Another weekend of hoops ready to bounce, who will take W’s this time out?
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
Hawthorn and Hume City kick off the weekend at the Boroondara Sports Complex. Both teams will seek to return to the winners’ list after defeats in round five. The Magic remain fourth on the ladder despite the loss, while the Broncos are one spot behind them in fifth. Jordan Coleman could play a crucial role for the Broncos, as he averages 19 points per game this season.
Two sides in the bottom half of the table meet at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre when Corio Bay host Chelsea. The Stingrays enter the game in good form with two wins in a row, while the Gulls have won one of their opening five games.
Top plays bottom when undefeated McKinnon host winless Blackburn. The Cougars defeated Hume City in round five to take their tally to six wins for the season. Eric Williams starred with 22 points, while Tom Parkinson had 20 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Blackburn missed their opportunity to end their losing streak with a five-point loss to Corio. The Vikings have been competitive in recent weeks and have lost their last two games by a total of six points.
Casey will aim to extend their winning streak when they travel to Werribee. The Cavs have won four games in a row to sit second on the ladder. Werribee return to the court after a two-week layoff. The Devils lost by 29 points to Corio Bay in their last match and will be keen to win their second game of the season.
Chelsea and McKinnon return to the court on Sunday at the Patterson River Stadium. Dillon Stith and Eric Williams have been influential for the Cougars this season, averaging 22 points per game. Joshua Watt is the only Chelsea player to average over 10 points this season as the Gulls struggle on offence.
Casey and Corio Bay play their second games of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. Brandon Polk and Ivory Young could both play pivotal roles for both sides, as they average 16 points per game.
Keilor and Werribee conclude the weekend at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder will aim to win their third game in a row, following victories over Hume City and Chelsea. Michael Anderson starred against the Gulls with 40 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Hawthorn vs Hume City Sat 6.30pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Corio Bay vs Chelsea Sat 7pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
McKinnon vs Blackburn Sat 8pm GESAC
Werribee vs Casey Sat 8.30pm Eagle Stadium
Chelsea vs McKinnon Sun 1pm Patterson River Stadium
Casey vs Corio Bay Sun 3.30pm Casey Stadium
Keilor vs Werribee Sun 3.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
The Sharks will host the Cougars in an Anzac Day clash on Thursday. Both teams will be looking to bounce back from significant losses in the last round. Southern Peninsula lost 39-86 to Sunbury, whilst McKinnon lost 92-45 to Hume. The Sharks currently sit eighth on the ladder, with the Cougars sitting in sixth position.
Sunbury face Whittlesea on Saturday evening in an important game for both sides. The Jets come into this one on the back of a 39-86 victory over Southern Peninsula. The Pacers last played against Warrnambool, where they won 73-58 at home.
Warrnambool play Bulleen in a bottom of the table clash on Saturday. The Mermaids and Boomers are still yet to register a win, with both teams losing their opening five games each. Warrnambool lost by 50 points against Keilor last week, while Bulleen lost to Casey by 35 points.
Werribee will face Casey on Saturday in a top four clash. Casey convincingly beat Bulleen in their last match by 35 points away from home. The Cavaliers are currently in third position on the ladder. Werribee defeated Sunbury in their last outing; 62-81. They come into this game sitting fourth on the competition table.
In the final game of the round, Keilor and Hume will play each other in a top of the table clash on Saturday. Keilor has started the season with four wins and one loss, whilst Hume has won all of their first five games. Hume will look to continue their hot streak, after winning last round against McKinnon 92-45. Keilor will want to knock off the competition leaders and look in fine form themselves, beating Warrnambool by 50 points in their last match.
Southern Peninsula vs McKinnon Thurs 4pm Hillview Stadium
Sunbury vs Whittlesea Sat 6pm Boardman Stadium
Warrnambool vs Bulleen Sat 6pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Werribee vs Casey Sat 6.30pm Eagle Stadium
Keilor vs Hume City Sat 7.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Division One Men
Bulleen host Keysborough on Wednesday in the opening game of round six. The Boomers beat Bellarine 88-54 in the last round, while the Cougars lost to Coburg 79-97. Bulleen sit fourth on the ladder, with the Cougars are sixth.
