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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 16

ROUND 16 of Big V Women’s saw some exciting matchups across the round with one game decided by less than five points, and the rest playing host to a couple of blowouts.

Hawthorn (63) defeated Whittlesea (61)

It was a tight encounter between Hawthorn Magic and Whittlesea with the Magic just scraping over the line by a mere two points. Hawthorn had a blistering first term of action as they piled on 23 points, while keeping the Pacers to 14. But the wheels slowly started to turn in the second with Whittlesea upping the ante to eat into the deficit. But the Pacers really applied the pressure in the third term draining a whopping 18 points to the Magic’s eight. With the game on the line it was Hawthorn that came out with a point to prove in the final to prevail.

Georgia McBean led the troops for Hawthorn producing 16 points in her 23 minutes out on court while she also recorded two steals. Sian Gillam was up to her usual tricks for the Magic nailing 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists while Emily Kurkowski was also amongst the thick of things with her 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. Although Amy O’Hara did not have a huge impact on the scoreboard she imposed herself off the boards with 11 rebounds and five blocks. For the Pacers it was Lyndsey Hoogenhout that was up and about slotting 23 points while also chiming in with 14 rebounds in an all-round complete performance. Saule Kontautaite was also a key figure for Whittlesea dropping 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Both Emily Verey and Aydah Assoum tried hard registering eight points apiece but it was not enough to get the side over the line.

McKinnon (78) defeated Hume (65)

McKinnon notched up their 10th win of the season, toppling Hume by 13 points to hold onto third spot on the ladder. It took a while for the Broncos to get going while it was a different story for McKinnon as it poured on the points early to establish a five-point lead. The Cougars inflicted more pain in the second with 24 points to 12 to all but have the game on their terms. But Hume dug deep in the second half to outscore McKinnon 36 to 32 to eat into the margin but not enough to change the outcome of the game.

Tegan Cunningham was in fine form for McKinnon topscoring with 25 points at 58 per cent from the field. She also managed eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in the win. Teammate Amelia Todhunter was also a commanding force with her 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals while the next best was Roise Fadljevic who slotted 10 points in her 30 minutes out on court. Morgan Ili was down on her points scoring total draining just the eight but really upped the ante off the boards with 13 rebounds. Leilani Siamoa was the go to girl for the Broncos with her 13 points and three rebounds while Tashia Overby was also a main contributor thanks to her 12 points at 44 per cent from the field. Hailey Wynd slotted nine in her 31 minutes out on court while also racked up seven rebounds in the loss.

Casey (75) defeated by Bulleen (88)

Bulleen continued its run of hot form recording yet another win this time over the fourth placed Casey. Playing in front of a home crowd, Casey got off to a good start establishing a three-point lead. That momentum was short lived though as the Boomers hit back in the second quarter with a dominant 26 points to 17 term. Not only did they level the scores but so too stole the lead at half-time which continued into the third as they put on an absolute clinic. Casey only managed a mere eight points in the third and while they improved their output in the fourth the game was all but over.

It was once again Shereesha Richards that topped the table for Casey producing 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists as fellow teammate Rachel Bell also hit her straps with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Taylor Lee was influential with her 15 points at 46 per cent from the field as Tegan Fowler also managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with her 11 points and five rebounds. It is no surprise that Rebecca Cole was in scintillating form for Bulleen registering a game-high 33 points to accompany her four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Louella Tomlinson amassed yet another double-double with her 19 points and 11 rebounds – 10 of which were defensive while the ever-reliable Kate Gaze also chimed in with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Sunbury (80) defeated Keilor (67)

Sunbury Jets got the last laugh with a win over Keilor Thunder in what was a see-sawing affair. The Thunder snuck out to an early two-point lead which was short lived as the Jets rallied in the second with 26 points to 15. They continued that trajectory in the third to push ahead by 15 points and all but secure the win. Although the Thunder mounted somewhat of a comeback in the final term it was too little, too late.

Jacinta Beckley was up to her usual tricks producing 30 points at an impressive 58 per cent accuracy from the field. She also registered six rebounds in the win. Courtney Wragg was another one that featured highly in the points scoring front for Sunbury notching up 18 points including seven straight from the free throw line. Wragg also amassed six rebounds, four assists and two steals in what was a complete performance. Teammate Bianca Dufelmeier was in fine form sinking 12 points in her 22 minutes out on court, while Tess Barnes did not skip a beat picking up six rebounds all of which were defensive. Ellen Kett was up and about for Keilor draining 22 points while she also racked up an impressive 11 rebounds and five assists. Emily Suckling and Ane Aldalur Soto chimed in with 10 points apiece to keep the Thunder in the hunt while Zoe Zwerling also got busy in her 19 minutes out on court with her eight points, two rebounds and two assists.

Wyndham (95) defeated Southern Peninsula (72)

The final game of the round saw Wyndham reign supreme as they toppled Southern Peninsula by a convincing 23 points. Wyndham only sit two places above the Sharks on the ladder but kicked things up a gear in this performance to monopolise the play. it was neck and neck in the first term with neither side able to break free, while the second quarter was just as intense. But things really blew open in the third as Wyndham added a whopping 37 points to 13 to steal the ascendancy. Southern Peninsula simply had no answers and while they upped the ante in the final stanza there was no coming back as they suffered another loss.

There were plenty of options for Wyndham when it came to scoring as four players hit double-digits. Lauren Jones was the most explosive player out on court for Wyndham finishing with 24 points to her name in under 30 minutes as Jessica Scannell imposed herself with 18 points at 60 per cent from the field. Georgia Tauschke had a good day out on court sinking 14 points while also lending a hand off the boards with her eight rebounds and two steals. The only other player to reach double figures was Nicola Handreck who drained 13 points while also picking up seven rebounds. For the Sharks it was Raynisha Washington that paved the way with her game-high 27 points at 65 per cent from the field. Tanarly Hood was influential once again producing 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Ashleigh Wright slotted 12 points in the loss.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 15

ROUND 15 of the Big V Women’s saw a couple of surprise results with Sunbury handed their second loss of the season while Bulleen prevailed in a tight one. Unfortunately Whittlesea failed to notch up their first win for the season, handed a hefty loss.

