Round 5 Previews

Another weekend of hoops ready to bounce, who will take W’s this time out?

Championship Men
Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women

Championship Men

A relatively short round five of the Championship Men’s league is set to tip off with seventh placed Corio Bay hosting the winless Blackburn. Both sides have struggled this season, with Corio Bay only picking up their first win in their last game against Werribee, who now sit below them in the table. Blackburn have lost every game except one by double digits. That one game was a heartbreaking one-point loss to Werribee. Both sides have standout players on the offensive end, with Joseph Reid Junior averaging 25.4 points and 9.6 rebounds through the opening five games. For Blackburn, Jack Heath has averaged 21.0 points and 6.8 assists to start the year off, but is in need of more help from his teammates in order to get the Vikings their first win.

The undefeated McKinnon Cougars will travel to face Hume City looking to move to a 6-0 start. After starting their year with a hard fought three-point win over Keilor, the Cougars have won their last four games by at least 19 points. Hume City currently sit in fifth, right in the middle of the table. Their three wins have all come against teams below them and their losses against teams above. Jordan Coleman has had an excellent start to the year for the Broncos, averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. While for the Cougars, their hot start has come off the back of consistent performances by Dillon Stith and Eric Williams, who are averaging 23.4 and 22.8 points per game respectively. Based on McKinnon’s form, it would be hard to see them not continuing their winning ways with a victory this weekend.

Casey will play host to Hawthorn in a big clash between the second and third placed sides. Both sides have started the year 4-1, setting up this weekend’s match as the victor will move a game clear of the loser. Hawthorn’s first loss came at the hands of the top side McKinnon in the last round, while Casey lost to the Cougars in their second game of the season. Raheem Lemons has been a standout for Casey so far this season with an average of 23.6 points per game and 11.2 rebounds. The scoring for Hawthorn has been evenly spread so far, with four players averaging between 17 and 19 points a game. If Hawthorn are able to slow down the impact of Lemons, that will go a long way to getting this crucial win, however, regardless of who does the scoring this game is set up to be a close one.

The final match of the fifth round is between Keilor and Chelsea, two mid-table teams that have struggled to get any momentum this season so far. Keilor have shown promise having lost close games against both Hawthorn and McKinnon. Chelsea on the other hand have lost three of their first four games this season. Mitchell Riggs and Matthew Brasser have led the way for the Gulls averaging 25.5 and 24.5 points per game respectively. Meanwhile, Michael Anderson has been Keilor’s best averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds a game while shooting over 50% from both the field and behind the three-point line.

Corio Bay vs Blackburn                                               Sat 7pm                       Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Hume City vs McKinnon                                             Sat 8pm                       Braodmeadows Basketball Stadium

Casey vs Hawthorn                                                     Sat 8pm                       Casey Stadium

Keilor vs Chelsea                                                         Sun 3pm                      Keilor Basketball Stadium

Championship Women

Round five in the Championship Women’s competition gets underway with the match between Southern Peninsula and Sunbury. Both sides sit roughly in the middle of the table, having two losses each. Southern have been inconsistent at best with double digits wins and losses in the opening four games. Karen Duever and Geralynn Leaupepe have been leading the side early in the year. Duever has averaged 22.0 points and 9.3 rebounds through four games, while Leaupepe has been scoring 21.3 points per game. Both women have been shooting efficiently from the field which has gone a long way to the Jets securing their two wins so far. Megan Smith is the only Sharks player averaging double digits in points at 16.5 a game.

Top of the table Hume City will host McKinnon who currently sit on two wins and two losses in sixth place. The Broncos have gone undefeated up to this point, with their last three wins coming by double figure margins. Breanna Brock has started the season strongly averaging 21.8 points a game along with 9.5 rebounds. Brock has shot over 50% from the field in each game thus far and will be tough to stop. Emma Pearce has been the best offensively for the Cougars. She is averaging 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds a game so far this season. Hume City’s start to the season has been dominant and they will be looking to maintain their unblemished record. McKinnon will need to be on top form in order to restrict the Broncos’ scoring.

