Round 2 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

Ringwood will host Werribee in an early start at The Rings to kick off round two. The Hawks ground out an ugly victory over the Falcons in a grand final replay last week and will be looking to regain some of their trademark offensive spark against a Devils side that gave up 101 points last week. Of course, they scored 109 themselves and that means we could see one of the highest scoring games in Big V SCM history if both sides are on song. The Hawks at home are a very tough proposition, so it will be interesting to see where the Devils are at in 2018.

McKinnon will be out to build on a strong round one win when they visit the Broncos at Broadmeadows. The home side will have their hands full defending Cougars star Dillon Stith, who went off in the season opener. That’s not where it ends with veteran Ivan Platenik proving a handful as well. The Broncos went down to a young Magic side and will need to improve dramatically if they want to be in this one at the death.

Eltham tackles Keilor in a matchup between two undefeated sides after the opening weekend. The Wildcats were super impressive in a huge road win over Knox, with four players netting 19 points or more, while Keilor kicked off life in SCM with a solid win over Corio Bay. Despite that, the Thunder will need to kick it up another gear if they want to compete with a side many believe can go all the way in 2018, especially on their home floor.

Blackburn will welcome Waverley for their first home game in SCM, with the Vikings looking to shore up defensively after giving up a whopping 109 points last week. The Falcons, meanwhile, were at their stingy best in a tough loss against Ringwood and will be looking to bounce back with a victory here. With championship aspirations in 2018 yet again, they can ill afford to start the campaign 0-2 while their main rivals continue to pile up the wins. That said, they should start warm favourites against the newly-promoted Vikings.

Corio Bay will be looking to put a horror 2017 well and truly behind them as they host Hawthorn in a game both sides will fancy their chances in. The Stingrays suffered defeat in round one to new boys Keilor, but get a chance to rebound quickly when they host a Magic side who showed plenty of signs of growth in their opening weekend effort – a tight win at home over Hume City. The visitors have a slight edge on round one form but the Stingrays have a clean slate and will be up for their first home game of 2018.

Casey and Knox will battle it out to finish the round, with the Cavs coming off a tough loss at McKinnon and Knox looking to bounce back from a horror first-up showing against Eltham. The home side will be a tough competitor again in 2018 and the Raiders will face a tough battle on the road here. Neither side can afford to fall right behind the eight-ball and set their finals (and title) aspirations back early on, so expect a hard-fought, high energy contest that will go down to the wire.

Ringwood vs. Werribee Sat 6pm The Rings
Hume City vs. McKinnon Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Eltham vs. Keilor Sat 8pm Eltham High School
Blackburn vs. Waverley Sat 8pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Corio Bay vs. Hawthorn Sun 2pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Casey vs. Knox Sun 3:30pm Casey Stadium

State Championship Women

Broncos vs Hawks
A real test for Hume City as they search for an opening win, but they’ll need to get past a Hawks outfit up and about after two victories to start the season. Both teams have new imports settling in and though at this stage it looks like Ringwood has again ticked some big boxes, you just know the Broncos will get going soon enough. At this early stage it will be Ringwood starting warm favourites in this match-­‐up.

Boomers vs Sharks
Bulleen welcomes Sth Peninusla and between them they sit at 0-­‐3, which means one team will celebrate an opening win here. Word is Bulleen has some stars to come, but will they step out on court this week? The Sharks just couldn’t deliver four consistent quarters last week, though the signs were there to suggest they’ll once again be competitive. A great test for both teams and the outcome will show us quite a bit of what’s to come.

Falcons vs Jets
Waverley could possibly welcome back Tegan Cunningham, which would be a very handy inclusion against Sunbury’s star-­‐studded unit. The Jets didn’t fire on all cylinders last week, but they did enough to chalk up a strong win against the Broncos. As for Waverley, it was a grind against Ringwood and they fell short. Despite their mixed results, both teams will be better for the run and should deliver a quality contest. Expect a close result either way with a number of the league’s best players matching up.

