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
Knox travels to Keilor to take on the Thunder as the Raiders look to continue their good recent run of form. The Thunder, meanwhile, have dropped off alarmingly after a strong start to life in SCM and will be looking to put in a competitive performance against one of the premier sides in the league.
Eltham hosts Blackburn in a game that the home side will start strong favourites in after a dazzling performance on the road at McKinnon last weekend. The ‘Cats look like one of the most balanced sides in the league this year and while their early season form has been patchy, they will certainly be having their say at the pointy end of the campaign. Blackburn has been far from disgraced in the early stages of their first SCM campaign, but will need to go up a gear in this one.
Ringwood welcomes Casey to The Rings as the Cavs enter what is perhaps the toughest venue to play at in SCM. The Hawks are top of the table after five rounds and look every bit the reigning premiers and team to beat again, while the Cavs are sitting with a respectable 3-2 record and will be looking to elevate up into the top six through the middle of the season.
Eltham will back up on Sunday with a trip to Hume City, where the Broncos sit at 3-3 and in the top four. With Trevon Clayton and Mike Rose playing big minutes, this looms as a danger game for ‘Cats after a game the night before. The home side will certainly fancy their chances of taking the points and consolidating their spot.
Waverley will tackle Corio Bay in what looms as a very tough matchup for the Stingrays. The Falcons started 2018 relatively slowly by their lofty standards but are now starting to hit their straps with players back and imports hitting the floor. The addition of Daniel Dillon looks to be a huge asset and the home side should prove too tough.
Surprise packets Hawthorn will battle it out with Keilor in yet another winnable game for the Magic, who sit mid-table with a 3-2 record and could catapult into the top four with a win here. The Thunder, meanwhile, haven’t won since round two and will be coming off a match against Knox the night before, which will make things tough. Both sides will come in thinking they can grab the W, but the home side will start favourites on current form.
Werribee will look to build on their two wins in 2018 when they welcome the sliding McKinnon, who have lost their past three games after starting 4-0. The Cougars endured a tough 2017 with a roster full of talent, and after a strong start this season they seem to be reverting back to their old ways. Neither side has been at their best defensively in 2018 yet, and we could see plenty of points and a tight finish in this one.
Blackburn finishes the round with a tough matchup, taking on the Hawks. The Vikings will be looking to be competitive, and if they can be in the contest late then anything could happen on their home floor. That said, the defending champs have been brilliant again this season and should claim another win here, albeit on the road.
Keilor vs Knox Sat 7:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Eltham vs Blackburn Sat 8pm Eltham High School
Ringwood vs Casey Sat 8pm The Rings
Hume City vs Eltham Sun 1pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Waverley vs Corio Bay Sun 2:30pm Waverley Basketball Stadium
Hawthorn vs Keilor Sun 3pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Werribee vs McKinnon Sun 3pm Eagle Stadium
Blackburn vs Ringwood Sun 3pm Knox Basketball Stadium
State Championship Women
Sharks (4‐1) vs Falcons (4‐1)
Game of the round and a contest that deserves a big crowd. Lots of stars on show and some vital match‐ups will deliver a close contest. Peyton Little and Jaz Shelley will be keen to continue their great form and both will prove pivotal to Sth Peninsula’s chances. For Waverley, their stacked roster all appear to back and playing. Anytime Tegan Cunningham is taking a role playing off the bench, you’re looking at a very competitive roster. A fantastic test for the Sharks at home. The Falcons will start slight favourites, but don’t discount the home team.
Jets (2‐3) vs Thunder (2‐3)
It’s been an uncharacteristic start to the season by the Jets, with three losses from their last four games pushing them into unfamiliar territory. Now they come up against a hungry young team that will have a red‐hot crack. The only knock on the Thunder right now is their inability to win consistently, their first five games have been like a rollercoaster (LWLWL). If they play to that form, Keilor is due a win. This may not have been pencilled in as a test for the Jets when the schedule was first released, but make no mistake this game is arguably the biggest test the Jets have faced in more than two years. Surely they won’t drop a third straight game, will they?
Broncos (2‐2) vs Cougars (2‐4)
Hume City has played fewer games than any other team thus far, so the ladder does look a little uneven after five rounds. With a much‐needed win locked down by the Cougars against a full‐strength Wildcats outfit last week, this game now takes on a new perspective. Both Hume City and McKinnon need to win to stay in touch with the best four teams – the race (as it currently looks) to join the leading group in finals is wide open and games like this one will go a long way to helping your cause. Both teams have players who can score big, but consistency has been an issue. Someone will step up here, we’re just not sure who it will be.