Southern Peninsula (64) defeated Hawthorn (61)

It was a close contest between Southern Peninsula and Hawthorn as the Sharks just snuck over the line with a three-point win. It was a topsy-turvy game to say the least with the Magic holding the ascendancy early, up by eight points at quarter time. But Southern Peninsula worked their way back into the contest into the second to level the ledger. This momentum swung back and forth until the Sharks put the foot down in the final quarter with a huge 23 point to 14 term gifting them the win.

Rayinsha Washington was the most prolific scorer out on court for the Sharks draining 22 points in her 35 minutes while also picking up 10 rebounds to collect a double-double. Tanarly Hood was her usual consistent self for Southern Peninsula producing 14 points at 29 per cent from the field. She also picked up seven rebounds and six assists in an all-round complete performance. Fiona Darnell was the other key cog for the Sharks dropping 12 points as both Ashleigh Wright and Tamara Matecic sunk seven points each. For the Magic it was Bella Niven-Brown that led the charge thanks to her 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals. Ella Crump was not far off the pace with 11 points and four assists while Sian Gillam sunk 10 points in her 20 minutes out on court. Gillam also got busy with her five rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Wyndham (111) defeated Whittlesea (51)

It was a white-wash to say the least as Wyndham put Whittlesea to the sword and claimed a thumping 50-point win. Wyndham burst out of the blocks nice and early and did not relent on their pressure steadily growing the margin. A 15-point lead at quarter time turned into a 22-point margin by half time but Wyndham were not done yet inflicting more pain in the second half. The most damaging quarter was the last as they piled on a whopping 35 points to 11.

There was no shortage of points scorers for Wyndham as five players reached double-digits. Jessica Scannell was the most dominant of the lot producing 27 points at 82 per cent from the field while Jessica Slade also got busy with her 21 points in 22 minutes. Slade also racked up 10 rebounds with five offensive and five defensive highlighting her capacity to play both roles. Courtney Middap wasted no time finding the basket to finish with 18 points while Lauren Jones chimed in with a handy 11 points. Teammate Sarah Drane was the other player to finish with 10 points to her for the victors. The number 15 proved to be the magic one for the Pacers as three players in Emily Verey, Saule Kontautaite and Sarsha Follaccahio all slotted 15 points apiece. The scoring fell off after that as Lauren Killmister was the sole other player to register any points with six to her name and three rebounds.

Hume (54) defeated by Casey (93)

A blistering first quarter all but gifted Casey the win as they poured on 25 points to six. Their dominance filtered into the second quarter as Casey added another 27 points while the Broncos could only manage 16 albeit an improved effort in comparison to their opening term. Although the scoring dried up a little bit in the third, Casey still had control of the play and refused to take the foot off the pedal as they romped home a 39 point win.

Although every single player managed to hit the scoreboard for Hume it was not enough to generate enough scoring power. Sophie Byrnes was the most dynamic with her 11 points, two rebounds and three assists while both Hailey Wynd and Charlotte Lord slotted eight points apiece with the former amassing 10 rebounds. Leilani Siamoa was up to her usual tricks for Hume as she recorded nine points but also reeled in five rebounds. It was a one woman show for Casey as Rachel Bell unlocked her full scoring potential with a whopping 39 points at 65 per cent from the field. Bell also registered seven rebounds and three assists as Rebekka Mawdsley also producing 14 points at an impressive 83 per cent. Taylor Lee was influential in the win with her 12 points as Tegan Fowler got busy credit to her nine points and nine rebounds.

Sunbury (66) defeated McKinnon (74)

The contest between Sunbury and McKinnon was enthralling as the lead chopped and changed. But in the end it was McKinnon who got the chocolates thanks to a second half comeback. The Jets were off to the races early creating some scoreboard separation before McKinnon worked in overdrive to peg the margin back. Down by five points at half time McKinnon turned on the afterburners pouring on 20 points to nine to steal the lead. With the momentum in their favour heading into the last quarter McKinnon continued to push recording their ninth win for the season.

The Jets had a couple of key contributors with Jacinta Beckley draining 26 points in her 35 minutes out on court while she also recorded six rebounds. Orla O’Reilly was the next best for Sunbury producing 10 points at 41 per cent from the field to accompany her 12 rebounds as Courtney Wragg was down on her usual standards but still managed eight points in the loss. Amelia Todhunter proved to be a thorn in the Jets’ side draining 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists in her teams win. Teammate Morgan Ili also found her groove with 11 points and seven rebounds as Tegan Cunningham imposed herself off the boards with 12 rebounds to her name.

Keilor (71) defeated Bulleen (80)

The final game of the round was decided by nine points at Keilor fell to the top of the table Bulleen. It was always going to be a hot contest and the game definitely lived up to the hype with a mere point separating the two at quarter time. The Thunder then activated some attacking rhythm in the second to steal the lead and create a three point lead. but the class of the Boomers shone through in the third as they reversed the scoreline and got in-front which they continued in the final stanza credit to a 22 point to 15 term.

Ellen Kett was up and about for the Thunder as she slotted 24 points at 57 per cent from the field. It did not stop there for Kett as she secured 10 rebounds and nine assists falling just short of a triple-double. Ally Keating was strong for Keilor with her 18 points and five rebounds as Jess Francke got busy with her 10 points and five rebounds. It was the big three for the Boomers that once again stood up to the plate with Rebecca Cole, Louella Tomlinson and Kate Gaze leading the charge. Cole nailed 27 points and six rebounds as Cole slotted 24 points and 11 rebounds on her way to a double-double. Gaze chimed in with 20 points as Hailey Merrigan starred off the boards with her 12 rebounds, nine of which were defensive.

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 14

THE Big V Women’s returned this week after a couple of weeks off due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and it did not disappoint. There were a couple of big results as Sunbury and Bulleen continued their winning ways.

Southern Peninsula (52) defeated by Keilor (66)

Keilor Thunder picked up where they left off with a strong win over Southern Peninsula. The Sharks got the jump on the Thunder early before the Thunder showcased their class to work their way back into the contest and steal the momentum. They did not hit their stride until the third term where they piled on 27 points to five highlighting both their scoring prowess and defensive nous.

