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 welcome McKinnon to start the round. The Stingrays have been competitive and perhaps better than their 1-7 record suggests. The Cougars, however, are one of the sides to beat so far in 2018 and will certainly be a tough test. It’s a game the Cougars simply must win if they are to be serious title contenders.
Hume City will take on Werribee in what is now a must-win for both sides if either wants to be around in August. The Devils are coming off a road win over Keilor and will take that confidence into another winnable contest. For the Broncos, depth and consistency has been a major issue this season and they will need to find contributors if they are to start winning games, starting with this one.
Casey and Hawthorn will do battle in a matchup between two in-form sides. The Magic have been superb in 2018 and look to be a genuine finals contender, while the Cavs sit at 4-4 and on the cusp of the top six after seven rounds of action. Raheem Lemons was in stellar form last weekend and will look to lead his side to an important victory in this clash, while the Magic could move to an astonishing 6-2 record and potentially second spot on the ladder with a win.
Ringwood travels to Eltham in a massive contest between the sides that hold the two best records in the league right now. The Hawks are deserved title favourites after starting the seaosn with a 7-1 record, while the ‘Cats look the most likely challengers along with Waverley at this stage. The home court will certainly favour Eltham, but you can never discount the Hawks in any contest. Flip a coin, should be a ripping contest.
Blackburn will search for their third win of the season when they welcome Hume City on Sunday. The Broncos will be backing up from the night before which will favour the Vikes, especially at home. Shutting down Hume’s 40-minute imports Mike Rose and Trevon Clayton will be the key as always, but with a deep bench and an even spread of scorers the home side should start favourites.
Waverley hosts Keilor in what looks like a lopsided matchup on current form. The Falcons are 6-2 and flying, while the Thunder haven’t won since round two and face a tough ask to snap that skid here. The Falcons have plenty of scoring power and should prove far too good on their home floor.
Werribee hosts Knox in a must-win game for the Raiders if they are to keep in touch with the top two. The Devils have the offensive power to match their opponents, but their struggles in 2018 have come at the other end where they allow nearly 100 points per contest. They simply can’t afford to give the Raiders that freedom if they want to snatch an upset win in this one.
Corio Bay vs McKinnon Sat 7pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Hume City vs Werribee Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Casey vs Hawthorn Sat 8pm Casey Stadium
Eltham vs Ringwood Sat 8pm Eltham High School
Blackburn vs Hume City Sun 2pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Waverley vs Keilor Sun 2:30pm Waverley Basketball Stadium
Werribee vs Knox Sun 3pm Eagle Stadium
State Championship Women
Sharks (5‐2) vs Hawks (6‐2)
A good game to get the round underway with both teams looking to gain an edge as the battle for the top few positions heats up. Desi Ramos (Hawks) and Jaz Shelley (Sharks) will be a battle worth watching, while Cass Mihalko (Hawks) and Peyton Little (Sharks) could also be a telling match-°©‐up. A good test for the Sharks – are they ready to take the next step? In recent years the Sharks have delivered some good wins against Ringwood.
Raiders (7‐1) vs Wildcats (1‐5)
Knox will welcome Carly Mijovic and should have more than enough firepower to take care of the stuttering Wildcats. Some real stars will be on show and for Knox fans the chance to watch Ott, Mijovic and young Leah Santamaggio in action is worth the admission fee. A tough gig for Eltham with Knox firm favourites to win.
Falcons (6‐1) vs Cougars (2‐6)
Another game that should go the way of the favourites. Waverley has won six games on the trot and are playing with some real confidence. Kelly Bowen has been as good as anyone in the competition over the last month and it is hard seeing any Cougar hold her back. It’s a return game for these two, last time they met it was a comfortable win for the Falcons with a host of stars missing that night.
Broncos (4‐2) vs Falcons (6‐1)
Waverley backs it up with a trip to Hume City for what should be an even clash. The Broncos can close the gap to the top four teams if they can get a win here. Louisa Murphy will need a big game, as will Viv Saad, if they hope to stop the Falcons. Expect a very physical game and a close finish.
Boomers (0‐8) vs Thunder (2‐5)
If Bulleen’s finals aspirations haven’t washed away yet, a loss here will certainly do the job. Keilor will sniff a win and will be up for the challenge, while Bulleen will no doubt be eager to finally break the ice. The Boomers have a heap of talent, and eperience, so if they play to their strengths they should come out on top. But youthis a wonderful thing and taking Keilor lightly will be a massive mistake.