Wildcats vs Raiders
Eltham and Knox enjoyed a successful start to the season and face-­‐off in what will be a good challenge. The Wildcats look settled, the addition of Meg Dargan provides them with a very good facilitator. For the Raiders, it wasn’t smooth sailing down at the Shark Tank, but when they needed to lift a level that’s exactly what they did. While the Raiders might have an injury concern or two, you know they will bring the defensive pressure and push the Wildcats hard. If Eltham can grab a win it will mark one of tehir best starts to a season for a number of years.

Thunder vs Cougars
Though they lost at Ringwood in the opening round, the positive signs for Keilor were many and all teams can expect a tough battle when they face the Thunder. The home team will need to bring plenty at the defensive end in this clash as the Cougars delivered the goods last week with a crushing win at Bulleen. With Ariel Thomas still to come back in, the early signs are good for McKinnon and they will start favourites against Keilor, however taking the Thunder lighly would be ill-­‐advised. Expect this one to be much closer than you think.

Round 2
Hume City vs Ringwood Sat 6pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Bulleen vs Sth Peninsula Sun 1:30pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Waverley vs Sunbury Sun 2pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Eltham vs Knox Sun 2:30pm Eltham High School
Keilor vs McKinnon Sun 3:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Collingwood surprised plenty of onlookers last week and they will fancy their chances to go 2-0 with a win against a Sunbury outfit that looked off the pace in round one. In what will be a tough race for a finals berth this season, a sharp upturn will be needed from Sunbury based on what we’ve seen so far and this clash provides the perfect chance to bounce back. Will they though?

Western Port and Geelong will both be looking for their first win when they face each other. Western Port has uncovered a ripping import in Dylan Travis, and he’ll be a key figure in this contest. Geelong has some quality youngsters on court this season and though we’ll see some inconsistency at times, they will also bring some real energy. What will we get here?

The start of a big weekend for the Energy with no shortage of travel following their opening week journey to Warrnambool. Despite the opening-round loss at The Arc, there is plenty to like about LC and they face a couple of great challenges this round, starting with the Gators. The home team will start favourite after last week’s win and if they can back it up they could get on a real roll. Good contest coming up!

The Seahawks will enjoy a second week at home and with that comes a home court advantage that is arguably the best in the league. Xavier Blount was unstoppable last week and is set to deliver huge numbers again against a Bulleen team that looks competitive, yet not loaded with star quality. Expect a win for the Seahawks in a good test for the Boomers to see where they are at after a 1-1 opening round.

Warrandyte showed little mercy last week on their way to a barnstorming win against Sunbury, while Whittlesea fell just short in a narrow contest. Both teams will like their chances here and you can’t help but feel the result may come down to the little things, the hustle stats. A 50-50 contest!

A Saturday night trip to Shepparton will determine what sort of a mood we get to see the Energy in when the Gulls pay them a visit on Sunday. After a massive opening weekend by Chelsea, they’ll want to keep their winning ways motoring along and with some real depth the visitors will take it right up to the Energy.

Shepparton is also back in action, this time with a trip to the heart of the city. The Black Angels will be thoroughly disappointed with their opening performance and will be up for a real scrap back on their home deck. A double with travel will be a good test for the Gators, but if they can grab two wins they will set their season up. As for the home team – time to step it up and show us the goods.

R2 comes to a close with Keysborough lying in wait for Collingwood. The All Stars will be backing up and will be tested against a Keysie outfit that is always up for a challenge. Don’t expect a high scoring game, rather get set for a real arm-wrestle. The Cougars will start favourite on their home court, but anything can happen here, especially if Manny Hendrix gets going.

Collingwood vs Sunbury Sat 7pm Collingwood College
Western Port vs Geelong Sat 7pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Shepparton vs Latrobe City Sat 7:30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Warrnambool vs Bulleen Sat 8pm The Arc
Whittlesea vs Warrandyte Sat 8:30pm Mill Park
Latrobe City vs Chelsea Sun 2pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Melbourne Uni vs Shepparton Sun 3pm Melbourne University Sports Centre
Keysborough vs Collingwood Sun 3pm Rowville Secondary College

Division One Women

GAME OF THE ROUND! Is this enough of a buildup? The levelled up Mermaids and the loaded Cavs will go head to head this weekend and we cannot wait for the result. We hope this game gives us what we think it will, a close and hard fought match. Young gun Molly McKinnon kicked off her individual campaign with an impressive 32 points last week and if she is at this again, plus backed up by a number of fellow Mermaids, they will be unstoppable. As for the Cavs, their depth goes on forever. They have a roster full of performers and any one or group of them can step up week in week out. Who will it be this time around?

