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
SCM resumes this weekend with the Wildcats looking to bounce back at home against Corio Bay. While both sides are sitting at 1-1 after the first fortnight, the ‘Cats are looking like championship contenders in 2018 and should take care of business at home in this one.
McKinnon and Ringwood will clash in the game of the round, with two undefeated sides headed for the top four giving fans a very early taste of the post-season. The Cougars seem to have ironed out their kinks of 2017 and are playing great basketball behind reigning Player of the Month Dillon Stith, but the Hawks will provide a stern test of their credentials. Could be a thriller.
New boys Blackburn will take on Casey at home, with the Cavs looking solid as always again in 2018 so far. The Vikings have been impressive as well, despite being unable to clinch a win so far, and will certainly test sides over the course of the campaign. This one could go down to the wire, with the visitors starting slight favourites.
Winless Knox will be hoping for a change in fortune when they tackle Waverley. Despite the Raiders sitting on a duck egg after two rounds, a win here could see them suddenly draw level with the Falcons and a host of other sides in a mid-table jam. They simply must show something at home and a bounce back against a top four contender could be the way to kick-start their season.
Werribee will look to consolidate their spot in the top half of the table when they host Hume City. The Broncos are winless to date and have been disappointing, with Mike Rose needing a hand at the offensive end if they are to turn their form around. The Devils have to win games at home if they want to be in the finals race, and this is certainly no exception.
Ringwood will back up at home on Sunday, welcoming Hawthorn to the Rings. The Magic have been solid in the first two weeks but are going to need to take it up a gear or two here to compete with the reigning champs. With the Hawks coming off what will likely be a tough match the night before, it opens the door for the visitors to be competitive and stay in touch throughout the contest.
Hume City will tackle Blackburn with both sides still potentially searching for their breakthrough win of 2018 in this one. Expect a game full of intensity and desperation that could well stay within a few baskets either way for the entire afternoon. The Broncos have home court but have been so poor that the Vikes deserve favouritism.
Keilor will look to continue their dream start to the season when they welcome McKinnon in a top-of-the-table clash. The Thunder have been superb so far, with a grinding victory at Eltham showing plenty of promise. The Cougars are coming off a tough night against Ringwood here, so the smell of another upset will be in the air.
Eltham vs Corio Bay Sat 8pm Eltham High School
McKinnon vs Ringwood Sat 8pm GESAC
Blackburn vs Casey Sat 8pm Knox Basketball Centre
Knox vs Waverley Sat 8pm State Basketball Centre
Werribee vs Hume City Sat 8:30pm Eagle Stadium
Ringwood vs Hawthorn Sun 2pm The Rings
Hume City vs Blackburn Sun 3pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Keilor vs McKinnon Sun 3:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
State Championship Women
A win apiece over the first two rounds sets this game up perfectly as Sth Peninsula and Keilor look to take a spot in the upper half of the ladder. Erin Bollmann has already proven to be a force for the Thunder and looks like being a stats sheet stuffer this season, while for the Sharks there is a lot to like about the team’s energy and raw speed. On both sides there is plenty of quality youngsters, which will make for an up‐tempo game. Expect a close result where any prolonged lapse will prove costly.
Sunbury suffered a rare loss last time out so watching on to see how they bounce back will be interesting. With the Boomers expecting to roll out with Sarah Booth, last season’s GF match-°©‐up will be a hot contest. Both teams and coaches know each other very well, so there won’t be any hidden surprises. Sunbury will be minus Josie Stockill, but watching Elyse Penaluna finding her feet is a warning sign for everyone. Quality clash on the way.
McKinnon has already shown two sides to their game, one very good and one not so good. Ariel Thomas is expected to return, which will be an enormous boost for the Cougars, especially with Ringwood’s two imports starting to find their feet. The Hawks have undergone some big changes in recent years and a new crop is coming through, which is an exciting step. Amanda Meinking has been a power on the boards and will need to be stopped here, while Saraid Taylor will be looking to assert her authority. Hawks will start favourites, but don’t be surprised by an upset with the Cougars on their home deck.
