Category: VJBL Boys

2021 VJBL Grading Phase One: Under 16 Boys & Girls Pool 1 groups

AFTER a postponed then cancelled 2020 season, the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) will tip-off on Friday night with the first phase of the 2021 grading. In this article we explain how the grading works, with the teams sorted into pools and over the next couple of months will earn places in either the Championship division or lower leagues.

How does the grading work?

Over the next three weeks, each of the teams will face off in a round robin style to determine the next stage of the grading. The winner of each group – the one who finishes on top of the group at the end of the three rounds – will automatically qualify for the VJBL Championship group. For everyone else, they must go through more grading to determine if they can join the top ranked sides in there.

Each of the teams that finish second and third in the groups will face off against teams from other groups. For example, the team that finishes second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes third in Pool B, whilst the team that finished third in Pool A will take on the team that finishes second in Pool F. There will be six matches, with the winner of these matches then qualifying for the VJBL Championship group.

By the end of those four weeks, the VJBL will have 12 of the 20 teams qualified and needing a further eight. The teams that finish bottom of their Pools in this Phase One, will head to crossover games for those teams in Pool 2 that win their pools. From there, the winner of those crossover games go into Grading Phase Two, to face the losers of the second and third placed crossover games. Of the 16 teams making it into those Pools, the four winners of the pools qualifier for the VJBL Championship, and then the second and third placed teams face off, with the winners to then go to the VJBL Championship and the losers to head to the League 1.

It might sound complicated, but for the next three weeks, these teams are battling it out for the first six spots in the VJBL Championship League.

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U16 Boys:

Pool 1A

Bulleen Boomers
Coburg Giants
Frankston Blues
Hawthorn Magic

Pool 1B

Altona Gators
Hawthorn Magic
Kilsyth Cobras
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1C

Craigieburn Eagles
Dandenong Rangers
Diamond Valley Eagles
Latrobe Energy

Pool 1D

Ballarat Miners
Casey Cavaliers
Eltham Wildcats
Nunawading Spectres

Pool 1E

Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Knox Raiders 2
Melbourne Tigers

Pool 1F

Kilsyth Cobras 2
Knox Raiders
McKinnon Raiders
Pakenham Warriors

U16 Girls:

Pool 1A

Broadmeadows Broncos
Hawthorn Magic
Hawthorn Magic 2
Knox Raiders

Pool 1B

Diamond Valley Eagles
Melbourne Tigers
Nunawading Spectres 2
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1C

Bulleen Boomers
Casey Cavaliers
Eltham Wildcats
Eltham Wildcats 2

Pool 1D

Dandenong Rangers
Kilsyth Cobras
Latrobe Energy
McKinnon Cougars

Pool 1E

Bellarine Storm
Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Wyndham Basketball

Pool 1F

Ballarat Rush
Collingwood All Stars
Frankston Blues
Nunawading Spectres

2021 VJBL Grading Phase One: Under 18 Boys & Girls Pool 1 groups

AFTER a postponed, then cancelled 2020 season, the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) will tip-off on Friday night with the first phase of the 2021 grading. In this article we explain how the grading works, with the teams sorted into pools and over the next couple of months will earn places in either the Championship division or lower leagues.

How does the grading work?

The next three weeks, each of the teams will face off in a round robin style to determine the next stage of the grading. The winner of each group – the one who finishes on top of the group at the end of the three rounds – will automatically qualify for the VJBL Championship group. For everyone else, they must go through more grading to determine if they can join the top ranked sides in there.

Each of the teams that finish second and third in the groups will face off against teams from other groups. For example, the team that finishes second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes third in Pool B, whilst the team that finished second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes second in Pool F. There will be six matches, with the winner of these matches then qualifying for the VJBL Championship group.

By the end of those four weeks, the VJBL will have 12 of the 20 teams qualified and needing a further eight. The teams that finish bottom of their Pools in this Phase One, will head to crossover games for those teams in Pool 2 that win their pools. From there, the winner of those crossover games go into Grading Phase Two, to face the losers of the second and third placed crossover games. Of the 16 teams making it into those Pools, the four winners of the pools qualifier for the VJBL Championship, and then the second and third placed teams face off, with the winners to then go to the VJBL Championship and the losers to head to the League 1.

Picture credit: Basketball Victoria

It might sound complicated, but for the next three weeks, these teams are battling it out for the first six spots in the VJBL Championship League.

U18 Boys:

Pool 1A

Melbourne Tigers
Waverley Falcons
Whittlesea Pacers
Wyndham Basketball

Pool 1B

Dandenong Rangers 2
Eltham Wildcats
Hawthorn Magic
Nunawading Spectres

Pool 1C

Bulleen Boomers
Casey Cavaliers
Craigieburn Eagles
Diamond Valley Eagles

Pool 1D

Dandenong Rangers
Frankston Blues
Kilsyth Cobras
Pakenham Warriors

Pool 1E

Bendigo Braves
Eltham Wildcats 2
McKinnon Cougars
Southern Peninsula Sharks

Pool 1F

Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Knox Raiders
Sunbury Jets

U18 Girls:

Pool 1A

Dandenong Rangers
Dandenong Rangers 2
Frankston Blues
Waverley Falcons

Pool 1B

Keilor Thunder
Kilsyth Cobras
McKinnon Cougars
Sunbury Jets

Pool 1C

Bellarine Storm
Bulleen Boomers
Knox Raiders
Melbourne Tigers 2

Pool 1D

Casey Cavaliers
Diamond Valley Eagles
Eltham Wildcats
Hawthorn Magic

Pool 1E

Altona Gators
Bendigo Braves
Melourne Tigers
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1F

Ballarat Rush
Nunawading Spectres
Ringwood Hawks
Southern Peninsula Sharks

2020 MUVJBL U16 Boys/Girls preview: Round 2 – Frankston hosts Bendigo, while Bulleen and Melbourne go head-to-head

ROUND 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys and Girls Championship Division is set to tip-off tonight with each team looking to claim the early upper hand on the competition and really prove their case as top dog.

