Another weekend of hoops ready to bounce, who will take W’s this time out?
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
Corio Bay and Keilor will kick off round nine when they meet at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre. The Thunder have suffered a string of setbacks after losing both their matches last weekend, but will be hopeful of bouncing back against an eighth-placed Stingrays outfit.
Chelsea will have a big task on their hands on Saturday night, when they take on Hawthorn. The Magic are sitting comfortably at third on the table, following wins in Round 8 against Corio Bay and Keilor respectively. The Gulls will need a big performance from Corey Standerfer, who leads the league for average points scored at 26.5 per game.
Werribee host Hume City with both teams towards different ends of the ladder. The Broncos sit in fourth place after winning four of their last five matches, while the Devils will be looking to carry on from last round’s thrilling one-point win over the Vikings.
Hawthorn and McKinnon open up Sunday’s schedule. The Cougars lost their first game of the season last week against the Cavaliers and will be hoping to respond in style. McKinnon’s Adrian Tomada will look to continue his strong form this season, averaging 6.2 assists a game this season.
Blackburn face off against Casey to round off the Round 9 fixture. The Vikings have disappointing this season, sitting at 1-10. The Cavaliers continue to strive for that coveted first place on the ladder, boasting a 9-2 record after 11 matches.
Corio Bay vs Keilor Sat 8pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Chelsea vs Hawthorn Sat 8pm Patterson River Stadium
Werribee vs Hume City Sat 8.30pm Eagle Stadium
Hawthorn vs McKinnon Sun 3pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Blackburn vs Casey Sun 3pm Mullum Mullum Stadium
Southern Peninsula and Casey kick off the weekend at Hillview Stadium. Both sides sit at 4-4 this season, two games behind Sunbury in fourth. The Sharks enter the game in better form winning their last three games, while the Cavs have lost their last three matches. Last week the Sharks beat Warrnambool by eight points, with Charli Dobson leading the way with 15 points; meanwhile Casey lost by 28 points to Keilor.
Warrnambool will hope for a change in fortune when they host Whittlesea on Saturday night. The Mermaids are winless and sit bottom of the table, with five of their eight defeats coming at home. Amy Wormald has stood out for the Mermaids this season, averaging 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Whittlesea will be keen to bounce back from their disappointing 47-point loss to Werribee in round eight. The Pacers have won one of their last five games and have failed to win a game on the road this season.
Second plays third when Werribee host Hume City. The Devils are the form team of the competition, winning their last five games, including a 47-point win over Whittlesea. In contrast, the Broncos have lost two of their last three games to drop to third on the ladder. Alisia Jenkins and BreAnna Brock are both averaging over 20 points this season and could be pivotal in the result.
Sunbury enter round eight off the back of four wins in a row. The Jets have the second-best offence in the division (681 points), yet have won only one home game for the season. They will be favourites to double their tally when they host Bulleen who have won only one game for the season and sit second last on the ladder. The Boomers suffered a 62-point defeat to McKinnon last week and now have the division’s leakiest defence, conceding on average 88 points per match.
Keilor and McKinnon conclude the round at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder have been superb so far this season and sit on top of the ladder with a 7-1 record. Last week Erin Bollmann scored 22 points in the Thunder’s 28-point win over Casey. McKinnon will prove tougher to beat as they enter the game off the back of a massive win over Bulleen. Daniel Raber starred for the Cougars with 27 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
Southern Peninsula vs Casey Sat 5.30pm Hillview Stadium
Warrnambool vs Whittlesea Sat 6pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Werribee vs Hume City Sat 6.30pm Eagle Stadium
Sunbury vs Bulleen Sun 2pm Boardman Stadium
Keilor vs McKinnon Sun 3.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Division One Men
Sunbury and Coburg open up the round at Boardman Stadium. The Jets are riding a three-game winning streak to currently occupy third place on the standings, while Coburg have been up and down at 5-5. The Giants are coming off a win against Collingwood last week.
Shepparton and Latrobe City clash at Shepparton Sports Stadium on Saturday night, with the Gators looking to build off last week’s victory against the Pacers. Meanwhile, the Energy are still searching for their first win of the season.
Keysborough meet Bulleen at Rowville Secondary College in a fifth vs sixth clash at The Arc Sports Stadium. Both sides will want to consolidate spots in the top six and bounce back from disappointing losses last week.