Wildcats (1‐5) vs Jets (3‐4)
The round closes with Eltham hosting Sunbury in what could loom as a danger game for the defending champs. Not all has gone to plan thus far for the Jets and they look a little below their best and off the pace, but that can quickly turn around here. If the Jets are looking to find some form they could get a big dose of it if Eltham fails to turn up, which has happened once or twice already this season.
Southern Peninsula vs Ringwood 7:30pm Hillview Stadium
Knox Raiders vs Eltham 8:00pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Waverley vs McKinnon 8:30pm Waverley Basketball Stadium
Hume City vs Waverley 1:00pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Bulleen vs Keilor 1:30pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Eltham vs Sunbury 2:30pm Eltham High School
Division One Men
Black Angels (3-‐6) vs All Stars (4-‐5)
Melbourne Uni is never an easy proposition, but the All Stars have to find a way to get past them and get back on the winner’s list after a run of three losses. A lot will fall on the shoulders of Manny Hendrix and he is more than capable. On the flipside, the Black Angels need to string wins together and this inner-‐city battle is their chance.
Jets (2-‐8) vs Venom (5-‐3)
Sunbury need wins quickly, but for that to happen they will need to try and limit Ayinde Sprewell. Warrandyte’s gun import will be keen to impress after last week’s ejection, so look for a big game. Hawley and Moore will also be important for the visitors, who simply cannot let this one slip. Venom to win.
Boomers (5-‐5) vs Steelers (6-‐2)
Good match-‐up to start a big weekend for the Steelers. Thadd Varmall is in ripping form and goes up against Dylan Travis here. Expect a close finish, after all Bulleen loves a thriller. If the Steelers play to their best they should get the win, but if they can’t limit Varmall then we are in for a real treat. This one could go either way.
Seahawks (4-‐5) vs Cougars (9-‐1)
A huge game for Warrnambool as they try and find some consistency, and no bigger scalp right now than the mighty Cougars. With Enge and Newby in ripping form, the visitors will be hard to toss, but what a match-‐up with Sobey and Blount waiting for them. A big Warrnambool crowd is expected for a hot contest.
Pacers (2-‐7) vs Energy (1-‐9)
The two bottom teams clash and only one will celebrate. If the Energy is at full strength they should have the edge, but both teams have shown already that consistency isn’t a strong point right now. This is anyone’s game.
Supercats (3-‐5) vs Jets (2-‐8)
Geelong has lost their last two and really can’t afford to let this one slip. Back at home and eager for a win, the Supercats will start warm favourites. With the season slipping away, the Jets can step back into the fray this weekend with an opportunity to take down both Warrandyte and Geelong. Can they deliver?
Venom (5-‐3) vs Gators (9-‐1)
Warrandyte backs up on Sunday with a tough game against the Gators. If the home team can’t thwart Coleman and Vines, and you can throw Bartlett into that mix, it’s hard seeing them win. However, as the Venom has shown a few times already this season, if you don’t come to play they will take great delight in taking you down!
Steelers (6-‐2) vs Gulls (7-‐3)
The round finishes with a huge game. Travis versus Standerfer is arguably one of the best clashes so far this season. Are we seeing a battle for the MVP? Quality contest and such an important one for the title race.
Melbourne University vs Collingwood 6:30pm Sat Melbourne University Sports Centre
Sunbury vs Warrandyte 8:00pm Sat Boardman Stadium
Bulleen vs Western Port 8:00pm Sat East Doncaster Secondary College
Warrnambool vs Keysborough 8:00pm Sat The Arc
Whittlesea vs Latrobe City 8:30pm Sat Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Geelong vs Sunbury 2:00pm Sun AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Warrandyte vs Shepparton 2:00pm Sun Warrandyte Sports Complex
Western Port vs Chelsea 3:30pm Sun David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
Division One Women
It’s an opposite end of the scale type of match up with the 2nd placed Cavs taking on the 12th placed Steelers. The Cavs have been a little up and down as of late and will be keen to string some wins together. This game will certainly be the start of a good run. The Steelers are still winless but have shown strong signs during a number of matches. They have players that are capable of getting points on the board but they aren’t consistent. As soon as this changes, so does their record.
There’s game number two on the horizon for the Cavs, the Sunday sees them taking on the Devils. This side fell into a period of loses but has certainly made up for this quick smart sitting on a three game winning streak. In a surprise result for everyone, the Devils were the team that put an end to the Pacers run of wins but the question is, can they continue this form against the Cavs? We don’t think so, but we’ve been proven wrong before.