MUVJBL U16 Championship Boys

The game of the round could quite possibly be the clash between the first placed Bendigo and second placed Frankston. Both sides flexed their muscles in the opening round of the MUVJBL with convincing wins over their opponents and putting an early target on their backs as the ones to beat. Frankston raced out of the blocks in their 18-point win while Bendigo proved that scoring was no issue racking up a 35-point victory.

Frankston were led by damaging duo Kynan Philippe and Sam Shinsky who highlighted their scoring prowess with 20 and 18 points respectively. Philippe ran into a bit of foul trouble with four, for the game an area he will be hoping to tidy up. They were not the only two to reach the double figure milestone with Brennan Dick chiming in with 11 points to get his side over the line. With a prominent three pronged attack the Blues have a variety of options that can do damage to the scoreboard something they will be hoping they can do in their Round 2 match-up. Both Gabriel Gallego and Jack Macdonald nailed five points apiece and if they can up their ante in this top of the table clash it could be enough to get them over the line.

It was a complete performance from the Braves in Round 1 with a host of players stepping up to the plate and shouldering the load none more than Josiah Pattinson. He was simply unstoppable across the court seeming to have the ball on a string and hitting the scoreboard from anywhere knocking back five three-pointers to go with his three from the field. If he can replicate a similar performance once again this week it will go a long way in securing his side their second win. He was ably assisted by Martin Steen who recorded 19 points with Siologa Sui not far behind on 13 points. If Miles Watson and Darcy Lawler can both hit the scoreboard again they could ruffle some feathers.

Ringwood and Knox will face off with the Hawks hoping to turn the tables on last week’s performance while both Eltham and Southern Peninsula are looking for their first win of the season. Keilor are set to play host to Dandenong with the final game of the round between the undefeated Melbourne and Bulleen set to be an interesting one. In Pool 2 Geelong United and Ballarat face off while the Pacers make the trek to play Nunawading. Pakenham are searching for their second win of the season up against Nunawading 2 with Casey and Kilsyth fighting it out while Sandringham and Hawthorn close out the round.

Pool 1:

Ringwood v. Knox
Eltham v. Southern Peninsula
Frankston v. Bendigo
Keilor v. Dandenong
Melbourne v. Bulleen

Pool 2:

Geelong United v. Ballarat
Nunawading v. Whittlesea
Pakenham v. Nunawading 2
Casey v. Kilsyth
Sandringham v. Hawthorn

MUVJBL U16 Championship Girls

It will be another big round of action in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16s Girls Championship Division with the top sides set to face off and a host of teams searching for their first win of the year.

The battle for prime position on the ladder will be up for grabs in Round 2 of the MUVJBL with the first placed Melbourne taking on Bulleen. Melbourne got an easy 26-point win last week over their secondary team last week while the Boomers made light work of Keilor to run out 19-point victors making for an enthralling contest this round. Both sides have shown that scoring is no issue, able to post hefty totals and most importantly limit their oppositions chance of going to basket. Bulleen are a consistent unit, always looking to do the simple things well while Melbourne have shown that they can be explosive when it comes to the scoreboard pouring on 18 points in the final term last week, something they will be hoping to back up this round.

Expect the Tigers to play with plenty of confidence given their ability to hit the scoreboard easily and more importantly ability to share the shooting load evenly meaning they have a multitude of options. While they did not have, a single player reach double figures last round the Tigers had eight players register five or more points with Amelie Kamberis notching up a team-high nine points, an effort she will be hoping to replicate again this round. Neve Giddey was the next in line with eight points and will be looking to up the ante even more with the likes of Hayley Letts, Camille Letts and Chloe Kamberis also looking to chime in with bigger contributions against Bulleen to get them over the line. If Melbourne can continue their even spread it will give them an edge in the game able to share the ball around and provide a constant threat around the rim.

With a win under their belt and coming off impressive performances last round with 13 and 11 points respectively Lily Carmody and Tabitha Betson will have to go big again, against a strong Melbourne outfit. Carmody did most of her damage from inside the paint sinking five shots from that range but did manage to sneak a three-pointer highlighting her versatility and class across the court. Peyton Burns also plied her trade for the Boomers posting seven points for the match and will be wanting to further improve her scoring stats this round if she is to get her side over the line. Another couple of strong performances from fringe players Lily Amor, Chantal Vitale and Sarita Wright and the Boomers could quite easily topple their higher ranked opponent.

In other matches, Ballarat play host to Kilsyth while the fourth placed Casey are looking for their second straight win when they meet Nunawading. Diamond Valley and Keilor go head-to-head with Keilor hoping to right their wrongs from last round while Melbourne 2 and Bulleen 2 battle it out for bragging rights. In the Ashe Pool, Hawthorn and Sandringham kick the round off with Frankston and Eltham also set to lock horns. Dandenong go to visit Knox in hope of their first win while Waverley takes on the lowly Southern Peninsula. In the final game of the Ashe Pool, Latrobe Energy host Wangaratta with the latter looking for their second win.

