Round 17 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

To kick off proceedings we launch into the match of the round, when Hume City take on Hawthorn in an important tussle for second spot. The winner will move into second either way due to Hawthorn’s percentage difference, and with Casey predicted to drop a game against McKinnon it’s a big chance to secure a top three spot for the Magic. The Broncos were outscored in an upset win last week to the Devils, despite Jordan Coleman putting up 40. Luke Sist and Joe Furphy both almost managed double-doubles for the Magic in a tight loss to the Cougars last week. This is a huge clash and will shape match ups in the finals if results predicted fall into place.

Chelsea host Keilor in another important game in the round. 2v3, 1v4 and 5v6 all take place this week, and with only two rounds left getting results against direct rivals is vital. Keilor double up this week after defeating Werribee by five points last week. Twenty-eight and eight from Mike Anderson got them over the line, whilst Chelsea also recorded a nice win over Casey. Corey Standerfer and Colin Voss both continued their good seasons with Standerfer filling out the stat line grabbing a nice triple double. Chelsea and Keilor are both chasing the spots above them and a win either way will be massive towards the end of the season.

In another huge match up that could influence the top four, Casey will need a big result to overcome the powerhouse that is McKinnon. Only two losses in 21 matches sees top spot all sealed up for the Cougars who will look to maintain momentum heading into the finals. Casey were undone last week by Chelsea despite Raheem Lemons’ double-double. Adrian Tomada hit 31 for the Cougars off 61% FG as the well-rounded team got yet another win on the road. The match should be tight, with Cougars starting as favourites.

Werribee were the only team to double up last week – with one win and one loss – and this week they host Corio Bay late on Saturday. Konor Kulas did his MVP chances no harm going off with 46 points and 10 rebounds in an impressive win over the Broncos. Joe Reid Jr was a shining light for Corio Bay in another bad loss to Blackburn with 30 points of his own, which equated to more than nine of his side’s 11 players combined. A win for the Stingrays would help them to equal last as they try to avoid the wooden spoon.

Chelsea will be hosted by Blackburn in their double up game for Round 17. Looking for two important results, the Gulls will want to get a win on the board despite Blackburn coming off a nice win over Corio Bay last week. Jake Heath’s 32 points propelled the Vikings above the Stingrays, who should avoid the spoon with a win on the weekend.

The last game of the round sees an interesting match up between Keilor and Casey. Both teams are doubling up and Saturday night’s results, which could make this into the most interesting match of the round. With Keilor chasing the Cavs, two wins could see them jump into fourth place and with just two rounds left, the finals spots are becoming hot property!

Hume City vs Hawthorn — Sat 6pm — Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium

Chelsea vs Keilor — Sat 8pm — Bonbeach Stadium

Casey vs McKinnon — Sat 8pm — Casey Stadium

Werribee vs Corio Bay — Sat 8.30pm — Eagle Stadium

Blackburn vs Chelsea — Sun 1pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Keilor vs Casey — Sun 3.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Championship Women

With four out of the five finals spots all but confirmed, McKinnon will be looking to hold their nerve against Casey this week, whilst the Sharks have a much harder task ahead of them. 

Casey host the clash after dismantling Warrnambool last week by almost 40 points. Toccara Ross ended with 22 and 12, with Tarryn Wilkin also grabbing a double-double of 11 and 13. Angela Lou Beadle starred for the Cougars with 26 points and 17 boards last round, whilst Jordan Reynolds got herself a triple-double in the win over Bulleen with 13/15/10. The match up will be an interesting one as both sides go into the game with good form and needing to win.

Werribee will look to bounce back with a win over the struggling Mermaids on Saturday. After having a low scoring loss where no Devil scored over 20 in round 16, the team will look to repeat their result from earlier this season, when they crushed the Mermaids by 57 points in Round 12. The Mermaids have just two games to avoid that dreaded donut given to the bottom side with 0 wins. Their last loss under 10 points came in Round 9 and they will look for a spirited effort away from home on Saturday.

Whittlesea host Hume City in a huge match up for the Broncos. A win will help their ambition to go top of the table, as they currently sit just one win behind reigning champions Sunbury. BreAnna Brock’s solid form for the year continued with 22 points and 10 boards as she maintained her 20+ point average for the year. They accounted for Werribee over the weekend, unlike Whittlesea who were thrashed by Keilor. A team total of 37 was their equal lowest score all year, despite Rachel Bell putting up 70% of the teams’ points (26). Hume City go in as favourites for the clash.

