Round 8 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

Hawthorn open up round eight with their clash against Corio Bay at the Boroondara Sports Complex. Hawthorn hope to go back-to-back and secure another win this week after defeating Blackburn 112-78 last round. Hawthorn’s Nelson Kirksey will look to continue his strong form this season, averaging 19 points and three rebounds per game. Corio Bay will look to utilise Joseph Reid Jr who is averaging 25 points per game, and hasn’t scored less than 17 points in any game so far this season. 

Hume City will host McKinnon, as both sides looking to back up their round seven wins. The undefeated Cougars will utilise high scoring trio Eric Williams (averaging 23 per game), Adrian Tomada (17) and Dillon Stith (24). If Hume City wish to hand McKinnon their first loss of the season they’ll have to work tirelessly. Jordan Coleman and Jake Martin look to back up stellar performances last week which saw them score 24 points apiece. 

Casey and Keilor are both looking to redeem themselves this week after coming up just short in round seven. Brandon Polk has been a strong and consistent player for Casey, averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists per game. From Keilor, Michael Anderson has had a stellar first seven rounds, averaging 24 points on 62% FG% and 12 rebounds per game. 

Blackburn finally secured their first win last week which boosts their confidence going into round eight. The Vikings will host Chelsea, who are coming off two losses from their past two games. Chelsea fell just short, losing by two points to Werribee last week. Corey Standerfer was a standout in this game, scoring 40 of Chelsea’s 91 points, and looks to back up his performance once again. Blackburn’s Jake Heath will look to continue his consistent form this round, averaging 23 points and six assists per game so far this season. 

In their second game for the round, McKinnon will host Casey at GESAC in the top of the table clash. McKinnon are undefeated and hope to remain that way, whilst Casey were handed their first loss last week and hope to make it their last. 

On Sunday, Hume City will travel to Patterson River Stadium to face Chelsea. Hume City enter round eight with three straight wins and hope to finish the round with another two. After beating the undefeated Casey Cavaliers in their second game last round, Hume City’s confidence entering round eight is sky high. Chelsea on the other hand have suffered four losses in the past five rounds, falling short by only two points last round. They look to record their third win for the season. 

With Werribee entering round eight at 2-8 whilst Blackburn are coming in with a 1-8 record, this bottom of the table clash will see both teams fight for another win. Blackburn secured their first win over Keilor in their second game last week, after losing the first. Werribee were the opposite, they secured a win against Chelsea, thanks to David Shepard’s 31-point game which also saw him finish with nine rebounds and one assist. Jacob Formosa and Konor Kulas will also be integral players in Werribee’s clash against Blackburn. 

Keilor’s three-game winning streak was cut short last week after being defeated by Blackburn 98-82. Hawthorn also played Blackburn last week which saw them come out victorious, winning the game by a convincing 34 points. Blackburn look to go back-to-back whilst Keilor look to regain their composure and secure their seventh win for the season. 

Hawthorn vs Corio Bay                                               Sat 7.30pm                  Boroondara Sports Complex

Hume City vs McKinnon                                             Sat 8pm                       Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Casey vs Keilor                                                            Sat 8pm                       Casey Stadium

Blackburn vs Chelsea                                                  Sat 8pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

McKinnon vs Casey                                                     Sun 1pm                      GESAC

Chelsea vs Hume City                                                 Sun 1pm                      Patterson River Stadium

Werribee vs Blackburn                                               Sun 1pm                      Eagle Stadium

Keilor vs Hawthorn                                                     Sun 3.30pm                 Keilor Basketball Stadium

Championship Women

The Broncos host the Jets in a highly anticipated opener for round eight. Both sides will enter the top four clash in form, with Hume boasting a 7-1 record while Sunbury are 5-2 and have won their last three matches. The Broncos have been strong offensively, with Nicole Zammit leading the competition for an average of 7.0 assists per game with.

Casey and Keilor face off in a bout which could have massive ramifications for both sides. The second-placed Thunder will be looking to leapfrog their way to the top of the table, while the Cavaliers will be hoping to put an end to their bad patch, having lost their last two matches.

Bulleen meet McKinnon at East Doncaster on Saturday night. Both sides have had slow starts to the season, with the Cougars losing their last four matches and the Boomers only registering the one win so far, with six losses to their name.