Warrnambool and Collingwood do battle at The Arc Sports Stadium with plenty at stake for both teams. The Seahawks are 5-5 on the season and will want to remain in the finals hunt, while the All Stars are on a three-game losing streak and another defeat will start to make things really difficult for them come finals time.
Whittlesea and Western Port round out Saturday’s fixture at Mill Park Basketball Stadium. After picking up their first win of the season, the Pacers came crashing back to earth with a loss to Shepparton last week. The Steelers are cruising along in second place at 8-3, but have lost all three of their games on the road this season.
Warrnambool return for their second game of the round against Melbourne University to open the Sunday schedule. The Black Angels will want to bounce back from a three-game losing streak, while the Seahawks will be keen to separate themselves from the middle of the pack.
Warrandyte come out for their first game of the round against Shepparton at home in an exciting top four clash. The Venom are flying in first place behind the dominance of Jacob Thom, averaging 19.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season.
Western Port and Bellarine close out round nine at Somerville Recreation Centre. The Storm are sitting 6-6 on the season and a win could catapult them into top six calculations.
Sunbury vs Coburg Sat 7pm Boardman Stadium
Shepparton vs Latrobe City Sat 7.30pm Shepparton Sports Stadium
Keysborough vs Bulleen Sat 8pm Rowville Secondary College
Warrnambool vs Collingwood Sat 8pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Whittlesea vs Western Port Sat 8.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Warrnambool vs Melbourne University Sun 2pm The Arc Sports Stadium
Warrandyte vs Shepparton Sun 2pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Western Port vs Bellarine Sun 3.30pm Somerville Recreation Centre
Division One Women
Round nine kicks off on Saturday evening at Patterson River Stadium, as Hawthorn visit a resurgent Chelsea outfit. The Gulls have won three straight games, and will be confident heading into their clash with the second-placed Magic.
Mildura host Craigieburn as the Heat look to notch up their 10thconsecutive win for the season. The Eagles have had a mediocre season thus far, but carried out a promising nine-point victory against Bellarine last weekend.
Warrandyte and Camberwell round out the Saturday night fixtures as the Venom desperately look to win their third game of the season. The Dragons have been lacklustre in recent times, losing three of their last five matches. Camberwell’s Sarah Stone will be crucial to the Dragons’ chances of responding, averaging 13.2 assists per game this season.
The Dragons will be backing it up on Sunday afternoon when they take on lowly-ranked Latrobe City. The Energy have lost seven consecutive matches, including losing to fellow cellar-dwellers Warrandyte by 23 points last week.
Western Port finish off the round when they take on Bellarine in a mid-table clash with plenty at stake. The Storm have lost their last four matches, but have a chance to leapfrog the Steelers should they win at the Somerville Recreation Centre.
Chelsea vs Hawthorn Sat 6pm Patterson River Stadium
Mildura vs Craigieburn Sat 6pm Toyota Hothouse
Warrandyte vs Camberwell Sat 8pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Camberwell vs Latrobe City Sun 1pm Balwyn High School
Western Port vs Bellarine Sun 1.30pm Somerville Recreation Centre
Division Two Men
North East and Mornington tip off the round at Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday night. The Bushrangers are in a major slump, having dropped their last six games to sit 11th on the table. Mornington are trailing them in last place at 1-11, losing three in a row.
Southern Peninsula and Camberwell clash at Hillview Stadium in a blockbuster second v third battle. Both teams will be keen to bounce back from losses last week, with the Sharks dropping their first for the season. Southern Peninsula are still undefeated at home.
Melton and Pakenham do battle at the Melton Indoor Recreation Centre. The Thoroughbreds have finally gained some momentum on their season, claiming three straight wins to have Pakenham’s spot above them on the ladder in sight. The Warriors have dropped three of their last four.
Wallan and Altona continue the Saturday fixture at RB Robson Stadium. The Panthers will look to make it three in a row and climb into the top six, while Altona are riding their own three-game winning streak and are one spot below in the standings.
Mildura and Craigieburn go head-to-head at Toyota Hothouse in a first v fourth clash. The Heat are flying at 11-0 with no signs of slowing down, but the Eagles have only dropped three games themselves and will take confidence from their win over the Sharks last week.
