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Fire take down Caps in a stunning performance

TOWNSVILLE Fire caused a major upset in the WNBL, claiming a 13-point win over UC Capitals in a seesawing affair (84-71). The win marks the Fire’s seventh of the season and keeps them in touch with the top four while it is the second loss in as many days for the Capitals. It has not altered their ladder position too much though, thanks to their strong hold on second place.

Fire skipped out to a strong start and really put the foot down in the second term with a dominant showing thanks to their 24 points to 11. They managed to shut down the typically all-powerful Capitals side before things started to even up in the second half. Managing 19 points apiece in the third quarter, the Capitals came out with a real fire in the belly in the last quarter mounting somewhat of a comeback to outscore Townsville and spark plenty of concern through the Fire camp, but it was not enough to overrun the home side which had created a decent lead and were not ready to give up the “W”.

It was a hard day at the office for the Caps with the Canberra-based side unable to find the basket, sitting at a mere 28 per cent from the field only converting 22 of their 76 chances. On the flip-side, Townsville had a much better day sitting at 48 per cent and impressed from inside the arc nailing 21 of their 37 attempts at 56 per cent compared to 31 per cent. Free throw percentage was another point of difference with the Fire capitalising on their chances at the charity stripe with 75 per cent to 70 per cent. Despite struggling on the scoreboard, the Caps starred off the backboard amassing 49 compared to 35 while they also notched up 15 assists to nine. When it came to turnovers the Fire were much cleaner with ball in hand registering 12 while they also flexed their muscles when it came to points inside the paint with 30-24.

Youngster Shyla Heal seemed to have the ball on a string unable to do no wrong, racking up a game-high 27 points shooting at 58 per cent along with eight rebounds and three assists. Lauren Nicholson was the next best with the guard inflicting plenty of pain on the scoreboard with 25 points to her name and five rebounds, four of which were defensive. Nadeen Payne was the only other player to register double digits for points with 11 while also amassing eight rebounds in her 28 minutes on court. Youngster Zitina Aokuso was down on her usual performance but still managed to record seven points, three rebounds and one assist.

Although the big stars did not step up to the plate it was Maddison Rocci that led the way for the Caps recording 19 points at 43 per cent. Rocci slotted five triples in her outing while also amassing three rebounds, one assist and two steals. Kelsey Griffin had an influence with her 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes on court as Mikaela Ruef chimed in with nine points and an impressive 12 rebounds. Keely Froling also hit the scoreboard albeit not in a big way, with her eight points and seven rebounds – six of which were offensive.

The Capitals next look to Perth in hope to secure their ninth win while Townsville next face Adelaide Lightning.

Perth secure nail-biter


PERTH Lynx clinched a two-point victory over Adelaide Lightning in a tight contest on Sunday night with the two sides going toe-to-toe for majority of the game (78-80). The victory marked the third straight win for the Lynx who have found some solid form in the back half of the season while Adelaide have faltered in the past couple of outings, with four straight losses.

Adelaide burst out of the blocks with a scintillating start to the game showcasing their dominance and scoring prowess early piling on 28 points to 19. The tables turned in the second quarter with Perth firing back to go on a 26 point to 13 spree and somewhat level the playing field. It was tit for tat for most of the game as the two sides traded blows, with the Lightning rediscovering their form in the third to reclaim the ascendancy and grab a hold of the game. But when it came down to the final quarter Lynx left no stone unturned firing on all cylinders and outscoring the Lightning in the final term to secure an almighty win.

Despite having a lower shooting percentage from the field 33 to 40 it did not stop Perth from stealing the win. Adelaide impressed from two-point range sitting at 41 per cent sinking 16 of their 39 attempts while Perth struggled to find the basket sitting at a mere 28 per cent with 17 from 60. Lynx had the upper hand from range sitting at 46 per cent while Adelaide managed 40 per cent. Rebounding was another strength of Perth (58-44) while when it came to assists the Lightning notched up 23 to 20 and also came out on top in blocks (4-2) and steals (5-4).

