Round 7 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

It will be sixth and seventh on the ladder facing off when Corio Bay travels to Broadmeadows to take on Hume City. The Stingrays will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak while the Broncos will be hoping to build momentum after last week’s upset win over the Magic. Jordan Coleman leads four Broncos scoring in double digits at 18.6 points per game, while Jamal Shabazz is shooting over 50 per cent for his 17 points per game. Both loom as danger men for the Stingrays. Joseph Reid Jr is the star Stingray, averaging over 25 points and more than nine rebounds per game.

At the same time, Blackburn will be looking for its first win of the season when it plays host to a reeling Hawthorn side. After starting the season 4-0, the Magic have dropped three straight games, while the Vikings are off to a horror 0-7 start. With both sides coming off big losses last week, this contest could prove crucial to kick-start the winners’ campaign. Magic leading scorer Nelson Kirksey looms as the danger man for the Vikings, while Jake Heath will be aiming to lead Blackburn to victory.

Chelsea will be looking to even its win-loss ledger at 4-4 when it takes on the 1-7 Werribee Devils, who are coming off three straight losses. The Devils came painfully close to their second win of the season last weekend, going down by single digits to both Casey and Keilor. The Devils have proved they are capable of going toe-to-toe with the best in the competition, but will now be hoping to get a result against the mid-table Gulls, who need to respond after last week’s 48-point drubbing at the hands of McKinnon. Werribee’s David Shepard is the leading scorer in the league at over 28 points per game, while on the other end of the floor, the Devils’ defense will have its hands full with four Gulls scoring over 20 points per game.

The Devils will face a tall order the following afternoon when they travel to GESAC to take on the undefeated Cougars in what appears to be a monumental mismatch on paper. The Devil defense, conceding 109 points per game heading into round seven, will have their hands full with a prolific Cougars offense putting up just under 110 points per game. McKinnon appears to clearly have the upper hand, but after the way in which Werribee challenged Casey and Keilor last week, the Cougars will know they will need to be at their best to win. 

In what appears to be another mismatch on paper, Casey will be playing for its seventh consecutive win against Hume City on Sunday. The Cavaliers, led by star Raheem Lemons, will come into this one the fresher side, with the Broncos on the second leg of a back-to-back fixture for the weekend. As one of only two teams scoring over 100 points per game, Casey makes for a frightening defensive matchup, but Hume City can put up a big score as well, so expect this one to be determined by defense.

No one plays defense better than Keilor, and the Thunder will be looking to suffocate the Vikings’ anaemic offense on Sunday. Looking for a fourth straight win, Keilor needs to win to keep in touch with the top two, but can’t afford to overlook Blackburn. Challenged by the struggling Werribee a week ago, look for Keilor to approach this game firing on all cylinders.Michael Anderson is averaging almost 25 points per game, and he figures to play a key role for Keilor.

Hume City vs Corio Bay                                              Sat 8pm                       Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Blackburn vs Hawthorn                                              Sat 8pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Werribee vs Chelsea                                                   Sat 8.30pm                   Eagle Stadium

McKinnon vs Werribee                                               Sun 3pm                      GESAC

Casey vs Hume City                                                     Sun 3.30pm                  Casey Stadium

Keilor vs Blackburn                                                     Sun 3.30pm                  Keilor Basketball Stadium

Championship Women

Hume City open up Round 7 with their clash against Warrnambool on Saturday. The Broncos were handed their first loss of the season last week after falling one point short against Keilor. Breanna Brock looks to continue her reign this week, as she is currently averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Broncos. The Mermaids are yet to win a game but that won’t stop them from putting up a fight against the team at the top of the table. Abbey Sutherland will be a key player for Warrnambool, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. 

The next Round 7 clash will see Bulleen travel to Keilor Basketball Stadium where they will be faced with the challenge of facing the Thunder, who currently sit second on the ladder. With both teams coming off wins last week it promises to be an exciting game. Aneta Bandilovski will look to continue her strong form as she averages 18 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. Casey Valenti-Paea is the leading scorer for Bulleen, averaging 15 points per game. She has played well for Bulleen so far, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in her side’s win against Warrnambool in Round 6. 