Warrnambool and Keilor will face off in the battle between two sides with opposite fortunes. Warrnambool are currently winless and sit second last ahead of Bulleen only. The Mermaids have lost all their games by double figures and have struggled to put the ball in the basket. This lack of scoring is displayed in their scoring averages, with Amy Wormald the only player averaging double digits at 11.3 points a game. Keilor have won well in their three wins, with the margin at an average of 34 points. Their only loss, against Sunbury, was only by seven points, but will be a sore one for the Thunder as Sunbury sit below them on the ladder. Aneta Bandilovski has been Keilor’s best with an average of 20.3 points a game including 28 points in their last game, a win over McKinnon.

Bulleen and Casey face off in the final match of round five with Casey looking to keep in touch with Hume City at the top. Bulleen are currently winless and last having lost every game so far by a big margin. Their closest game came in the last round, a 16-point loss to Southern Peninsula at home. Bridget Mimmo has averaged 10 points a game across the first four games to lead the Boomers in total points. Casey have played well this season, opening with three double digit wins, but an 18-point loss to Hume City in the last round was somewhat of a reality check for the Cavaliers. Four players for the Cavs have averaged between 13 and 18 points a game up to this point with Sarah Halejian the best of these four. She has averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 assists and 6.5 rebounds to showcase her skills as a player with a solid all-round game.

Southern Peninsula vs Sunbury                                  Sat 5.30pm                  Hillview Stadium

Hume City vs McKinnon                                             Sat 6pm                       Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Warrnambool vs Keilor                                               Sat 6pm                       The ARC Sports Stadium

Bulleen vs Casey                                                         Sun 1pm                      East Doncaster Secondary College

Division One Men

Bellarine and Collingwood will open round five for the Division One Men’s competition. Sitting at eighth and seventh on the table respectively,  Bellarine look to secure a win after suffering losses the past two weeks, while Collingwood hope to continue their two-game winning streak. Deng Du is averaging 19 points per game for Collingwood and will be a key player as they strive for another win. For the Storm, Jason Reardon made two three pointers against Warrandyte in round four and averages 14 points per game.   

Western Port will host Warrandyte as two of the strongest teams face off in round five. With both teams walking into round five at 4-1, second place on the ladder is up for grabs this week. After a great start to the season, Jacob Thom of Warrandyte looks to continue his reign with a team-high 18 points per game. Daryl Corletto has been among Western Port’s best, averaging 22 points and five assists and four rebounds per game.

Shepparton look to continue their reign as they enter round five undefeated while Melbourne Uni enter the round 1-3. After finishing third last season, Shepparton have started the year strong with wins over Warrandyte, Keysborough, Coburg and La Trobe with Carlin Dupree averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game. Nicholas Maund from Melbourne Uni looks to continue his form after dominating round four and finishing with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.

After a draw with Melbourne Uni in round four, Keysborough look to secure the win this week as they face Coburg at Rowville Secondary College. A loss to Bulleen last week will see Coburg enter the round 1-3. Coburg’s Mangar Manyang finished round four with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and he’ll look to replicate this strong performance again this week. Keysborough’s Calvin Enge has been consistent over the past two weeks scoring a combined 48 points in his past two games, whilst also averaging six rebounds and three assists per game.

The winless Latrobe will face Warrnambool this weekend as they strive towards their first win on the season. Leading scorer Billy Hughes has averaged 23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, as he continues to star for the Energy. He has played well for Latrobe so far and finished with 19 points, five of which were three pointers, in last week’s clash against Sunbury. Warrnambool enter round five with a 2-3 record, as they look to redeem themselves from last week’s loss against Collingwood.

Coburg and Western Port will face each other for their second game of the round. The 11th placed Coburg will look to undermine the strong Steelers and bring home the win. In what will be a tough battle, Coburg will need to utilise Mangar Manyang and Jeremiah Juric, if they wish to win against Western Port.