Warrnambool and the Sharks will meet at the Arc Sports Stadium, with a lot to play for between both teams. The winless Mermaids will be hoping to impress against an inconsistent Southern Peninsula outfit, who stand at 3-4 after seven rounds. 

Werribee host the Pacers on Saturday night to round out the fixture for round eight. The Devils are one of the most in-form sides in the league at the moment, winning their last four clashes. Meanwhile, Whittlesea have had a poor two weeks, and will be hoping to produce an upset at Eagle Stadium.

Hume City vs Sunbury                                                Sat 6pm                       Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Casey vs Keilor                                                            Sat 6pm                       Casey Stadium

Bulleen vs McKinnon                                                  Sat 6pm                       East Doncaster Secondary College

Warrnambool vs Southern Peninsula                         Sat 6pm                       The Arc Sports Stadium

Werribee vs Whittlesea                                              Sat 8.30pm                  Eagle Stadium

Division One Men

Collingwood will host Coburg on Saturday evening. The All Stars lost last week to the Steelers by seven points, 109-102. The Giants beat the Black Angels last round, however, they also lost the day after to Whittlesea by 12 points. Collingwood sits eighth on the competition ladder, whilst Coburg sit ninth. 

Shepparton face Whittlesea on Saturday. The Gators were defeated in the last round, 75-72 against the Seahawks. The Pacers come into this one on the back of their first win of the season, after beating Coburg 61-73. Whittlesea currently sit second last on the ladder. 

Bulleen play Western Port on Saturday at 8pm. The Boomers currently have a record of seven wins and three losses, from their opening 10 games. They got the better of Latrobe City last week, beating them 105-86. The Steelers are currently placed second on the table and will want to continue their good start to the season.

Warrnambool and Keysborough will face each other at The Arc Sports Stadium on Saturday. The Seahawks have had a mixed start to the season with four wins and four losses. The Cougars sit on top of the ladder, with seven wins and two losses to their name. They will look to improve that record against a Keysborough side that is on the up.

Latrobe City host Warrandyte on Saturday. Latrobe City have not won in their opening eight games, a statistic they will be looking to rectify. Last week, they lost to Bulleen by 19 points at the East Doncaster Secondary College. The Venom lost to the Cougars last week, starting their season with six wins and three losses.

Melbourne University face Bellarine in a clash between tenth and eleventh on the competition table. The Black Angels have only won two of their first nine games of the season, losing to Coburg by three points last weekend.

The Storm have fared slightly better, winning four of their opening 10 games.

Both Bellarine and Warrnambool play their second game of the round, on Sunday afternoon. The Storm lost convincingly to the Jets last week, going down 61-109. Warrnambool sit seventh on the ladder and will be looking to improve against the Storm. 

Sunbury host Melbourne University on Sunday at 3pm. The Jets have seven wins out of 10 games, including victories last week against Bellarine and Western Port. The Black Angels lost by three points to Coburg last week.

Warrandyte plays Collingwood in the final game of the round. The Venom have only lost three of their opening nine games. Collingwood have five losses to their name and won’t want another one against Warrandyte. 

Collingwood vs Coburg                                               Sat 6.30pm                  Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Shepparton vs Whittlesea                                          Sat 7.30pm                  Shepparton Sports Stadium

Bulleen vs Western Port                                             Sat 8pm                       East Doncaster Secondary College

Warrnambool vs Keysborough                                   Sat 8pm                       The Arc Sports Stadium

Latrobe City vs Warrandyte                                        Sat 8pm                       Traralgon Sports Stadium

Melbourne University vs Bellarine                             Sat 8.30pm                  Melbourne University Sports Centre

Bellarine vs Warrnambool                                          Sun 2pm                      Bellarine Sports Centre

Sunbury vs Melbourne University                              Sun 3pm                      Boardman Stadium

Warrandyte vs Collingwood                                       Sun 3pm                      Warrandyte Sports Complex

Division One Women

Mildura meet Camberwell in a blockbuster, top-of-the-table clash to open the round. The Heat have won their last eight matches and have been in scintillating form, while the Dragons continue to impress, having only lost two games so far. Mildura’s Alyesha Lovett is averaging 27.1 points per match and will need to be on song.

