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2021 VJBL: Under 18s – Round 2

IT is a big upcoming weekend of Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) with a scattered fixture dictating the week, as sides make-up for the lost round due to the championships. With that being said there are plenty of exciting clashes as teams technically head into Round 3 of fixturing with some sides playing two games and the majority only playing one.



Only one game of Round 2 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) has been completed with Hawthorn getting over the top of Kilsyth (63-52) in the Under 18 Ashe Pool. The Magic had it all their own way in the opening term and while they were challenged throughout patches maintain a level of composure to bypass their opponents. A 20 point lead in the first quarter proved to be the gift they needed and although Kilsyth peppered the basket in the final term outscoring Hawthorn by nine-points it was not enough to overrun them and claim victory. Jarryd Remy had a day out with his 17 points and stayed away from the refs attention only recording one foul for the game. Teammate John Furphy was another solid contributor for the Magic sinking 10 points of his own. Maximus Bakker, Logan Morris and Denzel Timmons all notched up eight points apiece to help secure the win. For Kilsyth, Harrison Adams was potent nailing 23 points, while Wyatt Stewart got busy with nine points.

Still to come is the clash between Sandringham and Hawthorn as Southern Peninsula and Casey face off in Dromana on Friday night. Nunawading are set to play Pakenham while the last game of the round is between Bulleen and Kilsyth.


Ballarat and Altona are set to kick off the action tonight as they make-up for lost time because of the championships. Both sides are yet to win a game and will be hoping for strong performances from the likes of Jade Azzopardi and Aseka Ratnayake from the Gators and Laila Lappin from Ballarat. The next game to follow is on Thursday night with Waverley and Sunbury facing off.

Round 3 however commences on Friday night as Hawthorn and Diamond Valley Eagles open the account. Ballarat and Knox are set to get underway at Minerdome Sports Club while Altona and Nunawading will do battle. The contest between Sunbury and Keilor will surely be an enthralling one with the final game of the round between Kilsyth and Waverley.



Much like the Ashe Pool, only a limited amount of games have been won and done in the Watson Pool with both Bendigo and McKinnon coming out on top in their respective clashes.

Bendigo secured a 13-point win against Whittlesea despite the Pacers skipping out to a hot start. The Braves showed plenty of grit and determination to work their way back into the contest after going into the quarter time break down by 10 points. The real game changing moment came in the third with Bendigo piling on 24 points while keeping Whittlesea to nine. That momentum filtered into the fourth as they notched up a handy win. Liam O’Brien was a commanding force out on court for Bendigo nailing a game-high 19 points. He was ably assisted by Josiah Pattinson who sunk 10 points of his own while Lachlan Somerville managed nine. For the Pacers Luke Jeffs led all comers producing 14 points but found himself in some foul trouble with five to his name. teammate Samuel El Ali was important in keeping his side in the game registering 11 points as both Petar Vasilevski and Callum Stojanovic drained six points each in the loss.

The clash between Keilor and McKinnon went down to the wire with the latter just escaping with a narrow five point win. McKinnon claimed the ascendancy early but the Thunder were not about to go down without a fight, answering the call in the second to overrun their opponents and claim the lead. A big final quarter that favoured McKinnon was the icing on the cake as they stole the win. Denver Lund had a game to remember for McKinnon draining an impressive 26 points to single-handedly lead his side to victory. Efforts from Luke Lyngberg and Will Simos-Primerano did not go unnoticed in the win as their nine and six points respectively helped get them over the line. Cooper Colson was the go-to man for the Thunder with 19 points while Nikolas Ellul and Brodie McWhinney made notable contributions in 12 and 11 points each.

The next lot of games is Round 3 with Camberwell taking on Keilor and Knox facing off against Whittlesea. Melbourne are looking to knock off Bendigo who are riding a high while Geelong and Eltham lock horns. The final game sees Waverley and McKinnon battle it out.


Three games were completed over the weekend with Frankston and Sandringham securing the win while Casey and McKinnon could not be separated.

Casey and McKinnon finished on 49 points apiece with both sides answering the challenge thrown down to them each time. McKinnon were the frontrunners for the opening half, keeping their opponents to a mere 14 points while putting on 25 points of their own. However the second half of the game was a different story with Casey working in overdrive to score and nullify McKinnon’s offensive play. Jemma Ramsdale and Lucy Dexter were two crucial cogs for Casey producing 14  points each while Emerson Rasmussen was the other contributor thanks to her eight points. Hannah McGillen made her presence felt with 15 points while Romy Price was strong credit to her 12 points.

Frankston made light work of Ringwood comfortably bypassing them by 18 points (54-36). It was a relatively one-sided affair with Frankston controlling proceedings and not letting go of that momentum throughout the entire match. They really romped home the win in the final term as they piled on 16 points to seven. When looking at top performers it is hard to ignore the likes of Zoe Harvey, Mackenzie Mitchell and Georgia Mann with the trio linking up nicely for the winners. Harvey managed 16 points while Mitchell and Mann nailed 14 and 13 respectively. Zoe Servinis was the lead points scorer for Ringwood with 13 points to her name as Ella Grigg produced seven in the loss.

Sandringham Sabres put Nunawading Spectres to the sword with a comprehensive win (72-33). Away from home, Sandringham brought their a-game and did not let up with their relentless pressure and class across the court enabling them to build on their lead every quarter. The most damaging term was the third with the Sabres reducing the Spectres to a mere five points while pouring on 20 themselves. Sarah Stafford had a hot hand with 11 points as Ella Erickson managed 10. Ella Razga was dominant for the winners as was Jaida Reid as they both nailed 13 points each. Madison Sinclair slotted 12 points while Kate Gooden was handy sinking 10 points for the Sabres.

Round 3 sees Melbourne and Sandringham do battle while Casey and Ringwood are locked in. McKinnon and Nunawading play off at Bentleigh Secondary College with Dandenong and Frankston fixtured in for Friday night. The final game is between Bulleen and Camberwell.

2021 VJBL: Under 18s wrap – Round 1

ROUND 1 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Under 18s got underway over the weekend with a number close contests headlining the round in both the boys and girls competitions.

Ashe Pool


Round 1 in the Ashe Pool was dictated by a number of exciting clashes with the contest between Casey and Sandringham the most exciting of the lot, finishing in a draw. The two sides were unable to be separated at the final buzzer standing at 66 points apiece in a showing of great intensity and determination.

Casey jumped out of the blocks early establishing a three-point lead before Sandringham hit back in the second to steal the lead back thanks to a 17-11 term. Limiting Casey’s options to the rim, Sandringham managed to pull ahead and claim some ascendancy. That momentum filtered into the third term pushing out a seven-point lead at the final change before the game was completely turned on its head thanks to a determined and gritty Casey side. A scintillating final term of basketball rounded out the game as Casey left nothing in the tank, hitting the scoreboard with relative ease to post up an impressive 22 points while reducing the impact of the Sabres across the court to secure a draw.

Casey had a trio of players that stepped up to the challenge with Ethan Bolton and Ky Taylor making their presence felt with 15 points apiece while Blake Shankland impressed with 13 points. Casey stayed away from foul trouble only registering 17 while their opponents recorded 20. Jensen Bradtke led all comers with 18 points while Fred Hayne was a good support producing 14 points of his own, as Wilson Amos and Aiden McCarthy plied their trade with 11 points each.

Pakenham prevailed in a tight one against Frankston while Bulleen just edged out Southern Peninsula to walk away with a seven point win. Nunawading got the job done against Hawthorn as did Dandenong against Kilsyth.