Fixture:

Ashe Pool:

Hawthorn v. Sandringham
Frankston v. Eltham
Knox v. Dandenong
Waverley v. Southern Peninsula
Latrobe Energy v. Wangaratta

Watson Pool:

Ballarat v. Kilsyth
Casey v. Nunawading
Diamond Valley v. Keilor
Bulleen v. Melbourne
Melbourne 2 v. Bulleen 2

2020 MUVJBL U18 Boys/Girls Round 2 preview: Undefeated Wildcats and Raiders to battle it out

ROUND 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Boys Championship Division is set to be a big one with Eltham, Coburg, Bulleen, Diamond Valley and Knox all looking to win their second consecutive games.

In the final game of the Ashe Pool on Friday night, Eltham and Knox are set to do battle with both sides sitting at a win apiece and looking to keep their undefeated record intact. Although it is only Round 2 a hot start can all but set up a successful campaign for the year something both sides will be keen to grasp. Eltham currently sits in second place thanks to a percentage boosting performance last round while Knox have fifth spot sewn up and will be hoping to improve their positioning with a win. Eltham’s ability to score beyond the arc is a key component of their game sinking seven three-pointers last week a feat they will be hoping to replicate once again to get the win over Knox. But the Raiders are pretty handy in the same department making 10 three-pointers last week meaning this game could quite easily turn into a shoot off given Knox have shown just how easily they can apply scoreboard pressure.

In what could arguably be the game of the round, expect Thomas Stockwell and Fletcher Parkinson to come up big in front of a home crowd. The Eltham duo brought out the party tricks last round with 16 and 14 points respectively showcasing just how damaging they can be when on song. Stockwell starred from the three-point range with three maximums while Harrison Stones was the next closest with two three-pointers. Throw in contributions from the likes of Patrick Dozzi and the Wildcats have plenty of potential and could down Knox if they get their game plan flowing early.

For the Raiders, they had four players reach double digits last round, and if they bring that same scoreboard intensity could rattle Eltham and notch up their second win of the year. Jordan Anderson led from the front in Round 1 finishing with 16 points, he did get himself into some personal foul trouble however, racking up four fouls and will have to address that this round to ensure he can have a full quarter impact. Jyelin Moli was close behind in the scoring department with 15 points for his efforts. But the scoring options do not stop there with Ethan Taylor and Harry Johnson knocking back 11 points apiece displaying just how much depth Knox have when it comes to scoring prowess.

In other matches, Bulleen will be hoping to make it two on the trot with a win against Camberwell to kick start the season while Diamond Valley are in the same boat up against Coburg. Early wins on the board for both sides will give them early ascendancy while the battle between Geelong United and Ringwood will result in one side getting their first win on the board. In the only other game in the Ashe Pool, Dandenong will take on Eltham 2. Switching conferences and the first-place Nunawading are set to lock horns with Hawthorn while Bendigo and Pakenham are looking for their first win. Keilor and Ballarat face off with Melbourne and McKinnon also vying off for the win. The last game of the round is between Waverley and Kilsyth.

Fixtures Round 2:

Ashe Pool:

Camberwell v. Bulleen
Geelong United v. Ringwod
Coburg v. Diamond Valley
Dandenong v. Eltham 2
Eltham v. Knox

Watson Pool:

Bendigo v. Pakenham
Hawthorn v. Nunawading
Keilor v. Ballarat
Melbourne v. McKinnoneltham
Waverley v. Kilsyth

IN a battle of third versus fourth the clash between Diamond Valley and Hawthorn will help to give one side the upper hand early with two wins on the trot. The Eagles put on a clinic last round with a 35-point drubbing of McKinnon sending an early warning shot to the rest of the competition while Hawthorn also plied their trade with a solid 18-point victory. Despite going quiet in the second and third terms Hawthorn managed to string together a dominant win and will know that they have the firepower to wreak havoc once again however, Diamond Valley got better as the game went on scoring a whopping 42 points in the second half making for a tantalising match-up. The home sides three-point shooting is one to be impressed with while Hawthorn is just as effective.

Three players reached double digits for the Eagles with Sophie Burrows proving to be the most dominant of the lot with 17 points. If Burrows can duplicate that form in Round 2 given her ability to back herself from beyond the arc and skill to do damage in the paint she could put her side in good stead. Along with Burrows both Jade Dunne and Imogen Rock are viable options to the basket coming off a 14-point showing last round an effort they will be hoping to repeat. Georgia Kitchell should not be underestimated able to chime in on the scoreboard and will be looking to have more of an impact this match.

On the other hand, Hawthorn haS a couple of key cogs when it comes to scoring with the load shared between Nikki Stanic, Emma Gebert and Amy O’Hara. The trio did the bulk of the shooting and if are kept under control in their Round 2 clash the Magic could struggle to get the win. Stanic managed a team-high 14 points last round while Gebert 11 and O’Hara 10 also played their part but will have to up the ante against a high scoring opposition. Solid performances from the likes of Ally Marshall and Sophie Palmer will also assist in notching up their second win.

In other games, Ballarat play host to the bottom placed Geelong United, while the first versus second in the Kilsyth and Nunawading clash will draw plenty of attention. Bulleen and McKinnon face off with Waverley and Keilor set to cap off the round for the Watson Pool. On the other hand, Dandenong and Melbourne kick things off for the Ashe Pool with Ringwood welcoming Nunawading 2. Expect the clash between Broadmeadows and Altona to be interesting with Frankston up against it in their Round 2 draw against Sandringham. Knox play the bottom placed Eltham in hope to secure their first win of the season.