The scoring was shared between a number of key players for the Lynx but it was young gun Darcee Garbin that led the pack with her impressive 31 points and 11 rebounds in a double-double performance. Garbin was involved in just about everything and was well aided by teammate Alex Ciabattoni who slotted 15 points in her 30 minutes on court while also registering seven rebounds and three assists. The ever reliable Katie Ebzery stepped up to the plate with her 12 points and 10 assists in another strong showing while Kayla Steidl also managed to find the scoreboard with relative ease picking up 11 points and 11 rebounds to help her side get over the line.

There were only two main scoring options for the Lightning with star Steph Talbot dominating once again. Talbot managed a game-high 23 points to accompany her 13 rebounds and seven assists although it was not enough to get her side over the line. Chelsea Brook plied her trade with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in her 37 minutes on court despite her shooting percentage being a mere 50 per cent. Abigail Wehrung chimed in with a handy eight points, seven assists and two rebounds while Alex Wilson also managed to hit the scoreboard with her eight points.

It is a short turnaround between games for Adelaide with the side facing off with the third placed Melbourne Boomers while Perth also play on Tuesday against the lowly placed Sydney Uni Flames.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC review: Preliminary Finals – Heal takes over

A rematch of the qualifying final between Dandenong Rangers and Keilor Thunder is on the cards for Grand Final night on Friday with both sides advancing through to the decider after big wins in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division preliminary finals.

Diamond Valley Eagles 44 defeated by Dandenong Rangers 46

The Dandenong Rangers bared one of the tightest victories in the finals series with a 46-44 win against the Diamond Valley Eagles. The 17-win side retained their dominance into the championship match-up with one of their lowest scores in recent memory. With 22-all tying up the second half, it was a slow start that brought the Eagles’ downfall (13-9). Despite the low score, Nyadiew Puoch (16) and Grace Montgomery (14) pulled up with fair numbers for Dandenong with Puoch’s efforts moving her to third for points per game (PPG) with 14.1, while Dallas Loughridge trails in sixth (12.8) following a five point performance. Sophie Burrows was the only Eagles player to record double-digits with 10, followed close by Eleanor Bollands and Aeska Ratnayake with nine each.

Keilor Thunder 83 defeated Bulleen Boomers 55

The second of the preliminaries was much more one-sided, with the Keilor Thunder mounting an 83-55 victory over the Bulleen Boomers. Keilor set the tone early in the first, scoring 26-16 before conceding a point in the second (8-9). They carried their efforts well into the second half, recording 17-13 and 32-17 to close out a strong performance. League leader, Tess Heal went to work for the Thunder, recording a game-high 27 points, with Jaz Salon (16) and Bella Peterson (11) providing support at the board. Salon’s game moved her to seventh for PPG (11.3), followed by Peterson in 12th. For the Boomers, Emily Maltezos and Aleisha Cadee rounded out their season well with 10 points each in the loss. Maltezos finishes her season in nineteenth above teammate, Tabitha Betson who managed eight in her final game of the season.

The Championship Division prepares to host the Keilor Thunder and Dandenong Rangers Grand Final next week at the State Basketball Centre, as Diamond Valley and Bulleen close out their season with 14 and 13 wins each.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC preview: Semi-finals

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division pits the Bulleen Boomers against the Ballarat Rush and the Dandenong Rangers against the Sandringham Sabres for the long awaited semi-finals.

Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 13-3-2) vs Ballarat Rush (7th, 8-10)

The Bulleen Boomers kick things off against Ballarat Rush in Keilor. Last week, the Rush were one of two top two teams to fall in the first week of finals after losing 39-53 against the Diamond Valley Eagles. The Rush will play their second game in Keilor within the fortnight after defeating the Nunawading Spectres there last week (46-56). While effective for Bulleen throughout the year, Ella McIntyre (8.3), Tabitha Betson (8.3) and Emily Maltezos (8.2) all remain outside the top 20 for points per game (PPG). Last week, no Bulleen player managed over 10 points, with Aleisha Cadee leading on eight. For Ballarat, Georgia Cox (20) had a standout game last week. Cox currently leads her side for PPG (11.5), followed next by Milly Simpson on 11.3. With a spot in the preliminaries on the line, the pair are expected to lift.

Dandenong Rangers (1st, 17-1) vs Sandringham Sabres (5th, 11-6-1)

The second semi-final sees the Dandenong Rangers up against the Sandringham Sabres at Batesford Reserve. Despite seeming untouchable all year, the Rangers pulled up short in the qualifiers to lose to Keilor by five points (42-47). Comparatively, the Sabres snared their third consecutive win in their qualifier, defeating the Melbourne Tigers by the second biggest margin of the round (63-50). Nyadiew Puoch has been Dandenong’s most consistent scorer all year with a 13.2 average in fourth place for PPG, and a solid performance in last week’s loss (12). Dallas Loughridge trails close in sixth with 12.9, making Dandenong a real threat in the coming weeks. For Sandringham, second-placed Hannah Wickstrom >remains a force. Last week, Wickstrom led her side to victory with 22 points, accompanied well by Lily Mao, Maya Dear and Jemima O’Toole who all recorded 12 points. Summer Keating and O’Toole round out the top 20 with 10 and 9.9 PPG.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC review: Qualifying and Elimination Finals – Top two lose in qualifying finals

The Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division kicked off week one of finals with the Keilor Thunder upsetting the Dandenong Rangers in Hawthorn (42-47). The low-scoring affair had Keilor take control in the second (14-17) and third (9-12) terms, with just one point separating their first and fourth terms. Despite sitting three wins below their opponent, Keilor’s efforts send them straight into the Preliminary Finals. Tess Heal was quick to take control in the match-up, paving her way to a game-high 18 points. Heal remains 2.8 points ahead of second-place as she jumps to a 17.9 points per game (PPG) averages atop the table. Jaz Salon assisted well in the win to notch up 12 points. For Dandenong, Nyadiew Puoch led with 12 points, but lacked support inside. Dallas Loughridge and Jessica-Belle Catheray-Harvey finished next with eight points each.

The next qualifier saw Diamond Valley Eagles bring down the Bulleen Boomers (53-39) with their fourth consecutive win. With the top two both suffering losses, Diamond Valley proceeded with Keilor into the preliminaries next fortnight. It was an unrivalled defense which led the Eagles to victory – conceding less than 10 points in the first three terms. In offense, Genevieve Broadbent aided Diamond Valley to a decisive 26-12 lead at half-time – recording 11 points for the game. She finished the only player to break double-digits, with Aseka Ratnayake following next on nine. For Bulleen, only one player managed over five points, with Aleisha Cadee leading with eight, Kobie Kino next with five. Next week, Bulleen will proceed into semi-finals nursing back-to-back losses.

Nunawading Spectres were bundled out in the elimination final after a 46-56 loss against Ballarat Rush. At Keilor Stadium, the Rush took control with two decisive openers. In the first, Ballarat raced to 13-8 and 15-8 in the third. Despite tying the second and winning the fourth, Nunawading’s fight-back was to no avail. Georgia Cox was one of two players to crack into the 20s in week one of the finals – recording 20 points on her way to seventh for PPG. Bella Clark was also impressive with 11 points on Ballarat’s end, while Madison Sinclair and Sarah Shelton both led for Nunawading on eight points each. Sinclair’s efforts move her to fifteenth for PPG with a 9.6 average.