Frankston (61) defeated by Pakenham (67)
Casey (66) drew with Sandringham (66)
Bulleen (81) defeated Southern Peninsula (74)
Nunawading (77) defeated Hawthorn (73)
Kilsyth (57) defeated by Dandenong (68)


There were a number of blowouts in the Ashe Pool but the game between Hawthorn and Nunawading went down the wire. The two sides played out a thriller with the Magic just edging out the Spectres by a mere two points in a see-sawing affair.

Hawthorn made their intentions clear from the opening term establishing an early lead and looked to have the game on their terms before the Spectres bit back in the second. Nailing 16 points to 11, Nunawading managed to dwindle down the lead to a mere point at half time, setting up an action packed second half of basketball. Neither side could be separated in the third quarter with both sides producing 16 points apiece with the margin still standing at a single point. With the game on the line Hawthorn struck and did just enough to clinch a thrilling two-point victory.

Evelyn Curtis was the main facilitator for the Spectres walking away with 12 points to her name, but the scoring fell off after her with Stephanie Georgantas and Tamsyn Perry the next best with eight. For the victors, Amy O’Hara was the topscorer thanks to her 10 points while Ally Marshall chimed in with nine points but ran into foul trouble with five. Amy Kurkowski added nine to the scoreboard as Sophie Palmer contributed seven points in the win.

Keilor made light work of Altona as Diamond Valley delivered a similar fate to Ballarat. Knox got over the top of Waverley as Sunbury recorded a 13-point win in their clash against Kilsyth.


Hawthorn (50) defeated Nunawading (48)
Altona (36) defeated by Keilor (67)
Diamond Valley (62) defeated Ballarat (27)
Knox (55) defeated Waverley (37)
Sunbury (56) defeated Kilsyth (43)


Watson Pool


Whittlesea and Waverley battled it out in an action packed game at Mill Park Basketball Stadium as the two sides locked horns in an enthralling contest. In the end it was Waverley that proved too strong toppling the Pacers by seven points largely in part thanks to a dominant second term.

The Falcons asserted themselves early on the contest producing 16 points and keeping Whittlesea to 12.  But they dialled it up another notch in the second with their scoreboard pressure increasing, posting a whopping 25 points while limiting the Pacers to 17. The tables once again turned after half time as Whittlesea found their groove and flipped the script to place the pressure on Waverley. The game was not done yet with the Falcons proving to have one last hoorah left in them to power past their opponents and kick their season off in style.

For the winners, Sam Haffenden impressed with his 17 points but found himself in a bit of foul trouble with four to his name. Nemuel Soliven was the next best with 13 points while Harvey Moore also contributed 11 points to the winning margin. For the Pacers, Jack Tatter made his presence felt managing 13 points as teammate Callum Stojanovic did the same with his 13 points. Petar Vasilevski also added a handy 12 points to the tally but it was not enough to get his side over the line.

Knox reigned supreme in their clash against Camberwell while Geelong put on a show against Bendigo running out with a 22 point win. Melbourne just won in a tight clash against McKinnon while Keilor secured bragging rights over Eltham.


Whittlesea (58) defeated by Waverley (65)
Camberwell (52) defeated by Knox (65)
Geelong (97) defeated Bendigo (75)
Melbourne (75) defeated McKinnon (70)
Keilor (62) defeated Eltham (54)


It was a heart in your mouth finish between Ringwood and Camberwell with the latter sneaking over the edge with a narrow one-point win. In a low-scoring affair neither side was really able to break away and if they did they were quickly chased down, showcasing the level of intensity both sides displayed.

Ringwood only managed four points in the opening term while Camberwell countered with eight, as both sides struggled to generate scoring momentum. Things started to turn around in the second as Camberwell sank 13 points to make it a nine-point ball game. Half time could not quick enough for the Hawks who came out a whole different team in the third stanza. Their tenacity increased as did their offensive play to keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely and reduce the buffer. A big final term of play set up a thrilling finish to the game as Ringwood outscored Camberwell by two points but fell agonisingly short.

Zoe Servinis proved too hot to handle with a game-high 17 points as Ella Grig provided ample support with 10 points to her name. Aliyah Bonifacio, Lauren Haydon, Tempest Clarke and Sienna Koh were the only other players to hit the scoreboard for Ringwood. The efforts from Jacinta Li set the tone for the side as she posted 11 points as Amy Dingle also posted nine points herself. Ruby Clark featured with seven points to help her side over the line.

Melbourne notched up their first win while McKinnon also got the chocolates with a win over Frankston. Sandringham starred against Casey as Bulleen claimed a five point win against Dandenong.


Melbourne (55) defeated Nunawading (46)
Ringwood (38) defeated by Camberwell (39)
McKinnon (48) defeated Frankston (39)
Sandringham (63) defeated Casey (31)
Dandenong (39) defeated by Bulleen (44)

2021 VJBL: Under 16s wrap – Round 1

ROUND 1 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) got underway on Friday night with the Under 16s action front and centre. With 20 teams competing in each age range there was no shortage of close encounters and impressive performances as teams looked to kick their season off in style with a big win.

Ashe Pool


Arguably the game of the round was between Casey and Diamond Valley as the two sides could not be separated, ending the game on 61 points apiece. It was a heart in your mouth kind of game with the contest going right down to the wire as both sides contested each and every pass.

After getting the jump on them in the opening term, the Eagles fought their way back into the contest in a showing of grit and determination. Casey opened up an early 12-point buffer, nullifying the influence of the Eagles and did not look like giving it up. They got out to 13 points at half time with Diamond Valley staring down the barrel of their first loss, before they flipped the switch in the second half with their intensity increasing and subsequently translating onto the scoreboard.

It was a completely different game after half time with Diamond Valley playing with a newfound confidence to attack the basket and push Casey onto the back foot. They pegged back the margin from 13 points to eight heading into the final change before a blockbuster finish really stole the show. Piling on a whopping 21 points to 13 in the final quarter the Eagles did enough to secure a draw, proving they can never be discounted.

Axel Wicklein was the number one scorer for the Eagles producing a game-high 19 points and proving to be a real threat helping to inspire his sides comeback. He was ably assisted by Ben Shinkfield who knocked back eight points, with William Dean also chiming in with seven points of his own. Six other players managed to hit the scoreboard for the Eagles showcasing the number of viable options Diamond Valley had. On the flip side, Casey were led by a trio of players as Callum McDonald impressed thanks to his 16 points and zero fouls. Teammates Jye Horn and Truman Byrne slotted 10 points apiece as Sebastian van den Brink produced a handy nine points but it was not enough to push his side over the line.

In other results, Knox managed a win over Frankston, Hawthorn secured the points against Nunawading while Latrobe and Melbourne also kicked off their seasons in style.


Casey (61) drew with Diamond Valley (61)
Frankston (46) defeated by Knox (58)
Nunawading (55) defeated by Hawthorn (75)
Latrobe (94) defeated McKinnon (82)
Waverley (61) defeated by Melbourne (94)


Bulleen started their campaign in style with a five-point win over Keilor on Friday (53-48). It was an exciting match between the two sides with both Bulleen and Keilor not willing to take a backwards step.

It was a high scoring opening term of basketball with Keilor and Bulleen making their intentions clear, but once both sides settled into the game it evened out as a sense of composure came into play. The scoring dried up in the second and third quarter with the Thunder only managing seven points in the second and then 13 in the third while Bulleen managed 19 and then seven.

In the end it was the Boomers that prevailed, grinding out the game and opening their account in style. It was proof that Bulleen cannot be underestimated, able to work their way into the contest and are never really out of the game given their ability to share the shooting load around.