Warrandyte will play Sunbury in their second game for the round. Sitting at second and fourth respectively, this game promises to be riveting with the likes of Byran Moore and Andrew Kelly (Warrandyte) and Ishmael Sanders (Sunbury) standing out as players to watch in this one. For Sunbury, Arthur Trousdell will be a key player after finishing last week’s match against Latrobe with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Collingwood’s second game for the round will see them come up against Whittlesea. Whittlesea look to claim their first victory after starting the season 0-5. Dominic Bruno has been a strong player for the Pacers, averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game after finishing with an impressive 19 points in round four. Collingwood will continue to utilise players such as Deng Dut and Jordan Harding.

The final game for round five will see Bellarine play their second game against Bulleen, who enter the round 4-2. Bulleen’s Chauncey Orr has started the season strong, averaging 32 points per game and finishing last week with 46 points. Bulleen look to continue their three-game winning streak whilst Bellarine hope to secure a win after losses in the past two rounds. 

Bellarine vs Collingwood                                              Sat 7.30pm                  Bellarine Sports Centre

Western Port vs Warrandyte                                       Sat 7.30pm                  Mornington Civic Reserve

Shepparton vs Melbourne University                           Sat 7.30pm                  Shepparton Sports Stadium

Keysborough vs Coburg                                               Sat 8pm                       Rowville Secondary College

Warrnambool vs Latrobe City                                      Sat 8pm                       The ARC Sports Stadium

Coburg vs Western Port                                               Sun 2pm                      Coburg Basketball Stadium

Warrandyte vs Sunbury                                               Sun 2pm                      Warrandyte Sports Complex

Collingwood vs Whittlesea                                           Sun 3pm                      Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Bulleen vs Bellarine                                                      Sun 3pm                      East Doncaster Secondary College

Division One Women

The Storm host the Dragons at Bellarine Sports Centre to kick off the round five action. Fans will be treated to an absolute beauty in a blockbuster second v first clash with top spot up for grabs. Bellarine had been on a four-game win streak prior to going down to Mildura last weekend in a 107-82 blowout. They will be keen to bounce back at home against a Camberwell outfit who remain undefeated on the season at 5-0, coming off a 76-52 in over Latrobe City.

Chelsea and Mildura continue the Saturday night fixture at Patterson River Stadium. The Gulls have had a slow start to the season at 1-4, picking up their first win last week in a 53-42 triumph over Warrandyte. Chelsea’s Georgia Stirton has been a bright light amongst the team’s struggles, averaging 14.8 points and six rebounds per contest. The Heat occupy fifth place after splitting their matches so far this season, currently riding a two-game win streak. Mildura looked good in their 25-point win over the Storm last week.

Hawthorn and Latrobe City round out Saturday night’s fixture at Boroondara Sports Complex. The Magic have won two on the trot to sit in third place at 3-1 for the season, edging out the Gulls 55-54 last week in a tight affair. The Energy were whacked by Camberwell for their third straight loss last week and face another big test in the Magic.

Craigieburn and Mildura open up Sunday’s card at Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Eagles will be fresh in their first match for the round against a Heat side coming off a back-to-back. Craigieburn have had an up and down start to their campaign, alternating losses and wins over their first five games. If that pattern continues, they’re due for a win here. The Eagles fell to Western Port last week 69-62.

The Steelers host Warrandyte at Mornington Civic Reserve in a fourth vs ninth battle. Both sides enter the contest with fresh legs, but Western Port bring in the much better form. After opening their season with a loss, the Steelers have since been on a three-game winning streak, capped off with their narrow seven-point triumph over Craigieburn. Meanwhile, the Venom’s start to the season has been nothing short of disastrous, sitting winless at 0-5. Warrandyte were downed by Chelsea last week but were more competitive than some of their other losses.

Camberwell and Hawthorn close out the round at the Boroondara Sports Complex in an exciting top four clash. Both sides will be coming off Saturday games and could be fighting it out for top spot. Camberwell’s Nicole Swan (averaging 11.2 points per game this season) and Hawthorn’s Gemma Fyffe (11 points) will go head-to-head in a treat for fans.

