want to stay that 1 win above both McKinnon and Corio Bay. Who will take that 4th position and keep their title hopes alive?

You would expect Camberwell to get a win this round as they take on the struggling Gulls, but as well all know anything can happen, especially since the Gulls have shown a lot of promise the past few weeks on the road and now they return home. If the Gulls can show the determination and never give up mentality they gave in their match up against the Stingrays, they very well could get up over the inconsistent Dragons who have been very up and down the past few weeks and save themselves from the looming relegation possibility.

Craigieburn’s finals hope rests in the hands of them winning every single match they have left and they need Camberwell to lose every match they have, so its safe to say it’s highly unlikely they will make it, while Eltham know they can’t make finals they now start to look at how they can improve next season, whist trying to get as many wins from here on out to salvage their season an much as possible.

With 8 wins behind them and only 1 loss for the season the Thunder find themselves comfortably in the top spot and set for a big finals campaign have the chance to get that 1 win ahead of Sunbury as they gear up for their first of two matches this round. The Stingrays are battling it out to take that final 4th position and every win is crucial at this point, it will be interesting to see how they go without their star player who is away for State commitments for the next few weeks.

Geelong are in a good position when it comes to finals chances, but they aren’t completely secure yet so they cant afford to take the foot off the pedal yet, McKinnon will be throwing everything they have at the Supercats as they start their fight to try and steal the elusive 4th position. The Cougars have a relatively easy run for the next 3 games after this one then they have 2 tough matches to finish out the season so every win they can get before then will help them, including a win this week.

In what is more than likely going to be the grand final match up we get to see the top 2 teams battle it out for the 3rd time this season with the match up so far being 1 all, but Keilor currently take head to head, this game is the decider as to who will finish top if they both finish with the same amount of wins at the end of the season. Keilor head into dangerous territory as they make their way to the Hanger for the first time this season, the one record that is on their side right now is that they have not lost an away game all year, but the only game they have dropped was to the Jets way back in round 4. #gameoftheround

Chelsea vs. Camberwell                                  Sat 4pm                                   Patterson River Stadium

Craigieburn vs. Eltham                                   Sat 6pm                                   Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Keilor vs. Corio Bay                                         Sat 7:30pm                              Keilor Basketball Stadium

Geelong vs. McKinnon                                    Sun 12pm                                AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Sunbury vs. Keilor                                           Sun 2pm                                  Boardman Stadium

Youth League Two Men

It is very rare that we would have two games of the round in the one weekend but here we are. Rounding out our Sunday games will be the Blues taking on the Eagles, our 2nd and 3rd placed teams, followed by the All Stars meeting the Thoroughbreds, sitting 4th and 1st. There isn’t much separating these four teams at the top end and this weekend could be the difference in earning themselves a week off come finals.

In our Blues and Eagles clash, it has been a long time since their first meeting. This was back in round 2 and the Eagles well and truly got the job done. But since then there has been a change of pace. The Eagles have had their down patches, right around the same time the Blues kicked their season up a gear. The Eagles will be coming off their first win after a duo of losses in round 12 but as for the Blues, well they’ve just ticked over to a double figure winning streak. At this point in time it is hard to overlook the Blues. They have proven to be unstoppable no matter who the opponent is so the Eagles will have their work cut out for them.

We are really looking forward to the All Stars and Thoroughbreds battling it out especially after their round 8 meeting when only 4 points separated the two. This weekend it is the Thoroughbreds who will be looking to even up the score but with the numbers the All Stars are putting up lately, they will need to kick it up a gear. Both sides have their go to players and it is obvious to work out that if you stop their involvement in the game, your team gets the look in.

Just on the outside of these four teams sits the Pakenham Warriors. They are one of those teams that has become a rather unknown side. Sometimes they are on fire and will match up against any team but then other times they don’t look as dominant and take losses that really should have been wins. This weekend they have two games to contend with and they should, we say should, result in two wins. First up is the Energy who although are winless, are still managing to work on their game and win parts of matches. Secondly, it’s fellow Warriors Maccabi. They have had a tough few weeks up against the higher end of the scale, pocketing only one win in their last 5. It is an important, wins needed, weekend for the Warriors. Can they get it done?

The Breakers are facing a tough weekend, coming up against the All Stars on Saturday night. Although the Breakers look to have a strong hold on that 6th placing, there are still enough weeks left for a few teams to catch up. If they are to remain in 6th, maybe even move up a spot or two, games like this become extremely important. But one major point we have come to notice over the past couple of weeks is the loss of star player Lochie Baczyk. After rupturing his ACL, Lochie is out for the remainder of the season. We wish him well in his recovery, he will be missed by this Breakers side.