Tahlia Leeson was a real playmaker for Bulleen thanks to her 11 points while Brianna Cowley also featured on the scoreboard with nine points. Alexya Charalambous was another prominent feature for the Boomers knocking back seven points as teammates Anica Kujovic and Chloe Mayson nailed six points apiece. Ruby Murphy led the charge for Keilor with a game-high 13 points with Jelena Savic also chiming in with a handy 11 points.

Kilsyth impressed against Eltham as Hawthorn also reigned supreme against Nunawading. Melbourne narrowly edged out Ballarat while Geelong comfortably bypassed Eltham.


Hawthorn (55) defeated Nunawading (41)
Geelong (61) defeated Eltham (47)
Melbourne (50) defeated Ballarat (45)
Keilor (48) defeated by Bulleen (53)
Eltham (32) defeated by Kilsyth (59)


Watson Pool


A spirited Geelong side got the job done on the road against Bendigo to walk away with a narrow seven-point win (62-55). A second quarter demolition all but handed Geelong the win however that was not without the Braves putting up a strong fight in the second half to worry their opponents and put them under a wealth of pressure.

Geelong quickly claimed the ascendancy to create a handy three-point margin at the quarter time break and looked to extend that heading into the next term. In fact, the second quarter was by far the best term of basketball for the away side as they posted a whopping 23 points while limiting Bendigo to a mere 14. The point-scoring spree allowed Geelong to open up a 12-point lead heading into the half time break.

The tables started to turn in the second half as Bendigo looked to keep their winning hopes alive. They slowed down the frantic scoring pace of Geelong and instead started to build some scoreboard pressure of their own. But they really hit their straps in the final term posting up 20 points to 16 and while it was not enough to topple Geelong they did prove that they have the skillset to dwindle down leads.

Three Geelong players managed 13 points apiece with the unlucky number 13 turning into the magic number for the winners. Jesse Ombega, Nathan Hargrave and Angus Morrison were the main three contributors that helped to set the tone as Brady Hall and Kai Smith managed eight points apiece. Bendigo were led by Harry King with 14 points as Dash Daniels posted 13 points in the loss. Jack McMahon was hot on his heels thanks to his 12 points while the scoring dropped off from there.

In other results, Keilor got their first win over Bulleen, Eltham prevailed over Hawthorn while Kilsyth and Ballarat registered wins.


Bulleen (39) defeated by Keilor (54)
Eltham (63) defeated Hawthorn (45)
Kilsyth (71) defeated Dandenong (56)
Bendigo (55) defeated by Geelong (62)
Ballarat (79) defeated Sandringham (67)


Sandringham and Casey went head to head with the former securing a 14-point win (45-31). It was a slow start to the match from both sides as they eased into the contest before the game really started to open up with Casey claiming the ascendancy and shutting down the Sabres.

Casey were kept to five points in the opening term but quickly rectified that in the second going on a scoring spree with 19 points to seven. Their ability to turn the tables on the game was impressive as they not only increased their offensive plays but also dialled up the defensive pressure. Sandringham did not hit double-digit points in any quarter credit to Casey’s smothering style of play.

Holding a commanding lead at half time, it was Casey’s game to lose and they were determined to get their season off on the right foot. Both sides managed nine points apiece in the third term but Casey put the nail in the coffin in the final term with a 12 point to seven quarter to run out with a solid win.

Kyra Webb was a star for the winners amassing 14 points while Leah Cornell and Emilija Dakic made their presence felt thanks to their eight points. For Sandringham Sierra Woolhouse and Cleo Marsh were dominant with nine points each as Natalia Hordejuk chimed in with six points.

Latrobe, Melbourne and Dandenong all won big while Diamond Valley edged out Casey.


Latrobe (54) defeated Frankston (28)
Sandringham (31) defeated by Casey (45)
Knox (45) defeated by Melbourne (67)
Diamond Valley (44) defeated Casey (31)
Dandenong (75) defeated Waverley (38)

2021 VJBL: Victorian Championships finalised ahead of Round 1

WITH the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) grading phase done and dusted, 20 teams per age group and gender now remain heading into the season proper. Teams from all over Victoria make up the competition with sides hailing from country and metro regions. We take a look at which sides have fared the best heading into the season in the Under 16 Boys and Girls, along with the Under 18 Boys and Girls divisions.

Hawthorn dominated at all levels with five sides making it through to the final stages. In fact, the Magic proved so strong in the Under 16 Boys that they managed two sides while Casey also flexed their muscles registering five teams – two in the Under 16 Girls. Both Nunawading and Melbourne impressed to produce five sides apiece across the four categories in focus.

Out of the 26 sections named, 11 managed four teams with the likes of Sandringham and Keilor featuring in each category while Eltham secured two Under 16 Girls teams. Altona, Pakenham, Ringwood, Sunbury and Whittlesea all managed a sole team with the rest of the associations recording one or more teams in each category.

VJBL Operations Manager Adrian Campbell highlighted how difficult last year was for the associations, but paid credit to their commitment to the cause and most importantly outlined the level of excitement he has surrounding the upcoming fixture.

“It’s been an impressive season already considering the significant work it took to get teams back on court for January this year,” Campbell said. “Our VJBL associations have made it happen on short notice and produced some brilliant basketball to qualify their teams into the Victorian Championship competition.”

“Whether they’re competing for VC titles or showing their skills in the VJBL divisions, we’d like to wish all the teams the best of luck for the season ahead.” 

Round 1 is officially set to kick off on Friday night with all sides eager to get their campaign underway and produce some high quality basketball for all to enjoy. The grand final will be played on Saturday, September 18, just one night after the final games have been played.


Altona:  U18 Girls
Ballarat: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Girls
Bendigo: U16 Boys, U18 Boys
Bulleen: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Camberwell: U18 Boys, U18 Girls
Casey: U16 Girls, U16.2 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Dandenong: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Diamond Valley: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Girls
Eltham: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U16.2 Girls, U18 Boys
Frankston: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Geelong United: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Boys
Hawthorn: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U16 Boys 2, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Keilor: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Kilsyth: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Boys, U18 Girls
Knox: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls
Latrobe City Energy: U16 Girls, U16 Boys
McKinnon: U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Melbourne: U16 Girls, U16.2 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Nunawading: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U18.2 Girls
Pakenham: U18 Boys
Ringwood: U18 Girls
Sandringham: U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Southern Peninsula: U18 Boys
Sunbury: U18 Girls
Waverley: U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
Whittlesea: U18 Boys 

2021 VJBL Crossover: Under 18s

THE under 18 grading stage of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) for both the boys and girls competition is now complete with second and third from each pool moving through to the crossover stage, as the top of the table sides advanced directly into the Victorian Championship. Eight teams feature in the crossover stage, with four blockbuster games set to take place on Friday night.

Under 18 Boys:

Pakenham won through in Pool A of the boys in Round 3 of the grading thanks to another strong showing to earn a spot in the crossover stage. They are set to take on the Diamond Valley Eagles in the first game of the round with both sides looking to secure that elusive spot in the Victorian Championships. Lauchlan Mark has proven to be a dynamic and reliable points scorer for Pakenham throughout the grading phases and will be eager to maintain that momentum while the Eagles have had a number of players take the reins.

It will be an all country battle as Bendigo and Ballarat face off after finishing second or third in their respective pools. Bendigo have a couple of strong wins under their belt, narrowly edging the Eagles out in Round 1 and will be keen to bring that level of intensity to the fore in this clash. Ballarat on the other hand have struggled to get their signature game play up and running but will see this an opportunity to leave nothing to chance and star.