The Heat started their season off in style with a 23 point win over the Magic. But round 2 sees them heading down to Melbourne for their first weekend of double away matches. First up for them is last years champs the Gulls. They themselves had a good start to the season and will be hoping they can continue this this weekend. They also have two games ahead of them, so the least they can ask for is a split. Secondly for the Heat, down in the same part of the world, they meet with the Steelers. They took a hit in round 1, funnily enough to the Gulls and unfortunately for them, we don’t see the hits taking a break until Easter comes around. The Heat have far too many contributors for the Steelers to handle, the interesting part is however, will they all be taking the trip down?

The Gulls are on the road for their second game of the weekend, this time heading across to Traralgon. This Energy side had a tough opening match but showed that they do have the talent to win a number of games this year. The combination of Melbourne and Miller proved to be a great fit and if those two click once again, the Gulls may be in trouble. On top of this, the Energy will be taking on some tired Gulls’ bodies, an advantage for sure.

Two teams who both suffered losses in round 1 will meet this weekend where one will be happy to get a W on the board. There is no doubt that both teams want this, but going off last weeks efforts, there is only one we can see getting the job done. This is the Pacers. Their home crowd may not have gotten them over the line in round 1, but they are one of the toughest crowds to compete with in this league. This will prove to be a factor in this match as well as the Venoms battle with getting points on the board. One team that surprised us all last week was the Dragons. One, they defeated a division favourite the Supercats and two, they put 92 points on the board.

With is and this alone, their round 2 opponent will prove to be no threat. They take on the Devils, a side that put just 49 points on the board last week. We hope that this was just round 1 nerves as if not, this game could blow out.

Rounding us out this week is the clash between the Magic and the Supercats. Both finished on the wrong side of the tracks last week and will be hoping to redeem themselves this weekend however, there can only be one winner. We know that the Supercats will be up there once again this year and it will be this side that will be getting the W in this match.

Warrnambool vs. Casey Sat 6pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Warrandyte Sat 6.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Chelsea vs. Mildura Sat 8pm Patterson River Stadium
Latrobe City vs. Chelsea Sun 12pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Camberwell vs. Werribee Sun 1pm Balwyn High School
Western Port vs. Mildura Sun 1.30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Hawthorn vs. Geelong Sun 3pm Boroondara Sports Complex

Division Two Men

Just like that we are into round 2 already!

After a slow start to the season Pakenham need a win in round 2, this is not going to come easy though as they open their doors to the hot handed Calvin Henry and his Mildura squad. If the Warriors play like they did in the final minutes of their first match Mildura will have to bring their A game and not only Henry will need to be on fire for the heat.

The Sharks defended their court last week in style as they took down a tough Warriors side, they will need to back this up again to remain with the early front runners. North East make the long trip down to the city for their first road trip of the season, can they surprise Pakenham with a hard fought victory at the Coliseum?

It’s game time down at Craigieburn as their men get set to play their first home game fo 2018 against a very determined Sherbrooke side. After a mixed bag over the weekend for Sherbrooke, they will be kicking themselves for dropping their second game by a mere 2 points, no doubt they will be coming out with one thing in mind on Saturday night “winning”, Craigieburn you better be ready Sherbrooke have you in their sights and they don’t back down.

Altona get back on the road and head to the jungle this week to try and tame the Panthers, the depth Wallan showed in round 1 will push every team this year and the Gators have their work cut out for them. These two teams have met a few times already in 2018 taking each other on in some pre-season matches, it will be interesting to see how they fair up since these matches.

Melton had a tough match up in round 1 against the Giants and this round isn’t getting any easier as they get set to take on the Heat who show no mercy. Mildura are backing it up in their first road trip of the season, they will be heading from Pakenham to Melton and home, losing both games for the weekend will make that trip home an extremely long one compared to a 2-0 weekend.