Boomers (0‐6) vs Raiders (6‐1)
Despite finally being at full strength, one fears the damage has been done at Bulleen and the road back from a 0‐6 start is just too great. Needing to literally win every game from here to make finals, the Boomers now come up against the ladder‐leading Raiders, who by the way are about to add a notable WNBL player. After making the big dance last season, the follow‐up by the Boomers just hasn’t gone to plan but if they can somehow find a win here it will be an amazing boost to their confidence. This looms as a real danger game for the Raiders as the Boomers have nothing to lose and they will surely be throwing caution to the wind and having a go.
Wildcats (1‐4) vs Hawks (4‐2)
The Wildcats would have been extremely flat after last week’s effort at McKinnon. In such an important game, Eltham just couldn’t find their groove and struggled to score. Now they face the daunting task of trying to topple Ringwood, who yet again is being led by two quality imports in Ramos and Mihalko. The wildcard no doubt is Alice Kunek – if she finds her touch then is able to score 30pts or more, it will provide the Wildcats with a big opportunity to cause what would be an upset victory.
Sth Peninsula vs Waverley Sat 5:30pm Hillview Stadium
Sunbury vs Keilor Sat 6pm Boardman Stadium
Hume City vs McKinnon Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Bulleen vs Knox Sun 1:30pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Eltham vs Ringwood Sun 2:30pm Eltham High School
Division One Men
Supercats (3‐3) vs Pacers (1‐5)
Both teams are coming in off wins, but at home the Supercats will start very warm favourites, especially if Lewis Varley brings his flat‐out scoring mentality and prowess from the arc.
Black Angels (2‐5) vs Cougars (6‐1)
Did you hear the thud last week as Keysie crashed back to earth? That loss will sting and unfortunately for the Black Angels they will face a team focused on redemption. Keysie to win.
Jets (1‐6) vs Boomers (3‐4)
Coming in off a huge win, the Boomers will fancy their chances here against a struggling Sunbury outfit. Varmall will be a force and no doubt will ensure his Boomers don’t get stuck in another close game.
Energy (0‐7) vs All Stars (4‐2)
Though any hope of making the finals appears over for Latrobe, the upside is they now have nothing to lose and everything to gain. That sort of attitude could surprise Collingwood and put some real pressure on Manny Hendrix and his team. Back to full strength, the Energy are due a good result, aren’t they?
Gulls (6‐1) vs Venom (3‐2)
A huge weekend for Warrandyte, who have lost their last two. Games against Chelsea and Warrnambool present a huge opportunity to prove they can go with the frontrunners. Chelsea will start favourites at home, but beware a team trying to prove itself against the best. Expect a close result.
Seahawks (3‐3) vs Steelers (4‐2)
This game takes on a whole new meaning with the news that Nathan Sobey is expected to play. Put Sobey and Blount together and you get an unstoppable force that every team in D1M will struggle to contain. A huge test for Western Port.
Pacers (1‐5) vs Black Angels (2‐5)
An opportunity for both teams to celebrate a win. Some good signs have been emerging in recent games from each team, it’s just a case of getting everyone to perform on the same day. Shooting will have a lot to do with it as both teams can be wayward at times. Even contest, too close to call.
Venom (3‐2) vs Seahawks (3‐3)
Warrnambool will have to hit the road, and that might see them a little flat early, but if Sobey makes the trip to the big smoke it won’t take the Seahawks long to get going. It’s a massive weekend for Warrandyte and one win would be nice, but two would be season defining. Can they do it?
All Stars (4‐2) vs Gators (6‐1)
A terrific test for Collingwood against an in‐form and full‐strength Shepparton unit that is starting to look like a genuine contender. Bartlett and Hendrix will match up in a thrilling battle. Gators have the guns and should win, but Collingwood continues to prove home court advantage is strong for them.
Cougars (6‐1) vs Energy (0‐7)
Both teams are coming in off a game the night before. At home the Cougars look too strong, but they will need to be mindful of Crockett and Granger. Hard to see Keysie dropping this one
Division One Women
Let’s start off with what we believe is the Game of the Round this weekend. These two sides have been the leaders of the pack and this game will go a long way in proving just who sits above the other. It is 1v2, Casey v Mildura, we can’t wait to see the outcome…and the stats sheet.