The next game sees Latrobe and Whittlesea lock horns at Casey Stadium on Friday night with both sides earning a spot in the crossover after their performances in the grading stage. Whittlesea will look to the likes of Callum Stojanovic to lead the way with his offensive skills and overall drive to the rim while Kody Tiballs has proven to be a pillar of consistency for Latrobe throughout their campaign so far.

The final game of the boys crossover is between Sandringham and Wyndham who have both recorded big wins throughout their season so far and will be eager to assert themselves in this contest. The Sabres have multiple options to apply scoreboard pressure with Jensen Bradtke and Tom Field both viable options and needing to have big performances if they are to get their side over the line. However it will all come down to whether or not Sandringham can stop Emmanwiel Deng who has proven to be a thorn in the side for many teams.

Round 1 Boys fixture:

Pakenham v. Diamond Valley
Friday, 19 March @ 9:20pm

Bendigo v. Ballarat
Friday, 19 March @ 9:40pm

Latrobe v. Whittlesea
Friday, 19 March @ 9:40pm

Sandringham v. Wyndham
Friday, 19 March @ 9:50pm

Under 18 Girls:

The opening game of the girls VJBL will play host to Eltham and Camberwell as they look to claim some early ascendancy and go one step closer to their final destination. Eltham showcased their strength throughout the grading phase in Pool B notching up a couple of solid wins with Ashley Mrmacovski a key figure alongside Peyton Burns. Camberwell on the other hand suffered a handful of losses and will be keen to flip the script through the presence of the lively Jacinta Li who managed 31 points in game two.

Nunawading and Korumburra enter the crossover stage after progressing from their respective pools to battle it out for their first win in this grouping. Nunawading have displayed glimpses of their ability to score with ease, something they will be hoping to implement against Korumburra who lost two out of their three outings. There will be no shortage of shooting options for either side with Evelyn Curtis and Olivia Morris key for the Spectres and Charlotte Anderson and Jamie Gallatly able to ply their trade for Korumburra.

Hailing from Pool B, Bulleen has a date with Altona in the third game of the round as the two sides look to inflict some early dominance. Bulleen Boomers had a chequered run throughout the grading phase and will have their work cut out for them against the Gators who managed a couple of wins. Expect Jade Azzopardi to be the main port of call for Altona while the Boomers will look to Chantal Vitale to do the heavy lifting

Led by Caitlin Richardson the clash between Bendigo and Nunawading 2 will be one to watch. Richardson is a key playmaker for the side and her inspired efforts could provide that edge to get over the top of the Spectres. Bendigo know how to win when it gets tight and can use that belief in their upcoming match against Nunawading. The Spectres have a variety of players that can step up to the plate with Emma Poon and Ella Erickson plausible candidates.

Round 1 Girls fixture:

Eltham v. Camberwell
Friday, 19 March @ 8:00pm

Nunawading 1 v. Korumburra
Friday, 19 March @ 8:20pm

Altona v. Bulleen 2
Friday, 19 March @ 9:20pm

Bendigo v. Nunawading 2
Friday, 19 March @ 9:40pm

VJBL U18 Grading Phase Pool 2 wrap: Round 2

ROUND 2 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) kicked off over the weekend as a number of teams registered their second straight win to put them in good stead for the next phase of grading. There were a number of close calls with multiple games in both the boys and girls leagues decided by less than five points, while some blowouts also filtered through the results.

U18 Boys

Pool 1A:

Waverley notched up a second straight win in Pool A, defeating Ballarat by 12 points with every single player on their roster hitting the scoreboard. Matthew Jefferson was the topscorer for both sides finishing with 14 points. Pakenham got its first win on the board downing Bulleen in convincing fashion with Lauchlan Mark leading the way with a game-high 20 points.

Ballarat (42) defeated by Waverley (54)

Matthew Jefferson (Waverley) 14
Riley Dunn (Ballarat) 14
Alex Molan (Ballarat) 11

Pakenham (68) defeated Bulleen (55)

Lauchlan Mark (Pakenham) 20
Kaleb Beveridge (Pakenham) 12
Liam George (Bulleen) 10
Henry Ward (Pakenham) 10


Pool 1B:

There was not much separating the sides in Pool B with both matches decided by five points or less, highlighting the high intensity of the games. Sandringham got over the top of Camberwell by four points while Bendigo bypassed Diamond Valley by five points. Harvey Johnston starred for Sandringham with 21 points with a number of supporting roles played while in the Bendigo game it was Oliver Mayman that led the charge.

Sandringham (65) defeated Camberwell (61)

Harvey Johnston (Sandringham) 21
Samuel Veitch (Camberwell) 15
Hudson O’Keefe (Camberwell) 13

Bendigo (59) defeated Diamond Valley (54)

Jensen Miles (Diamond Valley) 14
Oliver Mayman (Bendigo) 13
Jack Miles (Diamond Valley) 11

Pool 1C:

The game between Sandringham and Casey went down to the wire with the end margin a mere two points in favour of Casey. It was a relatively low scoring affair, with neither side willing to give an inch and fighting until the dying seconds. Meanwhile, Whittlesea impressed in its outing against Nunawading.

Sandringham (41) defeated by Casey (43)

Ethan Bolton (Casey) 22
Fred Hayne (Sandringham) 14
Kylan Dsylva (Casey) 9

Nunawading (55) defeated by Whittlesea (62)

Kobe McMechan (Nunawading) 21
Jack Tatter (Whittlesea) 15
Luke Dimopoulos (Nunawading) 13


Pool 1D:

Wyndham managed to get its first win of the season beating Dandenong by nine points rendering them winless after two rounds. In the other game it was Peninsula that toppled Latrobe to sneak home with a six point win. It seemed that 25 was the magic number across both matches with Emmanwiel Deng proving to be prolific for Wyndham with a game-high 25 points while Corey Hastings and Darcy Jones inflicted the same level of scoreboard pain in their efforts for Southern Peninsula.

Wyndham (64) defeated Dandenong (55)

Emmanwiel Deng (Wyndham) 25
Jacob Borg (Wyndham) 13
Lachlan Currie (Dandenong) 11
Jak Morris-Burney (Dandenong) 11

Latrobe (74) defeated by Southern Peninsula (80)

Corey Hastings (Southern Peninsula) 25
Darcy Jones (Southern Peninsula) 25
Kody Tibballs (Latrobe) 24


U18 Girls:

Pool 1A:

Sunbury starred in the outing against Camberwell walking away with a convincing 23-point win while it was a different story in the second Pool A meeting, with only four points separating Altona and Wangaratta. The win marked both Sunbury’s and Altona’s second win of the grading phase, setting them in good stead for their pending clash. 

Camberwell (39) defeated by Sunbury (62)

Erin Condron (Sunbury) 18
Adrienne Cameron (Sunbury) 13
Olivia Ogston (Sunbury) 13

Altona (57) defeated Wangaratta (53)

Hayleigh Frost (Wangaratta) 18
Cassie Dodemaide (Altona) 17
Jade Azzopardi (Altona) 14
Jordyn Commadeur (Wangaratta) 14


Pool 1B:

Eltham made light work of Bulleen claiming a 28-point victory to keep its undefeated streak intact. It was much closer in the other game as Ringwood just snuck home against Bellarine by five points, showcasing the level of intensity both sides brought to the table. Peyton Burns was the standout for Eltham in the win while it was the efforts of Katrina Warton that shone through for Ringwood.