Let’s hope the Gators get out of the jungle alive so they can then get set to take down the Giants on Sunday back in the swamp. This is a tough round for Altona, they have a chance to show the basketball world they mean business in 2018. Coburg had 2 big wins in round 1, if they can continue that hustle and determination they showed in round 1 they are only going to go strength to strength, will they turn out to be the team to beat?

The Eagles head back to school this week as they soar out to the burbs to try snatch a victory out from under the Dragons on their home floor. Craigieburn started their season off with a bang last round against a returning Maccabi side, while Camberwell had a hard fight against the Warriors where they proved they are going to be one of those teams that never make any point easy.

Round 2 wins and losses are crucial does your team have what it takes?

Pakenham vs. Mildura Sat 7pm Cardinia Life
Southern Pen vs. North East Sat 7:30pm Hillview Stadium
Craigieburn vs. Sherbrooke Sat 8pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Wallan vs. Altona Sat 8pm RB Robson Stadium
Melton vs. Mildura Sun 12pm Melton Indoor Rec Centre
Altona vs. Coburg Sun 3pm Altona Sports Centre
Camberwell vs. Cragieburn Sun 3pm Balwyn High School

Division Two Women

An early Easter gift for the division this week, as no team has a double fixture in Round 2, meaning we should see teams putting all their eggs into a one match basket and five cracking games as a result.

Blackburn are back home again this week to try and open their account against Coburg. With two Blue Carpet nominees from the Giants in Round 1, it won’t be an easy task and the Vikings will need to bring their best defensive effort to stop Breonna O’Connor who is already making a statement to the competition.

Wallan greet their Home fans for the first time this week against the All Stars after their narrow road loss in Round 1. The Panthers are a solid rebounding team and are always tough to beat at home. Jade Bugg for Collingwood will be a player for the Panthers to stop on the back of her Week one Form. For Wallan, expect solid minutes again from Gemma Jackson.

Sherbrooke are on the bus again, this time to Mornington to meet a Breakers side very keen to improve on last week. The Suns are a real chance to get on the Winners column this week, after stretching Coburg in their first game and look to be a team to take notice of in this division. Rebecca Ross was in blistering form for the Suns last week. Meanwhile in Round 1 it looked like Mornington’s depth was tested, with bench scoring needing to vastly improve.

Both Melton and Craigieburn will be looking to go undefeated into Easter. Will the Conroy Convoy be motoring again this week? The Eagles have plenty of scoring options available and will need to see them emerging early to take the passionate home crowd at Melton out of it. Expect a close result.

The Bushrangers visit Melbourne Uni on Sunday aiming for a 3-0 perfect start. The Black Angels will need to fire early. A tardy half like last week could be punished quickly. If Chloe Storer makes the trip down, she will be one of the targets for Melb Uni and need to be kept away from the glass. Got any team news?

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Blackburn vs. Coburg Sat 6pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Wallan vs. Collingwood Sat 6pm R B Robson Stadium
Mornington vs. Sherbrooke Sat 6:30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Melton vs. Craigieburn Sat 7pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Melbourne Uni vs. North East Sun 1pm Melbourne University Sports Centre

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Round two tips off with Big V TV’s game of the week – Hawthorn vs Kilsyth. The regining premiers, Kilsyth, looked comfortable in round 1, with the usual suspects in Adnam and Dielemans leading them to a double digit victory over Blackburn. Hawthorn are looking to continue their great start to 2018, having defeating two strong teams in Bulleen and Keilor last week. A win here would prove that they are the real deal, and a true threat for the title.

After falling to Hawthorn in a nail biter last week, Keilor will be looking to bounce back against Eltham. The Wildcats were able to edge out Knox by 2 points in round one, and we can expect another close one here. Both these teams will be in the hunt for finals all season. Anonther team looking to get their first win of the season is the Melbourne Tigers, who had it handed to them by Dandenong first up. They come up against a flying Ringwood Hawks, who have knocked over the Spectres and Cougars back to back. Matt Hickey has started the season on fire for the Hawks, averaging 16.5ppg and 7.5rpg over the weekend. Like Melbourne, the Sherbrooke Suns felt the force of a star studded Dandenong unit in round 1, falling by 30 points to the Rangers. They meet a talented Sandringham group, led by Cameron Tayler, looking to remain undefeated in 2018.