Melbourne University face Warrandyte on Saturday evening. The Black Angels come into this one on the back of a 83-72 loss to Shepparton. The Venom won against Sunbury, but lost against the Steelers in the last round.
Bellarine will play Shepparton on Saturday. The Storm beat Collingwood by a point last round, however, lost to Bulleen the day after by 34 points. Shepparton have started the season unbeaten, winning their first five games.
Sunbury host Whittlesea on Saturday. Both teams will be looking to improve on last week’s results. The Jets lost to Warrandyte by 10 points and the Pacers lost to Collingwood by 18.
Keysborough play their second game of the round against Collingwood. The All Stars have started the season with three wins and three losses, most recently beating Whittlesea 90-72.
Warrnambool play their only game of the round against Bulleen. The Seahawks convincingly beat Latrobe last round, 113-64. Despite this win, they still sit in eighth position on the table.
Collingwood host Sunbury to open the Sunday fixture. This is the second game of the round for both teams. Sunbury haa started the season with four wins in their opening six games, losing only to Warrandyte and Shepparton.
Shepparton play Western Port in the Steelers’ first game of the round, on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers currently lead the competition, after winning six of the seven games played.
Coburg face Bellarine at home on Sunday. The Giants beat Keysborough 79-97 last round, however, lost the day after to the top-of-the-table Western Port. Coburg sits in tenth position on the ladder, with the Storm in ninth.
Whittlesea and Keysborough play each other in an important game for both sides. The Pacers currently sit second last on the table and face a Cougars side who will be hungry to improve from their mid-table position.
Latrobe host Melbourne University in the last game of the round. Latrobe will be looking for their first win of the season in this clash, having started the year 0-6.
Bulleen vs Keysborough Wed 8pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Melbourne University vs Warrandyte Sat 7pm Melbourne University Sports Centre
Bellarine vs Shepparton Sat 7.30pm Bellarine Sports Centre
Sunbury vs Whittlesea Sat 8pm Boardman Stadium
Keysborough vs Collingwood Sat 8pm Rowville Secondary College
Warrnambool vs Bulleen Sat 8pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Collingwood vs Sunbury Sun 1pm Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Shepparton vs Western Port Sun 1pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Coburg vs Bellarine Sun 2pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Whittlesea vs Keysborough Sun 2pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Latrobe City vs Melbourne University Sun 2pm Traralgon Sports Stadium
Division One Women
Round six is highlighted by a top-of-the-ladder clash between Bellarine and Hawthorn at the Bellarine Sports Centre. Both sides have been difficult to separate this season, winning five of their last six games and shooting almost the same total number of points. The Magic sit top of the ladder courtesy of a superior defence, conceding 43 points fewer than the Storm. Brianna Hans could be key in the Magic’s chances of winning, averaging 14 points per game, while Jessica Scannell averages 12.2 points for the Storm.
Mildura will hope to climb into the top four in round six with a victory over Western Port. The Heat sit one spot below the Steelers on the ladder, despite a superior percentage. Mildura made it four wins in a row, with victories over Chelsea and Craigieburn in round five. The Steelers have also won their last four games, including a nine-point win over Warrandyte last week.
Mildura return to the court the following day to host Warrandyte at the Toyota Hothouse. The Venom have yet to win a game this season and sit bottom of the ladder. Despite sitting last, the Venom have the seventh-best offence and the sixth-best defence.
Seventh plays eighth when Latrobe City host Chelsea. The Energy have lost four games in a row after starting the season 2-1. In round five, the Energy conceded 53 points in the second half to lose by 27 points to Hawthorn. Captain Samantha Labros was gallant in the defeat, shooting 26 points at 66 per cent from the court. Chelsea were no match for Mildura in round five, losing by 19 points on their home court. The only positive for the Gulls heading into this match is that their only win this season was on the road.