The Casey Cavaliers are keen to bounce back after their two-point loss to Werribee Devils in Round 6. They will host the Sunbury Jets at Casey Stadium on Saturday night. Casey’s Sarah Halejian will look to back up a stellar performance from last week that saw her finish with 33 points, five rebounds and two assists. For Sunbury, Karen Duever will look to impress after scoring a team high 30 points last week. Josephine Stockill will also be a key player for Sunbury, averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game. 

After suffering their third loss for the season, Whittlesea hope to secure the win this week when they host the Southern Peninsula Sharks. The Sharks enter the round with another win under their belt after a convincing 34-point win over McKinnon Cougars. With five players scoring in double figures last week, Megan Smith and Kristine Lalonde lead the way with 20 and 16 points respectively. The Sharks will look to continue to provide the same scoreboard pressure this week. The Pacers’ Rachel Bell will be a key player this week after a superb performance last week, and she is currently averaging 23 points, six rebounds and two assists per game. 

The final game for Round 7 will see the Werribee Devils come up against the McKinnon Cougars. The Devils hope to continue their three-game winning streak and will look to leading scorer Alisia Jenkins to do so. Jenkins along with fellow teammate Sarah Elsworthy are currently averaging 22 and 19 points per game respectively. McKinnon hope to walk away from Round 7 with their second win. To do this, they must dig deep and utilise sibling duo Claire and Madeleine Ioannidis, who are both averaging 10 points per game. 

Hume City vs Warrnambool                                       Sat 6pm                       Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Keilor vs Bulleen                                                         Sat 7.30pm                   Keilor Basketball Stadium

Casey vs Sunbury                                                        Sat 8pm                        Casey Stadium

Whittlesea vs Southern Peninsula                              Sat 8.30pm                   Mill Park Basketball Stadium

McKinnon vs Werribee                                               Sun 1pm                      GESAC

Division One Men

The Gators and Seahawks do battle at The Arc Sports Stadium to open the round. Shepparton are currently leading the league and followed up their first loss of the season a fortnight ago against Bellarine with a one-point triumph over Western Port last week. Warrnambool are 2-1 at home this season. 

Bellarine and Sunbury meet in an eighth v sixth clash. The Storm are 3-1 at home this season and will fancy their chances. With both sides coming off losses last week, a bounce back win will be important to stay in the hunt. 

Western Port and Collingwood meet at Somerville Recreation Centre to continue the Saturday night fixture. The Steelers had won four in a row prior to their heartbreaking one-point loss to Shepparton last week. The All Stars have been up and down at 4-4 but picked up an important win over the Jets last round. 

Bulleen and Latrobe City clash at East Doncaster Secondary College with what has the makings to be a one-sided affair. The Boomers have been one of the form teams of the competition at 6-3 to sit fifth on the ladder, while the Energy are still searching for their first win of the season. 

Warrandyte and Keysborough meet on Saturday night in a blockbuster second vs third matchup. The Venom have only dropped one game at home this season and are on a two-game win streak, while the Cougars have tied together three consecutive victories, including two thumping wins last week. 

The Black Angels and Giants round out the Saturday night schedule at the Melbourne University Sports Centre. Neither side is tracking particularlywell this season but bounced back with wins last week, therefore, whichever team claims this one could gather some momentum. 

Coburg come straight back from Saturday’s clash with a home meeting with Whittlesea. Whittlesea are anchored at the bottom of the table, still yet to register a win at 0-8. If the Giants can get past Melbourne Uni the day prior, it is a great opportunity for them to get back in the hunt against a struggling Pacers outfit. 

Sunbury and Western Port conclude the round at Boardman Stadium. Both sides will be coming off Saturday night clashes and as it stands, sit in the top six. The Steelers have done a great job of sharing the ball with three players averaging 11 points or more per game, while Sunbury’s Arthur Trousdell has been the clear stand out for his team, averaging 16.1 points per contest. 

Warrnambool vs Shepparton                                     Sat 7pm                        The Arc Sports Stadium

Bellarine vs Sunbury                                                   Sat 7.30pm                  Bellarine Sports Centre

Western Port vs Collingwood                                     Sat 7.30pm                  Somerville Recreation Centre

Bulleen vs Latrobe City                                               Sat 8pm                        East Doncaster Secondary College

Warrandyte vs Keysborough                                      Sat 8pm                       Warrandyte Sports Complex

Melbourne University vs Coburg                                Sat 8.30pm                  Melbourne University Sports Centre

Coburg vs Whittlesea                                                 Sun 12pm                     Coburg Basketball Stadium

Sunbury vs Western Port                                            Sun 1pm                      Boardman Stadium

Division One Women

Bellarine has a chance to climb into the top two when they host Mildura on Saturday night. The Storm sit fourth on the ladder, with five wins for the season. Last week they lost to the top of the ladder Magic by 22 points. The Storm will want to perform against the second-placed Mildura this week to stamp their championship credentials. The Heat had big wins over Western Port and Warrandyte in round six and now sit second on the ladder with six wins from eight games. 