Tanarly Hood was once again a commanding force for the Sharks, producing 17 points at 54 per cent from the field while she also reeled in eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Raynisha Washington was solid with her 11 point as Ashleigh Wright plied her trade for Southern Peninsula racking up 10 points, seven points all of which were defensive and two steals. But that is where the scoring stopped while for Keilor they had a number of bigtime players. Bianca Babic topscored for the winners with 14 points and three rebounds as Zoe Zwerling made her presence felt sinking 13 points in her 18 minutes out on court. Zwerling was influential off the boards with four rebounds while she also accumulated two assists. Emily Suckling got busy with her 11 points at a lowly 29 per cent from the field as Ally Keating worked hard in the win for her seven points, six rebounds and three assists.

Wyndham (67) defeated Casey (85)

Casey toppled Wyndham by 17 points in what was a seesawing affair. Wyndham had the upper hand in the opening half putting out a scintillating performance in the second term to open up a 10-point lead. But Casey were not about to go down without a fight coming out with a vengeance in the second half. A dominant third term saw them peg back the margin while their final term of 30 points all but left Wyndham in the lurch as they powered home to a big win.

Nicola Handreck was the main scorer for Wyndham finishing with 18 points to her name and could have had more had she been accurate from three-point range only nailing one of her 11 attempts. Courtney Middap was also in the thick of things producing 14 points at 55 per cent from the field along with six rebounds and one steal. Lauren Jones and Georgia Tauschke both managed 11 points apiece with the latter also plying her trade off the boards thanks to her eight rebounds. It was a stunning performance by Rachel Bell who led the charge for Casey racking up a whopping 33 points and eight rebounds in an all-round impressive performance. Shereesha Richards found her groove nailing 20 points at 63 per cent from the field and also picked up 12 rebounds to walk away with a double-double. Taylor Lee was the sole other player to reach double-digits slotting 14 points.

Hume (69) defeated by Sunbury (91)

Sunbury got the job done against Hume claiming a dominant win to keep them in a damaging position on the ladder. The first quarter was close with only point separating the two sides before the Jets kicked into gear and exposed their opponents. The second half was strong from Sunbury as they poured on 41 points to the Broncos’ 25 as Hume simply could not compete for a full four quarters.

Sunbury had a number of players step up to the plate and lead the way with Jacinta Beckley impressing thanks to her 26 points at 60 per cent from the field. She also racked up five rebounds and two assists while Bianca Dufelmeier also had a profound impact with her 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. Orla O’Reilly  showcased her class to rack up 14 points while Emily Conn chimed in with a handy 11 points in the win. Charlotte Lord and Sophie Byrnes shared the topscoring gong for the Broncos with 17 points while Jessica Azzopardi had an impact with her 12 points. Hailey Wynd was down on her scoring output but still managed to have an influence with her 13 rebounds.

McKinnon (89) defeated Hawthorn (44)

McKinnon held the ascendancy from the opening quarter and did not relent throughout as they continued to mount pressure. Establishing a five-point lead at quarter time McKinnon went on a tear in the second term, keeping the Magic scoreless while adding 25 points themselves. It did not stop there as they further put the foot down in the third and while Hawthorn pegged the deficit back marginally in the last it was too little, too late.

McKinnon shared the points around with five players hitting the scoreboard in a big way. Tegan Cunningham had a hot hand with her 18 points and 13 rebounds while Ebony McMillan also played a strong role with 14 points and five rebounds. Both Katie Bluzer and Amelia Todhunter knocked back 13 points with the latter also reeling in seven rebounds and three assists. Bella Niven-Brown was the most prolific shooter for the Magic sinking 15 points at 35 per cent from the field while Amy O’Hara was the next best with her 11 points and 10 rebounds to walk away with a double-double.

Whittlesea (58) defeated Bulleen (86)

The final game of the round saw Bulleen Boomers defeat the lowly Whittlesea Pacers. It was a one-sided affair with the Boomers jumping out of the gates nice and early and not looking back. A 30 point to 13 term set them up for the win as Bulleen steadily added to their total throughout the contest and while they took their foot off the pedal in the final quarter the Boomers had already sealed the deal.

Kate Gaze wasted no time imposing herself for the Boomers draining 32 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals in a complete performance. Kayla Vitale was the next best for the winners sinking 16 points and two rebounds as Louella Tomlinson also shone with her crafty play to amass 13 points, six rebounds – all of which were defensive – six assists, three steals and four blocks. It was the usual suspects for Whittlesea with Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout impressing. Kontautaite topped the table with 22 points while Hoogenhout knocked back 12 points as Emily Verey chimed in with a double-double credit to her 14 points and 18 rebounds.

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 9

ROUND 9 rolled around in Big V Women’s with a number of blowout margins dictating the round. Sunbury also got back on the winner’s list after falling off last week with a shock loss while Hume Broncos snuck home with a narrow seven-point victory to edge their way up the ladder.

Wyndham (73) defeated by Bulleen (85)

Bulleen recorded their eighth win of the season to hold firm on second spot, downing Wyndham by 12 points. The Boomers raced out to an early lead piling on 25 points to 18 and while they looked to build on that in the second Wyndham had other plans as they inched their way back into the contest. The class of Bulleen once again rose to the top as they poured on the scoreboard pressure in the third term to create a handy 13 point buffer. With the game all but over both sides engaged in a bit of back and forth and while Wyndham outscored their opponents in the final term, it was the Boomers that ran out with the win.

Nicola Handreck proved to be the go-to girl for Wyndham as she top-scored with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a strong performance. Teammates Courtney Midapp and Georgia Taushke also got involved in the play with 16 and 12 points respectively as the latter also racked up eight defensive rebounds. Jessica Scannell worked hard for her eight points but could have been more accurate only converting at 25 per cent from the field. Looking at the Boomers and it was another scintillating performance from Rebecca Cole as she dominated credit to her 33 points. Cole was a real menace and while she lacked the accuracy sitting at a 39 per cent clip she was not denied opportunity as she spurred her side onto victory. Cole also picked up 11 rebounds as Kate Gaze also got busy for Bulleen thanks to her 21 points with her long range shooting on point draining three of her four attempts. Louella Tomlinson recorded another double-double producing 13 points and 10 rebounds all of which were defensive.

