Round 7 Previews

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

Corio Bay will search for their second win of the season when they host Casey. The Stingrays haven’t been far away in the past couple of weeks but remain rooted to the foot of the standings, while the Cavs are 3-3 despite being in better form than perhaps their record suggests. A win can change things in a hurry when a side is down, and the ‘Rays will certainly be eyeing on off here.

McKinnon got back in the winner’s circle last week after a three-game skid and will be looking to move along to 6-3 when they host Blackburn. The Vikings haven’t been disgraced in the top flight this season but have struggled for consistency, with the experience and mature talent often shining through in opposition sides when the game is on the line. The Cougars are stacked and one of the most talented sides in the league, which should see them get across the line at home.

Casey backs it up on Sunday when they tackle in-form Eltham, who have won four of their last five matches. The Cavs will fancy their chances of an upset at home, where they perform much better than on the road, but will need to be at their best if they are to snatch the win and move up into the top bracket of sides in terms of win/loss record.

Knox will be looking for another victory when they face off with red-hot Hawthorn. The Raiders have won four of their last five, while the Magic are riding a three-game win streak, making this a blockbuster of sorts. Hawthorn’s 1-2 record on the road will make life tougher, particularly against a quality side like the Raiders, but the Magic have proven so far in 2018 that they are up for a scrap and will not go away easily.

Hume City hosts Waverley as the Falcons shoot for a fifth-straight win. The Broncos have little depth, which is a large reason behind their inconsistent ways to date in 2018, while the visitors are firing on all cylinders with a star-studded roster. The Broncos have tended to struggle at home this season, and will need to significantly lift their performance if they are to topple one of the championship favourites.

Keilor will tackle Werribee as both teams hunt for their third win of the season. The Thunder have lost their last five after winning two straight to open their SCM campaign, while the Devs are also amidst a skid, losing four in a row. The home side has been strong defensively but has lacked the polish to close out matches, while the visitors have been almost the opposite – allowing nearly 100 points per contest and tallying the second-most points in the league themselves. Something’s gotta give.

Corio Bay vs Casey                                          Sat 8pm                                   Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

McKinnon vs Blackburn                                  Sun 1pm                                  GESAC

Casey vs Eltham                                              Sun 1:30pm                             Casey Stadium

Knox vs Hawthorn                                          Sun 2pm                                  State Basketball Centre

Hume City vs Waverley                                   Sun 3pm                                  Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Keilor vs Werribee                                          Sun 3:30pm                             Keilor Basketball Stadium


State Championship Women

Broncos (3-­‐2) vs Boomers (0-­‐7)

A massive game for Bulleen, at 0-­‐7 they have to start stringing some wins together and while some might find it hard to believe that will happen, fact is the Boomers actually have a very good line-­‐up. Former WNBL star Kathleen McLeod played last week and looked sharp, so you would expect her to be better for the run and ready to go up a gear this week. The Broncos will know the danger of giving Bulleen a look in. With the season starting to sort itself out, the home team must win this sort of game and stay in touch with the top half. All or nothing for Bulleen – a huge danger a game for Hume City. It all adds up to a good match-­‐up.

Cougars (2-­‐5) vs Sharks (4-­‐2)

It is too early to say this could be last roll of the dice for McKinnon? The Cougars need to take down some teams above them and nothing would be better for them than chalking up a win against Sth Peninsula. The visitors head to GESAC off the back of a close loss last week, but they should be back to full strength and will be eager to get their up-­‐tempo game going from the outset. Jaz Shelley going head-­‐to-­‐head with Ariel Thomas is a ripper of a battle and will go a long way to deciding the result. If the Cougars plan of being a finals chance this season, this is the game they need to step up and show us what they have.

Hawks (5-­‐2) vs Jets (3-­‐3)

Sunbury stepped back into the winner’s circle last week and will now be immediately tested with a trip to Ringwood. The home team has won three of their last four games and know that a win over Sunbury will create a nice gap on last year’s champions. Both teams should be close to full strength, the Jets maybe still down a player, but all up it looks like the game of the round. The Jets will need to keep Desi Ramos quiet, while the challenge for the Hawks will be quelling Orla O’Reilly, who has been in glistening form. Close game either way.

Falcons (5-­‐1) vs Thunder (2-­‐4)

The round ends with Keilor heading to Waverley, the Falcons arguably the competitions most in-­‐form team with five straight wins to boast. Maybe Knox would argue that, but they have a bye this week to cool their jets. The Falcons look a real contender and have a terrific balance, which is enhanced by Tegan Cunningham seemingly now having a sixth-­‐man role. What a luxury! Keilor has lost its last two and though we know they are a competitive bunch, this game will surely test them. Look for Kelly Bowen to have a huge game.