Eltham (71) defeated Bulleen (43)

Peyton Burns (Eltham) 20
Amy Temos (Eltham) 18
Ashley Mrmacovski (Eltham) 14
Chantal Vitale (Bulleen) 13

Bellarine (41) defeated by Ringwood (46)

Katrina Warton (Ringwood) 20
Alivia Osborne (Bellarine) 12
Summer Field (Bellarine) 11


Pool 1C:

Melbourne fell victim to a firing Nunawading seconds side, which run out with a 17-point win after dropping the first game of grading. But that luck did not transpire in the other Nunawading game, with the side edged out by two points thanks to a determined Knox squad. Knox is the only side to sit undefeated in Pool C, putting them in good stead heading into the final round.

Melbourne (38) defeated by Nunawading 2 (55)

Ella Erickson (Nunawading) 16
Natalie Keane (Nunawading) 14
Isabel Bacon (Melbourne) 11

Nunawading (44) defeated by Knox (46)

Evelyn Curtis (Nunawading) 13
Stephanie Georgantas (Nunawading) 11
Abbey-Lee Wood (Knox) 11

Pool 1D:

Kilsyth overcame Dandenong quite comfortably to walk out with a resounding 28-point win as a number of players stepped up to the plate and delivered on the points scoring front. Molly Williams posted 20 points while Gemma Hancock chimed in with 15 to get her side over the line. Bendigo just got over the line in the clash against Korumburra, securing a narrow four-point win thanks to a Caitlin Richardson inspired performance.

Dandenong (46) defeated by Kilsyth (74)

Molly Williams (Kilsyth) 20
Gemma Hancock (Kilsyth) 15
Isabella Vanderwiel (Dandenong) 11

Bendigo (55) defeated Korumburra (51)

Caitlin Richardson (Bendigo) 32
Charlotte Anderson (Korumburra) 16
Phoebe Radford (Bendigo) 10

VJBL U18 Grading Phase Pool 2 wrap: Round 1

THE Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) entered the Grading Phase Pool 2 over the weekend as the teams searched for their first win and eventual ticket to the next phase in the competition. There were a mixed bag of results in both the Under 18 Boys and Girls division with a number of close encounters and blowouts across the league.

U18 Boys

Pool 1A:

Bulleen Boomers kicked things off in style securing a 12-point win over Ballarat with the likes of Amos Harvey and Ethan Wellington combining effortlessly to claim the win. It was much closer in the other game as Waverley worked tirelessly to edge past Pakenham and steal a four point win. Lauchlan Mark was the most dominant figure on the court posting a game-high 20 points despite being on the losing side.

Bulleen Boys 2 (53) defeated Ballarat (41)

Amos Harvey (Bulleen) 15
Ethan Wellington (Bulleen) 14
Ollie McCarthy (Ballarat) 10

Waverley (54) defeated Pakenham (50)

Lauchlan Mark (Pakenham) 20
Matthew Jefferson (Waverley) 13
Sam Haffenden (Waverley) 10
Harvey Moore (Waverley) 10

Pool 1B:

Camberwell made light work of Bendigo Braves, getting comfortably over the top of them by 18 points to start the season on fire. Camberwell shared the points around as five players reached double-figures, with Liam O’Hoy amassing 19 points and leading the way. The other game had a similar outcome with the Eagles flexing their muscles against the Sabres to secure a 32-point win. However, there was somewhat of a shootout between Marley Lambert and Jack Weir as the duo went blow for blow.

Camberwell (85) defeated Bendigo (67)

Liam O’Hoy (Camberwell) 19
Samuel Veitch (Camberwell) 16
Luke McConnon (Camberwell) 14
Josiah Pattinson (Bendigo) 13

Diamond Valley (82) defeated Sandringham (50)

Marley Lambert (Diamond Valley) 20
Jack Weir (Sandringham) 20
Corey Rutherford (Diamond Valley) 17

Pool 1C:

Casey and Sandringham both got the win in their respective matches with both sides impressing in the opening round of grading. Casey ran out with a 20-point win against Nunawading as Blake Shankland impressed with 19 points, while the Sabres powered past Whittlesea by 11 points.

Casey (62) defeated Nunawading (42)

Blake Shankland (Casey) 19
Luke Dimopulous (Nunawading) 14
Ky Taylor (Casey) 12

Whittlesea (50) defeated by Sandringham (61)

Callum Stojanovic (Whittlesea) 20
Jensen Bradtke (Sandringham) 11
Tom Field (Sandringham) 11
Peter Vasilevski (Whittlesea) 11

Pool 1D:

The results in Pool D were relatively close with the biggest winning margin nine points off the hands of Latrobe. Dandenong put the pressure on Latrobe but simply did not have the legs to run with them, as the game got away from them with Finn Boag stepping up to the plate. The other result was decided by a mere four points as Southern Peninsula did enough to sneak past Wyndham and kick things off in style.

Dandenong (56) defeated by Latrobe (65)

Finn Boag (Latrobe) 19
Cody Goonewardene (Dandenong) 17
Kody Tibballs (Latrobe) 14

Southern Peninsula (63) defeated Wyndham (59)

Darcy Jones (Southern Peninsula) 20
Emmanwiel Deng (Wyndham) 17
Corey Hastings (Southern Peninsula) 14


U18 Girls

Pool 1A:

Sunbury claimed the biggest win in Pool A, boasting a 15-point victory while Altona managed to record a five-point win over Camberwell. Wangaratta struggled to get going against Sunbury given their defensive pressure while the battle between Camberwell and Altona did not disappoint with Jacinta Li doing everything humanly possible to keep her side in the hunt with 31 points.

Wangaratta (37) defeated by Sunbury (52)

Maddison Ford (Sunbury) 12
Erin Condron (Sunbury) 11
Maia Roberts (Wangaratta) 9

Altona (51) defeated Camberwell (45)

Jacinta Li (Camberwell) 31
Angelina Vi (Altona) 11
Jade Azzopardi (Altona) 10
Cassie Dodemaide (Altona) 10

Pool 1B:

Eltham pulled off a close one against Bellarine snatching a three-point win to open their campaign while Ringwood reigned supreme over Bulleen. The battle between Eltham and Bellarine brought plenty of excitement as both sides worked in overdrive to create some much needed separation in a hard-fought and closely contested encounter.

Bellarine (38) defeated by Eltham (41)

Ashley Mrmacovski (Eltham) 18
Summer Field (Bellarine) 17
Jessica Del Brocco (Eltham) 10

Ringwood (62) defeated Bulleen (45)

Katrina Warton (Ringwood) 12
Chantal Vitale (Bulleen) 12
Lily Carmody (Bullenn) 10
Ella Grig (Ringwood) 10

Pool 1C:

Nunawading wasted no time getting their first win on the board in the second phase of grading, surpassing Melbourne by 28 points in a comprehensive win. It was not the same story for the other Nunawading side though, as Knox got on top to claim the win by 23 points as a number of players contributed to the scoreboard.

Nunawading (69) defeated Melbourne (41)

Lia Battersby (Melbourne) 17
Olivia Morris (Nunawading) 16
Rebecca Dymalovski (Nunawading) 12

Knox (59) defeated Nunawading 2 (36)

Emma Poon (Nunawading) 13
Gemma O’Donnell (Knox) 12
Zoe Shaw (Knox) 11

Pool 1D:

Bendigo scraped past Dandenong in the second game in Pool D while Kilsyth secured an 11-point win to open their campaign. Kilsyth shared the points around with a number of players hitting the scoreboard in the win while Bendigo were spurred on by Caitlin Richardson who impressed with 20 points to her name.