The McKinnon Cougars had a hot and cold start to 2018, falling to Ringwood by 11 before showing some real fight and winning comfortably in Altona on Sunday. They’ll be looking to find some consistency moving forward. Their opponent, Knox, fell 2 points short of the Wildcats first up. Look for reigning All Star 5 guard Malik Munier to bounce back from a luckluster round 1.

Did anyone have a tougher first weekend than the Blackburn Vikings? Probably not. They faced Kilsyth on the Saturday and Sandringham on Sunday. Their oponent, Diamond Valley, didn’t have it much easier, taking on 2017 grand finalists the Nunawading Spectres. Diamond Valley fell by 10, with rebounding a true struggle. Both these teams will be hungry to taste victory. Likewise, Bulleen will be starving for a victory following a tight loss to Hawthorn. They come in to 2018 with a different team buildup, losing league MVP Joel Rimes, and have plenty to prove after a disapointing finals campaign. They have a chance to right the ship this week against the Altona Gators, who were disapointing against the McKinnon Cougars. If they’re any chance to win this weekend, they must shoot the ball better.

The Dandenong Rangers outscored their opposition by a combined 54 points in round 1, and this loaded team will look to continue their dominance against Knox. The Raiders, on the second end of a back to back, will need a huge effort to stem the scoring of a powerful Rangers unit. Another team Dandenong had the better of last week, Melbourne, will also contend with a two game weekend. They take on the Kilsyth Cobras, also on a back to back. The regining premiers will be keen to stamp their dominance on the competition, while the Tigers, as always, expect to be in the hunt for a championship.

Rounding out round 2 is the battle of light and dark, the Suns and the Spectres. Sherbrooke face a tough weekend, heading to Nunawading following a home battle with the Sabres. The Spectres split their first weekend, fallign to Ringwood in a scrap on the Sunday. They must get more out of their stars than they did in that loss.

Hawthorn vs Kilsyth Sat 5:30pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Eltham vs Keilor Sat 6:00pm Eltham High School
Melbourne vs Ringwood Sat 7:30pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Sherbrooke vs Sandringham Sat 8:00pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Knox vs McKinnon Sat 8:00pm State Basketball Centre
Diamond Valley vs Blackburn Sat 8:00pm Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
Bulleen vs Altona Sat 8:00pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Dandenong vs Knox Sun 2:00pm Eltham High School
Kilsyth vs Melbourne Sun 2:00pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Nunawading vs Sherbrooke Sun 2:30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Round one is in the books which means we’ve now had a chance to look at the entire competition hit the floor for season 2018. There’s no more initial surprises in terms of personnel and it’s now time to hit the ground running and pick up some early season form.

Melbourne and Ringwood both have form around each other last weekend, with the Hawks beating Waverley yet having that form franked with the Falcons knocking off Dandenong – the team Melbourne beat last weekend; so this one will be a good test as to who’s travelling the better in the early stages. The Hawks had some key additions last week in Annabel Deerbon and Mikaela Miller, both will be looking to slot right in.

Bendigo’s success should continue on the right path which a home game against Warrandyte on the cards. It’s a tough start for the Venom who have been thrown straight into the fire upon promotion. Diamond Valley will have an interesting weekend, yet have a great chance to start the year 3-0 with fixtures against Hume and Kilsyth. The Cobras could prove the toughest test, being the second part of a back-to-back. Amelia Smith is a huge returnee to the side, while look for Sharna Ayres to put in a better performance than last. The Snakes however are travelling back from Ballarat, with a contest set with the Rush on the cards Sat night. Taylah Black was a massive spark for the Cobras last week and could be someone we’re talking about regularly.