Sunbury play Bulleen in a relatively straight forward match up for the would-be champions, who need just one more win to secure top spot. With Courtney Duever out last week, Orla O’Reilliy stepped up with a match-high 23 points as they accounted for the Sharks. Having won four of their last five, they would be expected to win this clash, with Bulleen having lost four from their last five starts. Finals are not in the picture for the Boomers, and Tessa Ramsay’s double-double was the only highlight in their loss to McKinnon last week. 

The final game of the round on Sunday shapes up as the best game of the round with Keilor hosting the Sharks. The Sharks sit one win behind McKinnon with two games to play, and a loss will all but seal a disappointing sixth-place finish. On the other hand, Keilor are in the mix for a top two spot and will need two wins at least to secure this. Megan Smith put up 23 points and an incredible 20 rebounds despite the loss to the Jets last weekend. Keilor thrashed Whittlesea with three girls grabbing more than 10 boards and Erin Bollmann setting up the big win with the double-double. This is certainly the most interesting match and could decide one team’s hopes for a finals berth.   

Casey vs McKinnon — Sat 6pm — Casey Stadium

Werribee vs Warrnambool — Sat 6.30pm — Eagle Stadium

Whittlesea vs Hume City — Sat 6.30pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Bulleen vs Sunbury — Sat 7pm — East Doncaster Secondary College

Keilor vs Southern Peninsula — Sun 1.30pm — Keilor Basketball Stadium

Division One Men

Warrnambool and Coburg kick off the weekend at The Arc Sports Stadium on Saturday night. The Seahawks sit three games ahead of the Giants on the ladder, but and a win this weekend could see Coburg climb up to 10thon the table. Coburg has lost their last three games however, and will be keen to overturn their poor record. 

Shepparton enter their game against Bellarine off the back of four wins in their last five games. The Gators sit third on the ladder, one win behind top-of-the-table Western Port. Unsurprisingly, their form at home has been immaculate and have won nine of their 10 home games. Bellarine will want to overturn their recent poor record, which has seen them lose their last two games.

Top-of-the-ladder Western Port host Sunbury on Saturday night. The Steelers can extend their record to eight wins in a row with a victory over the Jets, while Sunbury can end a three-game losing streak that has left them on the cusp of dropping to fifth on the table.

Keysborough would benefit from the Jets losing to Western Port, if they beat Warrandyte on Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Cougars, Warrandyte are second on the ladder and have the division’s best defence, conceding just 73 points per game on average. 

Melbourne Uni and Collingwood meet at the Melbourne University Sports Centre on Saturday night. The last time these teams met was in Round 11, and on that day it was the Black Angels who came out on top by 15 points. 

The bottom two teams meet to determine who will finish with the wooden spoon this season. Whittlesea and Latrobe City have both won only four games this campaign and sit two games behind 11thplaced Coburg. The Energy enter the game as favourites as they won their last clash, while the Pacers have lost their last six games. Whittlesea then play Warrandyte on Sunday at the Warrandyte Sports Complex, while Latrobe City host Bulleen, who will be looking to claim back-to-back wins. 

The round concludes with Collingwood hosting Keysborough on Sunday afternoon. The All Stars are still a chance to play finals as they sit one win behind sixth-placed Bellarine. The All Stars have found form at the right time of the season, having won their last two games, while the Storm have lost their corresponding two fixtures.

Warrnambool vs Coburg — Sat 7pm  — The Arc Sports Stadium

Shepparton vs Bellarine — Sat 7.30pm — Shepparton Sports Stadium

Western Port vs Sunbury — Sat 7.30pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Keysborough vs Warrandyte — Sat 8pm — Rowville Secondary College

Melbourne University vs Collingwood — Sat 8.30pm — Melbourne University Sports Centre

Whittlesea vs Latrobe City — Sat 8.30pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Warrandyte vs Whittlesea — Sun 1pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Latrobe City vs Bulleen — Sun 2pm — Traralgon Sports Stadium

Collingwood vs Keysborough — Sun 3pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Division One Women

The Chelsea Gulls open up Round 17 with a clash against Mildura Heat on Saturday night. The third placed Gulls have won their last nine games consecutively, but will need to put up a strong fight against Mildura – who are currently sitting in second spot on the ladder – if they wish to make it 10 straight. Alyesha Lovett continued her strong form for the Heat last week with 33 and 28 points in her side’s two games. Lovett is averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds per game this season and continues to be a key player for Mildura. For Chelsea, Georgia Stirton has been influential, averaging 17 points per the game, and was the Gulls’ top scorer last week with 27 points.