We hope this next match up turns out to be a cracker of a game, the 4th placed Mermaids host the 1st placed Heat. On the outside looking in, you really can’t go past the Heat. They are number 1 for a reason and are on a 5 game winning streak. And on top of this, they have two of the best players in the competition in Power and Gassion. While the Mermaids have firepower of their own, they all need to be contributing factors in this match. One player is not going to win this game. Let’s wait and see what happens.
After a slight slip up last week, the Pacers will be want to be quick in jumping back to their previous form. And they have every chance at doing just this when they meet with the Supercats. For a couple of weeks the Supercats were showing some form and we were all hoping that this would stick around. But unfortunately they are back in a slump. They now have the task of fighting their way back out and we think it will have to wait at least another week, the Pacers will prove too good.
Sometimes in this competition, you meet your match. And that seems to be what has happened to the Dragons over the past few weeks. They started off strong and had the win column up high, but when given the tougher placed opponents, they fell just short. They now find themselves on a three game losing streak but will be given the chance to turn this around when they have not one, but two games this weekend. Up first is a clash against the Magic. We would say that these two sides are fairly comparable especially when you look at the ladder but with the new addition to the Magic’s lineup, we can see them flying past a couple of teams. Out of the two games this weekend, the Dragons are better off fighting for this one.
Up next for the Dragons is the Gulls. This side has been travelling along nicely so far and find themselves in the good place of 3rd. They have Raynisha Washington taking care of things and she is often backed up by different players each week. If this is the case once again in this match up, the Dragons will struggle.
It is a flip of a coin as to who gets this next match. Will it be the Venom sitting in 11th with a fluctuating record or the Energy who sit in 10th with a five game losing streak? This game will really come down to the better team on the day. They are both comparable, even on record alone, but at the same time, both capable of taking this win.
Casey vs. Western Port Sat 6pm Casey Stadium
Warrnambool vs. Mildura Sat 6pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Warrandyte vs. Latrobe Sat 7pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Hawthorn vs. Camberwell Sat 7.30pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Geelong vs. Whittlesea Sun 12pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Camberwell vs. Chelsea Sun 1pm Balwyn High School
Werribee vs. Casey Sun 1pm Eagle Stadium
Division Two Men
With both teams holding up the bottom of the ladder, and even though the Gators have a couple more wins under their belts the Bushies have a very good chance of finally getting their first win this game, they have been so close to tasting victory since recruiting their new import Richard Townsend-Gant. If Richard can stop the Gators big man James Till and still get to the ring and if Liam Wright is firing offensively they theoretically can get a decent win here. The Gators will go into the game as the favourites and wont go down quietly, they have proven they never give up and can push for all 4 quarters.
Is the Eagles winning streak going to end this game? Craigieburn are sitting on 4 consecutive wins, while Maccabi have lost their last 2 games they can pull off the unexpected, and this one could be one of those unexpected wins that they pull out of nowhere. Even though the Eagles sit comfortably in 6th position and the Warriors down in 10th spot this can still be anyones game, the Warriors need to bring that confidence they had a few weeks ago, and steal the win out from the grasp of the hungry Eagles.
After a rocky start to the season the Thoroughbreds have found their form taking down some big teams, but their run was cut short last week after a close loss to the Eagles, while Coburg had a much deserved rest last week, the Giants lost their top position while on the break, but with a break comes fresh legs. The Giants bench have been huge for them over the past weeks which is what makes them so deadly, if their starters aren’t dropping shots you can be guaranteed some of their bench players will be. Coburg need to have that fight and determination they had in the Mildura match, because Melton will continue to push and never give up if the win is in sight.
The Eagles head to the home of the Sherbrooke Suns, who have some new found confidence after a nice win on the road last round, they will be looking to put another notch on the win tally and send the Eagles home empty handed. Craigieburn has the chance to get 2 wins this weekend and skyrocket up the ladder if they get up over Camberwell Saturday night and steal a win here. If the Suns key players, pocket rocket Eric Miraflores and Hot & Spicy Nick Spicer get going they could blow the match out within minutes, especially if the Eagles don’t put the effort in on defense. It will be interesting to see if the Suns can put a stop to the Eagles high scoring duo, Damon Smith who is averaging a double double and Liam Watt who consistantly finds the bottom of the bucket week in week out. This is my call for game of the round.