Camberwell and Craigieburn wrap up the round at 2pm on Sunday. The Dragons have slid to third on the table after two defeats in round five. The Dragons lost by 11 points to Bellarine on Saturday, before a 27-point defeat to Hawthorn on Sunday brought their weekend to a disappointing end. Craigieburn are also on a two-game losing streak that has seen them drop to sixth on the ladder. The Eagles were no match for Mildura last week despite 19 points and seven rebounds from Darcy Saunders. The Eagles will need to reduce their turnovers if they are going to win this week as they allowed the Heat to score 21 points from their errors in round five.
Bellarine vs Hawthorn Sat 5.30pm Bellarine Sports Centre
Mildura vs Western Port Sat 6pm Toyota Hothouse
Mildura vs Warrandyte Sun 12pm Toyota Hothouse
Latrobe City vs Chelsea Sun 12pm Traralgon Sports Stadium
Camberwell vs Craigieburn Sun 2pm Balwyn High School
Division Two Men
Southern Peninsula will play Mornington on Anzac Day. The Sharks have started the season undefeated, after winning their first five games. They defeated Melton 94-73 last round. The Breakers sit bottom of the table after losing their first seven games of the season.
Camberwell will meet Wallan at Balwyn High School on Saturday evening. The Dragons will come into this one with a record of six wins and one loss for the season. They beat Mornington 89-110 in their last encounter. The Panthers were victorious against the Bushrangers last round, however they lost to Pakenham the day after.
The North East Bushrangers will host Melton in Wangaratta. The Bushrangers sit ninth on the ladder, after losing to Wallan 108-83 in the last game they played. The Thoroughbreds lost both of their games in the last round against Southern Peninsula and Mildura.
Craigieburn face Maccabi on Saturday evening. The Eagles have started the season quite well, winning five of their opening seven games. This included a 119-104 victory against RMIT in the last round. Maccabi, on the other hand, have only won two of their eight games. One of those victories came in their last encounter, defeating Mornington 98-75.
The league leaders Mildura will play RMIT at the Toyota Hothouse. The Heat have won all of their opening seven games for the season, with wins against Altona and Melton in the last round. RMIT sit second last on the ladder, after only winning one game so far. That win came in the last round against Sherbrooke 97-86.
Mornington play in their second game of the round against Sherbrooke. Sherbrooke have a record of two wins and five losses. The Suns lost both of their games in the last round, against Maccabi and RMIT. Both teams will want to improve their fortunes and climb up the competition table.
Mildura will host Pakenham on Sunday, in what is looking like the game of the round. Both teams have started the season undefeated, with Mildura winning seven games and Pakenham winning six. Pakenham defeated Wallan last round 82-73.
Altona face Maccabi in the final game of the round. The Gators currently sit eleventh on the ladder, with a record of one win and five losses. They lost their last encounter against Mildura 83-99. This will be Maccabi’s second game of the round.
Southern Peninsula vs. Mornington Thu 6pm Hillview Stadium
Camberwell vs. Wallan Sat 6pm Balwyn High School
North East vs. Melton Sat 6pm Wangaratta Indoor Sports Centre
Craigieburn vs. Maccabi Sat 8pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Mildura vs. RMIT Sat 8pm Toyota Hothouse
Mornington vs. Sherbrooke Sat 8.30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Mildura vs. Pakenham Sun 2pm Toyota Hothouse
Altona vs. Maccabi Sun 3pm Altona Sports Centre
Division Two Women
The winless North East face Pakenham at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports Centre this weekend. The Bushrangers sit bottom of the league due to scoring the fewest points in the division. In round five, the Bushrangers shot 35 per cent from the floor in their defeat to Wallan. They will need to improve if they stand a chance against Pakenham who are on a three-game winning streak and sit second on the ladder. Ellie Coutts starred for the Warriors in their win over Sherbrooke last week, with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.