In complete contrast, Latrobe City face off against Warrandyte in a bottom of the table bout. Both sides have had poor seasons thus far, with the Energy losing their last six games. However, in perhaps a turn of fortune, the Venom registered their first win for the season last week, defeating the Storm by a solitary point.

Craigieburn host Hawthorn as the Magic hope to end a two-game losing streak. The Eagles have started slowly but will be hoping their season is back on track after defeating Latrobe last round.

Western Port will square up against Chelsea to finish off the Saturday round of matches. The Steelers have started the season in reasonable fashion and will be hoping to make amends for last week’s loss to the Dragons.

Bellarine and Craigieburn open the Sunday fixtures in a mid-table clash between both sides. The Storm currently sit at 5-4 but have lost their last three matches, while the sixth-placed Eagles have been inconsistent at 3-5.

Warrandyte face the Steelers in a lop-sided clash to close off the round. Western Port would be confident in picking up the points but the Venom may have discovered some form after last week’s win. 

Mildura vs Camberwell                                               Sat 6pm                       Toyota Hothouse

Latrobe City vs Warrandyte                                        Sat 6pm                       Traralgon Sports Stadium

Craigieburn vs Hawthorn                                            Sat 8pm                       Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Western Port vs Chelsea                                            Sat 8pm                       Somerville Recreation Centre

Bellarine vs Craigieburn                                              Sun 12pm                    Bellarine Sports Centre

Warrandyte vs Western Port                                      Sun 1pm                      Warrandyte Sports Complex

Division Two Men

Southern Peninsula will play RMIT on Saturday. The Sharks have started the season undefeated, after winning all of their first seven games. This included an 83-90 victory over Pakenham last week. On the other hand, RMIT have only two wins to their name, one of those being against Mornington last week.

Sherbrooke and North East will face each other on Saturday. Sherbrooke come into this game on the back of a win against the Wallan Panthers last week, however they were defeated the day after by Altona 88-72. The Bushrangers lost both of their games last weekend, 58-69 to Mildura and 122-51 to Craigieburn. 

The Pakenham Warriors host the Altona Gators on the weekend. Pakenham have a record of seven wins and two losses, losing to the Sharks last week, but beating Maccabi. The Gators won their third game of the season last week, defeating Sherbrooke 88-72. However, they also lost against Melton 85-73.

Wallan play Craigieburn at RB Robson Stadium on Saturday. The Panthers have a mixed record of five wins and five losses to start the season, after beating Mornington by 26 points last week. They will face an Eagles side who demolished the Bushrangers by 71 points last week. The Eagles currently sit fifth on the ladder. 

Mildura face Camberwell on Saturday at 8pm. The Heat have opened the season by winning all of their opening 10 games and currently sit on top of the table. The Dragons are not too far behind, winning eight of their nine games, to sit in second position. In what should be the game of the round, both teams will want to win this. 

Mornington and Melton do battle in Mornington on Saturday. The Breakers have had a tough start to the season only winning one game. Because of this, they are currently last on the competition table, after losses against RMIT and Wallan last week. Melton are in sixth position, after beating the Gators last week by 12 points. 

RMIT plays its second game of the round against Maccabi. The Redbacks are tenth on the ladder, after losing seven of their opening nine games. Maccabi come into this game on the back of a loss last week, against Camberwell 91-50. They will want to improve their ladder position, as they currently sit in 12th.

Craigieburn host Southern Peninsula in the last game of the round on Sunday. This will be the second game of the round for both teams. The Eagles have begun the season with seven wins out of nine games and will want to keep up their good start with a win here.

Southern Peninsula vs RMIT                                       Sat 6pm                       Hillview Stadium

Sherbrooke vs North East                                           Sat 8pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Pakenham vs Altona                                                   Sat 8pm                       Cardinia Life

Wallan vs Craigieburn                                                 Sat 8pm                       RB Robson Stadium

Mildura vs Camberwell                                               Sat 8pm                       Toyota Hothouse

Mornington vs Melton                                               Sat 8.30pm                  Mornington Basketball Stadium

RMIT vs Maccabi                                                         Sun 12pm                    RMIT Sports Centre

Craigieburn vs Southern Peninsula                            Sun 2pm                      Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Division Two Women

Sherbrooke will enter Saturday night’s clash with Collingwood on a two-game winning streak, on the back of wins against Melton and Blackburn over the past two weeks. The All Stars on the other hand finally picked up their first win of the season in round seven, after a road win at North East. The Suns will be led once again by Deslyn Applewhaite, who is second in the division in scoring with and average of 21.7 points per game, and fourth in rebounds, with an average of 11.0 per contest. Given Collingwood are the division’s worst side defensively, giving up a league-high 78.6 points per game, Applewhaite could be in for another huge performance.