Korumburra (44) defeated by Kilsyth (55)

Jaime Gallatly (Korumburra) 11
Monai Porykali (Korumburra) 11
Molly Williams (Kilsyth) 10

Bendigo (60) defeated Dandenong (56)

Caitlin Richardson (Bendigo) 20
Ella Johnson (Dandenong) 13
Taylah Rennie (Bendigo) 13

VJBL Grading Phase One complete: Top side from each pool move through to next stage

THE final round of Victorian Junior Basketball (VJBL) grading came to a close over the weekend with the top side in each pool progressing to the next stage leaving the other teams that finished second and third respectively to battle it out in the upcoming crossover stage. Here are the teams from both the Under 16s and Under 16s Boys and Girls competitions respectively that will compete in the Victorian Championship tier in 2021.

Under 16 Boys

With four teams in each pool, only one could make it straight through and for Pool A that was Hawthorn with the side progressing over the likes of Frankston, Bulleen and Coburg. In Pool B Sandringham topped the table while Dandenong also had a similar fate in Pool C making it through to the next round. Despite a loss in Round 2 of the grading phase, Eltham managed to sneak their way in and lead their group while Keilor impressed taking out top spot in Pool E. The final spot in the Under 16 Boys went to Knox who managed to claim the coveted position of first place in Pool F overcoming the likes of Pakenham, Kilsyth and McKinnon.


Under 16 Girls

In the Girls Under 16 VJBL division it was Hawthorn 1 that prevailed, comfortably heading into the next stage without entering into the crossover stage. In Pool B Melbourne Tigers walked away with the chocolates holding off the likes of Sandringham, Diamond Valley Eagles and Nunawading to top the table while in Pool C, Casey took the next step forward. In a challenging pool, Kilsyth narrowly prevailed with Dandenong, McKinnon and Latrobe all proving to be threats. The dominance of Keilor continued with the powerhouse club securing top spot in Pool E as Collingwood inflicted the same pain on Pool F to make it through to the next stage in the competition.

Hawthorn 1
Melbourne Tigers

Under 18 Boys

For the Under 18s Boys Melbourne Tigers made it through to the next stage of play surpassing the likes of Waverley Falcons, Wyndham Basketball and Whittlesea Pacers in Pool A. it was a similar story in Pool B as Nunawading claimed top spot and Bulleen did enough to walk away on top in their group standings. It was somewhat of a tight tussle in Pool D with the Kilsyth Cobras pipping Dandenong Rangers at the post alongside Pakenham Warriors and Frankston Blues. McKinnon and Knox were the other two sides directly through to the next stage of play.

Melbourne Tigers

Under 18 Girls

In the Under 18s Girls sector Ballarat showcased their dominance to progress through to the Victorian Championship tier bypassing Ringwood, Nunawading and Southern Peninsula. Keilor continued to flex their muscle across all levels of basketball making it through to the next stage and topping the table in Pool B as Bulleen also made the cut. The Under 18s female side is the only one through so far for Diamond Valley taking out the top spot in Pool D as Melbourne got over the top of Sandringham in Pool E. The final team through is Melbourne Tigers who managed to secure some much needed wins.

Diamond Valley


VJBL U18 Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap: Round 2

IN the second round of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap, teams began to assert themselves in their respective groups, setting up either virtual grand finals, or setting up likely promotion tilts across the Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls grades.


Pool 1A:

Whittlesea Pacers grabbed prime position to advance through to the VJBL Championship division with a win over Melbourne Tigers in Round 2. The battle of the two unbeaten sides saw the Pacers win by five points, 50-45, with Jack Tatter having a day out finishing with 26 points. In the battle between the winless sides, Waverley Falcons got up over Wyndham Basketball by 17 points.

Whittlesea Pacers (50) defeated Melbourne Tigers (45)
Jack Tatter (Whittlesea) 26
Oskar Jones (Melbourne) 15
Jack Hrehoresen (Melbourne) 12

Waverley Falcons (59) defeated Wyndham Basketball (42)
Nemuel Soliven (Waverley) 14
Matthew Jefferson (Waverley) 10
Jacob Bord (Wyndham) 14
Emmanwiel Deng (Wyndham) 12


Pool 1B:

In Pool 1B, it was Nunawading who dominated Eltham Wildcats to move to a 2-0 record and edge closer to automatic qualification. Tristan Devers led the way and was one of seven players on the court who reached double-figures, putting up a match-high 22 points in the 73-58 victory. Meanwhile Hawthorn Magic got past Dandenong Rangers’ second side in a tight five-point win.

Dandenong Rangers 2 (45) defeated by Hawthorn Magic (51)
Ned Caldwell (Hawthorn) 15
Denzel Timmons (Hawthorn) 13
Lachlan Currie (Dandenong) 15

Nunawading Spectres (73) defeated Eltham Wildcats (58)
Tristan Devers (Nunawading) 22
Dean Simos (Nunawading) 14
Lucas Koch (Nunawading) 10
Brody Glenn (Eltham) 17
Kristian Ferronato (Eltham) 14
Zahn Agosta (Eltham) 12
Bradley Moorey (Eltham) 11


Pool 1C:

In Pool 1C it was Bulleen who have completely dismantled their second team in as many weeks, destroying Craigieburn Eagles by 53 points to storm to a massive 224.14 per cent. They are 130 per cent more than any other side, and are raging favourites to go ahead. In the other game, Casey Cavaliers got over Diamond Valley Eagles after a loss to Bulleen in week one, to keep their chances of second spot alive.

Diamond Valley Eagles (34) defeated by Casey Cavaliers (44)
Ethan Bolton (Diamond Valley) 13
Blake Shankland (Diamond Valley) 13
Corey Rutherford (Casey) 9

Bulleen Boomers (79) defeated Craigieburn Eagles (26)
Will Rimmington (Bulleen) 13
Max Zalakos (Bulleen) 10
Lochlan Redford (Bulleen) 10
Oliver Slawinski (Bulleen) 10
Kaan Karabulut (Craigieburn) 7


Pool 1D:

Kilsyth Cobras became the sole undefeated side in Pool 1D after a narrow 11-point victory over Frankston Blues. The two winners from Round 1 engaged in a low-scoring affair, but 16 points from Harrison Adams was the standout performance. The other contest was a free-flowing shootout as Dandenong Rangers claimed a vital two-point win over Pakenham Warriors to move up to second overall following the 64-62 triumph.

Dandenong Rangers (64) defeated Pakenham Warriors (62)
Harrison Scott (Dandenong) 13
Coby Burgiel (Dandenong) 11
Noah Suarjaya (Dandenong) 10
Jarred Small (Pakenham) 22
Kaleb Beveridge (Pakenham) 14

Frankston Blues (35) defeated by Kilsyth Cobras (46)
Harrison Adams (Kilsyth) 15
Seth McCubbin (Kilsyth) 12
Cameron Clarke (Frankston) 7


Pool 1E:

McKinnon Cougars are looking good to move into the VJBL Championship Division following an eight-point win over Bendigo Braves. Both sides won in the first week of the competition, and whilst the Cougars had a lower percentage, they were able to get the job done against the Braves in a 51-43 effort. In the other match, Southern Peninsula Sharks made sure they were a win away from dropping to the next group stage, defeating Eltham Wildcats’ second team by 11 points.