RMIT and North East open up the Sunday fixture with the former coming in for their first game of the round. The Redbacks have gotten off to a slow start in 2019 and a home win could be the perfect chance to catapult their season against a struggling Bushrangers outfit.
Altona and Southern Peninsula face off at Altona Sports Centre. All eyes will be on Altona’s James Til (averaging 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game) and Southern Peninsula’s Corey Bond (21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds).
Camberwell and Melton back up for their second games of the round to do battle at Balwyn High School on Sunday. The Dragons are sitting pretty in third place and will want to bounce back from last week’s loss to Mildura.
Maccabi and Sherbrooke close out the round, with both sides having all weekend to prepare for this contest. Sitting 10th and ninth respectively and both coming off wins, another strong performance could help build some momentum for the victors.
North East vs Mornington Sat 7pm Wangaratta Indoor Sports Aquatic Centre
Southern Peninsula vs Camberwell Sat 7.30pm Hillview Stadium
Melton vs Pakenham Sat 8pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Wallan vs Altona Sat 8pm RB Robson Stadium
Mildura vs Craigieburn Sat 8pm Toyota Hothouse
RMIT vs North East Sun 12pm RMIT Sports Centre
Altona vs Southern Peninsula Sun 3pm Altona Sports Centre
Camberwell vs Melton Sun 3pm Balwyn High School
Maccabi vs Sherbrooke Sun 3pm Bialik Stadium
Division Two Women
North East host Mornington to commence round nine, with both teams having poor starts to their respective seasons. The Breakers have lost their last five consecutive matches, while the Bushrangers remain winless after the first eight matches of the season.
Melton will have a big task on their hands on Saturday evening, when they come up against first-placed Pakenham. The Warriors have won six games on the bounce, disposing of Coburg by 11 points last weekend. Warriors duo Ellie Coutts and Keeley Patterson have been dominant so far this season, averaging 6.88 and 3.62 assists per match respectively.
Wallan and Coburg face-off in an exciting mid-table clash at the RB Robson Stadium on Saturday night. Both sides will be eager to bounce back from losses last weekend. The Giants were unable to do enough against Pakenham, whilst the Panthers were dismantled by Blackburn, losing by 32 points.
Sherbrooke meet Melbourne University on Saturday night, in undoubtedly the match of the round. Both sides have won four of their last five matches, with both sides hoping to continue their assault on the top four. The Suns and Black Angels are also both stacked with talent offensively, with Deslyn Applewhaite (178 points so far this season) and Amelia Smith (164 points) set to butt heads in a mouth-watering clash.
Collingwood will need to produce an upset if they are any chance against Blackburn in the final match of the round. The All Stars weren’t able to measure up against the Suns last weekend, while the Vikings justified their position within the top four against the Panthers, after a couple of inconsistent matches prior to that. Expect Blackburn’s Victoria Sumskas to feature heavily, ranking third in the competition for total offensive rebounds (36) this season.
North East vs Mornington Sat 5pm Wangaratta Indoor Sports Aquatic Centre
Melton vs Pakenham Sat 6pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Wallan vs Coburg Sat 6pm RB Robson Stadium
Sherbrooke vs Melbourne University Sat 8pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Collingwood vs Blackburn Sun 2.30pm Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Dandenong have been the premier team of the competition so far this season, winning all 11 games to sit top of the Terrill conference. Attacking wise, the Rangers average 97 points per game, while at the other end of the court they hold their opponents to 64 points per game. Melbourne will be this week’s challenger to knock the Rangers off their perch. The Tigers sit just behind the Rangers on the ladder with seven wins this season.
Sherbrooke will hope to end their 10-game losing streak when they face Blackburn on Saturday. The Suns have been conceding an average of 88 points per game and have won only one home game for the season. The Vikings could climb off the bottom of the ladder with a win, before facing Diamond Valley the following day.
Southern will look to win their second game of the season when they host Ringwood. The Sabres are on a four-game losing run and are unlikely to end their streak the following day when they face in-form Melbourne. Ringwood are in a similar predicament as they are up against it to beat the rampant Dandenong on Sunday, meaning this clash is crucial for both teams.
Nunawading have won four of their last five games in the lead up to their clash against Eltham. The Wildcats have won their last four games and sit second in the Watson conference. Christian Yammouni has starred for the Wildcats with 16.8 points per game. They will face McKinnon on Sunday who have lost their last two games, while the Spectres will travel to Hawthorn who are on a three-game losing streak and sit second last in the Watson conference.