Its going to be interesting to see how the Sharks go this week, with Colin Voss on the sidelines the Giants will be thanking their stars to be playing Southern Pen this week with him missing as he would have been a big focus for the Giants on both ends of the floor, and unfortnuately I don’t think Bond can get it done alone especially with the amount of guys that can come onto the floorand shoot the ball so well from Coburg. This will still be a cracking game, who knows Coburg could have one of those weekends like they did last time they had to double up and it all went so terribly wrong and they dropped both matches, there is a big chance that could happen again. But the other chance is they get 2 wins for the round pushing them back to the top of the table with 1 win clear IF Camberwell go down in their match later today.
Last but not least the Panthers go back to school to slay some Dragons in a Sunday blockbuster. After a horrific double loss the Panthers bounced back well last week with a 13 point win over Pakenham in the Jungle, looking like they had something to prove, but they will need to bring that same intensity again this week if they want a chance at stealing a win from the Dragons on their home turf because Camberwell are in fine form at the moment winning their last 4 straight matches two of which were last round when they backed it up against Maccabi and Altona. Camberwell have shown they have what it takes and they also wont be wanting to lose that top spot they have found themselves currently in.
North East vs. Altona Sat 7pm Wangaratta Indoor S&A Centre
Craigieburn vs. Maccabi Sat 8pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Coburg vs. Melton Sat 8:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs. Craigieburn Sun 12pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Southern Pen vs. Coburg Sun 1pm Hillview Stadium
Camberwell vs. Wallan Sun 3pm Balwyn High School
Division Two Women
After some close results last week, Round 8 shows a lot of promise too!
Melton have a great chance on paper to bounce back into the top half of the ladder, but they still need to get the jobs done in a double fixture round. Their hosts first up are Coburg who have recruited a new import to hopefully help build their young team. After a week’s break, the Giants will be fresh but it might take some time for the new playbook to materialise but if it gets straight up then Melton might have a gentle fight on its hands.
The all-conquering Eagles travel up the hill to face the Suns who have shown signs of being able to provide purple patches of form, but were humbled against Melb Uni last week. Sherbrooke would need absolutely everything and then some – including everything ti go wrong for the visitors to provide what would be a monumental upset. Craigieburn are undefeated for very good reason.
Craigieburn’s last victims the Collingwood All Stars looked dangerous at times last week and if they bring that form against the Black Angels they could find themselves back in the W column. Melb Uni have come a long way since their opening round defeat to Collingwood – their only blot in the book this season- and will be keen on revenge at Tin Alley.
Blackburn have been calmly going about their business and are looking to extend their winning streak to 3 travelling to Craigieburn who are backing up from the night before in Belgrave. In Round 1, Blackburn were found a bit wanting in scoring options and they’ll need to get a quick start early to take the crowd away to give the Eagles something to think about in this one. It might be about how Craigieburn can best manage their rotations in their second game of the weekend to maintain their clean sheet so far. If things go to plan for the Eagles, top spot will be their reward for victory here.
Mornington have been competitive in almost all their matches and they haven’t been too far away on the scoreboard. As their second game of the weekend, this has a potential to be a danger game for the Thoroughbreds but they will have the home crowd in full voice backing them. While a road victory would not surprise, Melton will be bringing a lot of confidence from the determination they showed against the Bushrangers in Wang last week to know they can get it done when stretched.
Coburg vs. Melton Sat 6:30pm Coburg Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs. Craigieburn Sat 8pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Melb Uni vs Collingwood Sat 8:30pm Melbourne University Sports Centre
Craigieburn Eagles vs. Blackburn Sun 2pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Melton vs. Mornington Sun 2pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Another big round in Molten VYCM with 12 fixtures on the schedule which include some crunch time games as we near the half way point of the season. Bulleen kick us off as well as finish the round and are arguably the in-form team of the competition. Knox and Altona are their opponents across the weekend, both of whom can pose a threat when they are at full strength. For the Boomers, they scored a handy addition in Harry Fayle last week and his inclusion to the squad may take a couple of weeks to bare its full fruit. Corey Fiddes has been a bull for the Raiders so far in 2018, as has Dogukan Elyazar for the Gators.
Sherbrooke host Dandenong as Nodia Odigie faces his former side; the Rangers made light work of the dending champ Cobras last week and may have been a sign of their intentions in season 2018. Speaking of Kilsyth, they host the Suns on the Sunday which means it’s an extremely tough ask for Sherbrooke this weekend. At 4-6, the Suns are just keeping themselves above water in terms of the race to the finals, however they’d love to pinch one in R8 to continued to steer the ship. The Rangers back up against last year’s Runners-Up and they may pose the biggest threat of the weekend, with Tom Graham playing some exceptional basketball as of late. The biggest inclusion of Round Seven however was Remo Simankevicius and having him back in Spectres colours will surely provide a massive boost to get Nunawading off the bottom of Terrill!