Blackburn will aim to make it five wins in a row when they host Sherbrooke on Saturday night. The Vikings have won four games in a row to sit top of the ladder, ahead of the Pakenham Warriors. Defence has been the Vikings’ strength as they have conceded the fewest points in the division. Their defence will be difficult to break down for their opponents Sherbrooke, who sit sixth with a 3-2 record. The Suns’ two-game win streak came to an end with a defeat to Pakenham in round five. Deslyn Applewhaite was gallant for the Suns with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Coburg could make it three wins in a row when they face Meltonat theCoburg Basketball Stadium. The Giants are on a two-game winning streak after victories over Collingwood and Mornington. The Giants have the third best offence and defence this season, but have won only one of their three home games. They will need to be at their best to defeat Melton, who are one position below them on the ladder. The Thoroughbreds ended a two-game winning run with a loss to Blackburn in round five. Allanna Procak was superb for the Thoroughbreds with 21 points.
Mornington will need to overturn their recent form slump to defeat Melbourne Uni. The Breakers have lost their last two games after previously winning three games in a row. Melbourne Uni, on the other hand, returned to the winners’ list in round five with a 22-point victory over Collingwood. Amelia Smith starred with 39 points and 15 rebounds to now average 21 points for the season.
The round concludes when Collingwood host Wallan at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars are yet to win a game this season and sit bottom of the ladder, while Wallan sit two spots above with two wins from five. The Panthers defeated North East by 15 points in round five, courtesy of 19 points and 10 rebounds from Carly Simons.
North East vs Pakenham Sat 5pm Wangaratta Indoor Sports Centre
Blackburn vs Sherbrooke Sat 8pm Mullum Mullum Stadium
Coburg vs Melton Sun 12pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Mornington vs Melbourne Uni Sun 2pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Collingwood vs Wallan Sun 3pm Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Round six opens with Knox against Dandenong as the Rangers look to defend their unbeaten season of six straight wins. Both sides are coming off big wins last round, with Knox beating both Sherbrooke and Keilor.
Keilor has a back-to-back fixture against Diamond Valley and Nunawading as they look to improve after their loss to the hands of Dandenong. Nunawading have been in fine form, winning three of their past four games.
Sherbrooke and Blackburn will be facing off in Belgrave, as both sides look to improve on their slow starts to the season. After winning their first two, the Suns have dropped their last six. Blackburn can find themselves off the bottom of the Terrill conference if they win the matchup.
A top of the conference clash tips off on Sunday at MSAC, as the Melbourne Tigers face the Kilsyth Cobras. The Tigers are yet to win a game at home this season, losing both of their clashes on their home floor. Compounding this, the Cobras are hot off a win against Eltham last round securing their place atop the Watson conference and their fourth straight win.
Kilsyth will also face Bulleen this weekend, a Boomers team that has lost three consecutive games and hope to improve their 2-4 season and will face a hot Knox side.
The Eltham Wildcats are keen to bounce back with a double-header against the Southern Sabres and Hawthorn Magic. After receivingtheir first loss last round, they’ll be hoping to win to retain their second position in Watson.
The Sabres notched a round-high 120 points against Sherbrooke last round for their first win of the season with three players scoring 20 or more points.
McKinnon will have as good a chance as any to halt their three-game losing skid against both bottom-ranked teams of Blackburn and the Southern Sabres.
After halting their four-game losing skid, the Hawthorn Magic will face the Waverley Falcons and Eltham Wildcats, giving them a chance to reach a .500 winning percentage. The winner of Waverley and Hawthorn will most likely jump the other in the ladder.
Knox vs Dandenong Sat 4pm State Basketball Centre
McKinnon vs Blackburn Sat 6pm GESAC
Kilsyth vs Bulleen Sat 7.30pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Diamond Valley vs Keilor Sat 7.30pm Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre
Eltham vs Southern Sat 8pm Eltham High School
Waverley vs Hawthorn Sat 8.30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Keilor vs Nunawading Sun 1.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs Ringwood Sun 2pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Dandenong vs Diamond Valley Sun 2pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Melbourne vs Kilsyth Sun 2pm MSAC
Southern vs McKinnon Sun 2.30pm Southern Basketball Stadium
Hawthorn vs Eltham Sun 3pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Bulleen vs Knox Sun 3pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Victorian Youth Championship Women
The Braves and Sabres face off in a blockbuster top four clash to open the round. Both sides will want to continue their impressive starts to 2019, as Bendigo boast a 4-3 record while Southern are in second at 5-2.