Week one of finals capped off with the Sandringham Sabres eliminating the Melbourne Tigers following a 63-50 win. In the contest, both teams kept close throughout the first three terms. Despite winning the first, the Sabres trailed 26-29 at the break. By the end of third they managed to close the gap to a point, before blazing away with 23-9 in the final term. Hannah Wickstrom led the round in scoring with 22 points to take her team into next week. She currently ranks in second behind Heal for PPG – moving to 15.1 in her eighth outing. Lily Mao, Maya Dear and Jemima O’Toole also impressed for Sandringham with 12 points each. For Melbourne, Amy Kurkowski and Hayley Hermus topped off their seasons with 16 and 12 points respectively. Kurkowski’s final game moves her to fifth for PPG with 13.

In the Reserve grade, Waverley Falcons fell to the Frankston Blues (38-47), Bendigo Braves suffered similarly against the Sunbury Jets (53-58), the Eltham Wildcats defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks (57-48) and Kilsyth Cobras defeated the Bellarine Storm (59-52). The semi-finals kick off next week in the Championship Division with the Dandenong Rangers facing the Sandringham Sabres, and the Bulleen Boomers facing the Ballarat Rush for a spot in the Preliminary Finals. Diamond Valley and Keilor proceed to the next round.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC preview: Round 2

IN Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division, four of the five games have opponents facing off for the second time this season, including a top-of-the-table clash between Dandenong Rangers and Diamond Valley Eagles, while Keilor Thunder and Melbourne Tigers lock horns for the first time.

Bulleen Boomers (6th, 0-1) vs. Sandringham Sabres (3rd, 1-0)

Last time: Sandringham Sabres 39 defeated by Bulleen Boomers 56

In the first clash between these two sides, Bulleen Boomers ran away to a 17-point win over Sandringham Sabres on the road, but that was before the Sabres piled on the wins later in the season prior to the two-grade split. The Boomers were a standout team in the grade, and led by Aleisha Cadee (11 points) and Rebecca Horvat (10), they put in a massive team effort with nine individual scorers. For the Sabres, they had just four players register points, as Jemima O’Toole (15 points), Summer Keating (10) and Christina Roberts (nine) the key contributors. In the first round last week, Tabitha Betson sank 13 points in the rare loss, while Hannah Wickstrom (11) was the top scorer in the Sabres’ win. Sandringham’s form should have them as favourites, but Bulleen will relish in being back at home.

Diamond Valley Eagles (2nd, 1-0) vs. Dandenong Rangers (1st, 1-0)

Last time: Dandenong Rangers 61 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 46

The two dominant teams from Round 1 face off in a top-of-the-table clash in Round 2 as Diamond Valley Eagles host Dandenong Rangers in a massive clash. The last time these two sides met, Dandenong got the points by 15 points at home, but now the tables are reversed with the Eagles hosting the game. In Dandenong’s massive 23-point thrashing of Nunawading Spectres last week, Nyadiew Puoch (19 points), Dallas Loughridge (14) and Myah Healey (12) all caused headaches for the opposition side. Meanwhile the Eagles were too good for Hawthorn Magic, downing them 50-35. Eleanor Bollands produced 17 points and Aseka Ratnayake sank 14 in a strong performance across the board. This game is set to be an exciting contest, but Dandenong deserve favouritism as they took out the National Junior Classic, and are arguably the team to beat in the competition.

Keilor Thunder (5th, 1-0) vs. Melbourne Tigers (8th, 0-1)

The only game of the round that features two opponents yet to meet is the clash between Keilor Thunder and the visiting Melbourne Tigers. The Thunder recorded a narrow five-point win over Bulleen, while Melbourne went down to Sandringham Sabres by 14. Tess Heal continued her strong season for Keilor sinking 17 points, but not too far behind her was Bella Peterson who finished the game with 12 for the Thunder. Despite the loss, Camille Letts managed nine points for the Tigers, while Neve Giddey had eight. The Tigers will need to find more avenues to scoring after posting up just 37 points in the opening round, while Keilor could also stretch the defence further, winning with just 51 on the board. Keilor have shown to have plenty of versatile scorers and will head into this home match as favourites, while Melbourne will be keen to bounce back after a disappointing showing in Round 1.