Round 7
Hume City vs Bulleen Sat 8pm Bradmeadows Basketball Stadum
McKinnon vs Sth Peninsula Sat 8pm GESAC
Ringwood vs Sunbury Sun 2pm The Rings
Waverley vs Keilor Sun 2:30pm Waverley Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Gators (7-­‐1) vs Supercats (3-­‐4)

A big weekend for Shepparton and all things being equal they should start with a win at home against Geelong. The Supercats do loom as a danger team though, especially if Lewis Varley gets going. However, it’s hard seeing the visitors keeping both Vines and Coleman quiet, something most teams have struggled with thus far. Gators to win.

Boomers (3-­‐5) vs Venom (5-­‐2)

The opening six rounds tells us that this game is likely to finish within a few points, either way. Both the Boomers and Venom continue to find themselves locked in thrillers and to date there has been a bit of heartbreak for both teams. Sprewell and Varmall will be the barometers – if either gets going it could be the difference.

Seahawks (3-­‐5) vs Jets (2-­‐7)

Sunbury may have won last time out, but it’s fair to say they are about to cop both barrels. The Seahawks come into this game with two unexpected losses last round, and a very uncharacteristic four losses from six games so far at home. Everything here points to the home team going on a rampage and trying to run themselves into form (and giving the home fans something to cheer about). If Sobey plays he could go for 40pts plus now that he’s had a couple of games to acclimatise himself back at this level.

All Stars (4-­‐4) vs Gulls (6-­‐2)

Both teams step on court after a loss, and in Collingwood’s case it was a double blow last round. Expect some real energy here as both teams look to correct last week’s results. The Gulls will start favourites, but will need their big three all firing to skip clear of a Collingwood unit that has already shown they are more than capable of winning big games. A 4-­‐1 record at home points to the All Stars being anything but a pushover. Game on!

Gulls (6-­‐2) vs Gators (7-­‐1)

The Gulls are back in action on Sunday with Shepparton coming to visit. Two genuine contenders suggest a ripping contest. Matt Bartlett has been in red-­‐hot form in recent weeks and will take some stopping. Could the Gators be about to make a statement to the rest of the competition, or will Chelsea step up and remind us of their quality?

Energy (1-­‐8) vs Boomers (3-­‐5)

Interesting game. Bulleen has so far proven they win the unexpected and lose the expected, so have fun trying to work out what we’ll get here. What we do know is the Energy is back to full strength and that means we’re in for a contest. Granger and Crockett loom as the keys to success for the Energy. Can they get the Energy up at home?

Cougars (8-­‐1) vs Pacers (2-­‐6)

The Pacers have won two of their last three games, but this Sunday afternoon’s trip to Rowville is a huge challenge with the front-­‐running Cougars showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Calvin Enge has been huge this season for Keysie and should get plenty of opportunity here to deliver some big numbers once again.

Shepparton vs Geelong Sat 7:30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Bulleen vs Warrandyte Sat 8pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Warrnambool vs Sunbury Sat 8pm The Arc
Collingwood vs Chelsea Sat 8:30pm Collingwood College
Chelsea vs Shepparton Sun 1pm Patterson River Stadium
Latrobe City vs Bulleen Sun 2pm Latrobe Leisure Traralgon
Keysborough vs Whittlesea Sun 3pm Rowville Secondary College

Division One Women

After a stunning performance last weekend, the Venom will be heading into their clash against the Magic with a whole lot of confidence. Knocking off the Mermaids is no easy feat and even though it took them an extra 5 minutes to get the job done, their perseverance and drive got them over the line. Surely the Magic, who in fact sit on the same record as the Venom, will be an easy target for the Venom.

Rematches are always fun, especially when the first game was such a close one. And obviously we couldn’t wait long for this next rematch. The Cavs and Energy are meeting again after only just playing one another in round 5. On that occasion it was the Cavs just getting over the line by 8. In the Energy’s season so far, this is one of the closest games they have had. Having only just played the Cavs, can they keep this game close once again and even take the win for themselves?

Two teams looking to bounce back after losses in round 6 are the Mermaids and the Dragons. Both sides started off the season well but of late have hit a couple of road blocks. This has seen their place in the competition take a hit but this won’t last long. They are two very strong sides and this game here will be the start of a new string of wins for one of them.