Two mid-table teams will do battle on Saturday night, despite Blackburn (fifth) and Wallan (sixth) heading in different directions. The Vikings have dropped their past two games after a 4-1 start to sit 4-3, while the Panthers boast the same record after three consecutive victories dug them out of an early season hole. 

This fixture is looking like it could be a one-sided affair, with the second-placed Melbourne University Black Angels hosting the winless North East Bushrangers. The Bushrangers have begun the season with seven straight losses, and have by far the league’s worst percentage at just 71.7%. They’ll be up against it from the start against a red-hot Black Angels team, who have won their past three games. They also boast the division’s leading scorer in Amelia Smith (21.9ppg), who could have a field day here.

Melton will be looking to end their three-game skid when they host the Breakers on Saturday night, who themselves have lost their past four matches. Both sides now boast a 3-4 record, although after the Thoroughbreds began the season 3-1 and the Breakers 3-0, they’ll both be lamenting their past month of form. The winner here will earn a reprieve, while the loser will have more pressure heaped onto them.

The final match of a five-game Saturday night will take place in Coburg, with the fourth-placed Giants taking on the top-of-the-table Pakenham Warriors. It’s all W’s in the form column for the ladder leaders, who have won their past five matches to climb into first spot. Coburg had their three-game win streak ended by Melbourne University last weekend, but have enough in them to give the Warriors a shake.

Sherbrooke vs Collingwood                                        Sat 6pm                       Belgrave Heights Christian School

Blackburn vs Wallan                                                   Sat 6pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Melbourne University vs North East                          Sat 6.30pm                  Melbourne University Sports Centre

Melton vs Mornington                                               Sat 8pm                       Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Coburg vs Pakenham                                                  Sat 8.30pm                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Blackburn and Bulleen kick things off for round eight at Mullum Mullum Stadium. Both sides have had disappointing seasons so far, with the Boomers losing four of their last five matches and the Vikings searching for just their second win of the season.

Hawthorn host the Tigers in the inter-conference matchup which could be Melbourne’s fourth consecutive loss. The Magic have had a lacklustre start to the season and sit at 3-6, but would be hoping to capitalise on Melbourne’s poor recent run of form.

The undefeated Rangers would fancy their chances when they take on the Thunder on Saturday night. Dandenong have won nine games on the trot, while the third-placed Keilor will need the assist-leading Cameron Hutton to deliver if they are to produce an upset.

Waverley and the Sabres face off in the final Saturday fixture of the round. The Falcons have been inconsistent but would be confident after last week’s win over Sherbrooke, as they fight for a spot amongst the top four.

Melbourne meet Sherbrooke on Sunday with both teams in the middle of a form crisis. The Suns, who won their first two games of the season, now sit in seventh place after losing their last nine games in a disastrous campaign for them so far.

Knox will be looking to redeem themselves when they take on Diamond Valley on Sunday. The Eagles will hope to pick up where they left off though, having defeated the Sabres by 17 points last weekend.

The Cobras host the Falcons this round, and will be hoping to produce more of the same form that has been delivered so far this season. Kilsyth sit atop the Watson conference with seven straight wins, including last weekend’s demolition of Blackburn. 

Ringwood have won their last four matches, and will be optimistic of extending that streak on Sunday when they take on the Vikings. The Hawks’ Yuot Gai leads the competition in offensive rebounds for the season.  

Nunawading and the Cougars will have a lot at stake when they clash in the round eight closer. The Spectres have been in relatively good form but will want to bounce back after last week’s loss. The Cougars are at the tail-end of the table but are only one win behind the Spectres, as they hope to continue their resurgence on Sunday.