Knox Raiders (7th, 0-1) vs. Nunawading Spectres (10th, 0-1)

Last time: Knox Raiders 39 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 59

Both these sides suffered disappointing losses in Round 1, with Nunawading blown away by the might of Dandenong Rangers to the tune of 23 points, while Knox went down by 15 to Ballarat Rush. The other time these two sides met, Nunawading cruised to an easy 20-point win on the back of a great team effort from Georgia Varcoe (13 points), Tamsyn Perry (12) and Yoshika Cook (12), while the Raiders had three players reach a team-high seven points in Zoe Shaw, Paige Burrows and Kaitlyn Scott. In Round 1, Evelyn Curtis was the top scorer from the Spectres, sinking 16 points, while Gemma O’Donnell finished the match with 13 for the Raiders.

Ballarat Rush (4th, 1-0) vs. Hawthorn Magic (9th, 0-1)

Last time: Hawthorn Magic 46 defeated by Ballarat Rush 53

These two sides had very different results in Round 1, with Ballarat Rush impressing in a 15-point victory over Knox raiders, while Hawthorn Magic suffered a 15-point defeat at the hands of Diamond Valley with the equal lowest score of 35. The last time these sides met it was prior to the Magic making a remarkable dash to the Championship Division where they won the last three games of the pre-split season. The Rush accounted for them in a tight seven-point win, as Georgia Cox led the way with 16 points, while Milly Simpson scored nine in the Rush’s victory. Ashley Bell was the dominant scorer for Hawthorn, sinking 14 points. Simpson was the dominant scorer in the league as a whole in Round 1, shooting 20 points, while for the Magic, Ally Marshall and Ciarra McAlary both managed nine. Ballarat should get the job done at home one would think with Hawthorn coming into the Championship Division as the tenth ranked side, but the visitors have a way of creating some magical performances.

MUVJBL U16 Girls review: Eagles swoop on top spot

WITH the first break done and dusted, teams in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls competition got back into it with some big upsets and memorable wins.

In the Ashe Pool, Dandenong Rangers lost their first game of the season, going down to now third placed Keilor Thunder, with the Thunder one of only two top five teams to win on the weekend. Keilor’s Jaz Salon (15 points) and Taylah Babic (14) were the two dominant scorers, while Myah Healey did her bit for the losing side, sinking 14. Diamond Valley Eagles swooped in to steal top spot in the pool after defeating top four side, Ballarat Rush 58-42. Both teams shared the points around as Sophie Burrows (16 points) and Eleanor Bollands (11) were the prominent shooters for the home team, while Milly Sharp managed 11 in the defeat.

The upset of the round came with Sunbury Jets finally getting a win on the board, knocking off Bellarine Storm by six points. Maddison Ford sank 13 points, while Scarlett Orritt and Adrienne Cameron (10 points each) both reached double figures. Charlotte Murray (14 points) and Summer Field (13) were the top scorers for the Storm. In other results, Kilsyth Cobras easily accounted for Ringwood Hawks by 23 points as Molly Williams finished with 20, while Waverley Falcons defeated Hawthorn Magic by 10. Maddie Pinchbeck (15 points) and Jasmine Connell (14) were the two key scorers in the Falcons’ win.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons 44 defeated Hawthorn Magic 34
Kilsyth Cobras 53 defeated Ringwood Hawks 30
Dandenong Rangers 33 defeated by Keilor Thunder 40
Diamond Valley Eagles 58 defeated Ballarat Rush 42
Sunbury Jets 55 defeated Bellarine Storm 49

In the Watson Pool, Knox Raiders sank to their second consecutive loss as Sandringham Sabres moved into third spot just percentage behind the Raiders. Maya Dear was terrific with 20 points, while Jaida Reid stood tall in defeat with 16 points for the Raiders. Nunawading Spectres also enjoyed a win, knocking off Bendigo Braves 35-25, keeping Bendigo to just one point in the second term. Olivia Morris scored 15 points and was the standout shooter on the court. Meanwhile the closest game of the round was Melbourne Tigers’ win over Eltham Wildcats, 44-43. Leila Davis shot 14 points in the win, while Ashley Vee Mrmacovski tried her best with 10 points in the narrow loss.