Another fantastic match‐up with the Raiders the only team with an unblemished record after two rounds. As is always expected from Knox, their never‐say‐die attitude continues to be a driving force, you literally can never write them off no matter what the scoreboard says. Waverley should be at full strength and have a great unit that looks to be a contender this season. Though early days, we’re about to find out a fair bit about both teams.
It’s a full slate on Saturday and greeting us at the end of a busy night will be Hume City and Eltham for the late game. Like five other teams, these two have split their opening two games and have shown enough to suggest this will be a close contest. The Wildcats will be missing Alice Kunek (at the Commonwealth Games)., obviously a key leader who can’t be replaced, so a team effort will be needed by the visitors if they hope to get this one. For the Broncos, a win last time out against the mighty Jets suggests we’re once again looking at a genuine title threat if they can consistently deliver their best.
Sth Peninsula vs Keilor Sat 5:30pm Hillview Stadium
Sunbury vs Bulleen Sat 6pm Boardman Stadium
McKinnon vs Ringwood Sat 6pm GESAC
Knox vs Waverley Sat 6pm State Basketball Centre
Hume City vs Eltham Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Division One Men
The first of a whopping 10 games in R3. Collingwood have looked good so far and will fancy their chances against the 0-2 Pacers. Manny Hendrix has already shown his class and will be the key in this game, while if Whittlesea can start landing some shots they will give themselves a chance.
It hasn’t been a good start for the Jets and based on what we have seen so far you can’t see anything but another win for the 3-0 Gators. It’s been a solid opening couple of weeks for Shepparton and another win here will ensure they stay up the front end.
It’s actually hard to believe the Energy sit without a win from three games, but they will be prepped and ready for this one against Western Port. This game looms as a 50-50 contest, any lapse will be punished and consistency across four quarters will be crucial. Look out for some showstoppers from the imports.
Keysie are up and about with two wins, but this looks a tougher test against the 3-0 Gulls. With Standerfer, Brasser and Frost all in top form, finding a way to limit at least one will be top of mind for the Cougars. Do that and they might stand a chance.
We are yet to see Melbourne Uni in full flight, but with their prominent import set to star we should soon start to see the Black Angels delivering some wins. Will it start here against the young Supercats?
Bulleen’s win against Warrnambool was super impressive and they won’t take a backward step here against Chelsea. Good game on the cards – can the Gulls back it up after Keysie the night before?
Shepparton returns home to welcome Whittlesea and based on what we have seen so far the early tip here is another win for the Gators, but don’t sleep on the Pacers, they are due a good outing.
Always a great clash, but one team (Warrnambool) is filled with experience and the other is young and developing. Hard to see Geelong toppling Warrnambool, but you never know.
Warrandyte has looked sharp so far and look set to keep surprising the doubters out there. With Sprewell in uniform you have to like Warrandyte’s chances on their home deck.
A super busy weekend ends with Western Port back at home, this time to face Keysborough. Both teams are backing up and depending on what happens the previous night we are set to see an intense battle. Expect a nailbiter!
Collingwood vs Whittlesea Fri 6:30pm Collingwood College
Sunbury vs Shepparton Sat 8pm Boardman Stadium
Latrobe City vs Western Port Sat 8pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Keysborough vs Chelsea Sat 8pm Rowville Secondary College
Melbourne Uni vs Geelong Sat 8:30pm Melbourne University Sports Centre
Chelsea vs Bulleen Sun 1pm Patterson River Stadium
Shepparton vs Whittlesea Sun 1pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Geelong vs Warrnambool Sun 2pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Warrandyte vs Melbourne Uni Sun 2pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Western Port vs Keysborough Sun 3:30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Division One Women
There’s no doubt that the Casey Cavaliers will still be on a high after their 1 point victory over the Mermaids in round 2 and they will be heading into their round 3 clash against the Devils with a whole lot of confidence. This Cavs side is one of the very few side left undefeated and we expect this to remain at weekends end. They have a deep roster and plenty of fire power, more than the Devils will be able to cope with. We expect the Devils to be competitive as they were against the Dragons last week but unfortunately we don’t see them taking the cake.