One team that has been a surprise of late is the Pacers. They are up to 5th on the ladder and have not lost a game since round 1. Can they be a contender in this competition? Their opponent on Sunday may have something to say about this and may just be the team to knock them off their perch. The Dragons were in a similar position to the Pacers only a fortnight ago, succumbing to loss number one last week. They will want to bounce back quickly but the question is, will they be given a chance to?
Before this game can get underway, the Pacers have a Saturday night game to contend with. They will meet with the Magic, a team that has been hampered with tough opponents over the last few weeks. Can this game be the game that sees them back on that winning tally, or will the Pacers continue to go from strength to strength? This is the first double weekend for the Pacers this season too, so this may play a part in how their weekend finishes.
Sometimes the fixture can be harsh. The Venom have only just tasted victory but now they head into a double header weekend against two top 4 sides. When a team is up, they can quickly be brought back down. For their first game, the Venom are on the road to take on the Gulls. It has been an inconsistent few weeks for the Gulls but hopefully this weekend will see the Gulls start to string some wins together again. We also wonder if there will be any love lost between these two considering there has been some fluctuating of players.
In a game that we see to be the tougher of the two, the Venom head home to meet the Mermaids on the Sunday. The Mermaids are heading for their 3rd straight win and are almost certain to get the job done. Amy Wormald has been the consistent finisher for the Mermaids so the Venom will need to make her the focus if they are to limit their scoring power.
In a double away weekend for the Heat, they are down to Traralgon on the Saturday to take on the Energy. This side has been hit with teams that currently form the top 6 teams of the competition making it extremely hard for them to make inroads. But why not stop there. The fixture has not been kind, giving them the 2nd placed team in the Heat this weekend.
Although the Saturday is looking glum for the Energy, we can see things picking up for them on the Sunday. They have the opportunity of getting another win when they take on the Magic. Although this will be the 2nd game for the Energy, it is also the Magic’s 2nd game. If the Energy can recover well from the night before, they could us this to their advantage. But only time will tell.
The Supercats have finally started to string some wins together and as they head into the weekend, they are looking at making it straight win number 3. The reason we say this because they will be taking on the Devils, a team that hasn’t won a game since round 1. But in their defence, they have had a tough road since then. This could be the game that turns their season around.
To finish off the Mermaids weekend, they start off with a home game on Saturday night against the Steelers. This side has really been struggling, even with the addition of their import. We don’t know when or if they will find their place in this competition, but what we do know is that their trip to Warrnambool will be made even harder when they are sent home with a loss.
Latrobe vs. Mildura Sat 6pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Chelsea vs. Warrandyte Sat 6pm Patterson River Stadium
Warrnambool vs. Western Port Sat 6pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Hawthorn Sat 8.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Warrandyte vs. Warrnambool Sun 12pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Camberwell vs. Whittlesea Sun 1pm Balwyn High School
Hawthorn vs. Latrobe Sun 1pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Werribee vs. Geelong Sun 1pm Eagle Stadium
Casey vs. Mildura Sun 1.30pm Casey Stadium
Division Two Men
The Gators are chasing the sun this round as they head up to the hills to take on Sherbrooke who have had a their ups and downs this season, with one too many nail biters and getting pipped right at the buzzer. Altona need another win under their belt after dropping their last 2 matches leaving them with a not so pretty record of 1-5. Can Sherbrooke finish strong and send the Gators packing with another loss or will they fall short once again?
As the Eagles soar up to the border the Bushies will be preparing to take them down, with the addition of import Richard Townsend-Gant the Bushies have been a treat to all teams they have faced, yet still searching for that first victory. If Craigieburn isn’t careful North East might just find it this week. Make sure you bring your A game Eagles, the Bushies are waiting for you.
The Warriors have the biggest task this round as they get set to head into dangerous waters to get in, steal a win and get out before getting eaten alive by the biggest predators in D2M, the Sharks. Maccabi were so close last week and almost clained their second victory over a top seeded Giants side, can they bring the pain and come out victors?