Fixture:

Ashe Pool:

Dandenong v. Melbourne
Ringwood v. Nunawading
Broadmeadows v. Altona
Frankston v. Sandringham
Knox v. Eltham

Watson Pool:

Ballarat v. Geelong United
Diamond Valley v. Hawthorn
Kilsyth v. Nunawading
Bulleen v. McKinnon
Waverley v. Keilor

MUVJBL Under 18 Boys Round 1 review: Boomers gain separation from Rangers in 12-point win

AN Owen Foxwell-inspired Bulleen Boomers have produced a strong second half to hold off Dandenong Rangers in the first round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Boys’ competition. Foxwell finished the match with 35 points – including one from long range and 10 free throw opportunities to lead his side to a 73-61 victory on the Boomers’ home court.

Bulleen held a narrow lead at quarter time with a one-point advantage, though Dandenong was not willing to give anything up, keeping pace in the second term with a 15-all quarter. It was the third term where Foxwell and his teammates went to town, putting up a team total of 19 points to 11 and blowing out the lead to nine points. Despite the lead, the Boomers were not willing to take any chances, winning the final term as well, 21-18 to record the 12-point victory and start the season on a high.

While Foxwell led the scoring, Anthony Dell’Orso (11 points) and Daniel Poelsma (10) also put up good numbers, though there was contributions across the board with eight players troubling the scorers on the night. Dandenong had its fair share of talent on the court, and Justin Asi proved what a danger from long range he could be, sinking four triples and six from inside the arc on his way to a team-high 28 points. He was well aided by Elijah Duol (19 points), while Jacob Oryem (seven) was the other player with more than five points on the Rangers’ side.

In other Ashe Pool results, Diamond Valley Eagles got up by seven points over Camberwell Dragons after a blistering 20-12 first term with Eagles’ Jackson Harding (17 points including five triples) and Noah Todd (15) leading the way for the winners, whilst Sam Veitch sank 19 points for the losing side. Eltham Wildcats had an unsurprising win over their second side, getting up 56-43 with Thomas Stockwell and Fletcher Parkinson combining for 30 points. Meanwhile Knox Raiders knocked off Geelong United by just seven points, winning in a high scoring contest 80-73. Jordan Anderson (16 points) Jyelin Moli (15) were the prominent scorers for the Raiders, whilst Jay Posterino (16) and Jamie Bottrell (14) impressed in an even team performance for United. The game between Ringwood Hawks and Coburg Giants scores are yet to be confirmed via SportsTG.

It was a tight game in Ballarat when the Miners took down Hawthorn Magic by just two points in the Watson Pool. The Miners found themselves trailing by seven points at half-time but had a strong second half to score 38 points to 29 and overrun the visitors in a 64-62 win. Austin McKenzie led the way for the miners with 25 points including two triples and a total of 22 points from the field, whilst the Magic had Denzel Timmons (18 points) who was deadly from long range with four triples. The Magic did run into some foul trouble with 19 fouls to 13, whilst the depth of the Miners’ top-end scoring from range was electrifying with a team total of 10 triples made on the night. Aside from McKenzie, Nathan Sutton recorded a team-high four on his way to 14 points, whilst Max Rivers (two triples for 11 points) and Liam Howard (two for eight) were also impressive outside the arc.

In other Watson Pool results, Nunawading was far too strong for Bendigo as the title-contending Spectres ran away 87-61 victory thanks to the likes of James Roache (25 points), Dihan Wiggett (21) and Dean Simos (15). Lachlan O’Brien led the way for the Braves with 16 points, aided by the likes of Macey Eaton (11) and Edward Hayes (10). Meanwhile despite a dominant third term from the Warriors, Pakenham fell six points short of Melbourne Tigers with the visitors responding to a 7-17 third quarter with a 22-11 final term of their own in the 62-56 victory. Jensesn Garhnam (18 points) and Ihsaan Bongso (16) led the way for the Tigers in the win, whilst Lauchlan Mark (15) was strong for the Warriors in defeat.

Keilor also broke away from Kilsyth after quarter time to win by 12 points on the road. Despite the Cobras’ Josh Duach‘s best efforts (18 points), Keilor was too strong thanks to Tonga Matapule Otutaha (17 points), Chase Page (14) and Jeffrey Ofoedu (12). In the final game of the pool, McKinnon Cougars’ fast start to lead by 12 at half-time was the difference in the end in a 71-59 victory over Waverley Falcons. Denver Lund and Tom Carroll sank 21 points apiece in the win, whilst Callum McNiff (14 points) led the way for the losing Falcons.

Round 1 results:

Ashe Pool:

Eltham Wildcats 2 (43) defeated by Eltham Wildcats (56)
Diamond Valley Eagles (64) defeated Camberwell Dragons (57)
Knox Raiders (80) defeated Geelong United (73)
Bulleen Boomers (73) defeated Dandenong Rangers (61)
Ringwood Hawks (TBC) vs. Coburg Giants (TBC)

Watson Pool:

Nunawading Spectres (87) defeated Bendigo Braces (61)
Pakenham Warriors (56) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (62)
Ballarat Miners (64) defeated Hawthorn Magic (62)
McKinnon Cougars (71) defeated Waverley Falcons (59)
Kilsyth Cobras (57) defeated by Keilor Thunder (69)

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys Round 1 review: Geelong united in win over Whittlesea

A DOMINANT second term from Geelong United’s Under 16 Boys Championship Division side has helped the visiting team get up over Whittlesea Pacers in the opening round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) competition. Trailing by four points at quarter time, Geelong piled on 21 points to six to take an 11-point lead into half-time. The Pacers hit back to cut it to a single-digit deficit with a 13-11 term, before United got back on top in the final quarter to add 22 points to 15 and run out 66-50 winners in the Watson Pool.