The Spectres get to host Ringwood on Saturday night and the Hawks are just a really hard team to read so far this season. At times they’re really good, while on othe occasions they just can’t take a trick. At 6-5 they’re sitting ok in 3rd (Terrill), and Matt Roberts has been a gun so far this season and we’d expect that to continue. Just needs a little bit of help at key stages of the game! The Hawks back up on Sunday afternoon against Eltham who will be keen to avenge their loss to the Boomers last week. Tom Clifford will be ready to go in this one, and the ‘Cats will be hopeful to get James Guley back from injury. Their guard department will need to be at the ready if Eltham are to be victorious.
The ‘Cats host Melbourne the night prior and that one is set to be another enticing match-up. The Tigers have played 7 of their opening 11 games at home, so road trips will be a common occurance in the near future and will need to improve on their current 1-3 record. Maybe that starts with impact from their bench?
Keilor face an interesting double header when they host Kilsyth followed up with a road trip to Sandringham. In what are both crucial conference battles, the Thunder sit 5-5 and could potentially look back at this weekend as a key set of games which decide their fate towards the end of the year. The big stat here is that Keilor are 4-1 at home, yet 1-4 away – the latter is a stat that will need to change if they are to be big players come July/August.
Finally, Diamond Valley are on the road to McKinnon, before backing up at home against Hawthorn. On paper this looks tough for the Eagles who haven’t set the world on fire in 2018. Looking for a concerted effort to get on the defensive glass.
Bulleen vs. Knox Sat 6pm East Doncaster Secondary College
Sherbrooke vs. Dandenong Sat 6pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Eltham vs. Melbourne Sat 6pm Eltham High School
McKinnon vs. Diamond Valley Sat 7pm GESAC
Keilor vs. Kilsyth Sat 7:30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Nunawading vs. Ringwood Sat 7:30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Ringwood vs. Eltham Sun 2pm The Rings
Diamond Valley vs. Hawthorn Sun 2pm DV Sports & Fitness Centre
Dandenong vs. Nunawading Sun 2pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Kilsyth vs. Sherbrooke Sun 2pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Sandringham vs. Keilor Sun 2:30pm Nunn Media Sports Centre
Altona vs. Bulleen Sun 3pm Altona Sports Centre
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
The conclusion of Round Eight will mark the halfway point of season 2018 and in this short period of time we have seen a number of clubs quickly fall into line in terms of their place in the competition. There is already a distinct gap between the top four and bottom four in the Watson conference and that’s more than likely set to close up a little bit as we head into the next period of the year.
The weekend starts off with a cracker where Nunawading host Altona, the top two teams in the Terrill Conference. The Gators have eight on the trot and are taking it one game at a time without going overboard. The team is certainly clicking with the likes of Dana Lindemann, Rayhan Aziz and Zoe Day all contributing at different times. The Spectres are a strong outfit at The Graveyard so don’t expect this one to be a walk in the park, for either side. This is well and truly game of the week. The Gators back it up on Sunday when they are able to host Bulleen in what seems to be nearly the complete opposite to Saturday night. They’ll have to keep their wits about them however, as the Boomers can manage to upstage their highly fancied opponents; Alysha Casey continues her stellar form this season.
Hawthorn and Melbourne go toe-to-toe at Boroondara, in an important match for both sides. The Magic are currently sitting outside the top four at 4-5 and will need to win games like this against similarly ranked opponents if they are to make their way up the table. On the flip side, the Tigers are comfortably sitting in fourth position in Watson, however as we mentioned that large gap between four and five is sure to close up closer to seasons end. Bella Niven-Brown has been playing some great ball as of late, as has Nikki Metcalfe – they’re your two players to watch! Both teams back up on Sunday when the Magic travel to DV in what looms as a tough weekend, while at the same time Melbourne travel to Kilsyth for their road double. DV will seek to avenge their upset defeat last week and will come out with aggression. Currently undefeated at home, the Eagles are making that a fortress right now and they’ll very much want that statement to continue. The Tigers and Cobras pose as an interesting match-up; two teams who are arguably going in different directions – the Tigers who have just slipped up a little bit since being the benchmark of the competition over the past few years; the Cobras on the up and up with their young crew. Taylah Black has really made an impact off the bench for the Snakes, while Heaven-Lee Valenti will hope to return to form after last Sunday’s subpar outing.