Hawthorn will seek to retain top spot when they travel to face Western Port. The Magic are on a five-game winning streak, which included a 22-point win over Bellarine. Nyilah Jamison-Myers starred for the Magic with 28 points and 12 rebounds. They will face Western Port who seek to return to the winners’ list after a 16-point defeat to Mildura, which ended a four-game winning streak. 

One of Craigieburn and Latrobe will win their third game of the season when they face off at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles enter the game off the back of three defeats in a row, while the Energy have lost five games in succession. 

Seventh-placed Chelsea host bottom of the table Warrandyte on Saturday night. The Gulls returned to the winners’ list last week, with a 49-point win over Latrobe. Shaniqua Nilles starred for the Gulls with 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The Venom remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the ladder. They have the league’s second worst offence and third worst defence.

It is the battle of the top two on Sunday when Hawthorn host Mildura. The Magic came out on top by 21 points in their previous encounter in round one. 

Camberwell host Western Port on Sunday afternoon, fresh off a nine-point win over Craigieburn. Sarah Stone top scored for the Dragons with 21 points to increase her average to 13.4 points per game this season.

The round concludes when Warrandyte host Bellarine at the Warrandyte Sports Complex on Sunday. It will be the first meeting between these teams this season and on current form the Storm will enter the game as favourites. 

Bellarine vs Mildura                                                    Sat 5.30pm                  Bellarine Sports Centre

Western Port vs Hawthorn                                         Sat 5.30pm                  Somerville Recreation Centre

Craigieburn vs Latrobe City                                        Sat 6pm                       Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Chelsea vs Warrandyte                                               Sat 6pm                       Patterson River Stadium

Hawthorn vs Mildura                                                  Sun 1pm                      Boroondara Sports Complex

Camberwell vs Western Port                                      Sun 2pm                      Balwyn High School

Warrandyte vs Bellarine                                             Sun 2pm                      Warrandyte Sports Complex

Division Two Men

North East and Mildura open the round on Saturday. The Heat are flying this year, sitting undefeated at the top of the ladder at 9-0. Meanwhile, the Bushrangers have struggled at 2-6, having dropped their last three games to sit 10th on the table. 

Camberwell and Maccabi meet which has the makings of a one-sided affair. The Dragons are sitting second, currently riding a three-game win streak after defeating Wallan last week. The Warriors have dropped their last two and are 1-5 on the road this season. 

Sherbrooke and Wallan do battle in a ninth vs seventh clash. The Suns have slumped badly of late, dropping their last four games, while the Panthers will also be keen to bounce back from two-straight losses. 

Pakenham and Southern Peninsula clash in a massive top-four match. The Warriors are cruising along at 6-1 and are undefeated at home this season. The Sharks are yet to lose a game at all – sitting 6-0 – but still only occupy third place. 

Melton and Altona go head-to-head at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre to continue the Saturday night fixture. The Thoroughbreds are 4-4 on the season, having just bounced back from a four-game losing streak with a win over the Bushrangers last week. 

Mornington and RMIT cap off the Saturday night schedule. The Breakers finally picked up their first win for the season last week against the Suns but are 1-8 to sit dead last in the standings. RMIT haven’t fared much better at 1-7.

Craigieburn and North East face off with the Eagles riding five-straight wins to hold the second-best record in the league. The Bushrangers will be coming off Saturday’s clash against Mildura. 

Altona and Sherbrooke do battle with both teams coming off games on Saturday. James Till (averaging 12.8 points per game) and James Denton (11.8 PPG) will look to lead their teams to victory. 

Maccabi meets Pakenham on Sunday, with these sides being situated at either end of the ladder and both coming off back-to-backs. The Warriors could pinch it at Bialik Stadium, despite their poor home record.