Whilst Whittlesea had a standout shooter in Dimitar Talevski who sank 24 points – including three from long-range – it was Geelong’s even spread of scorers that handed United the upperhand. Jesse Ombega (19 points), and Kane Thornburgh (13) led the way with scoring for the visiting side, while Jack Connelly and Joe Pike both contributed with 10 in the victory at Mill Park. It was the biggest margin of the Pool with all other matches decided by 12 points or less.

Sandringham Sabres won by 12 points at Nunawading, defeating the Spectres’ second side 61-49. It could have been even more had it not been for a 17-6 final term in favour of the home side, though the work from Michael Aminov (18 points) and Oscar Humble (10) was enough to get the Sabres up against a Acelin Adama-inspired (12 points) Spectres outfit. It was better news for Nunawading’s first side with the Spectres winning by 10 on the road against Kilsyth Cobras. A 25-5 third quarter was the difference for the Spectres after trailing by five at the final break and losing all bar that one term. Tristan Devers (17 points) led the way for the winning side, but he was far from alone as long-range shooter Lucas Koch (14), and Billy Hicks (11) also played well. Wyatt Stewart was a one-man scoring machine for the Cobras, dropping 27 points on the night on his way to picking up more than 50 per cent of his team’s score.

In the closest match of the Watson Pool, Pakenham Warriors won on the road against Ballarat Miners, 62-55. After a slow start to trail by five, Pakenham won each of the last four quarters to secure the seven-point victory. Lachlan Currie (22 points), Cooper Lanting (16) and Kobe Wilson (12) all contributed to their team’s score, whilst Alex Molan (16) and Ned Renfree (12) were the best for the Miners. In the second closest game of the round, Hawthorn Magic was the only home team in the pool to get up, winning by eight points over Casey Cavaliers. The Magic dominated the third term 20-8 which was the difference in the end, though Maximus Baker (14 points), Phoenix Windsor (12) and Hayden Loader (10) all put in strong efforts. It was a two-man show for Casey with Brian Vengesayi and Ethan Bolton both nailing 19 points piece on the night.

In the Ashe Pool, Bendigo Braves opened their account with a convincing 89-54 victory over Ringwood Hawks at home, winning every quarter by at least six on their way to a superb start to the season. Josiah Patterson was unstoppable from long range with five triples helping him on his way to 24 points in the game. Martin Steen (19 points) and Siologa Siu (13) also impressed the scorers with their shooting capability. Ringwood had a couple of impressive shooters as well, with Ethan Ramirez sinking 19 points and Luke Macauley putting up 12 for the losing side. In a much tighter contest, Bulleen Boomers recorded a four-point win over Keilor Thunder after trailing by a point at half-time. The Boomers scored 18-13 in the third term to turn it around then broke even with the Thunder in the last quarter to win 66-62. Joel Foxwell put in an effort to remember shooting 33 points, including five triples to haul his team over the line. Max Zalakos assisted with 13 points of his own, whilst for the Thunder it was a three-pronged attack led by Mate Mandic (19) as Anthony Gennaccaro and Ben Parker both finished the game with 10.

Heading down the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston Blues won 71-53, with a 21-7 second term doing the bulk of the damage in the 18-point victory over Southern Peninsula Sharks at Dromana. Kynan Philippe (20 points) and Sam Shinsky (18) led the way with scoring, while Corey Hastings and Thomas Field combined for 23 points in the losing home side. In another close contest, Dandenong Rangers won 72-65 over Eltham Wildcats at home. Lachlan Smith (14 points), Luke Fennell (11) and Noah Suarjaya (10) were the leaders in a side where each of the nine players got on the scoreboard. Kristian Ferronato could not have done much more for his side in a losing effort, recording a massive 27 points for the Wildcats, whilst Jed Wallace finished with 17. The final game of the pool between Knox Raiders and Melbourne Tigers saw the Tigers get up by 10 points in a tight one. Rook Barry put up 15 points, whilst Sebastian Duffy sank 13. Fraser Roxburgh scored 15 points for the Raiders in defeat.

Round 1 results:

Ashe Pool:

Southern Peninsula Sharks (53) defeated by Frankston Blues (71)
Dandenong Rangers (72) defeated Eltham Wildcats (65)
Knox Raiders (47) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (57)
Buleen Boomers (66) defeated Keilor Thunder (62)
Bendigo Braves (89) defeated Ringwood Hawks (54)

Watson Pool:

Ballarat Miners (55) defeated by Pakenham Warriors (62)
Hawthorn Magic (61) defeated Casey Cavaliers (53)
Kilsyth Cobras (53) defeated Nunawading Spectres (63)
Whittlesea Pacers (50) defeated by Geelong United (66)
Nunawading Spectres 2 (49) defeated by Sandringham Sabres (61)

2020 MUVJBL U18 Boys/Girls Round 1 preview: Boomers and Rangers the highlight match, as Sabres and Broncos to clash

BULLEEN Boomers are set to host Dandenong Rangers in a huge Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Boys Championship Division Round 1 clash. Opening the new season, the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament winners in the Under 18s grade take on the unlucky semi-final losers, who just dropped out to North Adelaide in the penultimate round.