The Eagles are on the road Saturday night against Knox at their home away from home at Boronia. The Raiders certainly pack a punch when both Eliana Bravington and Leah Santomaggio are on the floor. It’s just a matter of how many times that can happen over the course of the year.
Bendigo and Ballarat go at each other for the second time this season. The Braves claimed G1 on the road and will be ever so keen to hold home court and make it a seasonal sweep (barring the two teams meet in the post-season). Danielle O’Toole continued her fantastic season so far with a 31-point outing last week.
Three games round out Round Eight, Waverley face a double against Dandenong and Ringwood – again two teams on different scales in terms of yearly results thus far. Has Grace Beasley been in some form this youth league season or what?! Sandringham host Hume City in a later game on Sunday where you would guess and say the Sabres should be comfortable in that one!
Nunawading vs. Altona Sat 5:30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Hawthorn vs. Melbourne Sat 5:30pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Knox vs. Diamond Valley Sat 6pm Knox Basketball Stadium
Bendigo vs. Ballarat Sat 6pm Bendigo Stadium
Waverley vs. Dandenong Sat 6:30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Diamond Valley vs. Hawthorn Sun 12pm DV Sports & Fitness Centre
Dandenong vs. Warrandyte Sun 12pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Kilsyth vs. Melbourne Sun 12pm Kilsyth Sports Centre
Ringwood vs. Waverley Sun 12pm The Rings
Sandringham vs. Hume City Sun 12:30pm Nunn Media Basketball Centre
Altona vs. Bulleen Sun 1pm Altona Sports Centre
Youth League One Men
The weekend kicks off with a pair of teams who are just slightly out of form for the moment. Casey have lost four of their last five, slumping back to .500. On the flip side, Werribee looked unbeatable through the opening handful of rounds before losing the last three on the bounce. Thankfully for one of these teams, someone will step up to the plate and grab a must needed win!
The Cavs will be thankfully for the early Saturday arvo tip-off as they have to back up on Sunday, making the early morning trip to Balwyn to face the Dragons. Camberwell have won two of their last three and may just be finding their feet in ’18. Tom Moncrieff looks to be the number one man, while Shaun Atkins can pick it up at any stage of the game. Can Luke Beard and Jordan Gooiker match their production?
Corio Bay are next on the list to attempt to knock off the undefeated Jets. To put it simply too, the Stingrays are arguably one of the few teams with the fire power to defeat Sunbury. Aaron Ruiz has been huge for the ‘Rays, while Cohen Blythe continues to rise in the senior ranks let alone dominate the youth competition. If Dylan Donnelly plays as well then it really is game on!
Hume City have a tough task ahead this weekend when Warrandyte and Werribee are put in front of them. The Broncos have already seen these teams before this season, going down by 15 (WDYTE) and 19 (WERR). How do they reverse these results? It starts with Bailey Kirkman and Mitch Goodwin. In terms of their opponents, Liam Davidson and Lino Manhom are players to watch for the two sides respectively.
Warrandyte back up on Sunday afternoon when they allow Geelong into the Warrandyte Web and it’s set up to be a cracker of a match! Two teams on the up and up, the Venom have won three in a row heading into the weekend, while the Supercats can better than with four on the trot. You’ll hear all season that the Supercats have the talent led by their Big 3 and their offence is clicking on all cylinders right now! Looking forward to this one.
Arguably the greatest rivalry in Big V youth league history takes place this weekend when Bendigo host Ballarat. These two teams met in Round One when the home side Miners scooped up the points there with a ten point victory. Is it now time for the Braves to repay the favour? Both sides desperately need the win as well so this has a stack of pressure written all over it. Game on!
Finally, Waverley host Coburg where the disparity between the two teams could be the furthest apart in the competition. The Falcons are the real deal in 2018, while the Giants are looking to develop some of their young talent. Development takes time and that’s what Coburg require right now. They’ll stick around in games which they have shown as of late and that’s all you can ask for again in the upcoming contest.