Further to their game on the Sunday, the Blues have a Saturday clash against the Gulls. This Gulls side had a high scoring affair last weekend, thanks to some stepping up from 14/15 year olds, Edwards and Dalton. We hope these types of efforts continue into this weekend as they have a big task ahead of them. The Blues are an impressive side and it will take a collaborative effort from the Gulls to cause an upset.

The Pacers were on a roll up until last week, notching wins against the Warriors and Thoroughbreds. But the All Stars stopped their run last week and to restart their engine they need to get past both the Steelers and the Cougars. These sides are still outside chances to make the top 6 and as we near the end of the season, they need to make sure they a winning games over those below them. But the Pacers have proven to beat those above them, even those in the top 4. So will the Steelers and the Cougars be able to keep their finals chances alive? Or will the Pacers be the team that shatters their dreams?

We are excited to say that after 16 and 14 losses respectively, one side will be getting their first win of the season or quite possibly win mumber 3. The Energy and Panthers meet for what will be a game to end all droughts. We really don’t know which was this game is going to go, both will be fighting tooth and nail for the win. We will just be happy for whatever team wins as we know that both have waited long enough for one.

Western Port vs. Whittlesea                             Sat 4pm                                   David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

Chelsea vs. Frankston                                        Sat 6pm                                   Patterson River Stadium

Pakenham vs. Latrobe                                       Sat 7pm                                   Cardinia Life

Mornington vs. Collingwood                             Sat 8.30pm                              Mornington Basketball Stadium

Latrobe vs. Wallan                                            Sun 12pm                                 Latrobe Leisure Traralgon

Maccabi vs. Pakenham                                      Sun 1pm                                   Bialik Stadium

Whittlesea vs. Keysborough                              Sun 1pm                                   Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Frankston vs. Craigieburn                                 Sun 2pm                                   Frankston Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs. Melton                                    Sun 3pm                                   Darebin Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Round 13 saw the Casey Cavaliers 12-game undefeated run come to an end at the hands of the Southern Peninsula Sharks. Defence was key for the Sharks in the stunning result. But now we get to see what a Casey side seeing adversary for the first time this season has in store. The Cavaliers opponents… second placed Pakenham Warriors. That and more lays await in round 14. Pakenham were on a mission in round 13, thrashing the Mornington Breakers.

Led by Sarah Thomson’s 23 points and nine rebounds, the Warriors dominated every statistical category in the blowout win. Pakenham forced 26 turnovers, blocked seven shots, had 12 steals, and recorded 15 assists in a complete team performance. The Warriors impressive performance was made all the more notable since league-leaders Casey slipped up and lost against the Southern Peninsula Sharks. Now the top two sides in Women’s League 2 face-off to tip-off round 14.

The Cavaliers couldn’t buy a basket in the loss. Casey had their worst shooting performance of the season with a miserable 29% from the field. The Cavs will look to get back to closer to the rim and not settle for the long range efforts, which might be cost them an undefeated season. What a match to get round 14 underway.

Frankston were fantastic last weekend putting on a defensive masterclass forcing 17 turnovers in its 30-point victory. But it was a complete team effort. Three Blues players finished with double-figure rebounds in the rout. Now with a revised goal of becoming a top three team, the Blues will look to come the roll going against the lowly Suns.

Blackburn will be looking to make amends for a poor showing in round 13. Losing to a lower ranked side, was an embarrassing result for the Vikings are to look to keep pace with the top teams in YL2W. Now travelling to face the  Mornington Breakers, the Vikings have a golden opportunity to return to the winner’s list.

Whittlesea and Werribee will be the match-up of the round on Sunday. The two sides are both still in the top five contention, but the game could spell the end of one club’s season. With a Pacers victory and results going their way, Whittlesea could see them move into fifth position. This would result in ending the Devils post-season dreams. But a Werribee victory, the Devils keep the slim playoff hopes alive for at least another round.

Results need to go their way, but for the Devils the task is simple… win. Southern Pen made a statement in round 13. Immense defensive pressure resulted in the Sharks conquering the previously undefeated Cavs. If they can play at that level again, the poor Western Port Steelers will get vanquished off of the court. Abbey Toohey was incredible in her last game posting 26 points and nailing seven treys. She will test the Steelers defence in round 14.

Saturday June 30, 2018

Pakenham Warriors vs. Casey Cavaliers                     5:00pm                        Cardinia Life

Sherbrooke Suns vs. Frankston Blues                        6:00pm                        Belgrave Heights Christian School

Mornington Breakers vs. Blackburn Vikings              6:30pm                        Mornington Basketball Stadium

Sunday July 1, 2018

Werribee Devils vs. Whittlesea Pacers                                   1:00pm            Eagle Stadium

Western Port Steelers vs. Southern Peninsula Sharks           2:00pm            David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

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