McKinnon Cougars (51) defeated Bendigo Braves (43)
Denver Lund (13)
Luke Lyngberg (10)
Lachlan Somerville (17)

Eltham Wildcats 2 (43) defeated by Southern Peninsula Sharks (54)
Darcy Jones (Southern Peninsula) 15
Corey Hastings (Southern Peninsula) 13
Tarrant Wallace (Southern Peninsula) 11
Anthony Prestia (Eltham) 14


Pool 1F:

Rounding out the Pools was 1F, where Geelong United dominated Sunbury Jets to take control in the sixth group. United won 66-31 in a one-sided performance where Olivier Northam and Jamie Bottrell scored the same amount as the entire Sunbury side. In the other max, Knox Raiders grabbed their first win with a victory over Keilor Thunder, getting up by 18 points.

Sunbury Jets (31) defeated Geelong United (66)
Olivier Northam (Geelong) 16
Jamie Bottrell (Geelong) 15
Jet Kneebone (Geelong) 11
David Angove (Sunbury) 9

Knox Raiders (46) defeated Keilor Thunder (28)
Beau Tranter (Knox) 11
Fraser Roxburgh (Knox) 11
Cooper Colson (Keilor) 9

U18 Girls:

Pool 1A:

The two standout teams have been decided in Pool 1A, setting up a virtual grand final to determine which side automatically qualifies for the VJBL Championships. Dandenong Rangers’ first side was too good for Frankston Blues, winning by 14 points to secure their second win of the group stage, while the Rangers’ second side fell again, this time to an inspired Waverley Falcons outfit by 33 points. It means the winner of the Falcons and Rangers 1 side tonight, automatically qualifies.

Dandenong Rangers 2 (27) defeated by Waverley Falcons (60)
Liana Kinkela (Waverley) 18
Emily Gough (Waverley) 14
Alana Poulton (Dandenong) 7

Dandenong Rangers 1 (42) defeated Frankston Blues (28)
Dallas Loughridge (Dandenong) 13
Zoe Harvey (Frankston) 10


Pool 1B:

Despite being a couple of lower-scoring encounters, Keilor Thunder and McKinnon Cougars have set up a virtual grand final in the third round of the group stage tonight. The Thunder accounted for Sunbury Jets 49-38 as Tess Heal was the star with 19 points, while the Cougars won in a low-scoring thriller, 25-20 to keep themselves in contention for automatic promotion.

Keilor Thunder (49) defeated Sunbury Jets (38)
Tess Heal (Keilor) 19
Erin Condron (Sunbury) 9

Kilsyth Cobras (20) defeated by McKinnon Cougars (25)
Tayja Maki (Kilsyth) 5
Romy Price (McKinnon) 6


Pool 1C:

After losing their first game last week, Bellarine Storm bounced back to record a 12-point win over Melbourne Tigers thanks to 12 points from Alivia Osborne being the difference. Meanwhile Bulleen Boomers have put themselves in pole position to claim the automatic qualification spot after a 43-30 victory over fellow first round winners Knox Raiders, with Tabitha Betson (17 points) being the standout shooter.

Bellarine Storm (31) defeated Melbourne Tigers (19)
Alivia Osborne (Bellarine) 12
Taliyah Gomez-Sankari (Melbourne) 6

Bulleen Boomers (43) defeated Knox Raiders (30)
Tabitha Betson (Bulleen) 17
Paige Burrows (Knox) 10


Pool 1D:

Diamond Valley Eagles moved to two wins from two games in Pool 1D, fending off Hawthorn Magic in what has shaped as the most even group of the lot. The Eagles won against the Magic by just four points to go outright top of the table, as Sophie Burrows starred with 19 points. In the other game, Casey Cavaliers bounced back from a week one loss to win 41-33 over Eltham Wildcats, credit to Dakota Crichton‘s 18 points.

Diamond Valley Eagles (41) defeated Hawthorn Magic (37)
Sophie Burrows (Diamond Valley) 19
Genevieve Broadbent (Diamond Valley) 11
Isabel Whitelaw (Hawthorn) 10
Amy O’Hara (Hawthorn) 10

Casey Cavaliers (41) defeated Eltham Wildcats (33)
Dakota Crichton (Casey) 18
Jessica Del Brocco (Eltham) 13


Pool 1E:

In another tight group, Melbourne Tigers moved to two wins from two games by defeating Altona Gators in a thrilling five-point game. Despite Aseka Ratnayake‘s 18 points for the losers, the Tigers triumphed to move to the top of the group. In the other match, Sandringham Sabres bounced back from a loss in week one to cruise to a 24-point victory over Bendigo Braves, 45-21.

Altona Gators (37) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (42)
Hayley Cumming (Melbourne) 14
Leila Davis (Melbourne) 12
Aseka Ratnayake (Altona) 18

Bendigo Braves (21) defeated by Sandringham Sabres (45)
Jaida Reid (Sandringham) 13
Caitlin Richardson (Bendigo) 10


Pool 1F:

In the final group, the two standout sides have emerged, setting up a virtual grand final tonight. Nunawading Spectres and Ballarat Rush both side undefeated from two games after notching up another couple of wins. In the tighter game, the Spectres won by four points over a gallant Ringwood Hawks, while the Rush had a much easier time, accounting for Southern Peninsula Sharks, 66-27 with Georgia Cox‘s 17 points the standout game.

Ringwood Hawks (40) defeated by Nunawading Spectres (44)
Olivia Morris (Nunawading) 10
Katrina Warton (Ringwood) 16

Ballarat Rush (66) defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks (27)
Georgia Cox (Ballarat) 17
Rosie Todd (Ballarat) 14
Rebecca Rylance (Southern Peninsula) 9

VJBL U18 Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap: Round 1

THE Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) got underway last week and we recap all the results from the top Pool in the Under 18s Boys and Girls competitions. The second round is completed tonight, with a third and final round robin stage to be done next Friday night to determine which six teams in each grade automatically qualify for the VJBL Championship division.



In Pool 1A, Emmanwiel Deng was the difference between Whittlesea Pacers and Wyndham Basketball, as Deng put up 22 points – 10 more than anyone else on the court – for the Pacers during a narrow seven-point win. In the other match, Melbourne Tigers proved too strong for Waverley Falcons, with three players hitting double-figures, led by Kobe Shewry (15).

Whittlesea Pacers (49) defeated Wyndham Basketball (42)
Emmanwiel Deng (Whittlesea) 22
Jack Tatter (Wyndham) 12
Callum Stojanovic (Wyndham) 10

Melbourne Tigers (47) defeated Waverley Falcons (36)
Kobe Shewry (Melbourne) 15
Ihsaan Bongso (Melbourne) 13
Kai Garnaut (Melbourne) 11
Harvey Moore (Waverley) 12
Matthew Jefferson (Waverley) 10


In the highest score of the entire round for the Under 18 Boys competition, Eltham Wildcats put Dandenong Rangers’ second side to the sword throughout a 29-point blitz. Led by Riley Lewis (17 points), the Wildcats easily got the points over the Rangers, winning 68-29. In the other game, it was a lot closer with just 12 points separating the teams, though Nunawading Spectres won 60-48 off a round-high individual effort of 25 points thanks to Tristan Devers.

Nunawading Spectres (60) defeated Hawthorn Magic (48)
Tristan Devers (Nunawading) 25
Jarryd Remy (Hawthorn) 9

Eltham Wildcats (68) defeated Dandenong Rangers 2 (39)
Riley Lewis (Eltham) 17
Bradley Moorey (Eltham) 11
Harrison Stones (Eltham) 10
Jak Morris-Burney (Dandenong) 9


Diamond Valley Eagles claimed an early win in the Pool stage thanks to a narrow five-point triumph over Craigieburn Eagles. Marley Lambert (15 points) led the way for the winners, though James Bonnici scored half of Craigieburn’s points with a 23-point effort. In the other match, Bulleen Boomers easily accounted for Casey Cavaliers by 19 points in what was a real shared team win.