It’s going to be a race for the ages as the Panthers take on the Thoroughbreds, and it’s going to be a tough race to the finish. The Panthers are fresh and ready to come out of the gates firing after a week off while the Thoroughbreds are still buzzing from their stellar win over Pakenham last week. Wallan have to be careful here if Melton play like they did last week or they could be in some trouble.
Coburg head home after 2 successful weeks on the road as they open their doors to the hot handed Heat, the Giants only just got over the line last week with a shortage of players, they are going to need all their players to be on point this week if they want to stamp their name on this competition as being one of the teams to beat. Mildura will bring the Heat, they always do, with their fast pace and physical style of game, but it’s fan favourite Calvin Henry that the Giants will need to silence if they want to put out the fire.
With both teams backing it up this round it will be interesting to see who can go the distance, Wallan haven’t had a great track record when it comes to double header weekends after dropping both games back in round 4. Mildura have it tough with an 8:30pm game Saturday night in Coburg then 12pm Sunday game in Wallan so they can hit the road and get home. This will be a great match up, but if Mildura’s triple threat get going the Panthers will be left licking their wounds.
Another double up for the round is Altona who invite the Pakenham Warriors to the Swamp, this will be the only match for Pakenham for the weekend so they will be coming in relatively fresh compared to the Gators who have a tough one Saturday night on the road. The Warriors will be looking to redeem themselves after a disastrous game last round where they went down by 26 points to a team who hadn’t won a game, well they have now thanks to the Warriors.
The Bushies hit the road after a tough match up at home Saturday night to try and tame the Dragons, who had a cruisy Saturday night relaxing getting ready for this Sunday blockbuster. North East have a real shot at getting not just their first win of the season this week but finishing the round with 2 wins, as both games are definitely winnable for the Bushies if they are all on the same page and give it all they have. However if they slack off it could go terribly wrong for them and they could finish out round 6 with a devastating record of 0-7.
Sherbrooke vs. Altona Sat 6pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
North East vs. Craigieburn Sat 7pm Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre
Southern Pen vs. Maccabi Sat 7:30pm Hillview Stadium
Melton vs. Wallan Sat 8pm Melton Indoor Rec Centre
Coburg vs. Mildura Sat 8:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Wallan vs. Mildura Sun 12pm RB Robson Stadium
Altona vs. Pakenham Sun 3pm Altona Sports Centre
Camberwell vs. North East Sun 3pm Balwyn High School
Division Two Women
Having snapped a 2 game losing streak last week, the Bushrangers will be looking to prove it wasn’t a fluke as they host the Eagles back at Wodonga. Craigieburn themselves are in hot form, undefeated in their 4 outings to date, both at home and on the road. With plenty of minutes has come plenty of points for Nicole Cameron who leads Craigieburn in scoring while Alaana Northey and Rachel Jeffrey are the ones that Craigieburn will need to shut down.
Melton’s season so far has been WLWL, so the statistics alone might suggest the Thoroughbreds might expect a Win this week. But they face the Panthers who have made clear their intent early in the season to the division. Although Wallan’s only loss so far this season has been as the visiting team, that was back in the opening round and they’ve been in winning mode ever since. Emily Attard has been a welcome addition to the team, and is proving herself well at this level while the Conroy Convoy started to find some form last week too. Melton will need to find a qay to stop the influence of Emmie O’Nial who is at 50% field shooting.
The Coburg Giants are not in a great place at the moment. After their opening round albeit hard fought win against Sherbrooke, they’ve struggled to find an offense combination that works for them while building their club development program around it and they have the lowest percentage in the division. Collingwood find themselves at the top end of the ladder and have developed a rythym in recent weeks which has been impressive. Having said that, Blackburn almost found a chink in the All Star armour last week, so if Coburg can manufacture a surprise combination and create a new game plan that works for them, they might be able to use the home crowd to their advantage and throw everything at this game knowing they have the week off next round.
Blackburn showed some signs that they’ll be hard to shake off throughout the year and Mornington are in a similar vein to Coburg in that their depth is being tested from week to week. The Vikings though are on a two game losing streak and will need to bounce back strongly to build confidence ready to take on the Bushies next roudn. Andrea Belmonte in recent weeks has been difficult to contain for opposition teams.