Bulleen’s strong list saw Anthony Dell’Orso sink 95 points across the tournament at an average of 15.8 points per game from his six matches. He sank 10 three-pointers in that time as one of a couple of dangerous options from deep. Owen Foxwell also knew how to hurt the opposition from three-point range, finishing the tournament with eight shots made from long range and an average of 11.2 points per game. Foxwell also got to the free throw line often, the most of any player on the Boomers’ side, while Daniel Poelsma (11.7 points per game) was a reliable two-point shooter and earned a number of crucial fouls. Marcel Haj (7.5 points per game) was the other key scorer, making it four players who can score regularly for the Boomers and will prove hard to stop for the Rangers.

Dandenong has its own quartet of dangerous scorers, with Elijah Duol averaging 10.7 points per game at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament, the most of any Rangers’ player in the seven matches. They know how to share the ball around though, with Justin Asi (9.6 points per game) a regular two-point shooter. Jacob Oryem (8.7 points) and Cooper Goonewardene (8.0 points) are both known dangers from all over the court and made the most free throws of any players on the team, with a nice balance between close range and long range attempts. The Rangers know how to force opponents to foul and they will look to pressure the Bulleen defence in what is set to be a huge opening round of basketball action.

In other games, Kilsyth Cobras take on Keilor Thunder in what should be an exciting one with both missing out on finals at the junior finals but showing some good signs, as should the Pakenham Warriors and Melbourne Tigers clash. Knox Raiders are predicted to be another strong side in the grade, hosting Geelong United, while Camberwell Dragons are a new team to the top division, travelling to face Diamond Valley Eagles. An all-Eltham battle should ignite some bragging rights, while Ringwood Hawks host Coburg Giants. In the other pool, Nunawading Spectres host Bendigo Braves, Ballarat Miners take on Hawthorn Magic, and McKinnon Cougars face Waverley Falcons.

Under 18 Boys Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Eltham Wildcats 2 vs. Eltham Wildcats
Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Camberwell Dragons
Knox Raiders vs. Geelong United
Bulleen Boomers vs. Dandenong Rangers
Ringwood Hawks vs. Coburg Giants

Pool 2:

Nunawading Spectres vs. Bendigo Braves
Pakenham Warriors vs. Melbourne Tigers
Ballarat Miners vs. Hawthorn Magic
McKinnon Cougars vs. Waverley Falcons
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Keilor Thunder

While it is expected both Bulleen and Dandenong will be strong in the Under 18 Girls’ Championship Division, the match to watch could well be Sandringham Sabres up against Broadmeadows Broncos. Both teams competed at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament recently and while it did not go as well as it could have, they both won two from five matches in their respective pools. In Round 1 the two take to the court with the Sabres being the host.

Having come through the Under 16s Championship division last season, Sandringham has a number of talented ballers who could make the step up to the next level and cause some headaches for the opposition. At the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament, Charlotte Ryan averaged the most points with nine per game from her five matches, shooting predominantly from two-point range, but along with Maya Dear, is more than competent from three-point range. Dear showed plenty of talent last season and will be one to watch, not often getting to the foul line, but her jump shooting was impressive with her two-point and three-point numbers good. Summer Keating, Charlotte Zygarlicki and Jemima O’Toole all averaged more than five points at the tournament, with the trio capable of finding fouls and heading to the line, but less likely to unleash from long range.

Emma Povh was the key scorer for Broadmeadows during the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament, finishing with an average of eight points per game. While she was not a high scorer in play, her free-throw numbers – almost 50 per cent of her total score – tell a story of how worrisome her opponents can get when she approaches the basket. Oriana Siamoa recorded a greater than 50 per cent record in terms of her free-throw points scored from her overall points scored. Broadmeadows will not be a side that traditionally shoots from long range, with Povh and Emma Hoffman‘s three makes the highest in the team during the tournament. Chrisoula Triantafyllopoulos and Harmony Harder are the other scorers for the Broncos who might have an impact, not shooting from range, but Harder in particular is a concern for opposition players with 100 per cent of her points during the tournament coming in twos.

In other fixtures, Altona Gators host Knox Raiders, Eltham Wildcats take on Dandenong Rangers, Melbourne Tigers face Ringwood Hawks, and Frankston Blues travel to meet Nunawading Spectres 2. In the other Pool, McKinnon Cougars go head-to-head with Diamond Valley Eagles, Geelong United hosts Kilsyth Cobras, Ballarat Miners hit the road to face Hawthorn Magic, Bulleen Boomers take on Keilor Thunder, and Nunawading Spectres prepare to do battle with Waverley Falcons.

Under 18 Girls Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Altona Gators vs. Knox Raiders
Eltham Wildcats vs. Dandenong Rangers
Melbourne Tigers vs. Ringwood Hawks
Nunawading Spectres 2 vs. Frankston Blues
Sandringham Sabres vs. Broadmeadows Broncos

Pool 2:

McKinnon Cougars vs. Diamond Valley Eagles
Geelong United vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Hawthorn Magic vs. Ballarat Miners
Keilor Thunder vs. Bulleen Boomers
Nunawading Spectres vs. Waverley Falcons

2020 MUVJBL U16 Boys/Girls Round 1 preview: Cavaliers and Magic to face off in opening round

A NEAR-finals appearance at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament for Casey Cavaliers will hold them in good stead for the opening round of the Melbourne United Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division clash with Hawthorn Magic. The Magic themselves went quite well in the tournament, with both sides finishing second in their respective groups, but Casey pushed deeper in the tournament to go down to eventual winner, Eltham Wildcats.