Unstoppable is a word that we like to use every now and again and we feel this word suits one team perfectly. That team is of course the Pacers. Heading into round 7 on a 6 game winning streak is quite a feat and we are fairly confident that they’ll be making it 7 at weekends end. They host the Devils on the Sunday, a team on the complete opposite end of the scale.

There is a slight chance that the Devils could be leaving round 7 with a win and we think it may come from their clash against the Magic. Both sides have found it difficult to string wins together, struggling against the top tier sides. But once they meet their match, they are always in with a chance. Either team are capable of taking this win, only time will tell just who does.

One team really struggling to get their feet of the ground is the Steelers. And unfortunately for them, they will go another week without a win as they meet the Gulls this weekend. They have had games where they have had a constant scorer but when they come up against teams that have multiple scorers, they just can’t compete. This is going to be the case in this match up as the Gulls have many players to go to, more notably import Raynisha Washington.

Our ladder leaders the Mildura Heat will be heading for their 5th straight win this weekend when they take on the Supercats at home. The combination of Power and Gassion has been unstoppable and you can count on them to make an impact each and every week. On top of this, playing the Heat on their home court is another advantage all together. Let’s hope the Supercats can remain competitve throughout the match just so they aren’t too disappointed with the result.

Warrnambool vs. Camberwell                                   Sat 6pm                                   The Arc Sports Stadium

Mildura vs. Geelong                                                   Sat 6pm                                   Toyota Hothouse

Casey vs. Latrobe                                                        Sat 8pm                                   Casey Stadium

Werribee vs. Hawthorn                                              Sat 8.30pm                              Eagle Stadium

Hawthorn vs. Warrandyte                                          Sun 1pm                                  Boroondara Sports Complex

Whittlesea vs. Werribee                                             Sun 3pm                                  Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Western Port vs. Chelsea                                           Sun 3.30pm                             David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre



Division Two Men

Both teams are coming off close hard fought victories, with the Warriors knocking off the top side and Camberwell only just getting over the bottom side. The Warriors seem to have found their rhythm and look in great shape, no team should underestimate Maccabi because when they are on they will steal the win out from under your nose. Camberwell need to bring their A game this week, the match up should be a fairly even between the two teams, so this one could go either way.

If Melton can continue their form from the last 2 weeks they are going to be hard to beat, Emmanuel Malou will be the man to stop if the Bushies want a chance at victory. Since the addition of the Bushies import they have been competitive but just cant seem to get to the finish line first, Melton have shown some great basketball but they also had a rocky start to the season and if North East can push them to play their game at their preferred pace they are in for a shot and could come out of this game with their first win of the season.

After getting knocked off top spot last week the Sharks have the chance to steal it back, as Coburg have a much deserved weekend off, but it’s not going to be easy. We all know the Heat are a 10 point better team at home with their crowd behind them, and after falling short against Coburg last week they will be wanting to redeem themselves and prove to everyone they have what it takes, the team that wins this game can take the top spot from Coburg, making this a must win for both teams.

Melton back it up this round as they head home to take down the Eagles who’s coach won them Coach of the Month for April with an impressive 3 straight wins, they have been going from strength to strength showing no mercy and taking no prisoners as they claw their way to the top. The Thoroughbreds have the chance to go 2-0 for the weekend which also means if they get it very wrong they could also end the winning streak and finish on a not so great looking record of 2-6 for the season.

The Dragons make their way out to the Swamp to go Gator hunting, Camberwell are coming off a tough match up on Saturday night at home and will hopefully still have enough fuel in the tank to get them through another tough match up. Camberwell have only dropped the one game so far this season and are quietly sneaking up the ladder on team at a time, the Dragons quick team effort style of basketball has proven to be their key to success this season, but how are they going to against the solid Gators side?

With the previous weeks for Sherbrooke being up and down they really need to get some consistency about them, they get so close but just cant finish, they have all the pieces they just haven’t worked each other out just yet it seems. The Warriors have tasted victory in the past few weeks and do not want to let that go especially after a 1 point win over the Sharks last week, if they can get two wins this weekend they can skyrocket themselves up the ladder and overtake the Suns in one foul swoop. Sherbrooke if you want to be considered contenders this is a must win game!

After another horrific double header weekend the Panthers need to find some confidence and try to get back on the wagon, and what better way to do it than to beat a top 4 team! Pakenham have the chance to steal the top position out from under Mildura and Southern Pen this week, they must get the win and must do it by a large margin to take it though. Wallan seem to crumble under the pressure of two games in one weekend but can fire when they only have the single game, it will be interesting to see if this week is the same as, or will they continue their not so great form from last round?