The Mermaids will be looking to jump back on the winning wagon and there is every chance that they will be quick to it when they are faced with two potential wins this weekend. It’s fair to say that the Devils have been dealt a tough card, this being the first of their two game weekend. They are going to have to work hard on the defensive end with duo Wormald and Mckinnon being a powerful force.
It is an early start on the Sunday for the Mermaids, on the road to take on the Supercats. This side hasn’t had the best of starts to the 2018 season but we don’t expect this to become a lasting trend. They have an experienced group of players and once they get going, they will become another team to stop.
Two teams yet to get a win on the board will come face to face in an attempt to join the winning tally. The Energy and the Steelers have had a tough road to begin with, both taking on some extremely strong sides. In saying this, without seeing how both teams perform against teams on the same level as them, it is really hard to tell just which one is most like to come away with the win.
The Venom may have a new addition to their side this weekend, one hoping to make an impact early. But can this person be the difference between a win and a loss? It’s going to be a hard task considering their opponent. The Dragons have had an impressive start to the season, another team still undefeated. Tahlia Higgs has been the main contributor in their last 2 matches and will be the focus for the Venom. We look forward to seeing the improvement from the Venom, if all things go to plan that is.
There has been another team that has had an impressive start to the season, that team being the Mildura Heat. Three games down and they have already locked in three wins. This weekend it’s the Pacers who have the big trip and let’s just say, it is going to be a longer trip home. They may have a win on the board themselves, but they will be no match for this Mildura side. There is too much fire power coming from Gassion and Power for them to be able to contend with.
Rounding out round 3 this weekend is the clash between the Magic and the Gulls. The Magic were lucky to come away with their win in round 2, just getting over the line by a point. They will be going into this game as the underdogs, underdogs still with the chance of getting the W. The Gulls have the two wins to their name giving them the advantage in this match but we know this side isn’t the side that won the championship last year and this is the downside for them.
Latrobe City vs. Western Port Sat 6pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Mildura vs. Whittlesea Sat 6pm Toyota Hothouse
Werribee vs. Warrnambool Sat 6.30pm Eagle Stadium
Warrandyte vs. Camberwell Sat 7pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Geelong vs. Warrnambool Sun 12pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Hawthorn vs. Chelsea Sun 3pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Casey vs. Werribee Sun 3.30pm Casey Stadium
Division Two Men
With Easter done for another year, hopefully all that chocolate doesn’t slow you down as the race for ladder positions ramps back up with a massive weekend of basketball for D2M.
The Bushies are still searching for their first win in 2018, they will have to pull something special out of the bag as they open their doors to a strong Warriors line up. Hopefully over the break North East have reviewed and are ready to come out firing because if they aren’t careful Pakenham, will run away with it if given the opportunity.
Melton 0-2 will be heading into dangerous waters this round as they have the task of sinking the Sharks who are 2-0, if Southern Pen want to stay with the leaders this is a must win game, mind you some would say they all are. Melton have shown promise and were so close to claiming a big win last round against they always solid Heat. Don’t count Melton out they will keep coming until that final siren.
Sherbrooke have had an interesting break, and will have to push even harder to get back to the top and this week isn’t going to be easy, Camberwell have been the quiet achievers so far not making waves but getting the wins on the board, it seems Kevin Anstey is finding his form each game which is only going to make the Dragons even more deadly.
Coburg who have had a dream run so far being the only team to go into the Easter break 3-0, these wins haven’t been easy and they have a tough weekend ahead of them, they could finish the round 3-2 or best case for them 5-0. Craigieburn need to be smart here, if they can’t stop the high scoring Giants they will find themselves in trouble very quickly.
Maccabi head into the country side this round to try put out the Heat in what can be an extremely Hothouse, it’s always a tough gig in Mildura as their loyal fans always fill the stands and get right behind their teams showing oppositions the meaning of home court advantage!