North East vs. Craigieburn Sat 5pm Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre
Melton vs. Wallan Sat 6pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Coburg vs. Collingwood Sat 6:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Blackburn vs. Mornington Sun 1pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
11 games hallmark Round Six in a round which at its conclusion marks the first third of the regular season completed. Ringwood battle with Altona in the rounds opener, the Hawks are currently a hard team to gauge with a slight bit of inconsistency entering the fray. There’s a stack of talent out at The Rings, with a handful of players still around from their 2016 Runners-Up squad. They’ll want to hold home court if they are to continue battling for the top four. They back up against a Keilor side who have been much the same. Show signs of brilliance in patches of their matches, before coughing up leads or not being able to execute down the stretch. Look for Mitch Alush who has been in some good form as of late.
Altona also play back-to-back in which they’re pitted at home to Blackburn. The Gators haven’t won a game on the road as yet, so they’ll be keen to lock down home court advantage at every opportunity. The Vikes are in the same boat, 0-5 on the road with form lines that are harder to predict than whether America will give Ben Simmons the Rookie of the Year award (go away Donovan Mitchell). Jeremy Edwards has been a star for the Gators and should feature prominently once again. Blackburn also have the hard task of attempting to contain Kilsyth on Saturday night, with Mitch Dielemans and Jorden Adnam in fine form, however it’s Will MacRae who has been the important third cog to the team.
Kilsyth back it up on Sunday when Bulleen head to the Snakepit. These two teams have had some brilliant encounters over the past couple of years, although there has now been a bit of player movement since. The Boomers will require some assistance for their out and out star point guard – look for Matt Foster Jr and Jack Fleming, the latter really blossoming after coming down from the senior team last year. The Boomers host Sandringham the night prior in what looks to be a hotly contested battle. Two sides who know what success looks like (from recent times) and may have just lost a step or two. Might be the closest result of the weekend.
Melbourne tackle Nunawading in a game where both teams desperately need a result. While these two handy sides usually receive some reinforcements come mid-season, with both towards the bottom rungs of the ladder they’ll be needing to react quickly otherwise it won’t matter who returns because it will be too late. The Tigers weekend doesn’t get much easier with Knox awaiting them on Sunday; the Raiders have rattled off their last six, remembering their opening losses were by a combined three points! Jump on the Raiders bandwagon.
In other fixtures, Eltham face Sherbrooke in a match where the Suns have to lock down defensively. The Wildcats seem to have all the pieces at the moment and can put up points in a hurry in a contest like this. Don’t be surprised to see an offensive explosion in this one. Dandenong host Diamond Valley and we’re not sure what to make of the Eagles this season. Just one win from their opening seven, including double digit losses in four of those. Dandy could be a great litmus test to see where they’re travelling in 2018.
Finally, Sandringham host McKinnon who look to be beaming with confidence in the early parts of the season. Looks like the Sabres will be a tired bunch once the weekend comes to a close, a pair of gutbusting fixtures that could really define their season.
Ringwood vs. Altona Sat 6pm The Rings
Melbourne vs. Nunawading Sat 7:30pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Bulleen vs. Sandringham Sat 8pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Blackburn vs. Kilsyth Sat 8pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Eltham vs. Sherbrooke Sun 12:30pm Eltham High School
Altona vs. Blackburn Sun 1pm Altona Sports Centre
Kilsyth vs. Bulleen Sun 1pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Dandenong vs. Diamond Valley Sun 2pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Knox vs. Melbourne Sun 2pm State Basketball Centre
Sandringham vs. McKinnon Sun 2:30pm Nunn Media Basketball Stadium
Keilor vs. Ringwood Sun 3:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
We tick over the first third of the season when Round Six concludes and the weekend kicks off with. A. Bang!
One vs. Two in the Watson Conference pits Kilsyth against Ringwood. Last year’s runners-up are sitting pretty at 5-1 and have got it on lock defensively. Four wins on the trot to the Hawks have them beaming with confidence, while the Cobras resurgence this season has certainly created a refreshing vibe inside the camp.
The Hawks back up at home against Ballarat; the Rush showing a little inconsistency (honourable loss to KIL, just defeated WDYTE etc). Ballarat will want to show signs of improvement in this contest, because if they fall to 2-5 they’d want to take positives out of the game to continue to build confidence within the team.
Bendigo are on the road this weekend when Melbourne await; the Tigers on a three game skid after what looked to be another solid season ahead. Now back at .500, the Tigers are looking for that next crop to bring them through after such success in recent times. A handful of recruits from rival clubs have helped, with Heaven-Lee Valenti (DV/Whittlesea) and Charlie Hebel (Hawthorn) just a couple who have been handy.