Hawthorn will look to hold on to top spot, with a win against Camberwell at home. Hawthorn’s Nyilah Jamison-Myers will look to back up her strong performance from last round where she finished the game with a 36-point, 12-rebound double-double. Tahlia Higgs and Nicole Swan have been very influential for Camberwell this season, scoring a majority of their sides’ points.  The duo will look to link up if they wish to defeat the top-of-the-table Magic.

Western Port has managed to secure three wins in a row after defeating Mildura by five points in Round 16. The Steelers face Warrandyte this week, who have won just one of their last five games. Ellie Locke had a phenomenal 41-point game for Warrandyte in Round 15, and will look to repeat this performance going in Round 17. Western Port will look to utilise Malika Jackson this round. Jackson scored 19 points last time her side faced Mildura Heat, and is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

In their second game for the round, Camberwell host Mildura. If Camberwell hope to break their losing streak they’ll need to turn to Sarah Stone who has scored over 200 points for the Dragons this season; currently averaging 14 points per game. Mildura will need to get a few more wins under their belt if they wish to knock Hawthorn from the top spot. With only one game separating Mildura from Hawthorn on the ladder, the Heat will need to utilise Lovett and Vanessa Power.

Latrobe City will host Bellarine on Sunday afternoon, where both sides will play their one and only game for the round. After two consecutive losses, Bellarine secured a win against Warrandyte last week. Olivia Fuller played two spectacular games last round, top scoring in both games with 39 and 27 points. Fuller will look to continue this momentum if her side wish to secure their second straight win.

Western Port play their second game for the round against Chelsea. The Gulls will hope to go two from two and turn their nine-game winning streak into 11. Lee Burch had a great game for the Gulls last week, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and two assists. Burch will look to continue her strong form and help secure the win for her side.

In the final game for Round 17, Craigieburn will host Warrandyte at Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Eagles are currently sitting fourth on the ladder after two consecutive losses to Mildura and Chelsea. Darcy Saunders has been a key player for the Eagles this season and will look to continue her consistent form this round. Saunders is averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and 70FT% per game this season. Warrandyte hope to go two from two this round, as they look to secure the win against the Eagles. Mollie Burke will look to continue her consistent form she has shown. Scoring 12 and 13 points in her last two games, Burke is averaging eight points and three rebounds per game this season.

Chelsea vs Mildura — Sat 6pm — Bonbeach Stadium

Hawthorn vs Camberwell — Sat 6.30pm — Boroondara Sports Complex

Warrandyte vs Western Port — Sat 8pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Camberwell vs Mildura — Sun 12pm — Balwyn High School

Latrobe City vs Bellarine — Sun 12pm — Traralgon Sports Stadium

Western Port vs Chelsea — Sun 1pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Craigieburn vs Warrandyte — Sun 2pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Division Two Men

North East and Altona kick off the round in a 10th v 12th battle, as both sides look to simply salvage something out of the rest of the season. The Gators have lost their last five on the trot. 

Camberwell and Mornington continue the Saturday night card in what looks to be a one-sided affair. The Dragons will want to finish the season in second place and bounce back from last week’s loss to the Sharks. 

Sherbrooke and Southern Peninsula clash as the Sharks will look to take momentum into the final round of the season. The ladder leaders are currently on an eight-game winning streak, while the Suns have dropped their last two. 

Craigieburn and Mildura do battle on Saturday night with playoff seeding on the line. The Eagles will want to keep winning to ensure their place in the post-season, while the Heat are chasing that top-three finish, despite having dropped their last two.

Melton and Wallan close out the Saturday night card as the Panthers could yet sneak into the top three. Wallan have been in red-hot form, winning three in a row, while the Thoroughbreds are coming off a win against Sherbrooke. 

RMIT and Camberwell meet at RMIT Sports Centre to open the Sunday fixture. The Redbacks have won two in a row and will want to finish off their season on the right note. The Dragons will take sore legs into the contest, coming off a Saturday game, but will still be fighting for that number two seed. 