Both teams are yet to get a W on the board, unless Melton get over SP Saturday night, and if that’s the case they will be coming into this game with a new found energy. Altona have been so close and so far away from the victory table. This game is going to be a good match up for both Melton and Altona.
Going from two teams who are yet to get a win to two teams on the opposite side of that equation neither have left the victory table in 2018, but that is about to change as we all know there can only be 1 winner. Coburg have shown they mean business getting 3 good wins without a full line up, they look to have the return of Paris Dickson in round 3 but their import
Michael Fortune is still sidelined with injury, while Wallan’s import Kojo Afari is still in question to whether or not he will play due to an injury he sustained. This is going to be my match of the round, both teams have what it takes!
Closing out round 3 the Warriors get set to defend The Coliseum in their second battle for the round, Sherbrooke also backing it up this round will be thanking their stars if they can get out of there alive and with the W. Pakenham do have the trip out to North East the night before so lets hope the stress of the travel doesn’t hurt them. Let the battle begin!
North East vs. Pakenham Sat 5pm Wangaratta Indoor Sports Centre
Southern Pen vs. Melton Sat 7:30pm Hillview Stadium
Sherbrooke vs. Camberwell Sat 8pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Craigieburn vs. Coburg Sat 8pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Mildura vs. Maccabi Sat 8pm Toyota Hothouse
Melton vs. Altona Sun 2pm Melton Indoor Rec Centre
Coburg vs. Wallan Sun 3pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Pakenham vs. Sherbrooke Sun 5pm Cardinia Life
Division Two Women
The Easter break now behind us, it’s time to bounce into Round 3, with the next batch of games to take us through to the Queen’s Birthday break.
A key highlight of the round will be witnessing Eagles captain Kellie Bailey-Lynn lead her team out on the floor in front of an expected full house at Craigieburn for not only their first home game of the season but also Kellie’s milestone 350th game. You can read more about Kellie’s amazing story here. Congrats Kellie! Out to try and spoil the party of course will be their opponents the Mornington Breakers. They’ll take some confidence from their last round victory over the Suns, but overcoming the emotion of the occasion to take the crowd out of it in this match will be a major factor. Craigieburn are also starting to gel after accounting for Melton last round.
Coburg need to get back on the winners list this weekend and have a short road trip to Tin Alley to face the Black Angels. Stopping Melbourne Uni’s inside game will be vital to the Giants’ prospects, who had a 45% success rate from the field in Round 3 against the Bushrangers. Coburg have the ability, they just need to get a solid start as they’ve had to play catch up in a couple of games so far this season.
On Super Sunday, it will be about how bleeds teal more as the Panthers visit Coburg. After putting Collingwood to the sword early last time, Wallan also have a solid roster around Emmie O’Nial who the Giants will need to shut down.
The Panthers too will have to find a way to limit Breonna O’Connor’s points production as well. Expect a quality encounter.
Mornington will line up at home against Melton, who will want to improve on their Round 3 result. The Thoroughbreds aren’t back playing at home for a couple of weeks, so road wins will start to become important. Last week might well have been a minor setback, but they won’t want too many of those in a tight competition.
The same might be said for the All Stars who will want to put their game against Wallan behind them as they host North East. The Bushrangers have been extremely competitive in all their matches and if they bring that ethic again to Collingwood, the home side might experience some real problems to overcome.
The Vikings will be buoyed by their last round win over Coburg and Sherbrooke will need to be on message early to restrict the impact of the Zennaros who were key players in their last game. The Suns have showed some signs in their early fixtures to suggest a win might not be far away and it’s not a huge road trip to manage either. Vikings beware!
Craigieburn vs. Mornington Sat 6pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Melbourne Uni vs. Coburg Sat 6:30pm Melbourne Uni Sports Centre
Coburg vs. Wallan Sun 1pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Mornington vs. Melton Sun 2pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Collingwood vs. North East Sun 3pm Collingwood College
Blackburn vs. Sherbrooke Sun 3pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Two heavyweights of the competition get round three started, with the undefeated Kilsyth making the trip to Sandringham. The Sabres are coming off a tight loss to the Suns, and they’ll be looking to bounce back. This battle will feature Cameron Taylor up against Mitch Dielemans (Player of the Month for March), the two in-form players of the competition.