Melbourne move on the road on Sunday when Knox are waiting at the State Basketball Centre. The Raiders may have lost the last two, however you look at the class of opponents in which they have faced in even their last four games, they could be forgiven. If the home side can climb over the top in this one, it will put them in good stead going forward.
Knox face Hume City the night prior and the Broncos are in for a tough weekend it seems. The Raiders and Altona Gators are their opponents and it could be slim pickings for the Broncs throughout Round Six. They’ll be looking to find consistent scorers over the next fortnight or so, with Ebony Sans currently leading the way with 9.7ppg. Altona are arguably the form team of the competition thanks to six wins on the trot. Jess Rarity, Destiny Liu and Dana Lindemann are just a handful of role players knowing their role at the current time and it looks as though it could be a while before someone slows down this freight train.
Bulleen come up against Sandringham which has the potential to be over fairly quickly if one team turns up. The Boomers registered their first win last week, while Sandy are looking to improve their away record (2-2). The Sabres are back at home for a very important clash with the Spectres on Sunday. Nunawading are now at 5-1 and absolutely flying. Three players are averaging double figures in Sarah Slater, Tessa Boyd and Isabel Feller. At this point in time, it will be key to see the personnel for the Sabres each week with senior commitments also proving difficult.
Warrandyte travel to Waverley in search for their second win of the season. Michaela Kuen has been in fine form for the Venom, however they’re really looking for that second and third star to step up and currently Siobhan Mac Aodha and Elo Magbegor are just trying to find their feet. The Falcons could be in the same boat and currently they’re yet to register a victory at home – this is an important clash for both sides.
Finally, Dandenong host Diamond Valley and we’re keen to see whether or not the Rangers turned a corner last week! They don’t get an easier test after recording their first victory as the Eagles are in fine form and are expecting bigger things within the camp. There’s a ton of depth within the Eagles and that’s something the Rangers are going to have to counter.
Hawthorn vs. Nunawading Sat 5:30pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Diamond Valley vs. Bulleen Sat 6pm DV Sports and Fitness Centre
Warrandyte vs. Ballarat Sat 7pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Ringwood vs. Sandringham Sun 12pm The Rings
Knox vs. Altona Sun 12pm State Basketball Centre
Dandenong vs. Bendigo Sun 12pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Melbourne vs. Kilsyth Sun 1pm Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Bulleen vs. Warrandyte Sun 1pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Youth League One Men
An individual outshone all in round five, however with now more than a third of the season in the books after this weekend, the team mentality will quickly turn its attention to securing the best possible position going forward. It’s critical to bank those early wins and now it’s just as important to continue good form and good fortune.
Geelong take on Bendigo in a country Vic clash, which will take place in and around the when U18 Country Victoria will play during their Australian Junior Championships campaign held at the same location. The Braves returned to the winners circle last week after a four game skid and will be keen to put two good performances together in a row. The Supercats seem to be giving up a lot defensively, and some inconsistency throughout has hampered their campaign thus far.
Corio Bay must not delve on last week’s incredible performance for too long or they’ll be caught out reminiscing the past. The team now must regroup and not rely on one individual (no matter who that may be on a given night) and continue to put in solid four quarter performances as a group. Camberwell may have somewhat struggled to start the campaign, however two wins on the trot have them seen in a different light. Be wary. Both teams back up on Sunday as the Dragons have the early morning clash with Hume City, before Corio travel to Waverley for a massive encounter. Hume haven’t set the world alight in 2018 and if the Dragons are to salute on Saturday night, R6 could prove to be a huge boost in terms of their finals aspirations. The Falcons and Stingrays clash will be big. Waverley dropped their first game last week, however bounced back with authority to inflict Werribee’s first loss of the season. Liking the look of the Falcons this season and they will again go in favourites here, especially with the visitors coming off a back-to-back.
Ballarat travel to Casey on Saturday night before returning home for a clash against winless Coburg. It’s an interesting weekend for the Miners as the Cavs will be determined to break their three game skid, while Coburg will come out all guns blazing knowing their opponents will be on the back foot from the beginning thanks to some fatigue. On the flip side, Ballarat are undefeated at home (3-0) yet winless on the road (0-4) and will need all of Tristan Fisher and Ross Weightman again to see them get over the line. Two wins this weekend propels them 5-4 and a real shot at keeping pace with the leading pack!