Camberwell vs. Maccabi                                 Sat 6pm                                   Balwyn High School

North East vs. Melton                                     Sat 7pm                                   Wangaratta Indoor S&A Centre

Mildura vs. Southern Pen                               Sat 7:30pm                              Toyota Hothouse

Melton vs. Craigieburn                                   Sat 8pm                                   Melton Indoor Rec Centre

Altona vs. Camberwell                                    Sat 8:30pm                              Altona Sports Centre

Maccabi vs. Sherbrooke                                  Sun 12pm                                Bialik Stadium

Wallan vs. Pakenham                                     Sun 3pm                                  RB Robson Stadium



Division Two Women

An exciting Round 7 awaits, as a Super Sunday in particular has the potential to really shake the division ladder!

It all starts in Wang where the Bushrangers look to bounce back from their setback last weekend after an unexpected loss at home at the hands of the Eagles.  They host Melton who are also looking to snap their couple of L’s.

Sherbrooke have been unlucky in recent rounds not to convert some of their L’s into W’s and they’ll be looking forwards to a run of home games soon.  Melbourne Uni will be primed for their Sunday outing to Wallan to take on the 2nd placed Panthers, but that’s not to say the task for the Suns will be any less challenging after a rest last week.

Super Sunday provides some great matchups as the Top 6 all play crucial games to set their mid-season up.  There will be some intense basketball played with the Top 4 in particular keen to maintain their winning streaks.  With stakes that high, so are the expectations for some really exciting games.

The All Stars are on the march and find themselves on top of the tree on the back of 3 wins, but it could be argued were challenged last week against Coburg and were able to find a way out of trouble.  Craigieburn’s miserly defence might cause some headaches for Collingwood, but it will tough for the Eagles to hold Jada Buggs away from the glass.  Really looking forward to this one.

The Panthers are always a tough prospect at home, going undefeated so far at Robson. A team with a strong, usually patient offence might have the edge on paper with fresh legs against a team with a  double fixture weekend.  But, the Black Angels do have the talent to cause disruption and Lauren Bellegante and Melanie Fidler are the ones to watch. But the Panthers have some power players of their own including Emmie O’Nial and Alex Darby who helped get the win against Melton last weekend.

A long trip down the M1 for the Bushrangers to face off against the Vikings who will be looking for their 4th win on home pine this season. After their win last weekend, the team from Blackburn will be full of confidence that they can get the job done against a potentially battle weary North East team.  With the teams 5th v 6th coming in to this round, and similar game styles, a win for either side will be important to keep in touch with teams above.

Mornington and Coburg can sit back and just let it all happen around them this weekend as they both regroup desperate to snap their run of outs so far and no doubt both keeping a keen interest in how Melton, their next opponent in Round 8, fares this week.

North East vs. Melton                                                 Sat 5pm           Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre

Melbourne Uni vs. Sherbrooke                                   Sat 7pm           Melbourne University Sports Centre

Collingwood vs Craigieburn                                        Sun 1pm          Collingwood College

Wallan vs. Melbourne Uni                                          Sun 1pm          R B Robson Stadium

Blackburn vs. North East                                            Sun 2:30pm     Knox Basketball Stadium


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Two of the in form teams of the competition open up round seven of Big V, with  Bulleen and Eltham both in the midst of four game win streaks. Eltham’s defence has been great so far this season, and they’ll need to be switched on to slow down Molten VYC Men’s April player of the month Shayan Mahboobi.

Sandringham are desperate for another win this season, having now lost seven in a row. It won’t get any easier this week, as table topping Hawthorn host them. The Magic have shared the load around this season, and look tough to stop. Sherbrooke head to Blackburn to take on the Vikings, who have had a couple of great wins recently. Bul Niop is playing some of the best basketball this competition has to offer, while the Suns have been inconsistent from the get go this season.

The 5-2 McKinnon will clash with the 4-5 Tigers this Saturday. The Cougars are yet to lose on the road, winning four from four. Melbourne are .500 on their home deck, but a one point win at Knox last week may give them the push they need to take their season to the next level. Reigning premiers Kilsyth are having a horror stretch, losing their past four games. They now sit at 4 wins and 4 losses, and have a point differential of zero on the season (625 points for and against). They have a great chance to boost their confidence against Diamond Valley, who are hoping to add to the Cobras pain.

Our first Sunday game sees Hawthorn on a back to back take on Knox. Reeling off a one point loss at home, Knox will surely be hungry to get out there and take an early lead. If Hawthorn can save their legs from Saturday, we could be in for a great matchup here. Diamond Valley host Ringwood on Sunday, and the Hawks have been bad on the road so far this season. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles have the services of Jack Roberts again this weekend.