Diamond Valley and Bulleen will do battle at the Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre on Saturday night. The Eagles suffered a 19-point loss to Knox last week, while Bulleen beat Blackburn by 14 points.
Keilor host Knox on Saturday, before travelling to Waverley on Sunday. The Thunder sit fourth in the Terrill conference with a 6-6 record, while Knox won three of their last five games and Waverley two of their last five.
McKinnon and Kilsyth square off at GESAC on Saturday night. The Cougars have allowed their opponents to score 85 points on average, the second most in the Watson conference. Kilsyth sit top of the Watson conference with a 10-1 record this season.
Dandenong vs Melbourne Sat 3pm Dandenong Basketball Stadium
Sherbrooke vs Blackburn Sat 6pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Southern vs Ringwood Sat 7pm Southern Basketball Stadium
Nunawading vs Eltham Sat 7.30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Diamond Valley vs Bulleen Sat 7.30pm Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre
Keilor vs Knox Sat 7.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
McKinnon vs Kilsyth Sat 8pm GESAC
Melbourne vs Southern Sun 1pm MSAC
Hawthorn vs Nunawading Sun 1pm Boroondara Sports Complex
Blackburn vs Diamond Valley Sun 1pm Mullum Mullum Stadium
Eltham vs McKinnon Sun 1.30pm Eltham High School
Ringwood vs Dandenong Sun 2pm The Rings
Waverley vs Keilor Sun 2.30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Bendigo and Kilsyth open up round nine in a blockbuster clash at Bendigo Stadium. With both sides sitting in the top three in their respective conferences, fans will be treated to an exciting matchup.
Southern and Ringwood clash at Southern Basketball Stadium in another massive inter-conference battle. The Sabres are sitting second at 8-4, while the Hawks are on top and coming off their first loss of the season at 9-1.
Diamond Valley meet Melbourne at the Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre in a first v fifth clash. The Tigers are first in the Terrill conference but are coming off a loss against Sunbury last week. They are yet to drop a game on the road this season. The Eagles are on a three-game losing streak.
Nunawading meet Bulleen with what looks on paper to be a one-sided affair. The Spectres are travelling along nicely in second place and coming off a blowout victory over Ballarat. Meanwhile, the Boomers are still yet to get their first win on the board at 0-12.
Hume City and Altona meet with both sides looking to build momentum off wins last week. The Broncos have split their games this season at 5-5, while Altona are 5-4.
The Gators come right back for their second clash of the round against a fresh Hawthorn outfit on Sunday. The Magic have dropped three of their last four and have only one road win this season.
Sunbury host Ballarat at the Boardman Stadium to continue the Sunday fixture and both sides will be fresh for their first game of the round. The Rush are riding a five-game losing streak.
Ringwood host Dandenong at The Rings in a first v fourth clash. The Rangers are riding a five-game win streak and would be confident of taking down the top team.
Waverley and Bendigo clash in what looks like an easy win for the Braves. The Falcons are 2-9 while the Braves could be searching for their fifth straight win.
Knox and Diamond Valley close out the round at the State Basketball Centre. The Raiders come in for their first game of the round, sitting 5-5 and coming off a loss to Kilsyth last week.
Bendigo vs Kilsyth Sat 12pm Bendigo Stadium
Southern vs Ringwood Sat 5pm Southern Basketball Stadium
Diamond Valley vs Melbourne Sat 5.30pm Diamond Valley Sports Fitness Centre
Nunawading vs Bulleen Sat 5.30pm Nunawading Basketball Stadium
Hume City vs Altona Sat 6pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Altona vs Hawthorn Sun 11am Altona Sports Centre
Sunbury vs Ballarat Sun 12pm Boardman Stadium
Ringwood vs Dandenong Sun 12pm The Rings
Waverley vs Bendigo Sun 12.30pm Waverley Basketball Centre
Knox vs Diamond Valley Sun 1pm State Basketball Centre
Youth League One Men
Bendigo face off against Warrandyte on Saturday afternoon to kick off round nine. The Braves were no match for Ballarat last weekend, being dismantled by 30 points against the first-placed side. The Venom will be hoping their fortunes have turned, after recording their second win of the season last weekend in a thriller against Hume City.