Blackburn have had an incredibly tough start to 2018, taking on Kilsyth, Sandy and DV. They’re itching to pick up a victory, but it won’t get much easier with a talented Bulleen in town. The Boomers bounced back from a 2 point loss in Rd 1 against Hawthorn, defeating Altona by double digits a week later. The Knox Raiders are looking like a competitive team this season, with both their losses tight ones to quality opposition. Sherbrooke are looking equally competitive, and this will be a great measuring stick for both teams.
The Eltham Wildcats have started the season perfectly behind Coach of the Month Greg Jeffers. They face an intriguing Rangers lineup. Will we see some of their young stars play? That may change week to week. Meanwhile, Hawthorn are looking great to start the season, only losing to the reigning premiers in Kilsyth. They face a tough Ringwood Hawks team that are also 2-1.
Altona will be desperate for a win this week, as they’ve struggled to put the ball in the basket to open this campaign. Their opponent, the Eagles, currently sit at 1-1, led by Dylan Dunstan. The Keilor Thunder are finding life in Molten VYCM tough early, and it doesn’t get any easier against the Tigers. For Melbourne, Daniel Kinkela has been in great early season form.
This round is loaded with tough back to back, and depth may be tested. Dandenong will need some new names to step up and perform for this to be a successful weekend. Hawthorn will have to make sure they have enough in the tank to take on Altona on the Sunday, as their focus may be practiced on The Rings.
Keilor’s initiation into the competition won’t get any easier, as the in form Cougars make the trip across Melbourne. The Raiders, meanwhile, have a chance to put their season on the right track, with a great opportunity to sweep their back to back.
The weekend is going to be a great test for the Sherbrooke Suns. They’ve faced three tough teams, and currently sit at 1-2. If they can get the chocolates over Knox and Diamond Valley, they prove to be a true competitor in 2018. Finally, the round wraps up at the Kilsyth Sports Centre, where the Cobras host Eltham. There’s a strong chance both these teams will still be undefeated at this point, and Eltham will be itching to prove they are legitimate title contenders. The 2017 champs will love the challenge, and we’re sure to see a competitive tussle.
Sandringham vs Kilsyth Sat 3:00pm Nunn Media Basketball Centre
Blackburn vs Bulleen Sat 6:00pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs Knox Sat 6:00pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Eltham vs Dandenong Sat 6:00pm Eltham High School
Ringwood vs Hawthorn Sat 6:00pm The Rings
Altona vs Diamond Valley Sat 7:00pm Altona Sports Centre
Melbourne vs Keilor Sat 7:30pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Dandenong vs Ringwood Sun 12:00pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Hawthorn vs Altona Sun 1:00pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Keilor vs McKinnon Sun 1:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Knox vs Blackburn Sun 2:00pm State Basketball Centre
Diamond Valley vs Sherbrooke Sun 2:00pm Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
Kilsyth vs Eltham Sun 2:00pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Welcome back to Big V Basketball after a (potentially for some) deserved week off! Hopefully our Molten VYCW didn’t get into their Easter goodies quite yet (or at least too many of them) as there’s some important fixtures in Round Three no matter where you look.
Kilsyth have shown in the opening fortnight that they have retooled from season 2017 and are no pushovers in #BIGV18. They have what is arguably their toughest opponent so far in the Sabres when Sandringham await at home. Taylah Black has been a big boost for the Snakes and, without knowing, they’ll hoping the squad stays in tact once their senior team’s (SEABL) season tips off. The Cobras back it up at home on Sunday against the Boomers, in what currently looks to be a one-sided affair; we’ve been wrong before though.