Geelong vs. Bendigo Sat 5pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Corio Bay vs. Camberwell Sat 6pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Werribee vs. Sunbury Sat 7pm Eagle Stadium
Casey vs. Ballarat Sat 8pm Casey Stadium
Camberwell vs. Hume City Sun 11am Balwyn High School
Waverley vs. Corio Bay Sun 12:30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Ballarat vs. Coburg Sun 1pm MARS Minerdome
Youth League One Women
Already a third of the way through the season, crazy right!
Camberwell get set to open their doors to the fast scoring Jets on Saturday night, the Dragons are coming off an extremely good win last round against the tough Corio Bay team and would still be pumped and ready to show another top team they are not to be messed with. The Jets however, have been that one step above the rest so far this season with only 1 team getting within 10 points of them. Can the Dragons ground the Jets on their run to the title undefeated?
Eltham have the chance to get back to the winners table this week as both teams struggling to find their feet this season with a 1-4 record. Craigieburn need the win if they intend on getting out of this rut they seem to have got themselves in dropping the last 3 games straight, they were so close against McKinnon but then after a game they would want to forget they really need to pick their heads up if they want another win next to their names. This one is anyones game, who you got?
Geelong should be refreshed and rearing to go this week after having last week off, its great having a weekend off but it also can hurt your ladder standings, Geelong went into last week top of the ladder and now have fallen to 3rd thanks to Sunbury and Keilor catching them. Eltham have the hardest weekend of all this round being the only team on the double header with their second game of the round heading out to the bay where we have the battle of the cats (Supercats vs Wildcats).
The Gulls head back to the nest on Sunday where they open their doors to the Stingrays who have a mighty trip almost from one side of Vic to the other. Corio Bay will be looking to pick themselves back up after a not so great game last week against the Dragons, while Chelsea still search for their first win. I’m not sure what Chelsea is going to do, but they need to find something as nothing seems to be working so far for them. Chelsea you have a big job ahead of you, I hope you have something in the tank for this game.
The Cougars are back on the road this round as they are off to silence the Thunder on their home floor, these two teams have already faced off this season and even though it was a 20 point ball game both teams have come so far. Keilor have been one of the top teams this season rolling out win after win showing each team they are the team to beat, McKinnon are sitting on a mixed season of 3-3 and a win for them here would really boost the team morale.
Camberwell vs. Sunbury Sat 6pm Balwyn High School
Eltham vs. Craigieburn Sat 6pm Eltham High School
Geelong vs. Eltham Sun 1pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Chelsea vs. Corio Bay Sun 1pm Patterson River Stadium
Keilor vs. McKinnon Sun 1:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Youth League Two Men
The Eagles will further cement themselves as the team to beat this weekend when they take their 7th straight win over the Pacers. This side has become known for their high scoring efforts and lately only one team has come close enough to challenge them. Unfortunately for the Pacers, they won’t be a team that follows suit. On this occasion, they won’t be able to compete with the fire power of the Eagles.
One team that will be wasting no time in putting the W’s back to their name is the Thoroughbreds. Out of the two games they have to contend with this weekend, their will almost certainly get their first. They’ll be taking on the Panthers at home, a team that has shown glimpses of a competitive team in both their wins and losses. But this match will see the Thoroughbreds jump from the gates early and the Panthers won’t be able to chase them down.
The big test for the Thoroughbreds will come on the Sunday. They meet with the 2nd placed Maccabi Warriors, a team hoping to bounce back from last weeks efforts. This game is a tough one to pick. Both have extremely talented and deep rosters and have a number of players who can contribute. Wouldn’t be surprised if this one is decided in OT.
After having a slow start to the season, the Blues are finally making a name for themselves. Up to 5th on the ladder with 3 straight wins, they have double the opportunity of turning this into something much more. Their Saturday opponent is the Steelers, a team that has struggled since their win in round 1. The momentum is all with the Blues at this point, leaving the Steelers to wait even longer before they taste victory again.
The following game between the Blues and the All Stars is a real tough one to pick. The All Stars have had their consistency tested so far this season and we are unsure at the moment of just where they sit. We know they are capable of more but until we see it, we will be sitting on the fence. The game is up for grabs and is anyones for the taking.