Hume (63) defeated Hawthorn (54)

Hume Broncos prevailed in a hard slog against Hawthorn with both sides struggling to generate much scoreboard power in the first half. Both sides struggled to find the basket in the second quarter with nine and five points scored respectively in a relatively low scoring affair. However, scoring freed up in the second half and while the Magic were the first team to strike it was short lived as the Broncos came to play in the final term piling on 23 points to 14. They showcased plenty of grit and determination to work their way back into the contest and steal the win.

Jessica Azzopardi was the main influence on the scoreboard for Hume sinking 15 points while also picking up six rebounds and four steals. Tashia Overby plied her trade registering 12 points as Sophie Byrnes was influential draining 11 points of her own in the win. Although Hailey Wynd was not as productive on the scoring front finishing with seven points she showcased her strength off the boards with 11. For the Magic it was Bella Niven-Brown that forged the path stacking on 16 points at 54 per cent from the field. She fell just short of a double-double amassing nine rebounds while teammate Ella Crump also got busy with 12 points. Sian Gallam was the only other player to reach double-digits credit to her 10 points.

Casey (108) defeated Southern Peninsula (52)

It was a comprehensive victory by Casey who ran rampant against the struggling Southern Peninsula to secure a 56-point win. It was a one-sided affair as Casey controlled proceedings from the get-go leaving the Sharks looking for answers. Casey rendered the Sharks to 15 points or below every quarter while they did not drop below 26 points, a clear testament of their attacking nous and skillset. Their best quarter came in the last when the home side notched up 27 points while putting the clamp on their opponents to keep them to a mere 11.

Once again it was the Shereesha Richards show as she drained a whopping 36 points at 56 per cent from the field. Richards was a real livewire, setting up a wealth of attacking forays as shown through her 13 offensive rebounds and backing herself at every opportunity. Her defensive tendencies also came to the fore as she pulled in four additional rebounds and racked up four steals. She received plenty of support from Rachel Bell, who well and truly found her groove thanks to her 29 points and nine rebounds as Georgia Koopmans was no slouch with her 20 points. Myra Wood was the only Sharks player able to get out of single-digits piling on 10 points while Ashleigh Wright and Jayde Popovski worked in overdrive to produce nine points apiece. Tanarly Hood was quiet by her lofty standards recording eight points, five rebounds and four assists.

McKinnon (84) defeated Whittlesea (45)

McKinnon notched up yet another win, as Whittlesea sit anchored to the bottom of the ladder going down by 39 points. It was McKinnon’s game to lose given they sit higher on the ladder and all expectations were on them and they did not disappoint, coming out with a real pep in their step from the opening buzzer. McKinnon won every single quarter and really flexed their muscles in the third when they sunk 20 points and kept the Pacers to a mere seven. Although Whittlesea showed some grit in the fourth stanza to only go down by two points (14-12) the game was all but done.

The scoring load was well shared amongst a trio of players for McKinnon with Tegan Cunningham, Tara Bruno and Hana Bektas all making their presence felt. Cunningham led the way with a team-high 21 points and did so at an impressive accuracy rate of 73 from the field. Cunningham also managed seven rebounds in her outing as teammate Bektas managed 18 points and 13 rebounds to walk away with a double-double. Bruno notched up 16 points while Amelia Todhunter did not have the same impact finishing with just seven points, four rebounds and five steals in the win. Lyndsey Hoogenhout once again stepped up to the plate for the Pacers despite the disappointing loss racking up 12 points and a whopping 15 rebounds. Emily Verey also got busy with 10 points in her 25 minutes on court while Saule Kontautaite was solid

Keilor (52) defeated Sunbury (80)

The final game of the round saw Sunbury topple Keilor Thunder by 28 points. After a relatively even start to the game which saw Keilor up at half time Sunbury shifted gears in the second half determined not to drop their second game in a row. In fact the Jets blew the Thunder away limiting them to a mere 17 points while they stacked on a whopping 47 points of their own. It was a game of two halves with the Thunder unable to combat anything the Jets threw at them.

Keilor spread the love when it came to points scorers as Bianca Babic, Emily Suckling and Ellen Kett all plied their trade. Babic finished with a team-high 14 points as Suckling slotted 12 and Kett managed 10 to accompany her eight rebounds and seven assists. For the Jets the combination of Jacinta Beckley and Bianca Dufelmeier worked wonders as they produced 19 points apiece. Beckley shot at 47 per cent from the field and also recorded nine rebounds and four assists as Dufelmeier shot at a 55 per cent clip and walked away with six rebounds to her name. Tess Barnes was a helping hand contributing nine points to the Jets’ winning score while Orla O’Reilly also chimed in with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Round 10:

The upcoming Round of Big V is set to be an enthralling one as Hawthorn and Bulleen lock horns while the clash between Hume and Whittlesea will draw plenty of attention with the latter still on the hunt for their first win. Wyndham and Keilor will battle it out as Keilor look to get back on the winners list as a tantalising clash between top of the table and third placed Casey is set to ensue. The final game of the round sees McKinnon take on Southern Peninsula who will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing loss.

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 8

ROUND 8 of the Big V Women’s saw McKinnon land one of the biggest upsets of the season, downing Sunbury Jets to end their unbeaten run. Meanwhile, Whittlesea are still on the search for their first win after Southern Peninsula notched up another victory.

Southern Peninsula (73) defeated Whittlesea (52)

Southern Peninsula ensured that Whittlesea remain at the bottom of the ladder securing their third win of the season while the Pacers are still on the hunt for their first. It was an even start to the contest with only two points separating the two sides at quarter time, and while the lead was in favour of Whittlesea that all steadily changed as the match went on. The real onslaught came in the final term when the Sharks piled on a whopping 23 points to nine to run out victorious.

The combination of Ashleigh Wright and Tanalry Hood was at its damaging best as the duo found the basket with ease sinking 17 and 16 points respectively. Hood could have had a triple double but fell just short thanks to her 12 rounds and nine assists to accompany her 16 points. Mikaela Watson got busy with 23 points of her own in her 26 minutes of court while she also pulled down seven rebounds. For Whittlesea it was the familiar faces in Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout that kept their side within touching distance. Kontautaite led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds while Hoogenhout also made her presence felt collecting 12 rebounds and 14 points. Emily Verey worked tirelessly sinking 12 points but it was not enough to worry Southern Peninsula.