Bellarine vs Camberwell                                             Sat 5.30pm                  Bellarine Sports Centre

Chelsea vs Mildura                                                     Sat 6pm                       Patterson River Stadium

Hawthorn vs Latrobe City                                           Sat 6.30pm                  Boroondara Sports Complex

Craigieburn vs Mildura                                               Sun 12pm                    Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Western Port vs Warrandyte                                      Sun 1pm                      Mornington Civic Reserve

Camberwell vs Hawthorn                                           Sun 2pm                      Boroondara Sports Complex

Division Two Men

Sherbrooke and Maccabi kick off the round on Friday night. Both sides will be keen to return to the winner’s list after defeats in round four. The Suns have failed to win consecutive games this season and sit eighth on the ladder, while the Warriors have failed to win a game all campaign.

Altona host undefeated Mildura on Saturday night at the Altona Sports Centre. The Gators won their first game of the season last week against Mornington and will aim to back up their good performance against the Heat. It will be tricky for the Gators as the Heat made it five wins in a row to start the season with a five-point win over Wallan in round four.

Southern Peninsula can continue their winning streak when they face Melton. The Sharks’ 37-point win over North East last week was their fourth in a row and made them one of three teams to remain undefeated in the league. A Melton win will end their two-game losing streak and give them their fourth win of the season.

Craigieburn can make it four wins in a row when they host RMIT. Liam Watt shot 21 points in the Eagles’ 39-point win over Melton last week. The Eagles will host an RMIT side seeking to win their first game of the season, after five straight losses to start the campaign.

Mornington’s winless start to the season could come to an end when they host Camberwell. The Breakers have lost all five games this season, while the Dragons sit third on the table.

Wallan and Shebrooke can move up the ladder with a win in their clash on Saturday night at RB Robson Stadium.

RMIT return to the court on Sunday to host Sherbrooke at the RMIT Sports Centre.

Top of the ladder Pakenham host Wallan on Sunday. The Warriors enter the game off the back of a 12-point win over the Redbacks last week. Daniel Steen had 29 points in the victory.

Melton will need to be at their best to beat the 5-0 Mildura Heat on Sunday, with both teams playing the second game of a back-to-back in this one.

Maccabi and Mornington have a chance to notch what could be their first wins for 2019 when they conclude the round at Bialik Stadium.   

Sherbrooke vs Maccabi                                              Fri 8pm                        Belgrave Heights Christian School

Altona vs Mildura                                                       Sat 7pm                       Altona Sports Centre

Southern Peninsula vs Melton                                   Sat 7.30pm                  Hillview Stadium

Craigieburn vs RMIT                                                   Sat 8pm                       Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Mornington vs Camberwell                                        Sat 8pm                       Mornington Basketball Stadium

Wallan vs North East                                                  Sat 8pm                       RB Robson Stadium

RMIT vs Sherbrooke                                                   Sun 12pm                    RMIT Sports Centre

Pakenham vs Wallan                                                  Sun 2pm                      Cardinia Life

Melton vs Mildura                                                      Sun 2pm                      Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Maccabi vs Mornington                                              Sun 3pm                      Bialik Stadium

Division Two Women

Wallan will face the North East Bushrangers in the opening game of the round on Saturday night. The Panthers will look to bounce back from their loss against Pakenham last week, after going down 78-62. The bottom-placed Bushrangers will be looking for their first win of the season, after starting the year with four straight losses.

The Giants will play the Breakers in Coburg on Saturday. Coburg have started the season with two wins and two losses, whilst Mornington have three wins and one loss to their name. Coburg won 70-94 against Collingwood last week, whilst Mornington lost to Sherbrooke 57-66 in their first defeat of the season.

Sherbrooke will host Pakenham on Saturday night. Both sides have started the season quite well, winning three games and losing one. The Suns defeated Mornington 66-57 last week, whilst the Warriors beat the Panthers 78-62. Pakenham currently sit second on the ladder, with Sherbrooke currently in fourth.