Kilsyth meet Sunbury as the Cobras will look to end a two-game losing streak. The Jets have started slow out of the gates but could yet bounce back at 3-5.
Diamond Valley host Bulleen in a clash between sides who have started the season poorly. The Eagles are on a three-game losing streak, meanwhile the Boomers are yet to register a win this season.
Hume City and Melbourne meet in an exciting inter-conference clash. The Tigers were undefeated prior to losing to Dandenong last week, while the Broncos are travelling well in third place at 4-2.
Waverley and Nunawading round out the Saturday night fixture with the Falcons still searching for their first win this season. The Rangers’ tails will be up after smashing the league-leading Tigers last week.
Altona and Ballarat open up Sunday’s schedule. The Gators are riding a two-game win streak and have plenty at stake against a fellow mid-table side.
Melbourne and Kilsyth come right back from Saturday’s games to finish a back-to-back. Tiger Hannah Giddey will look to continue her strong form this season, averaging 10 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The Rangers and Broncos also play off in a back-to-back set, with both sides starting the season in reasonable fashion. Hume City have been particularly solid behind the play of Charlotte Vincent-Lord, averaging 10 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Southern host Diamond Valley in a third back-to-back. The Sabres are 3-1 at home this season, while the Eagles have split their road games 1-1.
Hawthorn meet Ringwood in the first clash of the round for both teams on Sunday. The Magic have started their campaign slow, sitting seventh on the table. The Hawks are the last team undefeated at 7-0.
Bulleen and Knox face off to close out the round. The Cobras will look to improve on their strong start to the season against the winless Boomers.
Bendigo vs Southern Sat 12pm Bendigo Stadium
Kilsyth vs Sunbury Sat 5.30pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Diamond Valley vs Bulleen Sat 5.30pm Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre
Hume City vs Melbourne Sat 6pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Waverley vs Nunawading Sat 6.30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Altona vs Ballarat Sun 11am Altona Sports Centre
Melbourne vs Kilsyth Sun 12pm MSAC
Dandenong vs Hume City Sun 12pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Southern vs Diamond Valley Sun 12.30pm Southern Basketball Stadium
Hawthorn vs Ringwood Sun 1pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Bulleen vs Knox Sun 1pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Youth League One Men
Round six of the competition tips off on Saturday afternoon with Werribee travelling to Bendigo as both teams try to halt their respective losing skids. Bendigo, after starting the season 2-1, have lost their last three games, and Werribee are second-last on the table with five-straight losses.
Camberwell looks to build on a four-game winning streak, in which they had an average winning margin of just over 11 points. They’re facing a Frankston side that conceded 120 points to Altona last round.
That Altona side are in great form and have as big a shot as any to dethrone the Ballarat Miners this week who are currently undefeated going 6-0.
The Miners scored 112 against Geelong the previous week to a Geelong side that had been strong at home, going 3-1 until last round. Ross Weightman, the league-leader in assists per game, racked up 10 to match his 11 points last time out.
If Ballarat do lose, the Casey Cavaliers would likely take their position if they can take care of business against the middle-of-the-pack Corio Bay Stingrays. Yet, the Stingrays are looking sharp, winners of three straight and boast two of the league leaders in points per game in Ethan Blythe and Jordan O’Leary.
Casey’s lone loss of the season came in a 78-92 loss to Ballarat three rounds ago.
The Hume City Broncos aim to correct a two-game losing skid against the Sunbury Jets in Broadmeadows. The Jets have three of the top-five three-point shooters in the league in terms of percentage and won their last two matchups.
Warrandyte will travel to Geelong to play the Supercats. The Venom will aim to correct a four-game losing streak and hope to bounce back after shooting 2 of 23 from three last match against Sunbury.
Werribee will play the Broncos to close the round. The Broncos are looking promising to move up on the table with matchups against Sunbury (10th) and Werribee (11th) they can move as high as sixth.