Nunawading face an unusual scenario in their terms having been such a strong starting team in years past. At 1- 1, an important double header against Ballarat and Knox puts them in a position to go one way or another. Sarah Slater was very good a fortnight ago, however the Rush/Raiders combination will prove troubling if the Spectres don’t bring their best.
Speaking of best, Diamond Valley are the form team of the competition after two rounds and will once again look to storm out of the blocks against both Altona and Bendigo. In similar circumstances to Kilsyth, the coaching squad will hoping to keep some key contributors season long and not lost to SEABL. If that is to be the case though, banking wins early on become super important.
The Melbourne Tigers have once again started the season on the right note and are undefeated at this stage, with thanks to a miracle heave at that! The Falcons come knocking at 5:30pm on Saturday and could prove quite testy if Melbourne roll up unprepared.
An interesting match-up awaits when the 0-2 Dandenong Rangers tackle the 1-1 Ringwood Hawks. Both sides will more than likely have much better records at seasons end, however a loss here for either side will put a dent early on in the year – more so the Rangers who are yet to record a victory. The Hawks back-up on Sunday against the improving Magic who have had a couple of handy additions over the off-season, none more so than their head coach who will be ready to switch this team on. Dandenong on the other hand travel to Ballarat for what could be a must win clash so early on in the season depending on prior results!!
Sandringham vs. Kilsyth Sat 1pm Nunn Media Basketball Centre
Nunawading vs. Ballarat Sat 4:30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Altona vs. Diamond Valley Sat 5pm Altona Sports Centre
Melbourne vs. Waverley Sat 5:30pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Hume City vs. Warrandyte Sat 6pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Dandenong vs. Ringwood Sat 6pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Diamond Valley vs. Bendigo Sun 12pm DV Sports and Fitness Centre
Kilsyth vs. Bulleen Sun 12pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Ballarat vs. Dandenong Sun 12pm MARS Minerdome
Knox vs. Nunawading Sun 12pm State Basketball Centre
Ringwood vs. Hawthorn Sun 12pm The Rings
Youth League One Men
Easter has come and gone and it’s time to rally back onto the basketball scene, with eight games on the weekend menu hopefully with no bunnies running around!
Sunbury and Ballarat kick off Round 3 and boy haven’t the Jets got off to a flyer; wrapping up their first three games, the latest a win on the road to the Stingrays. The Miners will prove a stringent opposition, however if the home side come prepared you’d expect to see the Jets at the top of the standings at 4-0.
Casey travel to Coburg having won their first two games since promotion. Hunter Marks was outstanding last round and will continue to put his hand up for senior selection and more minutes. For the Giants, Daniel Butera has staked his claims as the number one option, but will have an eye on improving his clip from downtown. The Giants back up on the road at Broadmeadows where the Broncos await, looking to register their first win of the season. Look for Aleksandar Milivojevic to step up at home.
The West side have local derbies everywhere you look this weekend as both Corio Bay and Geelong have the tough task of trying to slow down Werribee. Speaking of, if there’s one week early on this season where the Devils may lack mentally, it’s this weekend having to rev themselves up for both of these ones! Big games will be required from Aaron Ruiz, Cohen Blythe as well as Josiah King and Josh Hindle if one of these (or both) are to knock off the Devils.
Ballarat return home from Boardman to greet a Camberwell side who are looking to find their identity in season 2018. A little bit of turnover has seen them fade out of games early on this season and the Dragons will be looking to rectify that in Round Three.
Finally, Bendigo make the trip down to the Waverley Basketball Centre, where the Falcons have looked immense thus far this season. The combination of Nathan Molloy, Andy Noller and Cody Fredrickson have been unbeatable in the team’s opening couple of games.
There’s plenty of opportunities to see some interesting results in Round Three – the question remains, will it be you?
Sunbury vs. Ballarat Sat 4pm Boardman Stadium
Coburg vs. Casey Sat 6:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Corio Bay vs. Werribee Sat 7pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Warrandyte vs. Corio Bay Sun 12pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Hume City vs. Coburg Sun 1pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Werribee vs. Geelong Sun 2pm Eagle Stadium
Ballarat vs. Camberwell Sun 2pm MARS Minerdome
Waverley vs. Bendigo Sun 2pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Youth League One Women
I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break and are ready to get back to work, round 3 is here and the divide between top and bottom is starting to show, so make sure your team doesn’t get left behind.