Collingwood look to improve their season record on Saturday, when they play Melbourne University at home. The All Stars have started the season with four consecutive losses, whereas the Black Angels have two wins and two losses. Collingwood lost to Coburg 70-94 last week, with the Black Angels also losing 61-69 against Melton.

Melbourne University boast both the league’s leading scorer in Amelia Smith (averaging 21.0 points per game) and league’s leading rebounder in Emmie O’Nial (13.75 per game), and would be hoping to translate those numbers into more wins.

In the final game of the round, Blackburn will play Melton on Saturday night. The Vikings currently sit first on the competition ladder, with Melton placed in third position. The Vikings beat the Bushrangers 60-44 last week, winning their third consecutive game in a row. On the other hand, Melton beat Melbourne University 69-61 last week.

Wallan vs North East                                                  Sat 6pm                       RB Robson Stadium

Coburg vs Mornington                                                Sat 6.30pm                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Sherbrooke vs Pakenham                                           Sat 8pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Collingwood vs Melbourne University                       Sat 8pm                       Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Blackburn vs Melton                                                   Sat 8pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Sherbrooke and Knox open up round five. The Suns are on a three-game skid and were blown out of the water last week by Dandenong on their own floor 54-114. Knox are on a two-game win streak, ousting the Vikings last weekend.

Bulleen and Melbourne do battle at East Doncaster. The Tigers are 4-1 on the season to sit second in the Terrill conference, while the Boomers are in the middle ground, having dropped their last two. The Boomers came up agonisingly short to Keilor last week 96-98.

McKinnon and Hawthorn meet at GESAC. Both sides have gotten off to slow starts in 2019, occupying bottom three positions in the Watson conference. The Magic have dropped four in a row while the Cougars are on their own two-game skid.

Ringwood and Southern clash in what looks to be a one-sided affair. The Hawks have split their games this season but have been competitive in all of them to sit fourth. Meanwhile, the Sabres are still searching for their first win, anchored at the bottom of the Watson standings at 0-6.

Knox and Keilor round out Saturday’s fixture at State Basketball Centre. Keilor will have the fresh legs and will look to make it five wins on the trot in an exciting top four Terrill clash.

Keilor get straight back up in a home clash against Dandenong to open the Sunday card in a blockbuster top four battle.  The Rangers are undefeated and will be oozing with confidence after their emphatic 60-point win over Sherbrooke last week.

Kilsyth host Eltham in a massive first vs second clash in the Watson conference. Both sides are on nice winning streaks too, while the Wildcats are yet to drop a game. The Cobras will be confident after going 2-0 last week.

Diamond Valley host Ringwood in an inter-conference clash. The Eagles come in for their first game of the round but have been inconsistent this season, interchanging wins and losses over the opening five rounds. Could that mean a win is coming?

Melbourne and Blackburn meet with the latter coming in fresh. It could present the perfect opportunity for the Vikings to pinch their first game of the season, sitting dead last in the Terrill standings.

Southern host Sherbrooke with both sides coming off Saturday games. With just two wins between them in 2019, a win either way could help catapult the winners’ season.

Waverley are at home to Nunawading to close out round five. Both teams will be fresh and rearing to go, with the Falcons sitting third in the Watson standings at 2-3. However, the Spectres aren’t far behind them at 3-3 and will be just as hungry to taste victory.

Sherbrooke vs Knox                                                       Fri 6pm                         Belgrave Heights Christian School

Bulleen vs Melbourne                                                   Sat 8pm                        East Doncaster Secondary College

McKinnon vs Hawthorn                                                 Sat 8pm                        GESAC

Ringwood vs Southern                                                   Sat 8pm                        The Rings

Knox vs Keilor                                                               Sat 8pm                        State Basketball Centre

Keilor vs Dandenong                                                     Sun 1pm                       Keilor Basketball Stadium

Kilsyth vs Eltham                                                           Sun 2pm                       Kilsyth Sports Centre

Diamond Valley vs Ringwood                                         Sun 2pm                       Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre

Melbourne vs Blackburn                                                Sun 2pm                       MSAC

Southern vs Sherbrooke                                                Sun 2.30pm                  Southern Basketball Stadium

Waverley vs Nunawading                                              Sun 2.30pm                  Waverley Basketball Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Altona will face Diamond Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Gators will look to bounce back after losing last week to Bendigo. The Gators have started the season with one win and three losses. The Eagles sit fifth on the table.