Blackburn vs Bulleen                                                  Sat 4pm                       Mullum Mullum Stadium

Hawthorn vs Melbourne                                            Sat 5.30pm                  Boroondara Sports Complex

Dandenong vs Keilor                                                   Sat 8pm                       Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Waverley vs Southern                                                Sat 8.30pm                  Waverley Basketball Centre

Melbourne vs Sherbrooke                                          Sun 11am                    MSAC

Knox vs Diamond Valley                                             Sun 1pm                      State Basketball Centre

Kilsyth vs Waverley                                                     Sun 2pm                      Kilsyth Sports Centre

Ringwood vs Blackburn                                              Sun 2pm                      The Rings

Nunawading vs McKinnon                                          Sun 2.30pm                 Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Melbourne will play Sunbury on Saturday. The Tigers sit on top of the competition ladder, with nine wins and two losses. They defeated the Southern Sabres last week 65-55. On the other hand, Sunbury lost both of their games in the last round, 58-74 to Hawthorn and 80-74 to Nunawading. 

Melbourne will play Sunbury on Saturday. The Tigers sit on top of the competition ladder, with nine wins and two losses. They defeated the Southern Sabres last week 65-55. On the other hand, Sunbury lost both of their games in the last round, 58-74 to Hawthorn and 80-74 to Nunawading. 

Knox host Kilsyth at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday. Both teams won their games last week, with the Raiders defeating Ballarat 55-79 and the Cobras beating Altona 71-75. Both sides will look to build on this.

Dandenong face Nunawading on Saturday evening. The Rangers demolished the Boomers last week, defeating them by 79 points. They currently sit fourth in their division, with five wins to their name. The Spectres won against the Jets last week, 80-74. That was their eighth win for the season, putting them second in their league.

Bendigo and Bulleen battle each other on Saturday. The Braves defeated the Eagles by 22 points last weekend, winning their sixth game of the season. Bulleen have had a horror start to the season, losing 11 games.

Waverley host Diamond Valley in Waverley on Saturday at 6.30pm. The Falcons were victorious last week, after they beat the Hawthorn Magic 51-72. That was their first win of the season. The Eagles currently sit fifth in their division, after winning only three of their first nine games.

The Sunbury Jets face the Southern Sabres on Sunday morning. The Jets have lost eight of the 11 games they have played this season, two of those occurring last weekend. The Sabres come into this game holding on to second place in their division, after winning seven of their 11 games. 

Kilsyth and Waverley play each other on Sunday at noon. This will be the second game of the round for both sides. Kilsyth have won seven of their first 10 games, whilst Waverley sits last in their division.

Ringwood and Altona battle each other on Sunday at The Rings. The Hawks are currently undefeated, after winning all nine games they have played in. Altona have a mixed record of four wins and four losses. 

Nunawading face Ballarat in Nunawading on Sunday afternoon. The Spectres have started their season much better than the Rush, with eight wins to their name. The Rush have only won two games out of eight. 

Hawthorn play Hume in the final game of the round. Both sides sit sixth in their respective conferences, so the game should be a tight encounter.

Melbourne vs Sunbury                                               Sat 2pm                       MSAC

Knox vs Kilsyth                                                            Sat 4pm                       State Basketball Centre

Dandenong vs Nunawading                                        Sat 6pm                       Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Bendigo vs Bulleen                                                     Sat 6pm                       Bendigo Stadium

Waverley vs Diamond Valley                                      Sat 6.30pm                  Waverley Basketball Centre

Sunbury vs Southern                                                  Sun 11am                    Boardman Stadium

Kilsyth vs Waverley                                                     Sun 12pm                    Kilsyth Sports Centre

Ringwood vs Altona                                                    Sun 12pm                    The Rings

Nunawading vs Ballarat                                              Sun 12.30pm               Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Hawthorn vs Hume City                                              Sun 2pm                      Boroondara Sports Complex

Youth League One Men

Two top five sides will go at it to kick off round eight, as Camberwell host Altona at Balwyn High School. The Dragons enter the clash off the back of two defeats, as they were well beaten by both Geelong and Casey last weekend. The Gators on the other hand have won their past two matches to surge past Camberwell on the table, and are yet to taste defeat on the road this season, with their 5-0 away record the best in the division.

The Braves will welcome Corio Bay to Bendigo on Saturday night, with the Stingrays coming into the clash winning four of their past five games. After their 1-4 start to the season, they’ve managed to even the ledger at 5-5, and will be looking to move over .500%, while Bendigo hope to bring themselves back to an even win-loss record after losing to Geelong.