Altona and Melton come back for a Sunday game after their respective Saturday clashes. The Gators could still be in the midst of a losing streak, while the Thoroughbreds could be searching for a third-straight win.

Mornington and Pakenham face off at the Mornington Basketball Stadium as the Warriors look to push into the top three. The Warriors knocked off the Panthers last week. 

Maccabi and Craigieburn close out the Sunday card at Bialik Stadium. The Eagles will be keen to carry some momentum into the final round before the embark on a finals campaign. Maccabi will be hoping to add to their five-win streak. 

North East vs Altona — Sat 5pm — Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre

Camberwell vs Mornington — Sat 6pm — Balwyn High School

Sherbrooke vs Southern Peninsula — Sat 6pm — Belgrave Heights Christian School

Craigieburn vs Mildura — Sat 6pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Melton vs Wallan — Sat 8pm — Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Wallan vs Mildura — Sun 12pm — RB Robson Stadium

RMIT vs Camberwell — Sun 12pm — RMIT Sports Centre

Altona vs Melton — Sun 1pm — Altona Sports Centre

Mornington vs Pakenham — Sun 2pm — Mornington Basketball Stadium

Maccabi vs Craigieburn — Sun 3pm — Bialik Stadium

Division Two Women

Melton and Wallan kick things off in Round 17 on Saturday evening. This exciting mid-table clash is a must win for both sides, as the Panthers and Thoroughbreds battle it out for a potential top five finish and finals campaign. Wallan’s Jayda Hunter has had 42 assists this season, and will need to be on song if the Panthers are able to prevail.

Melbourne University host Collingwood as the Black Angels look to cement their spot on the top of the ladder. Collingwood will be keen to see the end of this season, having registered just the two wins to date and are currently sitting ninth on the table. The All Stars have also conceded 1298 points this season; the most in the competition. 

Pakenham clash with North East on Saturday night in a similarly lop-sided clash. The Warriors went down to Wallan last weekend and will be looking to atone for their loss when they take on the bottom-ranked Bushrangers, who remain winless for this season. 

Blackburn face off against Mornington in a major top-five match up. The Vikings were gallant in defeat over the weekend against Melbourne University, but will want to take it up a notch against the Breakers, who have won their last four matches. Mornington’s Sammie Simmons is sure to be a threat, recording 248 points on the season thus far.

Sherbrooke travel to Coburg to take on the Giants as Round 17 comes to a close. The ramifications loom large for the Suns, who need a win to strengthen their position in the top five on the eve of finals. A loss could see fellow finals contenders such as Wallan or Melton pounce. The Giants have ended the season on a lull, losing four of their last five matches. They can’t be discounted though, with Lyndsey Hoogenhout sure to be a handful for the Suns, averaging 13.7 rebounds per game. 

Melton vs Wallan — Sat 6pm — Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Melbourne University vs Collingwood — Sat 6.30pm — Melbourne University Sports Centre

Pakenham vs North East — Sat 8pm — Cardinia Life

Blackburn vs Mornington — Sat 8pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Coburg vs Sherbrooke — Sat 8.30pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Dandenong and Kilsyth kick off the weekend at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The Rangers finished the season at the top of the Terrill conference, winning 18 of their 22 games. Their form went off the rails at the start of this past month, losing three consecutive games, but still managed to finish the  regular season with two wins in a row. The highlight of their season has been their work on the backcourt where they have conceded the fewest points in the competition (66 points per game). Kilsyth will enter the game as underdogs as they claimed the final playoffs spot in the Terrill conference. The Cobras’ strength is their offense, which contrasts the Rangers’ style of play. They average 87 points per game, which was the most in the Watson conference. Luke Rosendale could play a major role for the Cobras as he averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds per game during the regular season.

Nunawading and Knox play in the second elimination final on Saturday night at the Nunawading Basketball Stadium. The Spectres finished the campaign second in the Watson conference, three wins behind Eltham. Nunawading finished the campaign by winning four of their last five games and overtook Ringwood to jump into second place. Knox finished third in the Terrill conference after winning three of their last four games. The Raiders will expect Corey Fiddes to play a crucial role in the playoffs, as he averaged 16 points and eight rebounds in 19 games during the regular season. 