Wallan and Mornington cap off the round and with the Panthers winning just two wins on the road this season, it could open the door for the Breakers to pick up an upset. 

North East vs Mildura                                                 Sat 5pm                       Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre

Camberwell vs Maccabi                                              Sat 6pm                       Balwyn High School

Sherbrooke vs Wallan                                                 Sat 8pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Pakenham vs Southern Peninsula                              Sat 8pm                       Cardinia Life

Melton vs Altona                                                        Sat 8pm                        Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Mornington vs RMIT                                                   Sat 8.30pm                  Mornington Basketball Stadium

Craigieburn vs North East                                           Sun 2pm                      Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Altona vs Sherbrooke                                                 Sun 3pm                       Altona Sports Centre

Maccabi vs Pakenham                                                Sun 3pm                       Bialik Stadium

Wallan vs Mornington                                                Sun 3pm                       RB Robson Stadium

Division Two Women

Round 7 kicks off with Pakenham hosting Blackburn at Cardinia Life. The Warriors sit top of the ladder with five wins in six games, while the Vikings sit third with four wins. Pakenham enter the game off the back of four wins in a row and hold the division’s best offence. Blackburn’s four game winning streak came to an end in round six when they were defeated by Sherbrooke. Only one win separates these sides so a victory to Blackburn could see them jump above the Warriors on the ladder. 

Melton and Sherbrooke clash at the Melton Indoor Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Thoroughbreds enter the game off the back of two defeats in a row, while the Suns defeated Blackburn last week. Deslyn Applewhaite could be pivotal for the Suns after scoring 34 points last week. 

Melbourne Uni will seek to make it three wins in a row when they host Coburg. The Black Angels’ form has seen them climb to fourth on the table, after beginning the season with a 2-2 record. Coburg have climbed to second on the ladder following a run of three wins in a row. The Giants have not lost on the road this season and enter game as favourites. 

One of North East and Collingwood will win their first game of the season as they meet on Saturday night. Both teams have struggled this season and sit in the bottom two. Collingwood have the division’s worst defence, while the Bushrangers have the worst offence. 

The round concludes when Wallan host Mornington at the RB Robson Stadium. Both sides have won three games this season, but it is Wallan that enter the game in better form. The Panthers have won their last two games, which includes a 15-point win over Collingwood last week. Mornington’s form has dipped and they have now lost three games on the trot. The Breakers have the equal worst offence in the division, which is one of the reasons why they have struggled this season. 

Pakenham vs Blackburn                                             Sat 6pm                       Cardinia Life

Melton vs Sherbrooke                                                Sat 6pm                        Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Melbourne University vs Coburg                                Sat 6.30pm                  Melbourne University Sports Centre

North East vs Collingwood                                         Sat 7pm                       Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre

Wallan vs Mornington                                                Sun 1pm                       RB Robson Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Sherbrooke meet Waverley to open the round with both sides getting off to slow starts in 2019. Sitting 2-0 after the first couple of games, the Suns have dropped eight straight, while Waverley are on a three-game losing streak. 

Bulleen and Hawthorn clash as both teams look to catapulttheir seasons in the right direction. The Boomers have dropped seven-straightbut are still fifth in their conference, while Waverley own the better record but are sixth in the tougher Watson league. 

Blackburn face off with Kilsyth in what could be a one-sided affair on Saturday night. The Vikings have only one win on the board in 2019, while Kilsyth are sitting pretty in first place having peeled off eight-straight victories. 

Southern and Diamond Valley meet in an eighth vs seventh inter-conference matchup. The Sabres are on a four-game losing streak, while the Eagles have dropped six straight themselves. 

Eltham host Knox in a massive clash of the two second-placed sides. Despite holding the same placing, the Wildcats have been the far superior team at 9-1, compared to the Raiders’ 7-4 record. Eltham have won their last four, including 20+ point blowouts in their last couple. 

McKinnon go head-to-head with Dandenong to cap off Saturday night’s fixtures. McKinnon have been solid enough this season and are coming off four-straight victories. But they meet a red-hot Rangers outfit who own the best record of any team in either conference at 10-0. 

Keilor host Sherbrooke with the latter coming off a Saturday game. Keilor have been inconsistent this season at 6-6, and were disappointed in last week’s loss to Nunawading. 

Dandenong and Bulleen come back for their second clash of the round on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers shouldn’t have any trouble in this one, being led by Kobe Williamson (averaging 16.7 points per game).