Kicking off Sunday’s schedule will be Warrandyte and Hume City, with the two sides currently occupying the bottom two spots on the ladder. The Venom have lost their past seven games and have a 1-10 record, while the Broncos have lost five on the bounce and are just 3-8. Both sides are poor defensively, although Hume City surprisingly have the second-highest points for tally across the competition, which could spell trouble for the hosts.

Sunbury play host to Camberwell on Sunday, with the Dragons travelling to Boardman Stadium for the second game of their back-to-back weekend schedule. The Jets began the season 0-6, but have since won three of their past four, losing only to Altona last weekend.

Werribee and Frankston do battle on Sunday at Eagle Stadium, with the two sides split by only one win, sitting on the ladder in ninth and eighth positions respectively. The Devils are 3-7 while the Blues are 4-6, and Werribee’s home form (three wins, one loss) should have them favourites against a poor Frankston side on the road (one win, five losses).

Ballarat will look to keep their undefeated start to the season going when they host Bendigo on Sunday. The Braves will be coming off a clash with Corio Bay the day prior, while the Miners will have all week to prepare for their opponents. The Miners’ 8-0 start has been particularly impressive on the defensive end, allowing just 608 points on the season. The Braves aren’t too far behind however, with this game set to be a defensive tussle.

To round out the weekend, Geelong will host Casey in a top four clash. The Supercats (8-3) have won three in a row, while the Cavaliers (8-2) have triumphed in four from their past five. Geelong have won five of their six matches at home this season, and will be out to defend home court once more. 

Camberwell vs Altona                                                 Sat 6pm                       Balwyn High School

Bendigo vs Corio Bay                                                  Sat 8pm                       Bendigo Stadium

Warrandyte vs Hume City                                          Sun 11am                    Warrandyte Sports Complex

Sunbury vs Camberwell                                              Sun 1pm                      Boardman Stadium

Werribee vs Frankston                                               Sun 1pm                      Eagle Stadium

Ballarat vs Bendigo                                                     Sun 1pm                      Mars Minerdome

Geelong vs Casey                                                        Sun 2pm                      AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Youth League One Women

Camberwell and Corio Bay will kickstart an action-packed round eight in the YL1W competition. Both teams’ form couldn’t be any more of a contrast, with the Dragons notching up six consecutive wins and the Stringrays losing six straight. Camberwell will be hoping to get the victory and leapfrog the Cavaliers into third place on the ladder.

Casey host Geelong as the Supercats seek to become a more consistent outfit. Casey have won four of their last five matches and will be looking to reaffirm themselves as title challengers. Supercat Jasmine Whatley is leading the competition for assists, and will need to be on song if Geelong are to pick up the victory.

Craigieburn meet the Wildcats on Saturday evening, with both clubs desperate to escape the doldrums of the bottom half of the ladder. Sitting seventh at 2-7, Eltham will be keen to make a statement against the Eagles, following close defeats to Casey and Camberwell last weekend. Ellen Horsley leads the competition in offensive rebounds (39) and will be one to watch this weekend. 

Geelong return for their second game of the round on Sunday against the Cougars. The Supercats will be looking to improve on their challenge for a top-four sport against a winless McKinnon outfit.

Keilor and Warrandyte close off the round as the justified main event of the weekend. This first versus second clash will pit the two best clubs of the season so far against each other, with the Thunder remaining undefeated while the Venom succumbed to their first loss two weeks ago, going down against Geelong. Keilor will need strong intensity and a strong defensive system against the high-scoring Venom, with Thunder player Adele Rogers placed fifth in defensive rebounds this season. 

Camberwell vs Corio Bay                                            Sat 4pm                       Balwyn High School

Casey vs Geelong                                                        Sat 4pm                       Casey Stadium

Craigieburn vs Eltham                                                 Sat 6pm                       Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Geelong vs McKinnon                                                 Sun 12pm                    AWA Alliance Bank Stadium

Keilor vs Warrandyte                                                  Sun 1.30pm                 Keilor Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Men

Melton face Mornington on Saturday evening. The Thoroughbreds lost last week to the Eagles 101-85, however have started the season fairly well, winning five out of seven games. The Breakers have lost five of their opening nine games, including a 100-81 loss against Collingwood last week. 