 Casey (77) defeated Wyndham (62)

Casey and Wyndham went toe-to-toe in a high scoring affair before things mellowed out for both sides. Casey mounted the pressure in the opening term, establishing an eight point lead and continued that scoring momentum into the second quarter to hold a commanding 13-point lead heading into the main break. Casey were not able to replicate the same scoring prowess in the second half as Wyndham upped the ante but still fell short given Casey’s composure under pressure.

Casey had four players hit double-figures with livewire Shereesha Richards once again monopolising the play with her scoring impact. Richards had the ball on a string notching up a game high 25 points at 63 per cent from the field while her accuracy from the charity stripe was also impressive going at an 83 per cent clip. Richards received support from the likes of Rachel Bell (16 points, four rebounds, three assists) and Georgia Koopmans with 15 points. Dakota Crichton was the only other player to sink 10 points in the win while also amassing eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Nicola Handreck was a workhorse for Wyndham posting 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in the loss while partner in crime Courtney Middap chimed in with a handy 13 point in her 38 minutes on court. Georgia Tauschke was not as damaging on the scoreboard as usual but still produced big numbers off the boards with 11 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive, while also amassing four steals.

Bulleen (87) defeated Hume (68)

It was a one-sided affair between the second placed Bulleen and eighth placed Hume with the Boomers walking away with a 19 point victory to their name. They burst out of the gates and did not look like slowing down at any stage. However the Broncos did rally mounting somewhat of a third quarter revival to win the term 21-15. But that thought was quickly squashed as Bulleen answered the call in the final term to produce a 23 point to 14 term.

It was a masterclass from WNBL talent Rebecca Cole who simply could not be denied with ball in hand. Cole starred with a game-high 38 points while also collecting six rebounds and four steals. Louella Tomlinson also put on a show with her 20 points at 64 per cent from the field to accompany her eight rebounds and four blocks while Kate Gaze was the other one to get busy with her 13 points and six rebounds. Sophie Byrnes tried her darnedest for Hume registering 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals as teammate Hailey Wynd was also a force to be reckoned with credit to her 15 points and four steals. In her 10 minutes on court Charlotte Lord had an impact draining nine points as Leilani Siamoa was down on her usually high production rates only managing eight points and two rebounds.

McKinnon (72) defeated Sunbury (67)

Sunbury were handed their first loss of the season as McKinnon ran rampant to ruin the Jets’ unblemished record. Sunbury raced out to an early lead only for McKinnon to peg back the margin in the second. Neither side could be separated in the third quarter shooting 14 points each with the game blown wide open in the final quarter as McKinnon found their shooting range to edge ahead and steal the win.

With four players hitting the double-digit mark, McKinnon showcased an ability to share the rock around as both Amelia Todhunter and Rosie Fadljevic secured 15 points each. Both shot at 50 per cent or more from the field highlighting their overall control on the tempo of the game with Todhunter influencing off the boards with her six rebounds and four steals. Claire Ioannidis got busy with 13 points in 25 minutes as Tegan Cunningham provided a helping hand with seven rebounds and 12 points at 50 per cent from the field. Jacinta Beckley stepped up to the plate with 18 points and 12 rebounds in a strong showing to try and keep her sides undefeated record intact. Bianca Dufelmeier helped led the charge for Sunbury posting 17 points while Orla O’Reilly was the next best with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Keilor (74) defeated Hawthorn (58)

Keilor flexed their muscles and proved why they sit higher on the ladder than their opponents with a resounding win over Hawthorn. After a tighter than expected first quarter, Keilor kicked it up a gear in the following three to create some much needed separation on the scoreboard. The Thunder’s best term of play came in the final stanza as they piled on 21 points to eight in a testament to their defensive prowess and attacking capacity.

Bianca Babic proved to have a hot hand for the Thunder draining 24 points while also reeling in the rebounds with 10 to her name. Ellen Kett was influential with her 16 points as Emily Suckling found her mojo credit to her 14 points. Kett could have had a triple-double had things gone to plan finishing with 11 rebounds and eight assists. Bella Niven-Brown was the most prominent shooter for the Magic converting 21 points at 44 per cent from the field and also collecting 10 rebounds. Amy O’Hara also had a profound impact racking up 17 rebounds and 11 points as Ella Crump got busy with her nine points in 30 minutes.

Round 9:

Bulleen will be eager to impress and claim another win in their clash against Wyndham as a bottom of the table clash between Hume and Magic will be interesting to watch. Casey and Southern Peninsula go head to head while Whittlesea will have to be on high alert as McKinnon will be on a high after knocking off the top of the table Jets. Expect a high-octane battle between Keilor and Sunbury as the latter hopes to return to its winning ways.

Big V Women’s wrap: Round 7

IT was another action-packed round of Big V Women’s with blowout performances from Sunbury, Wyndham and McKinnon dictating the round. Whittlesea are still sitting at the bottom of the ladder while Bulleen also secured a handy win.

Hume (63) defeated by Keilor (65)

The clash between Hume and Keilor went right down to the wire as only two points separated the sides at full time. With Keilor sitting higher on the ladder, the Broncos came out with a point to prove and that was that they could mix it with the best in the business. They claimed an early one-point lead and while the Thunder hit back in the second with a 17 to 13 point term the Broncos were not done with yet. It all came down to the final term with Keilor eager to secure the win and throwing everything they had at Hume to steal the narrow victory.

Efforts from Hailey Wynd and Jessica Azzopardi spurred the home side on with Wynd dominating with 18 points. Wynd was the main playmaker for the Broncos shooting at 62 per cent from the field while also reeling in a whopping 19 rebounds, 15 of which were defensive. It did not stop there as she also recorded three blocks. Azzopardi was handy with nine points as Leilani Siamoa chimed in with nine of her own along with four rebounds in the loss. Even contributions from a host of players is what got the Thunder over the line as Ellen Kett starred with 15 points, failing just short of a triple-double with 11 rebounds and nine assists. Emily Suckling was in just about everything to finish with 12 points as teammate Zoe Zwerling found the basket with relative ease for 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Southern Peninsula (52) defeated by Wyndham (94)

Wyndham recorded their second win of the season, defeating Southern Peninsula by an impressive 42 points in what was a strong showing. Wyndham blew the Sharks out of the water in the opening term piling on a whopping 32 points to 16 and asserting themselves nice and early. They maintained this level of attacking pressure throughout the game as they looked to build momentum and keep Southern Peninsula on the back foot.