Corio Bay host Sunbury in what is bound to be an interesting – and important – match for both sides. The Stingrays are only two wins ahead of the Jets, who have fallen back into bad habits and lost their last two matches, having won three straight prior to that. Both sides lost convincingly last weekend and will be striving to make amends.
Hume City take on Altona to round off the Saturday fixtures for round nine. While the Gators have gone from strength to strength, things have gone from bad to worse for the Broncos, who have lost their last six matches. The Gators made a statement last weekend by defeating Camberwell, and will be looking to repeat more of the same at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium.
Sunday’s proceedings begin at Balwyn High School, as Camberwell meet Werribee in a lop-sided affair. The Devils will need to be at their best if they are any chance against a composed Dragons outfit. Expect Camberwell’s Charlie Fitsioris to be a constant threat, who ranks fifth in points this season with 197.
It’s top against bottom when Warrandyte host Ballarat. The Miners remain undefeated and will be confident heading in against the Venom, who may have a renewed sense of confidence after notching up their first win of the season.
Altona and Casey are set to square off in what looks to be the match of the round. The fourth-placed Cavaliers will be looking to leapfrog the third-placed Gators, who have won their last three matches. After losing to the Supercats last weekend, Casey have a chance to prove themselves again by knocking off a fellow top-four side.
Frankston and Geelong meet on Sunday afternoon to cap off round nine. The Supercats have looked stronger as the weeks have gone by, whereas the Blues will be looking to repeat their antics from round seven, having thrashed Warrandyte by 53 points.
Bendigo vs Warrandyte Sat 2pm Bendigo Stadium
Corio Bay vs Sunbury Sat 6pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Hume City vs Altona Sat 8pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
Camberwell vs Werribee Sun 11am Balwyn High School
Warrandyte vs Ballarat Sun 12pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Altona vs Casey Sun 1pm Altona Sports Centre
Frankston vs Geelong Sun 2.30pm Frankston Basketball Stadium
Youth League One Women
Corio Bay and Keilor kick off the weekend at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre on Saturday night. Both teams enter the contest off the back of defeats in round eight, with the Stingrays losing to Camberwell by 25 points and the Thunder narrowly defeated by Warrandyte by two points. Despite defeat last week, Keilor will enter the game as favourites as they sit second on the ladder with a 7-1 record, while Corio Bay sit at the bottom of the ladder.
Camberwell extended their winning streak to eight games last week with a comfortable victory over Corio Bay. The Dragons are second for points scored (669) in the division and have the third best defence (519). They will face Geelong who sit fifth on the ladder with a 4-6 record. Jaimee Crombie scored 17 points in the Supercats’ 30-point win over McKinnon last week, so will likely be crucial for the Supercats again in round nine.
Craigieburn will look to make it two wins in a row when they host Casey this week. The Eagles returned to the winners list in round eight with an 11-point win over Eltham. Their task will be difficult this week as they face a Casey side that has won their last four games and sit fourth on the ladder. Last week they beat Geelong by 34 points to extend their good form. The Cavs average 79.5 points per game which is the best offence in the league.
Warrandyte and Eltham sit in contrasting positions on the ladder ahead of their clash on the weekend. With a 7-1 record the Venom sit third on the ladder, while the Wildcats sit seventh with a 2-8 record. Claudia Kuen and Ellen Horsley average over 10 points for the two teams, and will be pivotal to the final result.
Keilor and McKinnon conclude the round at the Keilor Basketball Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars will hope to end a seven-game losing streak and win their second game of the season. Last week they were defeated by Geelong by 30 points. These teams previously met in round four, and on that day it was the Thunder who came away with the win by 13 points.
Corio Bay vs Keilor Sat 4pm Geelong Basketball Netball Centre
Camberwell vs Geelong Sat 6pm Balwyn High School
Craigieburn vs Casey Sat 6pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Warrandyte vs Eltham Sat 6pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Keilor vs McKinnon Sun 1.30pm Keilor Basketball Stadium
Youth League Two Men
Melton and Pakenham square off at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre to open the round. The Thoroughbreds have won three of their last four to consolidate a spot in the top four. Pakenham are sitting pretty in second place, having only dropped the one game this season.