However, if the Devils can win both their games for the weekend, halting their losing streak, they can advance a few spots on the ladder.
Bendigo vs Werribee Sat 2pm Bendigo Stadium
Camberwell vs Frankston Sat 4pm Balwyn High School
Hume City vs Sunbury Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Altona vs Ballarat Sun 1pm Altona Sports Centre
Casey vs Corio Bay Sun 1.30pm Casey Stadium
Geelong vs Warrandyte Sun 2pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Werribee vs Hume City Sun 3pm Eagle Stadium
Youth League One Women
Craigieburn travel to Geelong Basketball Netball Centre this weekend to play Corio Bay, with both teams eager for their second win of the season after four consecutive losses. Last round the Eagles were overhauled by Eltham who walked away 14-point victors, while Corio Bay were handed a 41-point smashing, and currently have an average losing margin of 43.5 points. The match will tip-off at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
Eltham play host to the undefeated Keilor on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats moved into fifth position on the ladder after collecting win number two for the season last weekend. First-placed Keilor got the job done at home last Sunday against the Geelong Supercats in what was a super team effort with 11 out of 12 Thunder girls hitting the scoreboard. The last time these teams met resulted in a 30-point win for Keilor.
Rounding out Saturday’s matches will be the contest between Casey and McKinnon at Casey Stadium. The Cavaliers enjoyed a decent win over the Supercats last round, and are currently in third position after five rounds. The McKinnon Cougars are one of four teams with just one win so far this season, and will again be challenged against Casey. The Cavaliers’ Lauren Tuplin is the current league leader in points, averaging 19.3 per game while Stephanie Leclerc is leading the assists column, with 5.5 assists from her four performances.
It’ll be another battle for Geelong Supercats this weekend, as they face the other undefeated team in Warrandyte at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium in Belmont. It’ll be the first time these teams will meet this season, with Geelong coming off two games last round, with a 61-86 loss to Casey at home on the Saturday, before a 14-point loss to Keilor on the Sunday. Warrandyte will be looking to make it six from six with a win this weekend.
The final match of the round will be Camberwell up against Craigieburn, to be played at Balwyn High School on Sunday. The Dragons are coming off a huge win over the Stingrays, staking their claim on the competition with a current four-game win streak. Camberwell’s Jessica Bates was huge in her side’s round five win with four three-pointers, lifting her tally to 13 for the season so far. Craigieburn will be searching for just their second win of the season, and their first away win.
Corio Bay vs Craigieburn Sat 5pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Eltham vs Keilor Sat 6pm Eltham High School
Casey vs McKinnon Sat 8pm Casey Stadium
Geelong vs Warrandyte Sun 12pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Camberwell vs Craigieburn Sun 12pm Balwyn High School
Youth League Two Men
Sitting second on the ladder and having won their last four game – including wins against the All Stars and the Whittlesea Pacers – Craigieburn come up against the Maccabi Warriors on Saturday night. The Warriors, despite starting the season with two losses, have bounced back with four wins on the trot and travel to Craigieburn’s stadium to make it five.
The Collingwood All Stars travel to Keysborough to take on the Cougars in a match-up they are expected to win. The All Stars have had a mixed review over the last few weeks, alternating in wins and losses with their last game against a strong Craigieburn outfit resulting in a loss. The Cougars have lost their last four games with their most recent coming against the Coburg Giants in a high scoring affair.
The Western Port Steelers travel to Melton Indoor Recreation Centre to take on the Thoroughbreds in a game the Steelers are predicted to win comfortably. A third vs tenth clash, the Thoroughbreds have won their last three, including wins against the Panthers (twice) and the Pacers, showing good form. The Steelers are coming off a 26-point defeat at the hands of the Giants and look undermanned against a tough Thoroughbred outfit.
According to the ladder, the match-up between the Coburg Giants (sixth) and the Chelsea Gulls (seventh) looks like it’s going to be a close one. The Giants on a two-game win streak and look to add to it when they play the Gulls at their home court. This will be the first of two games for the Gulls and a win here could spark some form.