Dandenong will host Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon. The Rangers lost last week against Sunbury 68-62, whilst the Magic beat Bulleen 90-64. The Rangers have started the season with one win and four losses.

The Boomers will be looking for their first win of the season, when they play the Melbourne Tigers on Saturday evening. Bulleen have lost their opening six games of the season, while Melbourne remain undefeated.

The Jets will play the Spectres on Saturday evening. Both teams will come into this one on the back of wins, with Sunbury beating Dandenong 68-62 and Nunawading defeating Diamond Valley 51-79.

Knox will face Bendigo at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday. The Raiders lost their last game against Hume in a nail biter 79-81, whilst Bendigo was easily defeated by Ringwood 82-63.

Ringwood play Waverley on Saturday. The Hawks have started the season undefeated, after winning their first five games. They beat both Bendigo and Kilsyth last week. Waverley lost last week 84-62 to Ballarat.

Diamond Valley will play against Sunbury in the first Sunday game of the round. This will be the second game of the round for both teams, with both looking to improve their records.

Ballarat host Ringwood on Sunday. The Rush defeated Waverley 84-62 last week, whereas Ringwood won both of their games in the last round.

Melbourne will face Dandenong on Sunday. This will be the second game of the round for both teams.

Kilsyth host Hume on Sunday. Kilsyth won against the Falcons last week, however lost against the Hawks.

Waverley play Altona on Sunday. Both teams will want to win this game after their poor starts to the season.

The Sabres play Bulleen to conclude the round. The Sabres lost last week to Melbourne 63-72.

Altona vs Diamond Valley                                           Sat 3pm                       Altona Sports Centre

Dandenong vs Hawthorn                                            Sat 3pm                       Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Bulleen vs Melbourne                                                 Sat 6pm                       East Doncaster Secondary College

Sunbury vs Nunawading                                             Sat 6pm                       Boardman Stadium

Knox vs Bendigo                                                          Sat 6pm                       State Basketball Centre

Ringwood vs Waverley                                               Sat 6pm                       The Rings

Diamond Valley vs Sunbury                                        Sun 12pm                    Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre

Ballarat vs Ringwood                                                  Sun 12pm                    MARS Minerdome

Melbourne vs Dandenong                                          Sun 12pm                    MSAC

Kilsyth vs Hume City                                                   Sun 12pm                    Kilsyth Sports Centre

Waverley vs Altona                                                     Sun 12.30pm               Waverley Basketball Centre

Southern vs Bulleen                                                    Sun 12.30pm               Southern Basketball Stadium

Youth League One Men

Altona and Camberwell kick off round five at the Altona Sports Centre. Both sides have won four games and sit inside the top five on the ladder. The Gators defeated Bendigo by five points last week, while Camberwell had a 14-point win over Warrandyte.

Corio Bay will aim to make it three wins in a row when they face Werribee. The Stingrays had wins against Frankston and Geelong in round five to take their tally to 3-4 for the campaign. They will host Werribee who are on a four-game losing streak.

Six teams separate Casey and Bendigo on the ladder, with the Cavs’ 5-1 record placing them second on the ladder. Casey returned to the winners’ list in round four with a 37-point win over Warrandyte. Contrary to the Cavs’ form, Bendigo have lost two games in a row and sit ninth on the ladder.

One win separates Geelong and Hume City heading into their game on the weekend. A defeat to Corio Bay ended the Supercats’ four-game win streak and dropped them to fourth on the table. Hume City have won only once in their last five games and have the division’s third worst defence.

Sunbury remain bottom of the ladder after two defeats in round four. The Jets lost by a combined 50 points to Geelong and Ballarat and now have a 0-6 record. Their attempts to end their winless run will not be easy as they host a Frankston side fresh off a four-point win over Hume City.