Eltham enter their game against Diamond Valley as favourites after finishing top of the ladder in the Watson conference. The Wildcats have conceded the fewest points of any team in the conference during the regular season (on average, 67 points per game), whilst scoring the third most points (on average, 82 points per game). Diamond Valley narrowly secured their place in the finals above McKinnon, who finished the season with seven wins in a row. These teams met last week to close the end of the regular season and in that game it was Diamond Valley who recorded a surprise four-point win on the road.

Melbourne and Ringwood conclude the first week of the finals at MSAC on Sunday afternoon. The two teams previously met in Round 11 and in that game it was Melbourne who came away with a five-point win. The Tigers will rely on Mason Gaze to guide them to victory as he has averaged 17 points per game in his last five games. Ringwood also have their own potent attacker in the form of Ben Barlow who has averaged 15 points in his last five games to end the season.   

Dandenong vs Kilsyth — Sat 7pm — Dandenong Basketball Stadium

Nunawading vs Knox — Sat 7.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Eltham vs Diamond Valley — Sun 12pm — Eltham High School

Melbourne vs Ringwood — Sun 12pm — MSAC

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Elimination finals weekend kicks off on Saturday evening, when Altona travel to Nunawading to take on the Spectres in this pulsating fixture. Nunawading finished the season at the top of the Watson conference in style, winning four of their last five games and showing the consistency they’ve had all season. The Gators managed to finish fourth in the Terrill conference after holding off a fast finishing Diamond Valley outfit. Jessica Rarity has 79 assists this season, and will need to be a constant threat on Saturday if the Gators are any chance of producing an upset against the Spectres.

Bendigo and Dandenong will face off in another intriguing contest between both clubs. The Rangers certainly had a strong campaign in the Watson conference, recording 14 wins and looking every bit worthy of their place within the finals series. The Braves have also had a massive season, finishing on top of the Terrill conference with 17 wins, including their last four matches. The Braves have been exceptional in an offensive sense all season, finishing the home-and-away campaign with a total of 1692 points – the second-most of both conferences combined – coming second to the Rangers themselves, who amassed a huge 1809 points over the campaign. The Rangers defence will have to look out for Bendigo’s Hayley Harrington, who has 312 points this season.

Ringwood and Southern close off the Saturday fixtures when they go head to head at The Rings. Both the Sabres and the Hawks finished the season in style, with the Sabres dismantling the Boomers by 33 points, while the latter were able to grind out a six-point victory over Knox on Sunday afternoon. Annabel Deerbon and Chloe Hicks rank second and third in the league in assists for the Hawks and the Sabres respectively, and all eyes are sure to be locked on their battle on the court.

Melbourne host Kilsyth on Sunday morning to round out the first week of finals. The Cobras won four of their final five matches for the season, and will be entering into this contest with reasonable confidence. The Tigers lost to Diamond Valley narrowly last weekend, and don’t have time to hang their heads before this massive bout. Katie Bugden averages 21.7 points per game for the Tigers this season, and will be one of Melbourne’s biggest threats come Sunday should she take the court.

Nunawading vs Altona — Sat 5.30pm — Nunawading Basketball Stadium

Bendigo vs Dandenong — Sat 6pm — Bendigo Stadium

Ringwood vs Southern — Sat 6pm — The Rings

Melbourne vs Kilsyth — Sun 10am — MSAC

Youth League One Men

It’s finals time for the Youth League One Men. The first round of elimination finals will see Corio Bay come up against the Altona Gators on Saturday afternoon. Corio Bay finished the normal season 14-8 whilst Altona finished 13-9. This game promises to be exciting with both teams evenly matched and determined to advance further into the finals. Corio Bay lost their last two games during the regular season but look to go third time lucky in their clash this week. There is a lot of depth at the Stingrays with 13 of their 14 players having impacted the scoreboard this season. Jordan O’Leary leads the way with an average of 19 points and three rebounds per game. Darcy Stiles has also been influential for Corio Bay this season, playing a great game in his side’s last game before finals, finishing with 22 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Altona Gators look to keep their momentum going after winning their last game of the regular season against the Hume City Broncos. That game saw Thomas Gandolfo top score for the Gators with 18 points. Samson Rocker and Tyson Burton have also been key players for the Gators this year – with both Rocker and Burton both averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game, the duo will be influential heading in to the elimination final. 