The Boomers will have their work cut out for them when Altona and Nunawading come knocking. If Liv Frost can whip out another 25+ point performance and be backed up by a couple of other key cogs, they’ll have no problem. However, both the Gators & Spectres come off disappointing results and they’ll be keen to turn the tables.

Hawthorn are the side that had everyone’s eyebrows raised after ripping through Bulleen in R1. Led by head coach Tom Maher, minutes were spread and contributions evenly the same – while Knox will want to be wary coming into Saturday night’s home game, the stage is set for a massive Sunday encounter against defending champs Sandringham. The Raiders back it up having to walk down the road to Dandenong in what’s assumed to be a tight, defensive tussle between two South-East teams.

Finally, Altona host Waverley at 1 on Sunday – results pending it could prove a very interesting Round 2 game to see where these two teams are trending.

Melbourne vs. Ringwood Sat 5:30pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Bendigo vs. Warrandyte Sat 6pm Bendigo Stadium
Diamond Valley vs. Hume City Sat 6pm DV Sports & Fitness Centre
Bulleen vs. Altona Sat 6pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Knox vs. Hawthorn Sat 6pm State Basketball Centre
Ballarat vs. Kilsyth Sat 7pm MARS Minerdome
Dandenong vs. Knox Sun 12pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Kilsyth vs. Diamond Valley Sun 12pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Nunawading vs. Bulleen Sun 12:30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Altona vs. Waverley Sun 1pm Altona Sports Centre
Hawthorn vs. Sandringham Sun 1pm Boroondara Sports Complex

Youth League One Men

Hume City was the team that unfortunately suffered most in round one, and it’s hard to say that they’ll be able to bounce back in round two. They’ve been dealt a tough fixture to open season 2018 up as Werribee await them on Sunday afternoon. Last years runners-up were comprehensive winners last week, and their form was franked as the Venom beat the Broncos the night prior. Could be an 0-3 start coming up.

Both Geelong and Coburg will be looking to redeem themselves from opening losses when the two teams mean at AWA on Saturday night. Tom Georgiadis has made his way to the Supercats and was solid off the bench in the opener, look for him to increase his minutes over the coming weeks.

Warrandyte travel to Bendigo in what could be an interesting road trip after the Braves come off that loss to Ballarat. Bendigo didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in that one and we should see an improved effort from them back on their home deck. Look for Sam Beks for a big performance.

Sunbury host Camberwell, before the Dragons are back at home for an early morning encounter with Waverley. The new look Dragons outfit this season could take some time to get used to, and will want to secure an early season win for confidence. They coughed up a 12-point lead last week and will be a better team for it going forward.

The Jets back up on the road at Corio Bay, the Stingrays seemingly starting from where they finished off last season. Despite no O’Leary, the ‘Rays found contributors starting with Cohen Blythe, while Aaron Ruiz and Dylan Connelly will be regulars this season. Look for Patrick Goodier to be an influence on the floor this season as well, was a +25 for Corio in their win last week.

Casey kicked their year off in style with a first up win in YL1M and will host Bendigo on the back-up in round two so will see themselves with every chance to start 2-0. Oyiti Amum looks to be a great addition (and a great story nonetheless, check out for the background) and will prove tough to defend at times. Luke Beard also looks a great punch off the bench as the Cavs will now seek some consistency going forward over the coming weeks.

Best of luck to all teams for the second round of Big V in season 2018!

Geelong vs. Coburg Sat 7pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Bendigo vs. Warrandyte Sat 8pm Bendigo Stadium
Sunbury vs. Camberwell Sat 8pm Boardman Stadium
Werribee vs. Ballarat Sat 8:30pm Eagle Stadium
Camberwell vs. Waverley Sun 11am Balwyn High School
Corio Bay vs. Sunbury Sun 12pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Hume City vs. Werribee Sun 1pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Casey vs. Bendigo Sun 1:30pm Casey Stadium

Youth League One Women

With so many great match ups in round 2 it will be hard to pick the game of the week, there are multiple games that could go right down to the wire.