In other results, Altona Gators won their second consecutive game, defeating Southern Peninsula Sharks by 15 points despite scoring just two points in the second quarter. Angelina Vi shot 23 points for the Gators in an unbelievable effort, while Cassie Dodemaide sank 10. For the Sharks, Bella Breen finished with 15. Bulleen Boomers also remained undefeated in the competition, storming to a 50-30 win over Frankston Blues. Rebecca Horvat (11 points) and Aleisha Cadee (10) were prominent on the scoring end for the Boomers, while Mikayla Williamson (10) was the best for Frankston.

Watson Pool:

Bendigo Braves 25 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 35
Sandringham Sabres 55 defeated Knox Raiders 51
Altona Gators 54 defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks 39
Melbourne Tigers 44 defeated Eltham Wildcats 43
Bulleen Boomers 50 defeated Frankston Blues 30

MUVJBL Under 16 Girls weekend preview: Round 2

IN the second round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls competition, we see a top-of-the-table clash and a number of games that will leave teams on a balanced ledger of wins and losses by Saturday morning.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons (3rd, 1-0) vs. Kilsyth Cobras (9th, 0-1)
Dandenong Rangers (2nd, 1-0) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (1st, 1-0)
Hawthorn Magic (4th, 1-0) vs. Ballarat Rush (5th, 1-0)
Sunbury Jets (10th, 0-1) vs. Keilor Thunder (7th, 0-1)
Bellarine Storm (6th, 0-1) vs. Ringwood Hawks (8th, 0-1)

One round in and there is already a top-of-the-table clash between first and second with Diamond Valley Eagles travelling to face Dandenong Rangers. Both sides had comfortable wins in Round 1, with Diamond Valley recording a 29-point victory over Sunbury, while the Rangers posted a 14-point win over Kilsyth. Myah Healey was the dominant scorer for the Rangers with 23 points last week, while Sophie Burrows finished with 17 for the Eagles. Another top five clash between fourth placed Hawthorn Magic and fifth placed Ballarat Rush means at least two of the five unbeaten sides will leave round two without another victory. Magic shooter, Rianna Thiele posted 13 points last round to be their top scorer, while Milly Simpson scored 13 in the Rush’s win.

In the other clashes for Ashe Pool, third placed Waverley Falcons will look to make it two consecutive wins with a home victory over Kilsyth Cobras, while bottom-placed Sunbury Jets face seventh placed Keilor Thunder, and mid-table side, Bellarine Storm meets Ringwood Hawks as both sides gun for their first win.

Watson Pool:

Bendigo Braves (2nd, 1-0) vs. Eltham Wildcats (10th, 0-1)
Melbourne Tigers (6th, 0-1) vs. Altona Gators (9th, 0-1)
Nunawading Spectres (4th, 1-0) vs. Frankston Blues (8th, 0-1)
Knox Raiders (1st, 1-0) vs. Southern Peninsula Sharks (6th, 0-1)
Sandringham Sabres (3rd, 1-0) vs. Bulleen Boomers (4th, 1-0)

In the Watson pool, the clear standout game looks to be Sandringham Sabres hosting Bulleen Boomers in a third versus fourth clash. Both sides had strong wins in the opening round, and will look to make it two on the trot. Jemima O’Toole finished Round 1 with a team-high 13 points, while Boomer, Aleisha Cadee posted up 12. Top-of-the-table Knox Raiders host Southern Peninsula Sharks who narrowly went down in Round 1 in another exciting game, with Raiders’ shooter, Jaida Reid‘s 20 points the second most of anyone in Watson Pool. For the Sharks, Chantelle James finished with 17, teaming well with Bella Breen (15).