Bulleen Boomers (51) defeated Casey Cavaliers (32)
Marcel Haj (Bulleen) 11
Ky Taylor (Casey) 9

Diamond Valley Eagles (52) defeated Craigieburn Eagles (47)
Marley Lambert (Diamond Valley) 15
Isaac Callaghan (Diamond Valley) 10
James Bonnici (Craigieburn) 23
Steven Pestrucci (Craigieburn) 12

Pool 1D:

The highly anticipated match of the round did not disappoint in Pool 1D, with Kilsyth Cobras escaping with the points against an equally-talented Dandenong Rangers outfit. Rhys Crossley and Harrison Adams both put up 15 points in equal match-high efforts during the 55-49 victory. An understrength Frankston Blues team won by a point against Pakenham Warriors, getting the victory courtesy of a low-scoring 36-35 win.

Kilsyth Cobras (55) defeated Dandenong Rangers (49)
Rhys Crossley (Kilsyth) 15
Harrison Adams (Kilsyth) 15
Wyatt Stewart (Kilsyth) 12
Coby Burgiel (Dandenong) 13

Frankston Blues (36) defeated Pakenham Warriors (35)
Liam Atkinson (Frankston) 8
Lauchlan Mark (Pakenham) 10

Pool 1E:

In another couple of high-scoring wins, Bendigo Braves obliterated Eltham Wildcats’ second side, getting up 61-25 in an impressive showing. Jacob Nihill led the scoring with 11 in a real team effort, whilst in the other game, McKinnon Cougars – led by Nathan Scollo‘s 19 points – were too strong for Southern Peninsula Sharks. Despite Corey Hastings‘ game-high 20 points for the Sharks, they went down by 13 points.

Bendigo Braves (61) defeated Eltham Wildcats 2 (25)
Jacob Nihill (Bendigo) 11
Malik Gordon (Bendigo) 10
Felix Bell (Eltham 2) 8

McKinnon Cougars (60) defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks (47)
Nathan Scollo (McKinnon) 19
Denver Lund (McKinnon) 14
Luke Lyngberg (McKinnon) 13
Corey Hastings (Southern Peninsula) 20
Tarrant Wallace (Southern Peninsula) 10

Pool 1F:

In what could be considered a ‘Group of Death’, three of the four sides are genuine automatic promotion chances. In the tight game, Geelong United won by seven points over Knox Raiders as Olivier Northam (19 points) top scored, though Bailey Nunn (16) put in a great effort for the Raiders. Keilor Thunder also flexed their muscles with a big win over Sunbury Jets, as Cooper Colson (12 points) was the top scorer in that match.

Keilor Thunder (65) defeated Sunbury Jets (31)
Cooper Colson (Keilor) 12
Brodie McWhinney (Keilor) 10
Nikolas Ellul (Keilor) 10
Angus McSwiggan (Sunbury) 10

Geelong United (61) defeated Knox Raiders (54)
Olivier Northam (Geelong) 19
Nicholas Hough (Geelong) 12
Bailey Nunn (Knox) 16
Jordan Anderson (Knox) 15


Pool 1A:

In an all-Dandenong Rangers clash in Pool 1A, things went as one would expect with the first side easily accounting for the second side. Nyadiew Puoch was far too strong, nailing 20 points in a massive 67-32 effort, whilst in the other game, Waverley Falcons claimed a 20-point win over Frankston Blues thanks to Jasmine Connell and Liana Kinkela sharing in 11 points apiece.

Waverley Falcons (42) defeated Frankston Blues (22)
Jasmine Connell (Waverley) 11
Liana Kinkela (Waverley) 11
Elle Schonfelder (Frankston) 6

Dandenong Rangers 1 (67) defeated Dandenong Rangers 2 (32)
Nyadiew Puoch (Dandenong 1) 20
Dallas Loughridge (Dandenong 1) 11
Tahlia Soukup (Dandenong 2) 8

Pool 1B:

In Pool 1B, it was McKinnon Cougars and Keilor Thunder that took away the points on opening night. The Cougars won narrowly over Sunbury Jets, 46-38, as Romy Price put up 15 points for the Cougars, one less than Sunbury’s Maddison Ford (16). The Thunder won 51-30 over Kilsyth Cobras in a comfortable victory, as Tess Heal and Jaz Salon finished with 13 points apiece.

McKinnon Cougars (46) defeated Sunbury Jets (38)
Romy Price (McKinnon) 15
Hannah McGillen (McKinnon) 10
Maddison Ford (Sunbury) 16

Keilor Thunder (51) defeated Kilsyth Cobras (30)
Tess Heal (Keilor) 13
Jaz Salon (Keilor) 13
Gemma Hancock (Kilsyth) 11

Pool 1C:

Knox Raiders and Bulleen Boomers showed themselves to be the clear top two sides in Pool 1C, with Bulleen the most likely to top the group. Tabitha Betson (14 points) was one of three Boomers to hit double-figure points in the 30-point win over Bellarine Storm, whilst Gemma O’Donnell shot 19 in Knox Raiders’ 48-23 triumph over Melbourne Tigers’ second side.

Knox Raiders (48) defeated Melbourne Tigers 2 (23)
Gemma O’Donnell (Knox) 19
Lotus Billington (Melbourne 2) 7

Bulleen Boomers (57) defeated Bellarine Storm (27)
Tabitha Betson (Bulleen) 14
Emily Maltezos (Bulleen) 13
Rebecca Horvat (Bulleen) 10
Aimee Wookey (Bellarine) 7
Alivia Osborne (Bellarine) 7

Pool 1D:

Hawthorn Magic and Diamond Valley Eagles both ran out to solid wins in their respective Pool 1D clashes to start off on the right note. The Eagles defeated Casey Cavaliers 45-32 despite no Eagles’ player scoring double-figure points while Casey’s Dakota Crichton finished with 15 points. In the other match, the Magic were too good for Eltham Wildcats, running out 15-point winners.

Hawthorn Magic 41 defeated Eltham Wildcats 26

Diamond Valley Eagles 45 defeated Casey Cavaliers 32
Genevieve Broadbent (Diamond Valley) 9
Hayley Sparks (Diamond Valley) 9
Dakota Crichton (Casey) 15

Pool 1E:

Bendigo Braves managed to secure a nail-biting one-point win in Pool 1E, defeating Altona Gators 39-38. Caitlin Richardson (14 points) was the top scorer in that match for the Braves, while Cassie Dodemaide put up 11 for the Gators. Melbourne Tigers won the other match in the Pool, accounting for Sandringham Sabres by 12 points.

Bendigo Braves 39 defeated Altona Gators 38
Caitlin Richardson (Bendigo) 14
Phoebe Radford (Bendigo) 10
Cassie Dodemaide (Altona) 11

Melbourne Tigers 33 defeated Sandringham Sabres 21

Pool 1F:

Two one-sided contests in Pool 1F marked a couple of contenders, as Nunawading Spectres showed no mercy on defence against Southern Peninsula Sharks. Only conceding 11 points to the Sharks, the Spectres had a real team contribution on their way to 54 points, with Olivia Morris finishing with 12 in the 43-point triumph. Meanwhile Milly Simpson (13 points) led a Ballarat Rush outfit to a 22-point win over Ringwood Hawks.

Nunawading Spectres 54 defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks 11
Olivia Morris (Nunawading) 12
Ruby Deeprose (Southern Peninsula) 3

Ballarat Rush 47 defeated Ringwood Hawks 25
Milly Simpson (Ballarat) 13
Rosie Todd (Ringwood) 11

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