When it comes to top contributors for the Sharks it was Ashleigh Wright that led the charge posting 16 points in her 28 minutes out on court. Her accuracy wavered however, sitting at a lowly 39 per cent from the field. Teammate Tanarly Hood continued her consistent start to the season with another 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals as Fiona Darnell also got busy, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, but it was not enough to worry their opponents. Wyndham had no shortage of contributors with six players all reaching double digits. Courtney Middap was proficient for Wyndham in the win with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals. She was not alone as Nicola Handreck impressed with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Jamilee Pearce was her usual self, producing 14 points as Georgia Tauschke found her groove with 13 points of her own. The final player to reach double figures was Sam Moodie who registered 10 points and five rebounds in her 13 minutes on court.

Hawthorn (60) defeated by McKinnon (83)

McKinnon bounced back after a disappointing Round 6 loss, defeating Hawthorn comfortably by 23 points. McKinnon raced out of the blocks against the lower-ranked Magic and did not relent with their pressure and eagerness to score evident. Although things got tighter in the second and third term respectively, McKinnon put their foot down in the final quarter draining 26 points to 16 to run out with their fourth win for the season.

Bella Niven-Brown proved to have a hot hand for Hawthorn sinking a team-high 17 points while also managing seven rebounds in the loss. Amy O’Hara was the next best for the Magic as she recorded nine points and five rebounds while Sian Gillam worked gallantly for her eight points and seven rebounds. For McKinnon it was Amelia Todhunter that led the charge credit to 22 points at 64 per cent from the field. She also racked up nine rebounds and three steals in the win. Morgan Ili was another strong presence for McKinnon draining a handy 20 points at 73 per cent along with eight rebounds. Claire Ioannidis made her presence felt with 12 points as Isobel Anstey also got busy off the boards to finish with 10 rebounds.

Whittlesea (38) defeated by Sunbury (96)

Sunbury once again proved why they are top of the table with a resounding win over the last placed Whittlesea Pacers. The victory is Sunbury’s seventh straight, with the side yet to drop a game all season while the Pacers remain winless. It was all one-way traffic for Sunbury from the opening stanza and only got better as the game went on, dominating the second term with a 29 to nine point effort. They put the final nail in the coffin in the last quarter as they shut down the ball movement from the Pacers, keeping them to a mere six points while adding 21 to their own tally.

Lyndsey Hoogenhout did the most damage for the Pacers with 14 points but converted at a lowly 32 per cent. Hoogenhout got a hand in just about everything racking up eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Both Lauren Killmister and Jayde Illievski put on six points each but it hardly troubled the scoreboard. For the Jets the effort from Orla O’Reilly could not be matched as she stacked on 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Bianca Dufelmeier chimed in with a commanding 22 points at 60 per cent from the field while also amassing three rebounds, four steals and four assists. Hannah Mrakov and Jacinta Beckley both got busy with 14 and 12 points respectively in the win.

Bulleen (84) defeated Casey (72)  

The top of the table battle brought plenty of intensity and excitement as the Boomers got the job done against Casey. Bulleen handed Casey only their second loss of the season while they managed to string together their second consecutive win. Creating an eight point lead at the first break, Bulleen worked hard to maintain it however Casey showed their class to rally and reduce the buffer to four at half time. But that was short lived as the Boomers held onto the momentum in the second half, sinking 29 points to 22 in the third term alone to re-establish that much needed buffer.

Once again the efforts from WNBL stars Rebecca Cole and Louella Tomlinson stood tall and dominated the scoring. Cole nailed 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in what was an all-round stellar performance. Tomlinson also played a vital role with her double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kate Gaze showcased her skill with 20 points at 50 per cent from the field as Annie Garrick sunk 11 points of her own in the win. Shereesha Richards was her dominant best, single-handedly spurring her side on thanks to her 27 points and 10 rebounds. She received some support from Rachel Bell with 16 points as Alannah Gillespie slotted 14 points.

Round 8

It will be a battle of the bottom sides as Southern Peninsula and Whittlesea lock horns while Casey and Wyndham get proceedings underway at Casey Stadium. Sunbury will be aiming to make it eight straight with a win over McKinnon as Bulleen hope to stay in touching distance of the Jets with a win against the lowly Broncos. The final game of the round sees Keilor host Hawthorn.

Big V Women’s wrap: Round 5

BULLEEN Boomers’ unbeaten start to the season came undone against the Jets as they made it five wins straight in Round 5 of the Big V Women’s. Casey also impressed while McKinnon just got over the line in a big clash against Hume.

Keilor (103) defeated Southern Peninsula (67)

It was a multi-pronged effort from the Thunder that gifted them a 36-point win, controlling momentum throughout the match. They made their presence felt from the opening term of play and only got better as time went on blowing Southern Peninsula away in the second term(34-14)  to really put the pressure on. The Thunder never really lost control of the game and although thy were challenged in patches proved to have the star players across the court that were able to deliver the goods.

The Thunder duo of Emily Suckling and Bianca Babic were once again proving too hot to handle as they combined for 42 points with an even split of 21 each. Suckling was the less accurate of the two converting at 53 per cent from the field but still managed to register three assists and three rebounds. Babic on the other hand went at a 58 per cent clip and recorded five rebounds. But when it comes to craft court play and assists look no further then Ellen Kett who was simply in a league of her own recording a blistering 18 dines along with eight rebounds and eight points. Olivia Tsantarlis, Ebony Sans and Ane Aldalur Soto featured highly on the points-scoring list with 12, 10 and 10 points scored apiece. It was a tough day at the office for Southern Peninsula but Tanarly Hood was a real leader knocking back 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal in a losing effort. She was assisted by the likes of Ashleigh Wright (14 points) and Annaliese Rogers (11 points) as the side struggled to worry their opponents given their lack of potency.