Corio Bay have already had 2 games for the season and they would be pretty happy with their efforts so far, winning a double over-time and then backing it up at home on the Sunday. Will the long trip out to play Chelsea prove to be their undoing or can they prove they have what it takes to go all the way? I’m calling out Teagan Tatlock as the one to stop, if you can… Chelsea will need to change their game plan if they want to put a dent in the Stingrays plans, defence will need to be a priority as we all know Corio can score and score fast. Good luck Chelsea you have an extremely tough game ahead of you, just make sure you leave nothing in the tank.

Keilor get to be the very first Big V team to play on Geelong’s new home court down at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium. Geelong will want to capitalise on having home court advantage this week after Keilor showed they are going to show no mercy in 2018 after a very convincing win in round 1. Geelong also got it done last week over a tough Camberwell side, this game is set to be a ripper! If Keilor can stop Geelong’s starters from scoring and they can finish at the other end they definitely have a shot at stopping the Supercats and moving forward in their push for top of the table.

Sunbury have put their stamp on YL1W in 2018 with a spectacular effort in round 1, putting on a clinic in shooting and defence, they will be a threat to all teams in this division. Camberwell will need to be switched on for this game or the Jets will fly away with it, the Jets better not underestimate the Dragons though they proved to Big V in 2017 they are tougher than they look. If you get the chance to go out to this game make sure you get behind your girls as this one is going to be a nail biter.

Chelsea have to pull out something special on Sunday, they have a tough match up Saturday night and then they have to back it up on the road against a fresh Eagles side. Neither team got a win in round 1, Chelsea have the double chance to get a sneaky 2 wins this weekend but it can also go horribly wrong and they could end 0-3 by the end of round 2.

Eltham’s first game in YL1W didn’t go the way they wanted so round 2 they have the chance to redeem themselves at home and get that first win on the board, but it isn’t going to be easy as Geelong put the breaks on Camberwell’s run at a home win last week. Geelong do however have the double this week which could slow them down a bit on the Sunday, but this still can be anyones game as both teams match up extremely well.

In their second game for the round, Keilor welcome McKinnon who went down in a double over-time loss last week to Corio at home, maybe being on the road this week will help them get it done. If Keilor can’t stop Emma Crees from getting shots up they may be in some trouble, after an stand out performance last week she showed that the break has not been a bad one for her if anything it has been a great off season and she has come back better than ever!

What is your game of the week this week?

Chelsea vs. Corio Bay Sat 4pm Patterson River Stadium
Geelong vs. Keilor Sat 5pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Sunbury vs. Camberwell Sat 6pm Boardman Stadium
Craigieburn vs. Chelsea Sun 12pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Eltham vs. Geelong Sun 12:30pm Eltham High School
Keilor vs. McKinnon Sun 1:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Men

With round 1 firmly under our belts and half of the teams yet to get a win, lets hope that this week is their time to do so all before we take a nice short break for Easter.

One team hoping to reverse their round 1 efforts are the Energy. Suffering a 30 point loss in the opening round as a new team is not uncommon but what they don’t want to do is start making this a habit. We are a little worried though that round 2 may be following suit as they take on the Pakenham Warriors. This side was unlucky in their opening round, going down to other newbies the Blues by 8. They will be ensuring they don’t go 0 and 2 to start their 2018 campaign.

The Panthers are in their second season of Big V and we are unfortunately beginning to see that 2017 isn’t quite behind them. Round 1 hampered them with 2 losses to their name and as we look to their round 2 opponent, we get the feeling that this will soon be 3. They will be on the road to meet with the Gulls, a team full of multiple contributors. They will be a tough task to shut down, round 3 could not come sooner for the Panthers. The weekend doesn’t stop here for the Gulls however, heading across town on the Sunday to take on the Pacers. This will be the second game of the weekend for the Pacers also, and it will be a tough one at that. With the Gulls win last week and quite possibly 2 this weekend, they could be heading into the break with an early 3 wins to their name. Wouldn’t that be a nice way to start the season?

After a split weekend in round 1, the Cougars will be hoping to add to this in round 2. However, their opponent might have something to say about it. The All Stars won a game last week purely on 1 quarter, imagine what they could do in 4? Lets see if the Cougars can hold their own this week and give the All Stars a good run.