The third-placed Casey Cavaliers will battle it out with Bendigo Braves – who finished sixth on the regular season – in the first round of elimination finals. Casey have lost two of their last five games and look to bounce back after a loss to the Frankston Blues in Round 16. Alex Bazzucchini top scored for Casey in their loss against the Blues, and finished the game with an impressive 19-point, 11-rebound double-double. If the Cavaliers wish to advance into the second round of finals, they will need to utlisie Blake Taylor and Brendon Head, who are the leading scorers for Casey. Taylor averaged 17 points and seven rebounds for the season whilst Head averaged 14 points and seven rebounds. Bendigo head in to the first elimination final with a win under their belt from Round 16 against the highly-fancied Miners. In a close game – that saw Bendigo defeat Ballarat by only two points – was dominated by Samuel Beks. Beks finished the game with a spectacular 31-point, 12-rebound double-double. Jack White has also been an integral player for the Bendigo Braves. White averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game this season, scoring 23 points in his side’s last game against Ballarat, and will look to continue his fine form heading in to finals. 

Corio Bay vs Altona — Sat 4pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Casey vs Bendigo — Sun 1.30pm — Casey Stadium

Youth League One Women

Corio Bay and Geelong face off on Saturday evening to kick things off for Round 17. The Supercats are playing purely for pride, and have won their last two matches even though their finals chances have been all but over. They should be far too strong for the Stingrays, who remain bottom of the ladder with just the one win for the season, having lost 16 consecutive matches.

Warrandyte and Keilor face off in this exciting top four clash. The Thunder have won seven straight matches as they look to continue piling the pressure on the first-placed Casey, who they hope to leapfrog into first place. The Venom have won four of their last five, including a 16-point victory over McKinnon last weekend. This match could very well be a preview of a finals clash in a couple of weeks’ time.

Warrandyte go back-to-back as they open Sunday’s fixture against Craigieburn.  The Eagles have had an inconsistent season and their win-loss record reflects that, currently sitting at 8-10. But the Eagles will be far from walkovers, with Carley Cranston (averaging 20 points per game) sure to be a massive threat to the Venom. 

Camberwell take on Casey in a top four match that could yet be another finals fixture in a couple of weeks’ time. The Dragons will be limping into the finals as things stand, having won only one of their last five matches. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have won 13 games straight and appear to show no signs of slowing down. Lauren Tuplin has recorded 308 points for the Cavs throughout this season, and the Dragons would want to rediscover some form fast if they are to negate her impact. 

McKinnon travel to Eltham to take on the Wildcats in the final clash of the round on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars have won just the two matches this season and sit eighth on the ladder, while Eltham’s season has been far from flashy, winning only the five games themselves and recording the second-lowest total for points scored in the league. 

Corio Bay vs Geelong — Sat 6pm — Geelong Basketball Netball Centre

Warrandyte vs Keilor — Sat 6pm — Warrandyte Sports Complex

Craigieburn vs Warrandyte — Sun 12pm — Craigieburn Sports Stadium

Camberwell vs Casey — Sun 2pm — Balwyn High School

Eltham vs McKinnon — Sun 2pm — Eltham High School

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea open up Round 17 with their clash against Mornington. Both sides are coming off two consecutive wins and looking to go three from three. Angus Macpherson was the top scorer for the Gulls in their win against Western Port last round. Macpherson recorded a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double to help his side win by 17 points.

Western Port enter Round 17 with 18 losses, having not won a game since Round 1, whilst the Maccabi Warriors look to turn their six consecutive wins into seven. Ben Perry has been a key player for the Steelers this season with an average of 18 points and five rebounds per game. For the Warriors, Idan Shamis has been incredibly influential. In Maccabi’s win against Melton, Shamis top scored with 29 points and six rebounds.

Keysborough look to shake off their losing streak when they face the Wallan Panthers this weekend. Currently on the bottom of the ladder, the Panthers will be looking to secure their second win of the season. Their first win – back in Round 14 – saw the Panthers defeat the Giants by a marginal three points. David Barron was a key player for the Panthers in that clash, top scoring with 15 points. Lachlan Soukup will be a key player for the Cougars this weekend, averaging 13 points and four rebounds per game so far this season.  Soukup will need to play an integral role if his side wish to defeat Wallan. 