Casey vs. Werribee Sat 4pm Casey Stadium
Sunbury vs. Corio Bay Sat 6pm Boardman Stadium
Hume City vs. Warrandyte Sat 6pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Bendigo vs. Ballarat Sat 8pm Bendigo Stadium
Werribee vs. Hume City Sun 11am Eagle Stadium
Camberwell vs. Casey Sun 11am Balwyn High School
Warrandyte vs. Geelong Sun 12pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Waverley vs. Coburg Sun 12:30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Youth League One Women
Let’s rewind the clock and go all the way back to round 1 when McKinnon & Corio Bay met to kick off the Big V 2018 season, with some fresh faces and some big names returning in both teams the nerves were high and there was a buzz of excitement in the air. Fast forward to round 8 and here we are again, nerves all gone but excitement still there, both teams have had their ups and downs, McKinnon stole game 1 in front of their home crowd, but now it’s time for the Stingrays to have the home court advantage. The exciting match up for this match will be between Teagan Tatlock and Emma Crees, both ladies are having a stand out season, can Teagan lead her team to victory or will the Cougars depth bee too much?
One win verses no losses is what we have with this match up between Chelsea and Sunbury down at the nest.Unfortunately Chelsea have not had the start to the 2018 season they would have been hoping for, finding themselves falling further behind each week as the front runners continue to rack up the wins. Whereas Sunbury have been a force to be reckoned with after stepping up from the lower division (YL2W) in 2017 and dominating in the higher division YL1W. The Gulls have their work cut out for them against the undefeated Jets, stopping Sunbury’s offensive onslaught is one thing, but then you have to get through their fine tuned defence which has proved to be one of the key contributors to their success.
Keilor have snuck to the top of the ladder with a 7-1 record while Geelong sit comfortably in 3rd position not far behind the Thunder with an also impressive 6-2 record, both teams are on a winning streak, Geelong with 4 straight wins and Keilor with 3. If Keilor want to remain on top of the ladder this is a must win for them, as you would expect Sunbury to get the win this round sending them to 8-0. The Supercats have proven they are a contender for the title and will do everything they can to steal the win out from Keilor to make the match up 1-1.
It’s a middle of the pack battle royal, with the Eagles currently sitting 7th inviting the Stingrays 6th to the Nest. With Corio Bay having played on Saturday night already will have to make sure they have energy and push to get through another tough match up, but if they can’t run out all 4 quarters will find themselves in trouble very quickly especially if they lack effort defensively, if Carly Vuillermin can continue to get those big boards and defensive efforts for the Stingrays they might be able to slow the likes of Shona Brooks from the Eagles who has been a huge contributor to Craigieburn’s offence this season.
From one high school to another the Dragons get set to take on current last place holders the Wildcats. Camberwell have had a mixed season so far an will be wanting to try and improve on their 4-4 record, while Eltham have struggled to find their rhythm and currently finding themselves in a rut with 4 straight losses. If they can overcome the odds and get a win here, what a confidence booster that would be for the girls, Camberwell don’t underestimate the Wildcats, just because they only have 1 win they can very easily make that 2.
Corio Bay vs. McKinnon Sat 5pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Chelsea vs. Sunbury Sat 6pm Patterson River Stadium
Geelong vs. Keilor Sun 10am AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Craigieburn vs. Corio Bay Sun 12pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Eltham vs. Camberwell Sun 12:30pm Eltham High School
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Will this weekend by the weekend that we see Latrobe take their first win for the season? They are up against the Pacers who sit just above them on the ladder and have fallen to three straight losses. But in the Pacers last three matches, they have taken on some top seeded teams which hasn’t helped their campaign for wins. The Energy may just be the target they having been waiting for. Hopefully the Energy can give some support to Luis D’Angelo who put on a great display last weekend.
The Blues may have settled in to their winning ways but we think this will all come to an end this weekend. They come up against the Pakenham Warriors, who have worked their way to 5 straight wins. This game will make it the second time these two have met this season, previously coming up against each other in round 1. In that match up, it was the Blues that took home the win by 8 points. But there has been a lot of basketball that has been played in between then and now, and we think the Warriors will have no trouble in redeeming themselves.
It will be a successful weekend for the Warriors who back up on the Sunday against the Panthers. This Panthers side has not seen a win in a number of weeks and have almost forgotten that winning feeling. But from where we sit, they will be no match for the Warriors. They have too much fire power with Lee Belton, Ned Weideman and Matt Berkec for them to content with so it will be at least another week of waiting for that next win to com.
After so many weeks of win after win, the Eagles finally met their match in the Thoroughbreds last week. They have another tough game ahead of them when they take on the Maccabi Warriors this weekend. The last time these two met was back in round 1 and it was a close finish with only 2 points separating the two. On that occasion it was the Warriors who took home the W but we think they’ll struggle to make it 2 from 2. The Eagles want to get back on the winners list and have proven time and time again just how easy it is.