Kicking off round 3 Geelong will be hosting Sunbury as a curtain raiser at the Geelong Arena. The Jets have made the transition to YL1W look easy winning their first two matches comfortably, while Geelong have had an extra game, they sit second on the ladder with a 2-1 record only going down to the undefeated Keilor Thunder by 18 points. Carly Sanders was a machine for the Supercats against Keilor both offensively and defensively, her team will need her to stand up and put on a clinic again here if they want to stop the fast paced, high scoring Jets, who have multiple scorers and strength from their bench players which is what is making them so deadly.
McKinnon have had a mixed start to 2018 leading into Easter 1-1, while Camberwell are sitting equal last and yet to get a win on the board. The Dragons have struggled in their first couple matches, they really need to get more points on the board if they want to stay with the rest of the teams. Camberwell if you want a chance at winning this game you have to work out how to stop Emma Crees who will be McKinnon’s go to as per previous matches, so far she has proved no matter what team you are, no matter how hard you try, she is going to get points on the board!
Eltham hit the highway to hopefully get their first win of the season against one of the toughest teams in the competition, Corio Bay. The Stingrays started 2017 going from strength to strength and it seems they are starting 2018 in the same fashion, they are the highest points scorers so far, many thanks to Teagan Tatlock who is averaging 30.33PPG. If the Wildcats stop her from getting baskets they will put a massive dent in the Stingrays scoring which would really open up the game for them to steal a sneaky win out from under them on their home court.
From one end of the ladder to the other we go this match where Keilor 3-0 lure in Gulls 0-3. Chelsea haven’t had the start they were hoping for, but there is no time to dwell they need to get that win on the board and why not start with the top team and to add insult why not do it on their floor. The Thunder have rolled through their first 3 games easily, winning by 18 or more in each match, Chelsea you better bring you’re a game and some if you want to get out of this storm.
The Dragons head home on Sunday after a battle on Saturday night to host the Eagles, in what should be an evenly matched game, Craigieburn have the advantage going into this game fresh from the break, but depending on how Camberwell went Saturday night they might be bruised and battered or living off the high of a win. This game can definitely go either way, so if you are in the area on Sunday get out to cheer on your side!
Geelong vs. Sunbury Sat 3pm Geelong Arena
McKinnon vs. Camberwell Sat 4pm GESAC
Corio Bay vs. Eltham Sat 5pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Keilor vs. Chelsea Sat 7:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Camberwell vs. Craigieburn Sun 12pm Balwyn High School
Youth League Two Men
It looks as though the All Stars will keep their undefeated streak intact and go 4 and 0 at weekends end. Their up against the Pacers in our first Friday night of the season and back at their real home court, Collingwood College. The Pacers got their first win on the board in round 2 but unfortunately for them, round 3 brings about not only one tough opponent but two.
In the All Stars second game, they are back at home again to meet with the Panthers. We may only be two rounds in but the Panthers are already struggling with 3 losses to their name. This game against the All Stars will be their second game for the weekend and we don’t see them taking this win home but their Saturday night clash might be a different story.
Off the back of one tough game, the Pacers move onto another on the Saturday, heading home to take on the Thoroughbreds. This side has become accustomed to high scoring games, Bol Bak being a major contributor to this already averaging 35.5ppg, 10.5rpg and 4apg. This is one guy the Pacers should be looking at stopping, that’s if they can.
Onto their second game for the weekend, the Thoroughbreds host the Blues. After suffering a 31 point loss in round 2, the Blues will be looking forward to the next challenge. And unfortunately we don’t see them overcoming this one. This Melton side is leading the way at this point and are an experienced side at this level.