The Cougars had a fairytale start to the season but over the last few weeks they have been given some tough opponents that has seen this fairytale start slowly become a distant memory. But luckily for them, their double header weekend sees them take on two teams that currently sit in the lower half of the ladder, meaning that their 3 straight losses could quickly become 2 straight wins. Their opening game sees them meet with the Breakers who were lucky to get their 3rd win for the season last week. At least they will be coming off a win though as they will soon be adding another L to their name.
Speaking of adding loses to a name, the Energy have become accustomed to do so each and every week. They have been given some of the tougher opponents early on and are yet to be given a chance at a win. And unfortunately for the Energy, the Cougars are a team that we would place in the ‘tough team’ basket. It is going to be another down week for the Energy.
We have another team heading for a double weekend, and as in most cases, one is always tougher than the other. For the Gulls on this occasion, their tough game is the first cab off the rank. They take on the Pakenham Warriors at home, a team that has just started to find some form. And might we add to this that two of their latest wins have been over two top 4 sides. We think we are just beginning to see the best of what the Warriors have to offer.
Although the Gulls next opponent in the Panthers are only just a placing down from the Gulls, we do see these two teams on different paths. The Gulls have the fire power and the ability to add points to the board quickly, exactly like they did in their match last week. In saying this though, we are not fully convinced that this game will go the way of the Gulls. These two teams are too close on the ladder and have too similar records to not give the Panthers a red hot shot.
Melton vs. Wallan Sat 4pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Chelsea vs. Pakenham Sat 4pm Patterson River Stadium
Craigieburn vs. Whittlesea Sat 6pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Western Port vs. Frankston Sat 7pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Mornington vs. Keysborough Sat 7pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Keysborough vs. Latrobe Sun 1pm Rowville Secondary College
Maccabi vs. Melton Sun 2pm Bialik Stadium
Wallan vs. Chelsea Sun 2pm RB Robson Stadium
Frankston vs. Collingwood Sun 3.30pm Frankston Basketball Stadium
Youth League Two Women
Five games sees the conclusion of the opening third of the Big V season for our Youth League Two Women counterparts who obviously encounter the 18 round grind. It’s super interesting to note from The Final Whistle story produced not long ago on bigv.com.au that those teams sitting outside finals contention as we speak are in some trouble based off historical data.
Mornington face a difficult task on the road to kick off the weekend with a trip to Blackburn. The Breakers are stuggling offensively, last in the competition in points per game. With points at a premium, watch for players such as Chloe McCulley and Olivia Allen to have an impact, while for the Vikings it will be tough to contain Beth Gray and Isabella Renton if they’re both on song.
Whittlesea have looked to have developed some nice chemisty out at the Pacer Pack and have won two of their last three. A tough battle is ensured when the Pakky Warriors come to town, however their size will be a distinct advantage over their visitors. Hailey Wynd and Chloe Villiva are set to have big games, however it is Wynd’s scoring impact when the Pacers are most dangerous. Plenty can be said about the Dubs, however we must remember the hot start of 2017 before it all fizzled away before the post-season – keep that in mind and am sure the Warriors are using that to further drive their 2018 campaign.
Southern Peninsula have started the season no better than they possibly could have. 5-0, top of the table and another winnable game on the horizon. While the Devils record states 2-3, both of their victories have come agains t the two currently winless sides of the competition, so if the home side is to make a splash in this competition in 2018 they’ll need to claim a big scalp sometime soon. No better time than the present!
Frankston host Sherbrooke on Sunday afternoon in only their second home game of the season. 1-0 at home right now one would expect a strong showing on their home deck against a side that hasn’t quite been able to show enough signs of contending this season. For the Suns, they’ll need to be reliant on the defensive end, and make every attempt to stop leaking points at key times in games.
Finally, Western Port travel to Casey in another game which looks to be fairly one-sided. The Cavs women’s program is booming at current time, with their Youth League team firing on all cylinders offensively (1st in the competition). Lauren Tuplin and Tess Young are that dynamic duo which every team would love right now and expect them to play a strong hand in this contest as well!
Blackburn vs. Mornington Sat 6pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Pakenham Sat 6:30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Werribee vs. Southern Peninsula Sun 11am Eagle Stadium
Frankston vs. Sherbrooke Sun 1:30pm Frankston Basketball Stadium
Casey vs. Western Port Sun 3:30pm Casey Stadium