Casey Cavaliers had a number of top scorers, led by Ethan Bolton who looked unstoppable at times, averaging 12 points per game at the tournament, dangerous anywhere inside the arc. He only scored two three-pointers for the tournament, but also had the most trips to the foul line and the clear standout shooter from two-point range with 64 of his 84 points coming from that source. Brian Vengesayai also got to the foul line plenty, and while he was not as prolific on the scoring front as Bolton, still scored eight points per game. Connor Bigley (seven points per game was not far behind), while Lachlan Coverdale (six) also contributed strongly with the predominant points also coming from inside the arc. More than 50 per cent of Ryan Burchall‘s points came from three-point range and while he was not a huge score, showed the most potency of his team there.

Hawthorn relies on a different tactic for its success, with six players scoring more than five points per game, without having a single dominant scorer. They all have different strengths, with Maximus Baker leading the way at the tournament with 7.2 points per game, predominantly from two-point range. Phoenix Windsor (6.8 points per game) and James McCombe (6.2) were more prevalent three-points shooters, dropping an average of one per game across the six matches. Aidan Slaviero-Pascoe was more of a close-range shooter, earning the most trips to the line with success on his way to six points per game, while Hayden Loader and Logan Morris both mixed up their scoring ability to provide superb depth at the Magic. Casey might be favourites in this game, but Hawthorn has its unpredictability and will be a team to watch this season.

In other Pool 2 matches, Ballarat Miners host Pakenham Warriors, Whittlesea Pacers take on Geelong United, tournament runners-up Nunawading Spectres travel to Kilsyth, while the Spectres’ second side hosts Sandringham Sabres. In Pool 1, Southern Peninsula Sharks take on neighbours, Frankston Blues, Dandenong Rangers host tournament winners, Eltham Wildcats, Melbourne Tigers travel to Knox, Bulleen welcome Keilor and Bendigo go head-to-head with Ringwood.

Under 16 Boys Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Southern Peninsula Sharks vs. Frankston Blues
Dandenong Rangers vs. Eltham Wildcats
Knox Raiders vs. Melbourne Tigers
Bulleen Boomers vs. Keilor Thunder
Bendigo Braves vs. Ringwood Hawks

Pool 2:

Ballarat Miners vs. Pakenham Warriors
Hawthorn Magic vs. Casey Cavaliers
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Nunawading Spectres
Whittlesea Pacers vs. Geelong United
Nunawading Spectres 2 vs. Sandringham Sabres

In the Under 16 Girls competition, the match of the round could well be the clash between Nunawading Spectres and Diamond Valley Eagles. Both teams finished second in their respective pools at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Dandenong Tournament, and while they both missed out on semi-finals, showed enough to suggest they will challenge the likes of Hawthorn Magic and Bulleen Boomers in the grade.

Nunawading’s star shooter is Rebecca Dymalovski who is a special talent given she can hurt opposition defences from anywhere in the forward half of the court. She averaged 11.8 points per game, with a perfect 33 per cent split between her two-point, three-point and free-throw points across the six games. While she was the standout player, the Spectres had Natalie Skofic who provided great assistance and was another who could shoot from range if required, though her two-point shot was her main weapon. Anika Stehbens averaged almost five points per game, and while she does not have the same impact from deep, is just as dangerous inside the arc, and could still get to the foul line.

Diamond Valley had a damaging duo of their own with Alyssa Pearce and Talia D’Agostino averaging almost 20 points per game combined. Pearse was a two-point shooter with an occasional long-range attempt as well as an ability to get to the foul line, while D’Agostino sank an extra three-point attempt during the tournament and while she was slightly lower from two-point range, was still a worry across the court. Amber Burgess was the other scorer who impressed with seven points per game, of which were mostly from two-point range, but also having the nous to cop a foul and put up the and-one opportunity. This will likely be an incredibly close game with the winner hard to decide, though Nunawading has some serious star power.

In Pool 1 matches, Sandringham Sabres and Knox Raiders’ clash could be a beauty, with Southern Peninsula Sharks hosting the tournament winners in Hawthorn Magic in that Pool 1. Also in that pool were Eltham Wildcats hosting Waverley Falcons, and Latrobe Energy travelling to clash with Dandenong Rangers. In Pool 2, Kilsyth Cobras and Casey Cavaliers go head-to-head, an all-Melbourne Tigers battle ensues between the first and second sides, while Bulleen Boomers’ first and second sides travel to Keilor and host Ballarat respectively.

Under 16 Girls Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Eltham Wildcats vs. Waverley Falcons
Southern Peninsula Sharks vs. Hawthorn Magic
Wangaratta Warriors vs. Frankston Blues
Sandringham Sabres vs. Knox Raiders
Dandenong Rangers vs. Latrobe Energy

Pool 2:

Nunawading Spectres vs. Diamond Valley Eagles
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Casey Cavaliers
Melbourne Tigers vs. Melbourne Tigers 2
Keilor Thunder vs. Bulleen Boomers
Bulleen Boomers 2 vs. Ballarat Rush

Draft Central offering Internship Placements

WITH the year coming to a close, Draft Central is on the lookout for passionate and dedicated writers who are keen to take up Internship Placements with us. The voluntary Internship Placements are ideal for those students in journalism or equivalent degrees who are keen to gain some experience in a new-age and fast paced environment. If you love writing about sport, in particular Australian rules football, basketball or netball – with tennis and combat to come in the New Year – then this could be for you. All the details are down below, and as always, if you’re in another state, or wish to just write on a casual voluntary basis, then get in contact with us too – sophie.t@adzeemedia.com.