Wallan host Craigieburn at RB Robson Stadium on Saturday. The Panthers lost both of their games last round, 112-96 to Coburg and 63-90 to Collingwood. They remain without a win after nine games. In contrast, the Eagles have won seven of the eight games they have played and are currently in second position on the ladder.

Western Port play Chelsea on Saturday at 6pm. The Steelers have only won one game in their opening seven, that being against Wallan in round one. The Gulls were victors last week against Pakenham, starting the season with a record of six wins and three losses.

Coburg and Pakenham will face each other on Saturday in Coburg. The Giants defeated Wallan last week 112-96, giving them their fifth win of the season. They face a Pakenham Warriors side which currently sit on top of the table. They have started the season with only one loss, which came last week against Chelsea.

Collingwood host Maccabi on Saturday at Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars sit third on the table at the moment, after winning their seventh game of the season last week against Wallan. Maccabi haven’t fared as well, with a mixed record of five wins and four losses. They lost against Pakenham last week, in the Warriors derby.

Craigieburn play their second game of the round against Keysborough on Sunday. The Cougars have won only two of their first nine games of the season, including a one-point victory last week over Whittlesea. The Eagles beat Melton last week by 16 points. 

Mornington face Whittlesea in the final game of the round on Sunday. The Breakers are currently placed eighth on the competition table, whilst Whittlesea are in ninth. The Pacers lost to Keysborough 88-89 last week, handing them their seventh loss of the season. Both teams will be looking to jump up the table, from their mediocre positions. 

Melton vs Mornington                                               Sat 6pm                       Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Wallan vs Craigieburn                                                 Sat 6pm                       RB Robson Stadium

Western Port vs Chelsea                                            Sat 6pm                       Somerville Recreation Centre

Coburg vs Pakenham                                                  Sat 6.30pm                  Coburg Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs Maccabi                                             Sat 8.30pm                  Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Craigieburn vs Keysborough                                       Sun 12pm                    Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Mornington vs Whittlesea                                          Sun 1pm                      Mornington Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Women

The winless Steelers will host the 5-1 Chelsea Gulls on Saturday afternoon to kickstart round eight. Western Port have lost all seven of their games so far this season, and are scoring at an average of just 47.1 points per game; a division-low. The Gulls began their season with four straight wins before losing to Frankston in round five. Tiah Irons has been a dominant force on the glass for the visitors all season long, averaging a league-high 14.7 rebounds per game.

Pakenham play host to a Blackburn team who are struggling on Saturday night, with the Vikings suffering four straight defeats from their past four outings. Blackburn won two of their first three games this season before going on the skid, which has brought them crashing back down to eighth position on the ladder. The 3-5 Warriors are just one spot above them, after snapping their own three-game losing streak with a win over Coburg last weekend.

Werribee will host a red-hot Whittlesea side this weekend, with the Pacers coming into the matchup on the back of five straight wins. Whittlesea have one of the best players in the competition on their side, with Hailey Wynd averaging a league-high 21.1 points per game, while trailing only Irons in rebounds per contest with 14.4.

One long losing streak is going to come to an end this weekend, when Mornington host Coburg. The Breakers are now 2-6 having lost their past four games, while the Giants are 1-7 after going down in their last six. Neither side will want those runs to continue, which means Saturday night’s clash is an important one for both sides.

In a fixture between two of the league’s top three sides, the third-placed Gulls will host the ladder-leading Sherbrooke Suns. Chelsea will be coming off a back-to-back after a trip to Western Port on Saturday, while the 7-0 Suns will have enjoyed the whole week to prepare for Chelsea. This should be a beauty.

In the final game of the round, Collingwood take on Frankston at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars will enter the clash on the back of three straight wins, while the Blues have won their past five as they currently boast a 7-1 record. The biggest difference between these two sides this season is scoring, with the Blues averaging 80.0 points per game, with the All Stars managing just 58.1. 

Western Port vs Chelsea                                            Sat 4pm                       Somerville Recreation Centre

Pakenham vs Blackburn                                             Sat 6pm                       Cardinia Life

Werribee vs Whittlesea                                              Sat 6.30pm                  Eagle Stadium

Mornington vs Coburg                                                Sat 6.30pm                  Mornington Basketball Stadium

Chelsea vs Sherbrooke                                               Sun 11am                    Patterson River Stadium

Collingwood vs Frankston                                          Sun 1pm                      Darebin Community Sports Stadium

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