Melbourne and Eltham meet as the Tigers play in their first match of the weekend. Melbourne have struggled at home this season where they are yet to register a win.

Ringwood and Nunawading face off at The Rings in a top-four clash to close out round seven. There is plenty at stake with both teams on winning streaks and third place potentially up for grabs. 

Sherbrooke vs Waverley                                             Sat 6pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Bulleen vs Hawthorn                                                  Sat 6pm                        East Doncaster Secondary College

Blackburn vs Kilsyth                                                    Sat 6pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Southern vs Diamond Valley                                      Sat 7pm                       Southern Basketball Stadium

Eltham vs Knox                                                           Sat 8pm                        Eltham High School

McKinnon vs Dandenong                                            Sat 8pm                       GESAC

Keilor vs Sherbrooke                                                   Sun 1.30pm                  Keilor Basketball Stadium

Dandenong vs Bulleen                                                Sun 2pm                      Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Melbourne vs Eltham                                                 Sun 2pm                       MSAC

Ringwood vs Nunawading                                          Sun 2pm                       The Rings

Victorian Youth Championship Women

The Sabres and Ballarat will be kickstarting Round 7, with lots to play for between both teams. The second-placed Sabres will be seeking to continue piling the pressure on the first-placed Tigers.

Sunbury host Hawthorn in what has been a poor beginning to the season for both teams. Both sides will be looking to reignite their seasons, with Sunbury holding a 3-6 record while the Magic are seventh at 2-6. 

Bendigo and Diamond Valley meet in an exciting clash to seal the Saturday fixtures for the round. The Braves will be flying high after beating the Sabres, while the inconsistent Eagles will be seeking a big scalp as they make a charge for a top four spot.

Altona and Kilsyth will kick of Sunday’s schedule with an enticing match up for both sides. The Gators have a three-game winning streak, whilst the Cobras disposed of a first-placed Melbourne Tigers outfit with ease.

Ballarat host Knox at Mars Minerdome, with a lot on the line for both clubs. Claire Blower will need to be on song if the Rush stand a chance; so far she has averaged 11.5 rebounds per game this season.

The Tigers host Southern in a first vs second clash of the titans. Melbourne will be looking for Katie Bugdens’ usual offensive influence (23.3 average points), while the Sabres’ Chloe Hicks (45 steals) will be one to look out for on Sunday.

Dandenong meet Bulleen with confidence high following a polished performance against Hume City last weekend. They will be hoping to be too much for a winless Boomers side.

Ringwood take on the Broncos with the Hawks hoping to notch up their eighth consecutive win. Hume City will be looking to make amends for their poor recent form, losing their last two matches. Annabel Deerbon has starred for Ringwood this season, ranking first in assists.

Second-placed Nunawading face off with the seventh-placed Jets, with the Spectres hoping to continue their good run of momentum against a hapless Jets outfit.

Hawthorn and Waverley close off round seven, with both clubs having poor starts to the season. Winless Waverley will dare to dream against a struggling Hawthorn team.

Southern vs Ballarat                                                   Sat 5pm                       Southern Basketball Stadium

Sunbury vs Hawthorn                                                 Sat 6pm                       Boardman Stadium

Bendigo vs Diamond Valley                                        Sat 6pm                       Bendigo Stadium

Altona vs Kilsyth                                                         Sun 11am                     Altona Sports Centre

Ballarat vs Knox                                                          Sun 12pm                     Mars Minerdome

Melbourne vs Southern                                              Sun 12pm                     MSAC

Dandenong vs Bulleen                                                Sun 12pm                    Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Ringwood vs Hume City                                              Sun 12pm                     The Rings

Nunawading vs Sunbury                                             Sun 12.30pm               Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Hawthorn vs Waverley                                               Sun 3pm                      Boroondara Sports Complex

Youth League One Men

Camberwell host Geelong in the opening game of the round on Saturday. Both sides won their games last week, with the Dragons beating Frankston by a point and Geelong defeating Warrandyte by 11 points. Camberwell currently sit third on the table, with Geelong in fourth.

Warrandyte will play Corio Bay on Saturday evening. The Venom sit on the bottom of the ladder after only winning one of their opening nine games. The Stingrays have a mixed record and are in sixth place on the table. Corio Bay lost 83-79 to Casey last week.