League leaders, the Pakenham Warriors (5-0), take on the Whittlesea Pacers (2-4) at Mill Park Basketball Stadium. The Warriors present quite a scalp for the Pacers as their form of being undefeated may prove to be too much for Whittlesea. The Pacers will need to perform a lot better than they did in their last outing against the All Stars, as they went down 86-50.
The second of two games for the Gulls this round is at home against the Wallan Panthers. The Panthers are yet to register a win this season and are looking to do so against the Gulls as they travel to Chelsea. The Gulls must add another win here to assert themselves and throw the win/loss ratio into a winning favour.
The Keysborough Cougars travel down to Mornington to take on the Breakers at 12pm on Sunday. The Cougars will have to back up their performance whilst playing the day before against the All Stars, providing quite a challenge for them. The Breakers (2-4) look to close the game on their win/loss ratio with a win at home.
The last game of the round sees the Maccabi Warriors take on the Pacers. Their form (having won their last four games) and the ladder (sitting in fourth place) alone has the Warriors taking this game at their home court, whilest the Pacers are trying to snap a two-game losing streak. Both teams are set to play two games this round.
Craigieburn vs Maccabi Sat 6pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Keysborough vs Collingwood Sat 6pm Rowville Secondary College
Melton vs Western Port Sat 7pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Coburg vs Chelsea Sat 8.30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Whittlesea vs Pakenham Sat 8.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Chelsea vs Wallan Sun 11am Patterson River Stadium
Mornington vs Keysborough Sun 12pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Maccabi vs Whittlesea Sun 2pm Bialik Stadium
Youth League Two Women
Blackburn will kick things off with a match at home against the undefeated Sherbrooke Suns. The Vikings were on the losing end of a thrilling game against Werribee last round, going down 65-69, in what was their second consecutive loss. This match marks Sherbrooke’s first of a two-game weekend for round six. The Suns collected their fifth win of the season last weekend with a five-point win over Pakenham. The Vikings are yet to record a win at home so far this season.
Also on Saturday afternoon, Coburg Giants will be chasing their second win of the season as they play host to Chelsea at Coburg Basketball Stadium. The Giants were handed their fourth consecutive loss in round five, with a 61-49 defeat at the hands of Collingwood. Chelsea are also coming off a loss to the Frankston Blues, snapping what was a four-game win-streak to begin their season.
Pakenham will travel to Mill Park Basketball Stadium on Saturday to face the Whittlesea Pacers. In round five the Warriors weren’t able to deliver Sherbrooke’s first defeat of the season, with their five-point loss the story of the night. The Pacers are in some stellar form with three straight wins, all by decent margins. Whittlesea’s Hailey Wynd is currently leading the league in average points with 19 per game, and will be looking to improve on that number against the Warriors.
Two teams positioned in the middle of the table will do battle, with Mornington hosting Collingwood on Saturday. Mornington copped one of their heaviest defeats of the season two rounds ago, losing 30-91 against Sherbrooke. The All-Stars will be ready to go after an 11-point win last weekend, giving them three wins and two losses to begin their 2019 campaign.
As the only undefeated team of the competition so far, Sherbrooke will play their second match for the round against Western Port Steelers, who are in last position without a win so far. The Suns are hot favourites for this game, as their strong start to the season has been helped by performances from Naomi Smith, who is averaging 18.5 points per game and Vanessa Fantin, who is shooting above 47% from behind the three-point line.
The final game of round six will be a clash between Werribee Devils and Frankston Blues at Eagle Stadium in Werribee. The Devils are coming off a 69-65 win against the Vikings, and will be looking to make it two in a row. The Blues, however, are flying at the moment, with a record of five wins and one loss, and are also coming off a win, downing the Gulls by nine points last round.
Blackburn vs Sherbrooke Sat 6pm Mullum Mullum Stadium
Coburg vs Chelsea Sat 6:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Whittlesea vs Pakenham Sat 6:30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Mornington vs Collingwood Sat 6:30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs Western Port Sun 12pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Werribee vs Frankston Sun 1pm Eagle Stadium