The Pacers Saturday night game sees them take on the Breakers, a team that suffered a loss in round 1 at the hands of Collingwood and a one quarter performance. For this reason, the Breakers will be ensuring that this doesn’t happen again and they will be getting their first win on the board. Lets hope this is the case for the Breakers on Saturday night as we don’t believe they will be so lucky on the Sunday. They will meet with the Maccabi Warriors, a team looking down the barrell of 3 wins to their name. This Maccabi side had an impressive 2017 and they are making sure they go above and beyond in 2018. We said that they will be the dark horse in this comp, and they are certainly living up to it. Watch out for Eden Tenenberg too, he will be lighting it up again.

The Thoroughbreds had an impressive start to their season, 2 wins and 2 incredible performances from Bol Bak. They take on the Steelers who are after their second win for the season but if Bol keeps up last weeks form, they will be tough to beat.

To round out round 2, the Eagles will be hoping they can make up for their 2 point loss with a convincing win over the Blues. This Blues side was not fazed by the new comp, taking a win over 2018 favourites. This will be an interesting battle between the two.

Craigieburn vs. Frankton Sat 6pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Chelsea vs. Wallan Sat 6pm Patterson River Stadium
Latrobe City vs. Pakenham Sat 7pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Mornington vs. Whittlesea Sat 8.30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Maccabi vs. Mornington Sun 1pm Bialik Stadium
Keysborough vs. Collingwood Sun 1pm Rowville Secondary College
Melton vs. Western Port Sun 2pm Melton Indoor Leisure Centre
Whittlesea vs. Chelsea Sun 2pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Five games highlight round two on the Youth League Two Women’s calendar and it all kicks off at 5pm out at Cardinia Life YMCA when then Warriors host the Blackburn Vikings. The Vikes were strong last week accounting for Werribee when Nikolina Sukurica posted 14 points and seven boards. Despite the team shooting just 27%FG, they forced the Devils to 36 turnovers and will again need that defensive intensity against Pakky this weekend. For the Warriors, 21%FG from the floor won’t win them many games and they were lucky enough to escape their season opener with a W thanks to some Ellie Coutts heroics. Three-point shooting will be key, with Pakky managing 1-23 3P last week, so it’s either getting great looks this week or minimising their quantity and getting better shots inside.

Southern Peninsula made light work of Sherbrooke in the opening half and Whittlesea will prove much tougher in round two. The Sharks will want to improve their rebounding efforts, with the Pacers a great rebounding team led by Hailey Wynd and Chloe Villiva. For Whittlesea, it’ll be not allowing another slow start to proceedings which will be the key.

The Suns host Casey at 6pm on Saturday night with the Cavs packed with a host of offensive weapons which could prove too much for the home side. With the Suns managing just 36 points last week, the team took just five three-point attempts for the game, a number which is alarmingly low in terms of competition average. Despite not hitting any of them, look for that number to increase as they look to increase the tempo. For the Cavs, they managed 21 steals in round one, which helped them get out in transition and also get to the free throw line.

Mornington travels to Werribee with the Breakers coming off a big loss. Going to the line just eight times (and shooting at 25%FT) isn’t a great recipe for success and will have certainly been spoken about throughout the week at Mornington. The other big factor was rebounding – the Breakers allowed 32 offensive rebounds last week and that number will want to diminish quickly!

Finally, Western Port host Frankston in a game that could potentially be pretty tight down the stretch. The Steelers were boosted by performances out of Brittney Suarjaya and Myra Wood last week, while the unlucky Blues were paced by Kassie Boorer’s double double. While these girls may lead the way once again, don’t be surprised to see a handful of others step up to the plate to see their side over the line.

Looking forward to another great weekend of Big V action, believe there will be a couple of surprise results on the cards!

Pakenham vs. Blackburn Sat 5pm Cardinia Life
Southern Peninsula vs. Whittlesea Sat 5:30pm Hillview Stadium
Sherbrooke vs. Casey Sat 6pm Belgrave Christian Heights School
Werribee vs. Mornington Sat 6:30pm Eagle Stadium
Western Port vs. Frankston Sun 3:30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

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