The Gulls are going to find themselves up against the wall this weekend when they take on both the Thoroughbreds and the Steelers. If they are to come away with at least the one win this weekend, we think they’ll find it on the Sunday. But in their first match up against the Thoroughbreds, they won’t be getting the job done. This Thoroughbreds side was the side to put an end to the Eagles streak of wins and do it comfortably as well. They have a deep roster with multiple contributors, all of which fire during the one game. The Gulls will be no match.
The Steelers have managed to find some form of late and are slowly working their way up the ladder. But if we are to look at the ladder, the Gulls are only one placing behind. As seems to be the pattern this round, these two also played once before back in round 1. It was a 9 point win to the Gulls, a margin that can always be improved on by either side.
There will be another opportunity for the Steelers to get a win on the Saturday night when they meet with the Breakers. The Breakers were made to look second rate last week, losing by a decent 50 points against Pakenham. They will want to put this behind them quick smart and hopefully do it with a win here. If they can get their shooters on point in this match, they will have a good chance at a win.
Having got themselves in a place of stringing a couple of wins together, it looks like it’s going to be shortlived for the All Stars as they come up against the in form Thoroughbreds. The Thoroughbreds will prove to be one of the toughest opponents the All Stars have come up against in the past couple of weeks and we hope the All Stars are prepared for it. They need to get themselves ahead early if they are to give themselves any chance at an upset.
Craigieburn vs. Maccabi Sat 6pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Whittlesea vs. Latrobe Sat 6.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Pakenham vs. Frankston Sat 7pm Cardinia Life
Chelsea vs. Melton Sat 8pm Patterson River Stadium
Mornington vs. Western Port Sat 8.30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Melton vs. Collingwood Sun 12pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Wallan vs. Pakenham Sun 1pm RB Robson Stadium
Western Port vs. Chelsea Sun 1.30pm David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre
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Round eight has come around in a flash and we’re well and truly into the crux of the 2018 Big V season now! Hopefully your association has started on the right foot, if not, there’s plenty of time to recover!
One team who is trending in the right direction are the Pakenham Warriors, who didn’t get to have that luxury last season. The Warriors are sitting 5-1 and face a struggling Suns outfit who are yet to register a win for the year. Ellie Coutts has continued her stellar form averaging 11.5ppg and 9rpg. For the young Suns, Zoe Haritos is leading the charge and will need another 8+points and 5+rebounds to add to her averages.
The young Sharks suffered their first loss of the season last week and will be keen to avenge that defeat with a dominating performance against the Steelers. Western Port bounced back from two losses in a row with a victory last week and will hope to claim a big scalp this time out. Myra Wood (10ppg) is in some good form, as is Ebony Baxter (7.5ppg, 7.7rpg). Southern Peninsula have plenty of talent and will use their depth to get across the line.
Frankston travel to Mornington to face the Breakers where the Blues just haven’t had any luck on the road. Their three most recent trips have ended in three losses by six, six and two points. The Blues will rely on Tori Jackson (10ppg, 8.5rpg) and Annabel Fitter (10ppg) to put the team back on track, while the Breakers, who are searching for their first win will be looking to improve their offensive output over the coming weeks.
Werribee are yet to win on the road in 2018, so they’ll be chuffed that Casey must enter Eagle Stadium on Saturday night. For the Cavs, it currently doesn’t matter where they’re playing because they seem to have the answer for anyone! For a team that went so close to a ‘chip in ’16 in YL1W, it’s been an unfortunate fall for the Devils who are now struggling in the tier lower sitting at 2-5. The Cavs on the other hand, weren’t even around in youth women two years ago!
The one and only Sunday game comes out of Mill Park when Whittlesea play host to the Vikings. The Pacers are the side on the up, while Blackburn are still licking their wounds after being runners-up in 2017. The Vikes sit at 5-2 and are arguably flying under the radar, while Whittlesea have retooled and found a number of contributors this season such as LT Poa and Hailey Wynd. Watch out for Isabella Nolen for the visitors to have an influence!
Pakenham vs. Sherbrooke Sat 5pm Cardinia Life
Southern Peninsula vs. Western Port Sat 5:30pm Hillview Stadium
Mornington vs. Frankston Sat 6:30pm Mornington Basketball Stadium
Werribee vs. Casey Sat 7pm Eagle Stadium
Whittlesea vs. Blackburn Sun 2pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium