Category: U16

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)


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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 

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 U16 Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap: Round 1

IT was a big opening round of action for the Victorian Junior Basketball League as both the boys and girls kicked off their respective seasons in style. There were some big wins that headlined the round along with a number of close calls showcasing just how tight this season of basketball is going to be after a year long hiatus due to a COVID-19 enforced break. Whilst many of the teams competed in the Eltham Dandenong tournament, there was no shortage of basketball over the past week with the Friday night showcase.


Pool A:

If there was one team that looked the goods this round it was an impressive Hawthorn Magic outfit that comfortably outscored all its rivals in a big opening round win. The Magic piled on 55 points to win by 19 over Frankston Blues. Phoenix Windsor led the way with 21 points, which was only just short of the two other teams in the other match, which saw Coburg Giants win in a low-scoring two-point thriller over Bulleen Boomers, 28-26.

Coburg Giants (28) defeated Bulleen Boomers (26)
Saul Beckford Saunders (Coburg) 9
Zac McGown (Bulleen) 10

Hawthorn Magic (55) defeated Frankston Blues (36)
Phoenix Windsor (Hawthorn) 21
Jesse McIntosh (Hawthorn) 12
Heath Tenner (Frankston) 8
Olier Dignan (Frankston) 8

Pool B:

Hawthorn Magic and Sandringham Sabres emerged victorious in their respective Pool B conferences, with the Magic getting up in a 23-point victory over Altona Gators as the big win of the group. Louis Emmett led the way with 12 points, whilst in the other match Sandringham Sabres proved too good for Kilsyth Cobras in an impressive six-point victory to start off the group stage perfectly.

Hawthorn Magic (62) defeated Altona Gators (39)
Louis Emmett (Hawthorn) 12
Jesse Jewell (Hawthorn) 10
John Hargrave (Hawthorn) 10
Anthony Le (Hawthorn) 10
Oliver Galea (Altona) 9
Tyson White (Altona) 9

Sandringham Sabres (43) defeated Kilsyth Cobras (37)
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Pool C:

Dandenong Rangers started off their group stage with a 10-point win over Latrobe Energy to be the best performed side of the Pool. The Rangers are tipped to secure promotion in the group, and did it well against a strong opponent. Luke Fennell and Jett Garnham combined for 39 points in the win, whilst in the other game, Diamond Valley Eagles easily took care of Craigieburn – who only had the five players – in a comfortable 33-point win.

Dandenong Rangers (61) defeated Latrobe Energy (51)
Luke Fennell (Dandenong) 20
Jett Garnham (Dandenong) 19
Noah Johnston (Latrobe) 14
Ben Waller (Latrobe) 12

Diamond Valley Eagles (53) defeated Craigieburn Eagles (20)
Arman Khangura (Diamond Valley) 10
Tadhg Boyle (Craigieburn) 9

Pool D:

Ballarat Miners strutted their stuff in a high-scoring effort against Nunawading, piling on a group-high score of 62 to record a big win over the Spectres. Nicholas Robinson notched up 20 points in the win, whilst in the other game, Cedric Rault‘s 18 points was the only score in double-digits during a low-scoring 12-point victory to Rault’s Casey Cavaliers against Eltham Wildcats.

Ballarat Miners (62) defeated Nunawading Spectres (42)
Nicholas Robinson (Ballarat) 20
Ned Renfree (Ballarat) 17
Samuel McDonald (Ballarat) 10
Micah Tennent (Nunawading) 15
Harrison Taylor (Nunawading) 11

Casey Cavaliers (48) defeated Eltham Wildcats (36)
Cedric Rault (Casey) 18
Jett Williams (Eltham) 9

Pool E:

In Pool E, both results were fairly one-sided as Melbourne Tigers rolled past Knox Raiders’ second side by 19 points, while Keilor Thunder defeated Geelong United by 17. The Thunder are favoured to top the group, but the Tigers will have something to say about that after an impressive effort. Both team’s leading scorers recorded 17 points with Keilor’s Jai Prince and Melbourne’s Keyaan Bongso achieving that feat.

Keilor Thunder (61) defeated Geelong United (44)
Jai Prince (Keilor) 17
Kristian Tsapatolis (Keilor) 14
Nathan Hargrave (Geelong) 12

Melbourne Tigers (64) defeated Knox Raiders 2 (35)
Keyaan Bongso (Melbourne) 17
Geordan Hitchiner (Melbourne) 13
Mitchell Hansen (Knox) 18

Pool F:

McKinnon flexed its muscles in the sixth pool with a massive win over Pakenham Warriors. The Cougars shared the points around, but were too much for the Warriors who were predominantly led by Joshua Greig (17 points). Kilsyth Cobras’ depth shone true during their second side’s 10-point win over Knox Raiders’ first side. There was not a one-man show, but instead points shared evenly across the side.

McKinnon Cougars (67) defeated Pakenham Warriors (31)
Sebastian Carlos Millares (McKinnon) 13
Jayden Nguyen (McKinnon) 11
Joshua Greig (Pakenham) 17

Kilsyth Cobras 2 (47) defeated Knox Raiders (37)
Liam Westlake (Kilsyth) 11
Cameron West (Kilsyth) 11
Zac Pennell (Kilsyth) 10
Riley White (Knox) 8

U16 girls:

Pool A:

It was a good round for Hawthorn with both sides picking up wins in their respective matches. It was a close contest between Hawthorn 1 and Knox with the Magic doing enough to get over the line and claim an eight-point victory. It was a tight tussle between the two sides but in the end Hawthorn found an added spark with Georgia McBean paving the way with 15 points for her side. On the other hand, Hawthorn 2 made light work of Broadmeadows collecting a 20-point victory. They shared the points scoring duty amongst themselves with Tess Brusnahan leading the pack.

Hawthorn Magic 1 (35) defeated Knox Raiders (27)

Georgia McBean  (Hawthorn) 15
Jada Kennedy (Hawthorn) 8
Zoe Rakogiannis (Knox) 8

Broadmeadows Broncos (19) defeated by Hawthorn Magic 2 (39)

Tess Brusnahan (Hawthorn) 13
Clare Tuckwell (Hawthorn) 7
Rachel Borg Broadmeadows) 6

Pool B:

Round 1 was headlined by big wins to both the Diamond Valley Eagles and Melbourne Tigers side as they notched up sizeable wins in their respective clashes showcasing the ease in which they can hit the scoreboard. Melbourne walked away with a commanding 36 point win as Caitlyn Petersen dominated with a blistering 25 points. The other match saw the Eagles share around the points and race to a 30 point win against Nunawading.

Sandringham Sabres (18) defeated by Melbourne Tigers 1 (54)

Caitlyn Petersent (Melbourne) 25
Natalia Hordejuk (Sandringham) 7
Josie Agnew (Melbourne) 6
Ella Macleod (Melbourne) 6

Nunawading Spectres (18) defeated by Diamond Valley (48)

Ashton Simmons (Diamond Valley) 12
Jessica Boek (Diamond Valley) 7
Codie Warry (Diamond Valley) 7

Pool C:

Eltham 1 prevailed against its second team in a close encounter with the two sides battling hard to claim the win. In the end the game was decided by a mere eight points as a number of key contributors stepped up to the plate for both sides. In fact eight seemed to be the magic number with four players all posting eight points apiece. Casey got the job done against Bulleen securing an 11-point victory at Mullum Mullum Stadium.

Eltham 2 (31) defeated by Eltham 1 (39)

Lucy Christodoulou (Eltham 1) 8
Edith Hamilton (Eltham 2) 8
Claudia Hii (Eltham 1) 8
Molly Stockwell (Eltham 1) 8

Bulleen (26) defeated by Casey (37)

Victoria Meredith (Casey) 9
Kyra Webb (Casey) 7
Alexya Charalambous (Bulleen) 6
Evelyn Connolly (Casey) 6
Hayley Wood (Casey) 6

Pool D:

It was a high scoring round for Latrobe and Kilysth with the two sides hitting the 50 point mark in their individual games. Latrobe kicked off the action for Pool D securing a 41-point win over McKinnon and did so in convincing fashion as Taylah Murtagh led the charge with a game high 14 points. Kilsyth strutted their stuff against Dandenong picking up a 15 point win and getting their season off to a good start. There were strong individual efforts from the Rangers but it was not enough to get them over the line.

Latrobe Energy (58) defeated McKinnon (17)

Taylah Murtagh (Latrobe) 14
Alexandra Beale (Latrobe) 9
Asha Nightingale (Latrobe) 9

Kilsyth (50) defeated Dandenong (35)

Hannah Day (Kilsyth) 16
Taleesha O’Kane (Kilsyth) 14
Dakota Kirikiri (Dandenong) 14

Pool E:

Geelong United kicked off their campaign in style racking up a whopping 54 points and employing a strong defensive effort to stop Wyndham in their tracks. Geelong did not let up throughout the contest and it showed as they managed a 41-point victory. The other game however was much closer with Keilor only just prevailing by a mere five points against Bellarine.

Geelong United (54) defeated Wyndham (13)

Indiana Schwarz (Geelong) 12
Zainab Balogun (Geelong) 6
Keely Burland (Geelong) 6

Bellarine Storm (28) defeated by Keilor Thunder (33)

Ruby Murphy (Keilor) 10
Meg Lucas (Keilor) 8
Shania Soutar (Bellarine) 8

Pool F:

Frankston escaped with a narrow and hard fought victory in the opening game of the season downing Nunawading by four points in the first game for Pool F. The intensity was high from both teams as they pushed to kickstart their season in style. Collingwood also secured a win edging out Ballarat by six points in the next clash with Georgia Bodey impressing despite being in the losing side.

Nunawading Spectres (41) defeated by Frankston Blues (45)

Shaylea Kerr (Frankston) 14
Katie Harrington (Nunawading) 12
Elli Symonds (Frankston) 12

Collingwood (31) defeated Ballarat (25)

Georgia Bodey (Ballarat) 11
Keira Lindemans (Collingwood) 10
Rosie O’Loughlin (Collingwood) 6

Picture credit: Keilor Thunder Basketball Facebook

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.

Picture credit: Basketball Victoria

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

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.


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

MUVJBL Under 16 Girls Round 1 review: Sabres hold on in thrilling contest

SANDRINGHAM Sabres have survived an epic contest to defeat Knox Raiders by a point in the opening round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior basketball League (MUVJL) Under-16 Girls competition. The Sabres got away to a fast start to lead by six at quarter time, but the Raiders clawed their way back to cut the deficit to two at half-time, and one by the final break. An even final quarter resulted in both teams scoring 17 points apiece which meant Sandringham won 59-58 in the match of the round. Hannah Wickstrom led the team in scoring with 14 points, whilst Jaida Reid and Natalia Hordejuk both added 12 points in a strong performance. Knox had a trio of stars as well, with Paige Burrows the standout player on court, sinking 19 points including four three-pointers during the tough loss. Zoe Shaw (16 points) and Gemma O’Donnell (12) were the other two players who had a real impact for the losing side on the night.

The next tightest game was Wangaratta Warriors’ eight-point victory over Frankston Blues at Mill Park. Meeting halfway for the sides to reduce travel for the other, the Warriors were able to earn a lot of chances at the foul line on their way to a 62-54 victory. They had the game comfortably in their control for the most part, leading by 16 at the final break, but the Blues hit back in the last to cut the final margin to eight. The 20-6 free throw points converted was the difference between the sides with Frankston committing 24 personal fouls to 13. Hannah Onley had a match-high 22 points for the winners, recording 10 points from the foul line, while Isabel Whitelaw and Sienna Harvey both dropped 11 points. Mackenzie Mitchell (15 points) and Bonnie Deas (10) were the prominent scorers for the Blues.

At the opposite end of the scale, Hawthorn Magic was far too good for Southern Peninsula Sharks, with the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament winners backing up their success with a massive 46-point win in Round 1 of the competition. The Magic restricted the Sharks to just 14 points in three quarters – including a scoreless third term – while piling on 49 points at the same time. An even fourth term stemmed the bleeding, but the Magic were just too strong in the end. Georgia McBean finished with a match-high 22 points including five triples for the Magic, whilst Erinn McAlary had 14 points for her troubles. Kyra Webb was the Sharks top shooter with 10 points on the night. In other results, Waverley Falcons toppled Eltham Wildcats on the road by 16 points thanks to a fast start of 29 points to 15 at the half. Liana Kinkela (20 points), Emily Gough (15) and Olivia Kingston (12) all dominated for the Falcons, whilst Ashley Vee Mrmacovski (nine) was the top scorer for Eltham. The final game of the Ashe Pool saw Dandenong get past Latrobe Energy by 13 points with a 65-52 win at home. Georgia Sewell (16 points) led the way, though there were plenty of contributors for the green and gold such as Millie Kumbara (12), Jessica-Belle Catheray-Harvey (10) and Breanna Granger (10). Jaime Gallatly (17 points) did all she could for the losing side.

In an all-Melbourne battle at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), the Tigers’ first side unsurprisingly came out on top of their second side, 55-29. After an even first term of eight points apiece, the number one side stepped it up a notch to run away with it in the final three terms, scoring 47-21. In an even team performance across both sides showing their depth. No player scored more than nine points, with only Amelie Kamberis achieving that feat, with Neve Giddey and Anouk Bennett just behind on eight. A second side that did have a win was Bulleen Boomers 2, defeating Ballarat Rush at home by nine points. It was a see-sawing contest but in the end the Boomers finished stronger with a 15-9 last term to gain some breathing space. Tahlia Leeson was the standout shooter with 19 points, whilst Laila Lappin sank 11 points in the loss.

Bulleen’s top team also had a good win over fellow contender, Keilor Thunder in a 46-27 win on the road. The Boomers’ defensive work kept the Thunder to no more than 10 points a quarter, including just four points in the first and third terms whilst maintaining a consistent scoring approach on offence. Whilst the Thunder did not have any double-figure points scorers, Lily Carmody (13 points) and Tabitha Betson (11) both had strong performances for the Boomers. Diamond Valley Eagles enjoyed a handy 16-point win against Nunawading Spectres, breaking away in the first half to lead by 19 points at the main break and holding off a determined Spectres side to win 58-42. Talia D’Agostino was ridiculous on the night, putting up a competition-high 37 points including 32 from the field. Natalie Skofic (12 points) and Rebecca Dymalovski (11) did all they could combining seven times from long range, but the Spectres only managed seven successful makes from inside the arc. The final game of the round saw Casey Cavaliers get up in a nine-point win over Kilsyth Cobras. Trailing by two at the final break, Casey stormed home with a 15-4 final term to run over the top of the Cobras on the road. Both teams shared the points around, but Dakota Crichton was the one standout shooter on the court, putting up 17 points in the Cavaliers’ win.

Round 1 results:

Ashe Pool:

Eltham Wildcats (38) defeated by Waverley Falcons (54)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (25) defeated by Hawthorn Magic (71)
Wangaratta Warriors (62) defeated by Frankston Blues (54)
Sandringham Sabres (59) defeated Knox Raiders (58)
Dandenong Rangers (65) defeated Latrobe Energy (52)

Watson Pool:

Nunawading Spectres (42) defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles (58)
Kilsyth Cobras (31) defeated by Casey Cavaliers (40)
Melbourne Tigers (55) defeated Melbourne Tigers 2 (29)
Keilor Thunder (27) defeated by Bulleen Boomers (46)
Bulleen Boomers 2 (64) defeated Ballarat Rush (55)

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

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC review: Grand Final – Rangers finally overcome nemesis

THE Dandenong Rangers claimed a stellar one-point victory over the Keilor Thunder in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division Grand Final on Friday.

Just like their Under-18 counterparts, the Dandenong Rangers were just one point better in their Grand Final, bringing a second title home for the association. After losing their opening round to Grand Final competitors, Keilor, the Rangers let loose in the remaining weeks to claim wins over Sandringham (69-65) and Diamond Valley (44-46). Keilor advanced straight into the preliminaries where they faced the Bulleen Boomers in an extremely one-sided contest (83-55), as both teams prepared to meet again in the championship game.

In the Grand Final, the Rangers opened better in the first at 9-13 but slipped in the following term to allow Keilor a 21-20 lead at the main break. The pair went shot for shot in the third to record 13 apiece before the Rangers surged home in the closing term with 11-13 – claiming a one-point victory. Dallas Loughridge was huge for Dandenong, recording a team-high 14 points to take her to sixth for points per game (PPG) with a 12.9 average; followed close by Abbey-Lee Wood with nine. Nyadiew Puoch finished her season in third (13.4) after her six points in Friday’s game. Tess Heal was at her usual best for Keilor with a game-high 16 points – claiming the top spot in the league for PPG (18.5). Jaz Salon and Amisyn Leigh followed with eight points each, with Salon finishing her season in ninth across the league.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC preview: Grand Final

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division nears its close as the Keilor Thunder face the Dandenong Rangers in the Grand Final.

Despite finishing three wins below their championship competitors, Keilor proved the better side in the qualifiers to knock off Dandenong 47-42. The Rangers proceeded to a semi-final with Sandringham and then subsequent preliminary against Diamond Valley, where they recorded four and two-point wins. Keilor remained dominant following their break with a 28-point victory over the second-placed Bulleen Boomers. The pair prepare to face for the fourth time in 2019, with Keilor holding a two to one record over the league-leaders. 2019 Under-16 National athletes, Tess Heal and Jaz Salon boasted outstanding performances in week one, recording 18 and 12 points respectively, while fellow Under-16 National, Nyadiew Puoch (12) held strong for Dandenong.

Heal has been the league’s most dominant scorer all season – ranking first with 18.7 points per game (PPG) and 206 overall points. Puoch trails just behind in second with 14.1, while Dallas Loughridge sits in third with 12.8. The match-up is made more interesting by Salon’s position in fifth at 11.3 – making this the biggest potential shootout of the year. Puoch and Loughridge proved standout in the semi-finals, recording 20 points each against Sandringham, while Puoch reached 16 alongside in Grace Montgomery (14) in last week’s preliminary. Though neither could match Tess Heal’s fire power as she recorded a huge 27 points against Bulleen, with Salon also impressing with 16 of her own.

The Grand Final kicks off tonight at 9:10pm at the State Basketball Centre – Court 4, with some of the MUVJBL’s best battling it out in the most anticipated game of the season.