Werribee face Casey on Saturday at Eagle Stadium. The Devils played two games last week, winning against Hume 93-80 and losing against Bendigo 81-67. Casey have a record of seven wins and one loss this season and will be looking to chase down league leaders Ballarat, with a win here.

Bendigo host Frankston in Bendigo on Saturday evening. The Braves sit in seventh position on the competition table, with a record of three wins and four losses. Just below them is Frankston, who come into this game on the back of a one-point loss to Camberwell.

Sunbury play Altona on Saturday. The Jets won for the third time this season, after beating Hume 79-80 last week. The Gators were beaten convincingly by the Miners last week, 78-113. It was their third loss for the year.

Frankston and Warrandyte meet each other on Sunday afternoon. This will be the second game of the round for both sides, as they look to improve their position on the table. Both teams sit in the lower half of the ladder.

Altona face Werribee on Sunday at the Altona Sports Centre. The Gators currently sit fifth on the competition ladder, with the Devils in eleventh position. The Devils have only won two of their first eight games. 

Casey host Camberwell on Sunday at 1.30pm. The Cavaliers won their last encounter against Corio 83-79. They sit second on the ladder. Camberwell are just behind them in third, in what is a big game for both sides. 

Geelong will meet Bendigo on Sunday at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium. The Supercats have won six of their opening nine games, with Bendigo winning three of their first seven.

Ballarat play Hume in the last game of the round. The first placed Ballarat will be confident against the Broncos. 

Camberwell vs Geelong                                              Sat 4pm                       Balwyn High School

Warrandyte vs Corio Bay                                            Sat 6pm                       Warrandyte Sports Complex

Werribee vs Casey                                                      Sat 6.30pm                   Eagle Stadium

Bendigo vs Frankston                                                 Sat 8pm                       Bendigo Stadium

Sunbury vs Altona                                                       Sat 8pm                       Boardman Stadium

Frankston vs Warrandyte                                           Sun 12.30pm               Frankston Basketball Stadium

Altona vs Werribee                                                     Sun 1pm                       Altona Sports Centre

Casey vs Camberwell                                                  Sun 1.30pm                  Casey Stadium

Geelong vs Bendigo                                                    Sun 2pm                       AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Ballarat vs Hume City                                                 Sun 2pm                       Mars Minerdome

Youth League One Women

Eltham will look to get their season up and running with a victory over Casey on Saturday night. The Wildcats have only two wins this season, but a victory over one of the division’s in-form teams could ignite their campaign. Last week, the Wildcats lost by 13 points to Keilor, despite the best efforts of Kiara Mountford who had 16 points and 14 rebounds. 

Casey could move into the top two with a win on the weekend. The Cavs have won their last two games to improve their tally to 5-2 for the season. The Cavs have scored more points than anyone else in the division this season and their potent attack could be crucial on Saturday night. 

McKinnon’s chances of winning their first game of the season appear slim when they face Camberwell on the weekend. The Cougars remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder without a win, while the Dragons are on a five-game winning streak. Kaitlyn Wallace and Tiarnie Ellingworth combined for 43 points against Craigieburn last week. 

Craigieburn travel to Geelong to face the Supercats on Sunday. The Eagles have won only one of the last five games and sit seventh on the ladder. Geelong have won two of their last five games, but do have a 3-2 record at home this season.

Camberwell return to their home court on Sunday to face Eltham. Both sides will take the court less than 24 hours after their matches on Saturday. These teams previously met in round four and on that day the Dragons came out on top by 16 points.

Warrandyte and Corio Bay conclude the round at the Warrandyte Sports Complex. These teams sit at polar opposites on the table, with the Venom second on the ladder and the Stingrays eighth. The Venom lost their first game of the season last week against Geelong. With scores level at three-quarter-time, the Venom conceded 24 points in the final term to lose 71-58.  

Eltham vs Casey                                                          Sat 6pm                        Eltham High School

McKinnon vs Camberwell                                           Sat 6pm                       GESAC

Geelong vs Craigieburn                                              Sun 12pm                     AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Camberwell vs Eltham                                                Sun 12pm                    Balwyn High School

Warrandyte vs Corio Bay                                            Sun 12pm                    Warrandyte Sports Complex

Youth League Two Men

Pakenham and Chelsea open up the round at Cardinia Life. The Warriors are cruising along at 6-0, but meet a Gulls outfit on a two-game winning streak that will be looking to consolidate a top six spot. 

Whittlesea host Keysborough in a ninth vs eleventh matchup. The Pacers are on a four-game losing streak but have been more competitive in their last couple of performances. The Cougars are in a serious slump, having dropped their last six. 

Collingwood and Mornington clash at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium to continue the round. The All Stars have been one of the more impressive outfits this season and are on a two-game winning streak. The Breakers have been a little up and down and are yet to win on the road this season. 

Coburg and Wallan round out the Saturday night fixtures at the Coburg Basketball Stadium. The Giants have split their games this season 4-4 and only narrowly fell to Chelsea last week to end a two-game winning streak. The Panthers are still yet to get a win on the board this season at 0-7. 

Craigieburn host Melton to open the Sunday schedule at Craigieburn Sports Stadium in a massive second vs third clash. The Eagles are riding a five-game win streak behind the dominance of Jackson Wynne (averaging 13.2 points per game this season.) The Thoroughbreds have put together their own win streak of five and could take over second place with a win here. 

Maccabi and Pakenham do battle at the Bialik Stadium, and the latter could still be on their win streak if they get past Chelsea on Saturday. Maccabi have played well this season too, sitting fifth at 5-3. Maccabi will take confidence out of their win over Whittlesea last week. 

Mornington and Western Port close out the round at the Mornington Basketball Stadium. Western Port come in for their first game of the round and could look to pinch their second win for the season. The Steelers are currently on a five-game skid.  

Pakenham vs Chelsea                                                 Sat 4pm                       Cardinia Life

Whittlesea vs Keysborough                                        Sat 6.30pm                   Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs Mornington                                       Sat 8pm                       Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Coburg vs Wallan                                                        Sat 8.30pm                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Wallan vs Collingwood                                               Sun 11am                     RB Robson Stadium

Craigieburn vs Melton                                                Sun 12pm                    Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Maccabi vs Pakenham                                                Sun 1pm                       Bialik Stadium

Mornington vs Western Port                                      Sun 1pm                      Mornington Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Chelsea take on the Werribee Devils to commence round seven on Saturday. The Gulls have won four of their last five matches, which is in stark contrast to the Devils, who have only recorded one win in their last five games. Chelsea’s Tiah Irons will be hoping to replicate her early season form – she currently leads the league in average rebounds.

Coburg host Pakenham in a scrap, pitting ninth and tenth on the ladder respectively against each other. Both clubs have had dismal seasons thus far, and were both beaten convincingly last weekend. The Giants will be desperate to break their five-game losing streak and get their season back on track. Meanwhile, the Warriors will need another defensively sound game from Tyla Scorah, who leads the competition for steals this season. 

Mornington face off against Whittlesea on Saturday evening, with the Pacers hoping to maintain their position in the top four. The Breakers came agonisingly close against Collingwood on the weekend, and will be hoping to go one step further this round. Whittlesea’s Indiana Bodley tops the average points scored so far this season, making herself a huge threat for Mornington. 

Blackburn take on Frankston at Mullum Mullum Stadium on Sunday  which could be a season defining match-up for the Vikings. Fresh off their third straight loss, Blackburn will be seeking to redeem themselves and salvage something before it’s too late. They will be up against a surging Frankston outfit, who have won four consecutive matches and look solid in all areas of their game. 

Western Port host Collingwood as the Steelers continue to hunt for their first win for the season. The All Stars have started the season strongly and will be hoping to continue their climb up the ladder, against a Steelers side who were dismantled by Sherbrooke on the weekend.

Werribee and Mornington close off the round, with both teams sitting on 2-4, and both losing four of their last five matches. The Devils will be desperate to return to form prior to their clash with Whittlesea in round eight, while Mornington will need to produce a sound offensive display if they hope to win their third game of the season. 

Chelsea vs Werribee                                                   Sat 4pm                       Patterson River Stadium

Coburg vs Pakenham                                                  Sat 6.30pm                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Mornington vs Whittlesea                                          Sat 6.30pm                  Mornington Basketball Stadium

Blackburn vs Frankston                                              Sun 1pm                      Mullum Mullum Stadium

Western Port vs Collingwood                                     Sun 1pm                      Somerville Recreation Centre

Werribee vs Mornington                                            Sun 2pm                       Eagle Stadium

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