In other games, second placed Bendigo Braves will take on cellar dwellers, Eltham Wildcats; Melbourne Tigers host ninth placed Altona Gators with both sides searching for their first win, while eighth placed Frankston Blues travel to face Nunawading Spectres.

MUVJBL U16G review: Visitors spoil party in opening round

THE opening round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 girls division action saw no fear from the visiting teams as seven of a possible 10 away sides taste victory and collect the full three points.

The most notable away win was that of Knox Raiders who were too good for Eltham Wildcats. The Raiders toppled the Wildcats 66-39 at Eltham High on Friday night to kick off their season on the right note. Jaida Reid was the standout shooter for the Raiders, scoring 20 points, while Zoe De Wit, Jorja Porter and Gemma O’Donnell all contributed with nine points apiece. Ashley Vee Mrmacovski was the sole double-digit scorer for the Wildcats with 16 points.

Sandringham Sabres was another side who travelled but came home with the full points, defeating Frankston Blues 54-40. Their top three shared around the points; Jemima O’Toole (13), Maya Dear (12) and Summer Keating (11) were the key playmakers who hit the scoreboard. The Blues did not have a double-digit scorer on the night, with Georgia Mann, Bella James and Jemma Ramsdale all finishing the match with six points.

In other games in the Watson Pool, Bendigo came away with the points from Altona in a 24-points victory. The Braves were too good for the Gators, winning 57-33, as Caitlin Richardson scored 21 and April Eeles finished with 15. Chelsea Randich was the top Gators player with 11 points in the match. Nunawading Spectres knocked off Southern Peninsula by five points as Chantelle James (17 points) and Bella Breen (15) led the way. Olivia Morris (13 points) was the top scorer for the Spectres in the loss. In the final game, Bulleen Boomers also claimed a five-point win over Melbourne Tigers, with Aleisha Cadee (12 points) and Kiralee Collins (11) topping the point scorers, while Amy Kurkowski was the sole double-figure scorer with 15.

Watson Ladder:

2019 MUVJBL U16 Girls Watson Ladder


The clear standout of the Ashe Pool was Diamond Valley Eagles who were too good for Sunbury Jets. The Eagles ran out 29-point winners at home as Sophie Burrows (17 points) and Hayley Sparks (15) topped the points scorers. Charlie Grantville (eight points) and Genevieve Broadbent (seven) also contributed in the win, while Erin Condron (13 points) was the clear standout scorer for the Jets.

From a thrashing to a tight contest, Ballarat Rush got the points against Bellarine Storm in a three-point victory. It was a good night for Ballarat Milly’s as Milly Simpson sunk 13 points, while Milly Sharp finished with 12. Storm’s Aimee Wookey top-scored for her side with 11 points, while Summer Field (nine) and Charlotte Murray (eight) were productive in the unlucky loss.

Continuing the theme of away victories, Dandenong Rangers visited Kilsyth Cobras and walked away with a 14-point victory. Myah Healey was the clear top player with 23 points, while Abbey-Lee Wood (12) and Nyadiew Puoch (10) ably assisted for the Rangers. Jada Martin tried her best adding 15 points for the Cobras. Waverley Falcons won a tight five-point victory over Ringwood Hawks thanks to 24 points from Liana Kinkela. Katrina Warton was the dominant scorer from the Hawks, sinking 17 points. In the final game of the round, Hawthorn Magic recorded a four-point win over Keilor Thunder. Riana Thiele (13 points) and Ally Marshall (11) were strong for the Magic, while Tess Heal (19), Jaz Salon (17) and Amisyn Leigh (10) formed a dynamic trio but could not get the Thunder across the line.

Ashe Ladder:

2019 MUVJBL U16 Girls Ashe Ladder