We mentioned that the Panthers may be up for their first win of the season this Saturday night, they take on another winless team in the Energy. As is always the case, their can only be one winner and with these two teams being the last remaining sides to not get a win on the board, one will be left waiting until the next time they meet for a chance to redeem themselves.
One game that we are hoping will be a close affair is the clash between Pakenham and Maccabi. Pakky have had a slow start to the season even after the hype that surrounded them in the off-season. The break has surely allowed the team to regroup in order to get off on the right foot from round 3 onwards. Fellow Warriors Maccabi have had some close matches and sit with a record of 2 and 1. We look forward to watching what Tenenberg, Shamis and Belton come out with.
The Cougars are going to be tested this weekend when they take on both the Gulls and the Steelers. This side had a good start to the season but had their first fall in round 2 against the All Stars. Could this have been the start of their downfall? The Gulls sit alongside the Cougars with 2 wins and 1 loss to their name but this Gulls side have been a big part of this comp for a few years now and we don’t seem them having a falling out this season.
As for the Steelers, they have had a tough start to the season already coming up against two very strong sides. With only the one win to their name, they will be hoping to make it two this weekend. They have some great contributors to the scoreboard that will keep them in good stead for this match.
To round out round 3, the Eagles and the Breakers come head to head. The Eagles have split their season so far but will be hoping to continue their round 2 form this weekend. It’s 3 games down, 2 wins and 1 loss for the Breakers in season 2018 and they look like they are back into some form.
Collingwood vs. Whittlesea Fri 8.30pm Collingwood College
Craigieburn vs. Mornington Sat 4pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Wallan vs. Latrobe City Sat 6pm RB Robson Stadium
Keysborough vs. Chelsea Sat 6pm Rowville Secondary College
Whittlesea vs. Melton Sat 8.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Melton vs. Frankston Sun 12pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Collingwood vs. Wallan Sun 1pm Collingwood College
Western Port vs. Keysborough Sun 1.30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Pakenham vs. Maccabi Sun 3pm Cardinia Life
Youth League Two Women
Round Three packs a bit of a punch, however hopefully for the players it’s not a chocolate post-Easter punch. The girls have had another week on the track and will be geared up and ready for action after what’s nearly a fortnight off from game time.
The round tips-off with Frankston making the tip to Mill Park for a fixture with the Pacers. Whittlesea haven’t started the season off as they would have hoped, however are certainly seeing some development come through the ranks despite the results. Hailey Wynd and Indiana Bodley are two that certainly stand out, getting solid minutes into the pair. Frankston’s return has yet to hit its strides but a win and a close loss is putting them in the right direction.
Southern Peninsula are two from two and a date down at Mornington awaits. The Breakers currently sit at zero from two and it could be easy to judge this fixture just off those stats alone. However, the Sharks close result against Whittlesea in round one shapes up as what we may see here. The Breakers will be keen to get off the mark in season 2018 as well, so don’t doubt for long that this one will go the distance!
Pakenham host Western Port, where the Warriors escaped Frankston in Round One, whereas the Steelers weren’t as fortunate in Round Two. With the game being held at The Colosseum, the Warriors will go in favourites, however the game won’t have ended before Brittney Suarjaya has her say about the result!
Sherbrooke travel to Knox to tackle the Vikings; expecting a revitalised performance out of the Suns after their drubbing pre-Easter. While the result may swing one way, both coaches will be looking for improved performances from week’s past.
Finally, Casey host Werribee where the both sides have had bright sparks to open the season. The Cavs are 2-0, however must not get ahead of themselves in the meantime. Lauren Tuplin has been locked in for the opening two games, and has plenty of help around her. The Devils will rely on Taylah Lea and potentially Charlotte- Vincent Lord if she’s playing Youth League this weekend. Should be a cracker!
Whittlesea vs. Frankston Sat 6:30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Mornington vs. Southern Peninsula Sun 12pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Pakenham vs. Western Port Sun 1pm Cardinia Life
Blackburn vs. Sherbrooke Sun 1pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Casey vs. Werribee Sun 1:30pm Casey Stadium