The Jets will return to the court the following day to face Warrandyte at the Warrandyte Sports Complex. The Venom sit second last and have the worst defence in the division. Warrandyte’s only win this season was is front of their home fans.

Top of the ladder Ballarat host Geelong on Sunday at the MARS Minerdome. The Miners extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 32-point win over Sunbury last week. Amos Brooks is having a stellar campaign and averages 16.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Frankston and Altona conclude the round at the Frankston Basketball Stadium. The Blues have a 2-0 record at home, but will find it hard to extend that record against the third best team in the division.

Altona vs Camberwell                                                 Sat 5pm                       Altona Sports Centre

Corio Bay vs Werribee                                                            Sat 5pm                       Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Casey vs Bendigo                                                        Sat 6pm                       Casey Stadium

Geelong vs Hume City                                                Sat 7pm                       AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Sunbury vs Frankston                                                 Sat 8pm                       Boardman Stadium

Warrandyte vs Sunbury                                              Sun 12pm                    Warrandyte Sports Complex

Ballarat vs Geelong                                                     Sun 2pm                      MARS Minerdome

Frankston vs Altona                                                    Sun 2.30pm                 Frankston Basketball Stadium

Youth League One Women

Geelong will host Casey on Saturday afternoon. Geelong come into this game on the back of a 92-49 destruction of Corio, last week. On the other hand, Casey were unable to overcome Warrandyte away from home, losing 73-60. Casey currently sits third on the competition table, whilst Geelong is in sixth position.

McKinnon will face Warrandyte on Saturday evening. The Cougars come into this one on the back of a loss against Keilor 58-71. McKinnon have started the season with one win and three losses. Warrandyte have won all of their opening four games and are currently second on the ladder. The Venom beat Casey last week 73-60.

Keilor host Geelong on Sunday morning in Keilor. The Thunder are the team to beat after starting the season with five consecutive wins, to sit on top of the table. Keilor defeated McKinnon last week 71-58. Geelong will play their second game of the round and will be looking to climb up the ladder, after a poor start to the season.

Camberwell will play Corio Bay on Sunday at noon. The Dragons have started the season with three wins from five games and defeated Eltham last round 59-43 as they now sit fourth on the competition ladder. The Stingrays have only won one of their first four games.

Craigieburn will face Eltham in the final game of the round on Sunday. The Eagles lost against Casey last week 86-69, with their current season record being one win and three losses. The Wildcats also lost last week, against Camberwell 43-59. Eltham are last on the competition ladder and will be looking to bounce back.

Geelong vs Casey                                                        Sat 5pm                       AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

McKinnon vs Warrandyte                                           Sat 6pm                       GESAC

Keilor vs Geelong                                                        Sun 11am                    Keilor Basketball Stadium

Camberwell vs Corio Bay                                            Sun 12pm                    Boroondara Sports Complex

Craigieburn vs Eltham                                                 Sun 2pm                      Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Youth League Two Men

Second place Craigieburn host fourth place Collingwood on Saturday night at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Eagles are on a three-game winning run, while the All Stars returned to the winner’s list with a five-point win over Western Port.

With only one win for the season, Mornington sit second last on the ladder. The Breakers have shot the second fewest points in the division, despite Henry Peirce averaging 14.67 points per game. The Breakers will face Chelsea who have won three of their last four games, including a seven-point win over Keysborough last week.

The Cougars will want to bounce back from their defeat to Mornington when they host Coburg. Lachlan Soukup has starred for Keysborough this season, averaging 16 points per game and 42% from the three-point range. A 2-3 record sees Coburg sit seventh on the ladder. Last week the Giants lost to Maccabi by four points, despite Conor Matthews scoring 18 points.

Collingwood will look to make it two wins in a row when they host Whittlesea. The All Stars defeated Western Port last week, courtesy of 26 points from Athiaan Manyiel. Whittlesea will want to bounce back from their 40-point loss to Craigieburn. James Larobina was the only player to score in double-digits for the Pacers in an otherwise disappointing performance.