Maccabi play their second game for the round against Craigieburn, who currently hold the top spot on the ladder. Maccabi will need to utilises players such as Daniel Nash (averaging 16 points and five rebounds per game) if they wish to continue their winning streak. The Eagles have only loss two of the 19 games they have played this season, and look to ensure that this round is no different. 

Western Port will have to dig deep in their second game for the round, when they travel to face the second placed Pakenham Warriors. After losing two consecutive matches, the Warriors secured a 54-point win against the Panthers in Round 16. Trent Andre will look to back up his solid 22-point, seven-rebound performance in Round 17. 

Keysborough will travel to face the Melton Thoroughbreds for their second game of the round. Melton have won three of their last five games and are looking to secure their second straight win when they face Keysborough. Fernando Rios-Rodriguez will look to put on another stellar performance after recording an outstanding 33-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound triple-double in Melton’s three-point victory over Collingwood last week.

The Wallan Panthers will take on the Chelsea Gulls in both sides’ second game of the round. The Gulls will hope to go two from two for the weekend and turn their two consecutive wins into four. Lachlan Rae is the leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 10 points per game along with four rebounds, and will need to be kept under control.

Whittlesea and Collingwood close Round 17 with their first games for the weekend. After their winning streak was cut short by Melton in Round 16, the All Stars look to bounce back and defeat the Pacers. Athiaan Manyiel will be an integral player, having scored 26 points in Round 16 and averaging 23 points and nine rebounds a game for the season. The Pacers enter this round on the back of a win against the Steelers. Kallum Marks continued his consistent form with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, his fifth for the season.  

Chelsea vs Mornington — Sat 4pm — Bonbeach Stadium

Western Port vs Maccabi — Sat 5.30pm — Somerville Recreation Centre

Keysborough vs Wallan — Sat 6pm — Rowville Secondary College

Maccabi vs Craigieburn — Sun 1pm — Bialik Stadium

Pakenham vs Western Port — Sun 2pm — Cardinia Life

Melton vs Keysborough — Sun 2pm — Melton Indoor Recreation Centre

Wallan vs Chelsea — Sun 2pm — RB Robson Stadium

Whittlesea vs Collingwood — Sun 3pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Youth League Two Women

Pakenham take on the most in-form team in the division, in the form of Frankston. The Blues have won 14 games in a row and sit top of the ladder, while the Warriors sit eighth with just four wins for the season. Emily Mogyorossy has starred in the last four weeks, averaging 16.3 points per game. 

Blackburn sit seventh on the ladder with seven wins for the season. They have won three of their last five games, but lost their last game against ladder leaders Frankston. They will come up against Mornington, who have lost their last eight games and sit second last on the ladder. Bethanie Gray has starred for the Vikings this season, averaging 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. 

Coburg host a red-hot Sherbrooke on Saturday night. The Giants have lost 16 games in a row and sit 11thon the ladder, while the Suns have won the last four games and sit second. Naomi Smith starred for the Suns with 19 points and eight rebounds in their 34-point win over Collingwood last week. 

Collingwood will face a tough task beating Chelsea on Saturday night. The All Stars have lost their last two games, while the Gulls have won four of their last five. Chelsea have been strong on the road this season, winning seven of their nine games away from home. 

Mornington and Pakenham clash on Sunday afternoon at the Mornington Basketball Stadium. The two teams last met in Round 2, and on that night it was Pakenham who came away with a five-point win. 

Collingwood play their second game of the weekend when they travel to Whittlesea on Sunday. The Pacers have won 11 games this season to sit fifth on the ladder. Indiana Bodley has starred for the Pacers in the last month, averaging 20.8 points per game. 

The round concludes when Werribee host Western Port at Eagle Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games last week after a 25-point win over Pakenham. The last time these teams met Werribee came away with a 25-point win. 

Pakenham vs Frankston — Sat 6pm — Cardinia Life

Blackburn vs Mornington — Sat 6pm — Mullum Mullum Stadium

Coburg vs Sherbrooke — Sat 6.30pm — Coburg Basketball Stadium

Collingwood vs Chelsea — Sat 8pm — Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Mornington vs Pakenham — Sun 12pm — Mornington Basketball Stadium

Whittlesea vs Collingwood — Sun 1pm — Mill Park Basketball Stadium

Werribee vs Western Port — Sun 2pm — Eagle Stadium

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