Keilor didn’t have BJ Symons last week but it didn’t matter against the Hawks. With Dogukan Elyazar’s current form, then Thunder may need him in the fold this week as Altona come to town. If the old Kilsyth come to play, this one could be a classic against Dandenong. A star studded lineup for both teams is on the horizon, and for the Cobras, they desperately need the win.

Sandringham vs Melbourne and Nunawading vs McKinnon round out this weekend. At 3-4, Nunawading have once again started the year off slower than they’d like. Last season they were able to rescue the season, can they do it again?

Overall, the first six weeks of this league have been incredibly close. The worst percentage (points scored compared to points against) in the league is Altona and Diamond Valley at 88.05%. Lets hope this trend continues all year.

Bulleen vs Eltham                                                          Sat 6:00pm                               East Doncaster Secondary College

Hawthorn vs Sandringham                                             Sat 7:30pm                               Booroondara Sports Complex

Blackburn vs Sherbrooke                                                 Sat 7:30pm                               Knox Basketball Stadium

Melbourne vs McKinnon                                                Sat 7:30pm                               Oakleigh Recreation Centre

Killsyth vs Diamond Valley                                              Sat 8:00pm                               Kilsyth Sports Centre

Knox vs Hawthorn                                                         Sun 12:00pm                            State Basketball Centre

Diamond Valley vs Ringwood                                          Sun 1:00pm                              Community Bank Stadium

Keilor vs Altona                                                             Sun 1:30pm                              Keilor Basketball Stadium

Dandenong vs Kilsyth                                                     Sun 2:00pm                              Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Sandringham vs Melbourne                                            Sun 2:30pm                              Nunn Media Basketball Centre

Nunawading vs McKinnon                                              Sun 2:30pm                              Nunawading Basketball Stadium


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

With Round Seven not far away, there’s a distinct separation in the Terrill Conference between the very best teams and those that are currently struggling with the 2018 grind. In the Watson Conference, it’s a little bit more competitive despite a runaway leader it seems right now out at The Rings.

We start out at Oakleigh when Melbourne host Ballarat in what is a blockbuster round of games. The Tigers face a double header when they travel to the defending champs on Sunday and it’s looking to be another tough weekend. Melbourne bounced back last week with two strong wins and will be looking to put that 3-game skid in the rear vision mirror. Heaven-Lee Valenti had a fine April and was duly rewarded, while for the Rush and Sabres they’ll need Claire Blower and Ella Batish to get going respectively.

Waverley travel to Hawthorn before backing up at home to Diamond Valley – another weekend where the Falcons will have to be strategic with their rotations and fatigue could quickly play a factor. Despite their 1-5 record and losing their last four, the Falcons have been in some winnable contests and will fancy themselves against more ‘in-form’ teams again. Their opponents, the Magic have had three honourable losses, while their wins have been convincing. Diamond Valley are getting great production out of Mikayla Peterson, who’s shooting at a great clip compared to some of their other stars. Hawthorn back it up on Sunday headed out to The Swamp to face the Gators. Tough ask for the Magic as Altona are in a rich vein of form, with the spotlight well and truly deserved on recently named Coach of the Month Randy Shanklin. Altona go in firm favourites in this one.

Bendigo are another team which will feature twice this weekend when Kilsyth and Hume City await (away/home).  The Braves are a team on the rise but will be disappointed with their recent form (3 straight L). They get the best possible option to right wrongs here and two strong performances will have them back on the right track. Look for Hayley Harrington and Sharna Appleby to be let loose, as well as Jess Mangan who has been shooting the ball well. Both opponents have double headers as well, when Kilsyth travel to Dandenong on Sunday, while Hume City host Bulleen on the Saturday night. Firstly, Kilsyth and Dandy are two teams needing a victory for different reasons. The Cobras started the season so well but are just plateauing at the moment (LWLWL last five), while the Rangers will be eager to get into some rhythm after notching their first W of the year.

Warrandyte were winners in their last outing by the slimmest of margins and will be keen to at least continue to put in good performance after good performance. They have an extremely difficult challenge this week when Nunawading come to town, followed by a trip out to Ringwood.  With a combined record of 12-3 between their two opponents, it’s a rough ride for the Venom this weekend. They’ll need everything out of Michaela Kuen, Elo Magbegor and the crew.