Keysborough travel to Pakenham on Sunday. The Warriors are undefeated this season and sit top of the ladder. Lee Belton has averaged 23 points in his last two games and will be important in the Warriors’ attempts to win their fifth game in a row.

Coburg return to their home court on Sunday to face Western Port. The Steelers are without a win in their past three games and sit 10th on the ladder.

Melton host last placed Wallan at the Melton Indoor Recreation Centre. The Thoroughbreds sit third on the ladder with a 3-1 record. This is the second meeting between these two sides in a week after the Thoroughbreds recorded a 22-point win in their last encounter.

Maccabi and Mornington conclude the round at the Bialik Stadium at 1pm on Sunday. Maccabi sit fifth on the table after three wins in a row, while Mornington are on a two-game losing streak.

Craigieburn vs Collingwood                                        Sat 6pm                       Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Mornington vs Chelsea                                               Sat 6pm                       Mornington Basketball Stadium

Keysborough vs Coburg                                              Sat 6pm                       Rowville Secondary College

Collingwood vs Whittlesea                                         Sun 11am                    Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Pakenham vs Keysborough                                        Sun 12pm                    Cardinia Life

Coburg vs Western Port                                             Sun 12pm                    Coburg Basketball Stadium

Melton vs Wallan                                                        Sun 12pm                    Melton Indoor Recreation Centre Maccabi vs Mornington                                              Sun 1pm                      Bialik Stadium

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Western Port and Frankston open up the round at Mornington Civic Centre in an 11th vs third clash. The Steelers are still searching for their first win of the season at 0-4, coming off a disappointing 59-99 loss to Pakenham last week. Conversely, the Blues are 3-1 on the season and dispatched Pakenham 80-56 last weekend behind Zoe Schonfelder’s game-high 20 points.

Sherbrooke and Pakenham continue the Saturday card at Belgrave Heights Christian School. The Suns are absolutely flying in 2019, opening up their season with four-straight wins to sit on top of the standings. Sherbrooke tore Mornington apart last week in a 91-30 hiding on the road in a dominant performance. Naomi Smith lit it up in that one with 21 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, five steals and four blocks. The Warriors have been up and down this season, alternating wins and losses in each of their five games to sit eighth. It was a tale of two halves for Pakenham last week, winning by 40 before losing by 24, such has been their form on the season.  

Blackburn and Werribee round out Saturday’s fixture at Mullum Mullum Stadium. Blackburn have split their games this season 2-2 but were poor last week in a 70-42 defeat to Chelsea. The play of Bethanie Gray has been a highlight, averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. They run into a Devils outfit who have only managed just one win this season and are on a three-game losing streak. Werribee had the bye last week but are coming off three consecutive losses. The extra rest could help them out, although fatigue isn’t likely a factor yet this early in the season.

Frankston and Chelsea collide at the Frankston Basketball Stadium in a blockbuster second vs third clash. The Gulls come in for their first match of the round and are undefeated on the season, looking just as good on the road as they do at home. The play of Eryn Rosowski has been a highlight, averaging 10.7 points and four rebounds for the season. Frankston could be tired coming off a Saturday night game, but with a potential top two spot up for grabs, will want to bring their A-game.

Collingwood and Coburg round out the round at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. Both teams will be fresh and keen to improve on their subpar form this season. The All Stars were taught a basketball lesson last week in a 43-71 blowout loss to Whittlesea at home where Frances Shell was the only Collingwood player to eclipse double figures in scoring. Prior to that loss, the All Stars had won two in a row. The Giants have registered just one win this season and are coming off a poor showing against the Pacers, losing 76-48.

Western Port vs Frankston                                         Sat 5.30pm                  Mornington Civic Centre

Sherbrooke vs Pakenham                                           Sat 6pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Blackburn vs Werribee                                               Sat 6pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Frankston vs Chelsea                                                  Sun 12.30pm               Frankston Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs Coburg                                               Sun 1pm                      Darebin Community Sports Stadium

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