The Cougars host Maccabi in a 10th v seventh clash with plenty at stake. Keysborough can’t afford to keep dropping games, while the Warriors are only one win out of a top six spot. The Cougars have only one home win this season.
Whittlesea go head-to-head with Coburg at Mill Park Stadium to continue the Saturday fixture. The Pacers are currently in a serious slump, losing their last six straight to occupy ninth place. Meanwhile, Coburg have had an up and down season so far at 5-5 and are coming off a 70-102 loss to Pakenham.
Craigieburn hosts Western Port to round out the Saturday fixture. The Eagles are the form team of the competition, sitting on top of the standings behind eight-straight wins. They have gotten a good spread from their roster, led by Jackson Wyne (averaging 13.2 points per game), while three other Eagles are averaging double-figure scoring numbers. The Steelers sit at the other end of the table in 11th coming off seven-straight losses.
Maccabi and Chelsea open up the Sunday card at Bialik Stadium. The Warriors will be coming off their clash with Keysborough on Saturday where they will have potentially ended a two-game losing streak. Chelsea are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, claiming four straight wins to shoot up into fourth place.
Wallan and Whittlesea face off at RB Robson Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a 12th v ninth clash. The Panthers are still searching for their first win of the season, currently sitting 0-10. A home clash against a Pacers outfit that have recorded just two wins could present the perfect opportunity.
Collingwood and Melton round out round nine at Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars have reeled off five-straight wins to occupy third place in the standings, but the 6-2 Throughbreds will be no walkover. Athiaan Manyiel has led Collingwood sensationally, averaging 24.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 55 per cent from the field and 40 per cent from downtown.
Melton vs Pakenham Sat 4pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
Keysborough vs Maccabi Sat 6pm Rowville Secondary College
Whittlesea vs Coburg Sat 6.30pm Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Craigieburn vs Western Port Sat 8pm Craigieburn Sports Stadium
Maccabi vs Chelsea Sun 1pm Bialik Stadium
Wallan vs Whittlesea Sun 1pm RB Robson Stadium
Collingwood vs Melton Sun 4.30pm Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Youth League Two Women
Sherbrooke and Collingwood will start round nine with a bang when they face off on Saturday afternoon. Both sides have been largely impressive so far this season, but will be looking to respond after both suffering defeats last weekend. The All Stars have a chance to break into the top four should they defeat the Suns.
Whittlesea have a chance to prove themselves when they visit Chelsea at the Patterson River Stadium. The Pacers’ good string of form came to a halt after a loss to Werribee last weekend, while the Gulls were able to see off the Steelers by 16 points last time out. Whittlesea’s Hailey Wynd leads the league for points this season on 166, and will need to be on song if the Pacers are any chance.
Pakenham host Werribee in a clash between two sides who are striving to become more consistent. The Devils have looked strong in recent games, and will be looking to notch up their third straight win. Pakenham looked to have turned a corner after disposing of Coburg with ease in round seven, but fell back into old habits in round eight, losing to Blackburn by 16 points.
Blackburn take on Western Port to round off the Saturday fixtures. Both teams have underperformed so far this season, but the Vikings will be hopeful of winning their second consecutive game against a winless Steelers outfit.
Western Port will back up their Saturday shift with another performance on Sunday morning, as they face off against Mornington at the Somerville Recreation Centre. The Breakers have lost their last four matches and are in a rut. If ever there were a chance to record their first win of the season, this may be it for the Steelers.
Collingwood host Blackburn and will be looking to redeem themselves after falling victim to Frankston in round eight. Ayuen Akot will be one to watch for the All Stars, having recorded 36 offensive rebounds so far this season.
Frankston take on Coburg to finish off round nine in a clash between two sides with contrasting fortunes. Second-placed Frankston have won their last six matches, while tenth-placed Coburg have lost their last six.
Sherbrooke vs Collingwood Sat 4pm Belgrave Heights Christian School
Chelsea vs Whittlesea Sat 4pm Patterson River Stadium
Pakenham vs Werribee Sat 7pm Cardinia Life
Blackburn vs Western Port Sat 7pm Mullum Mullum Stadium
Western Port vs Mornington Sun 11.30am Somerville Recreation Centre
Collingwood vs Blackburn Sun 12.30pm Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Frankston vs Coburg Sun 12.30pm Frankston Basketball Stadium