Nunawading are back at it on Sunday at home when a refreshed Knox await. Sarah Slater and Keeley Frawley have been getting it done offensively for the Spectres, and they’ll be assisted by Rebecca Eddy and Isabel Feller on both ends. Knox can certainly surprise a few squads in #BIGV18 and will again fancy their chances. If Leah Santomaggio is available for selection you know they’ll be dangerous, but be aware of the role players – Meagan Wylie, Althea Angeles and Maighan Hedge can do the damage if required!

Melbourne vs. Ballarat                                   Sat 5:30pm                              Oakleigh Recreation Centre

Hawthorn vs. Waverley                                  Sat 5:30pm                              Boroondara Sports Complex

Hume City vs. Bulleen                                     Sat 6pm                                   Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Warrandyte vs. Nunawading                          Sat 6pm                                   Warrandyte Sports Complex

Kilsyth vs. Bendigo                                          Sat 6pm                                   Kilsyth Sports Complex

Bendigo vs. Hume City                                    Sun 12pm                                Bendigo Stadium

Dandenong vs. Kilsyth                                    Sun 12pm                                Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Ringwood vs. Warrandyte                              Sun 12pm                                The Rings

Waverley vs. Diamond Valley                         Sun 12:30pm                           Waverley Basketball Centre

Nunawading vs. Knox                                      Sun 12:30pm                           Nuanwading Basketball Stadium

Sandringham vs. Melbourne                          Sun 12:30pm                           Nunn Media Basketball Stadium

Altona vs. Hawthorn                                       Sun 1pm                                  Altona Sports Centre



Youth League One Men

May has arrived and there’s three clear teams that have asserted themselves right at the top of the ladder. Sunbury, Werribee and Waverley have all faced each other in the past fortnight or so and have shown to the rest of the competition that they’re here to contend in season 2018.

Corio Bay and Casey are two teams stuck in that middle pack fighting for best position hanging around the four win mark right now. The Stingrays were easily accounted for by the Falcons a week back, while the Cavs erased a three game skid with a victory over Ballarat. This means the two sides come into this important contest off the back of mixed results and there will be a need for team mentality, not individual brilliance to get them over the line. The Stingrays back up on Sunday when they have to travel to Bendigo. The Braves have won just one of their last five and will be eager to make the most of their home court advantage. A certain danger game for the visitors if they do not come prepared; a slip up across Round Seven could undo all their good work over the last four games.

The Devils host Camberwell where the Dragons have won three of their last four. Could this be the confidence required to snatch a game from one of the big teams of the comp? They’ll need strong performances out of Shaun Atkins and Tom Moncrieff, while they’ll need to do their best to clean up the glass. For the Devils, in order to continue to move forward they’ll need to find second and third cogs for Daniaell Herbert. Camberwell back up at home on Sunday arvo against Geelong, as the Supercats are in for a defining weekend with fixtures against the Dragons and Ballarat. If they are able to nab both games on the bounce, they’ll move to 6-3 and in real contention to keep up with the leaders of the pack. In order to do so however, they’ll need their Big Three as connected as ever – Josiah King, Max Kos and Wang Nyieth all have shown that they can contribute in big numbers when required.

Hume City dace a double header when they head to Sunbury before returning home to face Waverley. It’s not a pretty double for the Broncos, having to face two of the three leading teams. At 1-6 too, it all starts on the defensive end – force long possessions, bad shots off good contests. Grind the games out and look to penetrate at the other end. It’s a tough ask but for the Broncos, you have to look at small wins before you can look at the whole contest.

Coburg will be looking to bounce off their first win of the season last week when they have the opportunity to travel to Warrandyte before hosting Sunbury. The Venom can put points up in a hurry, which has been one of the Giants’ weaknesses thus far, however there might be signs that they’re turning a corner – this week we’ll find out!

Corio Bay vs. Casey                                         Sat 6pm                                   Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Werribee vs. Camberwell                               Sat 6:30pm                              Eagle Stadium

Sunbury vs. Hume City                                    Sat 7pm                                   Boardman Stadium

Geelong vs. Ballarat                                       Sat 7pm                                   AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Warrandyte vs. Coburg                                   Sat 8pm                                   Warrandyte Sports Complex

Coburg vs. Sunbury                                         Sun 1pm                                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Hume City vs. Waverley                                  Sun 1pm                                  Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Bendigo vs. Corio Bay                                     Sun 2pm                                  Bendigo Stadium

Camberwell vs. Geelong                                 Sun 2pm                                  Balwyn High School


Youth League One Women

Perfect timing for Corio Bay’s key player to return as they face off against the toughest team in the league, while the Stingrays may have dropped the ball last week against the Gulls you can’t underestimate them. Sunbury have had a dream run so far this season, their very own Chloe Angove just missed out on Player of the Month to this weeks rival Teagan Tatlock. The Stingrays need to gain some consistency in their games to be a real threat, unfortunately you don’t know what type of team you are going to get each week, when they are good they can be unstoppable but when they are not so good they really lower the bar. I for one cant wait for this match up of both teams two key players, both have put their all on the line for their team each week, can Corio get behind Teagan and take down Chloe’s undefeated Jets?

Some teams have played each other twice already due to the uneven number of teams, but this will be the first match up of the season between these two teams. Geelong have had a great start to the season with nice 5-2 record and currently on a 3 win streak while Craigieburn haven’t had the best of starts currently sitting 7th on the ladder with a 2-4 record. The Supercats should look to take a healthy lead early and then have a stress free finish if they stick to how they have been playing, Craigieburn need be on their game from the get go, put the pressure on hard otherwise if they let them Geelong will leave them for dead early making it extremely hard to keep players heads up and in the game.

Both have 3 wins, one has played 1 extra game which puts them 2 spots higher on the ladder, don’t let this fool you though this will be a tough game from beginning to end with both the Cougars and and Dragons fighting for the higher position on the ladder because who ever wins this match could end up 4th while the other runs the risk of sitting 6th or 7th. McKinnon have had plenty of practice with the close games this season, some they come out on top others not, Camberwell have the chance to solidify themselves in 4th if they can get this win and another on Sunday.

Eltham have a task and a half ahead of them this round as they head into the Thunder storm, the Wildcats have come a long way since they first took on Keilor way back in round 1 but so have the Thunder who have been battling it out to stay on top of the ladder, lucky for them Sunbury are one game behind them so they can claim the top spot until they catch up.

With the potential of 2 wins this round Camberwell could jump from 6th all the way to third or fourth, but with Chelsea’s new found confidence after their first win last week over Corio Bay I’m sure they are not going to let them have it easily or at all. The Gulls will need to be switched on all game if they are to give Camberwell a run for their money but if they fall back into their previous form they will find this game extremely tough as the Dragons show no mercy.

Corio Bay vs. Sunbury                                     Sat 4pm                                   Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Geelong vs. Craigieburn                                  Sat 5pm                                   AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

McKinnon vs. Camberwell                              Sat 6pm                                   GESAC

Keilor vs. Eltham                                             Sat 7:30pm                              Keilor Basketball Stadium

Camberwell vs. Chelsea                                  Sun 12pm                                Balwyn High School


Youth League Two Men

GAME OF THE ROUND! Could this game be the game that stops the Eagles in their tracks? Heading into round 7 with 7 straight wins, they come up against the ladder leaders the Thoroughbreds, possibly the only team that could hand them their second loss for the season thus far. But if the Eagles keep their record intact, they will become the new head of the competition and cement themselves as the team to beat. If you are lost with what to do on your Sunday afternoon, head over to Melton, you won’t be disappointed.

The Maccabi Warriors were on a roll at one point but have found themselves in a bit of a rut of late, one we are expecting them to come out of this weekend. Looking down the barrell of a double weekend, their round 7 kicks off with a clash against the Steelers. This game will have the Warriors easing into the weekend with a comfortable win sure to come their way. On the brighter side for the Steelers, they will get a win this weekend, they’ll just have to wait until Sunday comes around.

Game two for the Warriors could be more of a tussle when they come up against the Gulls. This side has proven to be competitive in both their wins and losses, only just falling to some of the better teams in the comp. With the Warriors also prone to struggling against the bigger names, this is going to be a great match up. There is a chance that the Warriors will be quick to jump back on the winning wagon, possibly taking 2 wins home.

They may have a bit of a drive ahead of them but it will be worth it knowing they’ll be heading home with a W. The Steelers head out on the Sunday to take on the Energy, our newbie team that has really been shown the tough side of YL2M. We all know that as a new team, the first season is always the worst. But our hope for the Energy is that they improve as the season progresses and that they remain competitive throughout matches. This game against the Steelers may be a good place to start.

Unfortunately for the Energy, the game above is only the second of a two game weekend. Kick starting their round 7 is a clash against the All Stars. We saw the All Stars suffer a surprising loss last week and we expect them to bounce back in a big way this weekend. As similar to the Energy, the All Stars also have a double weekend and their game two match up is going to be a game that the All Stars will want to win.

On the Sunday the All Stars head up the highway to take on the Panthers. This will be the second time these two have met and if everyone remembers, the Panthers were the team to hand the All Stars their first loss for the season. The All Stars will be keen to take this win and redeem themselves from round 3 but the Panthers will have all the confidence knowing that they’ve got the job done before.