Draft Central Internship Placement

Since 2013, Draft Central has been the number one site for AFL Draft content. Over the past six years, the organisation has grown from initially being a sub-section of an Australian Rules news website with half a dozen volunteer writers, to a flourishing business with a growing employee base and increasing network. Draft Central is a member of Adzee Network, the media arm of Rookie Me, Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL. Not only does Draft Central cover Australian rules football, but sporting codes of basketball and netball too. Draft Central has also embarked on the expansion into tennis and combat sports for the 2020 year.

THE ROLES

Draft Central is looking for a total of six unpaid interns over the 2019-20 year, with two Junior Editor roles and four Sports Writer positions available. The roles are as follows:

Basketball Junior Editor x1
Netball Junior Editor x1
Sports Writers x4

The roles are ideally suited for, but not limited to university students enrolled for 2020. The junior editors will report to Draft Central’s Senior Editor and develop their own editing skills while producing content of their own for publication on the respective basketball and netball Draft Central sites. The sports writer positions will get the chance to have their work published on the various Draft Central websites and cover a variety of sports, with Australian rules football, basketball, netball, tennis and combat all a part of the Draft Central group.

INTERNSHIP HOURS BREAKDOWN

The internships are designed to cater around university internship or placement units, with a minimum of 120 hours and with the possibility of additional hours. The 120-hour workload is flexible depending on the successful candidate/s work and university study workload. For the purpose of the role, the 120 hours have been split up into eight hours across 15 weeks, or 16 hours across eight weeks.

For the Junior Editor positions, the dates are roughly set due to the high volume of content required for that sport, but can be altered by a week or two either side depending on the successful candidate/s prior commitments.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT DETAILS & DATES

The intended days per week are one (15-week internship) or two (eight-week internship) based on eight-hour days, but depending on work commitments, this can be split over multiple days, in at least four-hour blocks.

The internship will take place in our Hampton office, located near Hampton train station.
Days per week: 15-week internship: 1-2 (8 hours per week) 8-week internship: 2-4 (16 hours per week)

Basketball Junior Editor:
15-week internship: December – April 8-week internship: December – February

Netball Junior Editor:
15-week internship: May – August 8-week internship: May – June

Writers:

Summer
15-week internship: December – April 8-week internship: December – February

Autumn
15-week internship: February-June 8-week internship: April-May

Winter
15-week internship: May-August 8-week internship: July-August

Spring
15-week internship: August-December 8-week internship: October-November

WHAT WE OFFER

Working in a new-age open office space in the beachside suburb of Hampton, the internships offer successful candidates the chance to work alongside a passionate and driven team of writers who are determined to take Draft Central to the next level. The opportunity gives those candidates a platform to showcase their work online, and gain valuable experience within the media industry. The internship gives successful candidates the chance to upskill and learn from experienced writers, while being able to watch and write about their favourite sports.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

To be considered for the internship, students will need to have the following:
• A passion for sports writing and a desire to learn and grow within a successful team
environment;
• Be able to work independently as well as alongside others;
• Be in your second or third year of a journalism, writing or equivalent degree (Junior
Editor internship) or in your first, second or third year of a journalism, writing or
equivalent degree (Sports Writer internship);
• Experience having written sports content prior (Junior Editor internships); and
• Able to attend some matches or events, most of which are outside work hours.

TO APPLY

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are applying for Draft Central’s Internship Placement program to Senior Editor, Sophie Taylor at the following email address: sophie.t@adzeemedia.com.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC review: Grand Final – Waverley redeems for a championship

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division came to a close on Friday with the Waverley Falcons defeating the Eltham Wildcats (67-69) in the Grand Final.

Throughout the finals both teams presented well. Eltham defeated their Grand Final rivals 79-69 in the qualifiers before advancing into the preliminaries with a 72-42 win over Dandenong. After losing the opening round, Waverley recorded consecutive six point wins against Geelong then Bulleen to find themselves against Eltham in the finals once again. Both sides opened with 13 each in the first term and 16 apiece for the third. It was the two closing quarters which separated them at the final buzzer, with Waverley’s 13-19 second term taking them to a six-point lead into the closer. Eltham and Falcons fought it out hard in the fourth, recording 25-21 with Waverley holding on to be two-point victors.

Waverley’s Nemuel Soliven led scoring for the night with 19 points, followed close by Tesloch Thong on 17. The pair finish their seasons in 17th an 15th for points per game (PPG) across the league with a 10.9 and 11.8 average from the season. Matt Jefferson topped them in fourteenth (12.2), rounding out his season with 13 points. For Eltham, Harrison Stones (18), Zahn Agosta (15) and Kristian Ferronato (13) all starred in the paint. Ferronato finished his season in twelfth for PPG (13), with Bradley Moorey claiming twentieth (10.6) with nine points in his final game.

This rounds out the MUVJBL Under-16 Boys season for 2019 with Waverley claiming the championship, bringing a stellar season to its close.