Hume (72) defeated by McKinnon (77)

McKinnon and Hume put on a spectacle with McKinnon mounting a comeback in the second half to steal the win and keep the Broncos on one win for the season. Hume did all the running in the first quarter creating a 10-point lead thanks to their ability to hit the scoreboard and keep McKinnon away from nailing easy baskets. But that momentum was short-lived as McKinnon worked their way back into the contest with some bold plays and really put the foot down in the third term keeping their opponents to a mere nine points. With it all to play for in the final term, it was McKinnon that kept the good times rolling as the bypassed the Broncos and notched up their third win for the season.

Sophie Byrnes led the troops for the Broncos sinking 16 points in her 26 minutes on court while both Leilani Siamoa and Hailey Wynd got busy with their 11 points each. Siamoa also produced 10 rebounds and two steals as Wynd had a day out off the boards with 13 rebounds, 12 of them defensive. Ellen Wright was once again amongst the top players thanks to her nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. For McKinnon it was Amelia Todhunter who did the heavy lifting, and although she finished with a game-high 25 points, she could have had a lot more given her accuracy was only 33 per cent. Morgan Ili was also a force to be reckoned with in the win sinking 21 points to go in hand with her 11 rebounds. Isobel Anstey was the only other player to make it out of single figures thanks to her 13 points and imposed herself off the boards racking up 10 rebounds.

Casey (99) defeated Whittlesea (62)

Casey made it three wins on the trot defeating Whittlesea in style after a sluggish start to the game. The Pacers snuck out to an early lead but that was short lived as Casey turned the tables in the second quarter to not only steal back the lead but so too claim some ascendancy. It did not get any easier for Whittlesea as Casey went on a tear in the second piling on 34 points to 14 and maintained that level of momentum in the final as they ran out 37-point winners in a strong showing of grit and determination to wear their opposition down.

Another day, another Shereesha Richards show with the Casey representative absolutely tearing it up in the win. She produced a scintillating 43 points at 83 per cent from the field and did not look like slowing down throughout the contest. Her endurance and hunt for the ball was evident as she constantly looked to attack the rim and made her presence felt off the boards with a whopping 21 rebounds -10 offensive and 11 defensive – in a complete performance. Although Richards’ efforts took centre stage, Alannah Gillespie worked hard for her 14 points as did Sarah Parsons (12 points), Rebekka Mawdsley (12 points) and Tegan Fowler (11 points) to secure the win for their side. Sarsha Follacchio was the topscorer for Whittlesea sinking 16 points and converting at 50 per cent while Saule Kontautaite continued her hot start to the season producing another 12 points in her 40 minutes on court. The next best was Emily Verey with eight points as Whittlesea struggled to put up a competitive score.

Sunbury (93) defeated Bulleen (63)

Sunbury shocked Bulleen with a dominant 30-point win, putting a stop to their undefeated start to the season. After an even first term of play, the Jets started to pull away in the second quarter adding 24 points to their tally while keeping the Boomers to 15.  This level of intensity and scoring prowess trickled into the third as Sunbury proved relentless in attack and impressive in defence to once again reduce the impact of Bulleen. The final term saw much of the same with the Boomers unable to quell the influence of Sunbury as they stretched the lead even further and ran rampant to record their fifth win of the season.

There were four main contributors for Sunbury with Orla O’Reilly shaping as a force to be reckoned with given her attacking mentality and relative accuracy to keep the scoreboard ticking over. She led the way thanks to her 28 points at 64 per cent from the field, but it did not stop there as she secured a staggering 18 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jacinta Beckley was more than a helping hand for the Jets nailing 23 points in her 21 minutes on court while Emily Conn continued to ply her trade through her 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Tess Barnes was the only other player to reach double-digits with 14 points to her name in the win. Despite the best efforts of Rebecca Cole who slotted 26 points, it was not enough to worry Sunbury who seemed to have the ball on a string. Louella Tomlinson influenced the scoreboard with 15 points as Kate Gaze sunk 11 but that is where the scoring stopped.

Round 6

Southern Peninsula take on Hume in Round 6 with the former on the hunt for their third win and a chance to climb up the ladder. All eyes will turn to the battle between Keilor and Casey as the Thunder hope to topple their higher placed opponents. The two bottom sides in Whittlesea and Hawthorn are set to lock horns as McKinnon and Bulleen fight it out, with the latter hoping to return to the winner’s list. Sunbury will aim to maintain their unbeaten streak and hold onto top spot on the ladder in their matchup against Wyndham.

2021 Big V Women’s wrap: Round 4

BULLEEN managed to keep its winning streak alive notching up a fourth straight victory in Round 4 of the Big V Women’s competition. The top four battle between Casey and Keilor lived up to the hype with the two plying their trade.

Southern Peninsula (40) defeated by McKinnon (77)

McKinnon dominated in their clash against Southern Peninsula to secure their second win of the season and leapfrog their opponents on the ladder to hold onto fifth spot. McKinnon dictated the terms of the game early creating a handy eight point lead and while Southern Peninsula hit back in the second that was shortly lived, Southern Peninsula were well and truly smothered in the second half only able to register a mere 11 points while McKinnon stacked on 43 points of their own in a white wash.

Tanarly Hood continued her strong start to the season for Southern Peninsula producing a team-high 13 points. She could have had more had she been more accurate from the field only converting at 33 per cent. Ashleigh Wright was a workhorse for her 11 points, four rebounds and four steals as Abbey McNamara also added five points to the scoreboard but it did little to worry McKinnon. The victors looked to both Rosie Fadljevic and Amelia Todhunter to lead the way and put up a competitive total. Fadljevic was the main source of pain knocking back 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win while Todhunter registered 19 and eight steals. Isobel Anstey also made an impact through her 11 points in an impressive shooting display to convert at 100 per cent from the field. Claire Ioannidis also plied her trade to walk away with nine points and three rebounds.

Casey (87) defeated Keilor (68)

Casey got the job done against Keilor Thunder to earn third spot on the ladder and push their opponents down the ladder. It was a strong showing from the opening term for Casey as they peppered away at the basket to create a handy 11-point ball game to commence the first break. This momentum trickled into the second quarter before establishing a 20-point lead at half time alone. Keilor managed to cut into the deficit marginally in the third term but that was short-lived as Casey claimed bragging rights in the final stanza of play and ultimately the game itself to run out 19-point victors.