We are beginning to see the real side of the Pakenham Warriors, out to 4 straight wins as we head into round 7. After a slow start to the season, they are making up some ground taking some great wins over Chelsea, Keysy and ladder leaders, Melton. With all this being said, we don’t see their next opponent in the Breakers being much of a threat. However, the Breakers do have on thing going for them that the Warriors don’t and that is Lochie Baczyk, the YL2M Player of the Month for April.

The Blues have wriggled their way up to 4th on the ladder, helped by a good win last weekend. This week they head across town to take on the Pacers in a game that should result in a win. But in the Pacers defense, they have met with some of the tougher teams in the competition, which hasn’t given them much of a chance to progress in this comp.

The weekend proves to get even worse for the Pacers as the Sunday sees them take on the Cougars. This Cougars side sits just one spot above the Blues and having only just jumped back to their winning ways last week, the Cougars will be keen to keep this streak going. It seems as though the Pacers are going to have to wait at least another week before they are given a good shot at taking a victory.

Pakenham vs. Mornington                                 Sat 5pm                                   Cardinia Life

Collingwood vs. Latrobe                                    Sat 6.30pm                              Collingwood College

Western Port vs. Maccabi                                 Sat 7pm                                   David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre

Whittlesea vs. Frankston                                   Sat 7.30pm                              Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Wallan vs. Collingwood                                     Sun 11am                                 RB Robson Stadium

Latrobe vs. Western Port                                  Sun 12pm                                 Latrobe Leisure Traralgon

Melton vs. Craigieburn                                     Sun 12pm                                 Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Maccabi vs. Chelsea                                          Sun 1pm                                   Bialik Stadium

Keysborough vs. Whittlesea                              Sun 1pm                                   Rowville Secondary College





Youth League Two Women

The first week of May has arrived and there’s a sweet scent in the air in some suburbs, most of those who are loving life towards the top of the table in Youth League Two Women.

None more so than two teams who will be pitted against one another when Round Seven kicks off at 6pm Saturday night when Casey host Southern Peninsula. The Cavs are 6-0 and have the best offence in the land. Led by the ‘dynamic duo’ of Lauren Tuplin and recently named Player of the Month Tess Young, it’s the depth of the young Lady Cavs which has them fit and firing. Kim Shankland, Peta Rhodes and Rebecca Jones are just a handful that’s proving to be a handful! The Gummy Sharks will be wary and will need to use that famous defensive intensity to slow the home side down. This one is set to be a cracker!

Mornington are hoping to use a big week on the practice courts to turn around their offensive struggles, however Pakenham aren’t the friendliest of teams to play when offence is objective number one. The Warriors know how to lock it down, none more so than Ellie Coutts who leads the league in steals. The Breakers have no player averaging more than eight points per game and will need multiple players to register 15+ points this Saturday. Time to find out where they get them from!

Frankston head to Knox for the opening game on Sunday afternoon to take on the Vikings. Once again, it seems as though the Blues will be in for a fight! Four of the six Blues contests have seen results under six and this one may have similar written all over it. With Annabel Fitter leading the charge, Kassie Boorer is right there every step of the way with her. The Vikes will be hoping Andrea Belmonte suits up, alongside Nikki Sukurica who are proving to be valuable assets.

Werribee make the trip to Mill Park for a date with the Pacers, and for the first time this season the Devils lost two on the trot. This could be the perfect chance to bounce back. Lauren Jones needs to get going, as does Taylah Lea. If both of them are let off the chain then it’s lights out. For the Pacers, size has always been their advantage; they’ll need to use that again and outbound their opponents, significantly. Hayley Wynd and Chloe Villiva propels that.

Finally, Western Port host Sherbrooke to round out the weekend as the Steelers are looking to avenge two straight defeats. The Steelers have a host of contributors, it’s just about whether they can all put it together on the one night. Like the look of Ebony Baxter to stand out in this one, while Emma Findlay may start to find her mark and improve her FG% which hasn’t started the best after six rounds. For the Suns, it all starts on the defensive end; restrict the home side to a low score and you always give yourself a chance.

Casey vs. Southern Peninsula                         Sat 6pm                                               Casey Stadium

Mornington vs. Pakenham                             Sat 6:30pm                                          Mornington Basketball Stadium

Blackburn vs. Frankston                                 Sun 12:30pm                                       Knox Basketball Stadium

Whittlesea vs. Werribee                                 Sun 1pm                                              Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Western Port vs. Sherbrooke                         Sun 1:30pm                                         David Collins Indoor Stadium



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