Shereesha Richards was at her damaging best once again for the winners producing a scintillating 29 points at 77 per cent while also securing 12 rebounds in an all-round impressive performance. Rachel Bell did a lot of the heavy lifting for Casey thanks to her 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. Tegan Fowler was the sole other player able to make it to double-digits thanks to her 10 points to accompany her eight rebounds and three assists. Bianca Babic was the main playmaker for the Thunder side knocking back 21 points at 40 per cent from the field. She also managed five rebounds with only Ellen Kett out-rebounding her thanks to her nine. Emily Suckling was a force to be reckoned with draining 13 points as Ally Keating also kept the scoreboard ticking over for Keilor with 11 points in 30 minutes.

Bulleen (82) defeated Wyndham (71)

Bulleen picked up where they left off downing Wyndham in another convincing performance. The Boomers made all the running in the first quarter to create a five-point lead before Wyndham worked their way back into the contest, outscoring their opponents 22-20. That momentum was only shortly lived as the Boomers came out firing in the second half, playing with some serious conviction to add to their tally and limit the opportunities for Wyndham.

It was a phenomenal performance from Kate Gaze who simply had the ball on a string. Gaze was everywhere and could not be denied scoring over half of Bulleen’s points thanks to a staggering 47-point performance. She single-handedly led her side to victory and while Louella Tomlinson chimed in with a handy 16 points and managed a triple double thanks to her 12 rebounds and 11 assists it was Gaze’s game. Gaze converted eight of her 12 attempts from down town while also reeling in five rebounds and three assists. Kate Sturzaker plied her trade in her 14 minutes on court producing eight points. The efforts of Georgia Tauschke and Courtney Middap did not go unnoticed with the pair producing 17 and 15 points respectively. Jamilee Pearce was a strong option for Wyndham registering 12 points and 10 rebounds with teammate Jessica Slade also chiming in with a handy 10 points but not enough to bypass the Boomers.

Hume (90) defeated Whittlesea (45)

It was a tough day at the office for Whittlesea Pacers as Hume doubled their score to reign supreme and claim their first win of the season. It was a convincing performance by the Broncos leading from start to finish and never giving the Pacers a chance to build any form of momentum. Keeping Whittlesea to just seven points in the first quarter while adding 22 points of their own it was clear that Hume came to play and were going to capitalise on a flailing Pacers outfit. The Broncos outscored Whittlesea every quarter in a real showing of dominance, cleanliness and star power to not give up the chase and intensity.

There were a couple of key figures for Hume that paved the way with Hailey Wynd leading the charge credit to her 19 points. She was a commanding presence off the boards as shown through her 13 rebounds while she also racked up four dimes. Ellen Wright made her mark with 12 points in her 25 minutes on court while also producing seven rebounds. Charlotte Lord contributed nine points to Hume’s winning margin as Leilani Siamoa also posted nine points of her own albeit at 44 per cent. The reliable duo in Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout were formidable for Whittlesea with 17 and 11 points respectively. Kontautaite’s game did not stop there recording a double-double with her 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 4 preview

BIG V Women’s Round 4 commences on Saturday with Hume still on the hunt for their first win of the 2021 season. Meanwhile Sunbury Jets and Keilor look to make it four on the trot and create some ladder separation on the ladder.

Southern Peninsula vs. McKinnon
Saturday, April 10 @5:00pm

Southern Peninsula is enjoying a bit of a purple patch recording two wins in a row while McKinnon is coming off a narrow one point win. Although Peninsula sit higher on the ladder thanks to its two wins to one, both sides have proven they know how to win in close contests making for an enthralling clash.

Tanarly Hood is a real playmaker for Southern Peninsula, able to play large amounts of game time and hit the scoreboard at a regular rate. Teammates Shanara Notman and Fiona Darnell have both proven to be exciting players for the Sharks with their tenacity and rebounding ability a couple of key factors. Claire Ioannidis had a game to remember last round and will be eager to replicate her form after posting 19 points and five rebounds while Amelia Todhunter can be a real game changer when given enough time and space. Todhunter was relatively quiet by her standards but that does not happen twice so expect a big performance from the Bendigo Spirit representative. Katie Bluzer and Maxine Allan are also known to chime in with some handy points.

Casey vs. Keilor
Saturday, April 10 @6:00pm

Keilor currently boast an undefeated record with three wins straight and will have no intention of ruining that streak against Casey. Casey will be ruing their missed chance from last week, narrowly going down by a point and will be chomping at the bit to make amends and assert themselves on the competition. Expect a hotly contested game between the two sides given their scoring proficiency.

There is no denying that Shereesha Richards is the go to girl for Casey, often able to light up the court with her flair and sheer determination to work her way to the basket and score. She led the way in Round 3 with 14 points and will be looking to back up that performance this round. Georgia Koopmans chimed in with a handy 10 points while Rebekka Mawdsley will be one to keep an eye on in this clash. Keilor have multiple players that are capable of demanding the ball and changing the course of a game as shown through Emily Suckling’s performance last round. Zoe Zwerling and Ally Keating are other notable names for Keilor with the pair able to knock back the points.

Bulleen vs. Wyndham
Saturday, April 10 @8:00pm

The contest between Bulleen and Wyndham will be an interesting one with Wyndham dropping the last two games and Bulleen undefeated. The Boomers are littered with star players across the court and will be looking to expose Wyndham who have lacked a sense of consistency.

Rebecca Cole was missing from action last week but her addition would push the Boomers even further ahead given her explosive nature and scoring prowess. Teammates Louella Tomlinson and Kate Gaze both stepped up in her absence and are more than capable of single-handedly controlling the outcome of a game combining for 37 points last week alone. Kaylah Pangbourne and Kayla Vitale are also point scorers for the Boomers. Courtney Middap will be hoping to continue her hot start to the season with another strong outing as will Jessica Scannell who managed 11 points. Nicola Handreck cannot be underestimated able to turn on the heat when needed to hit the scoreboard and get her side the win. But it will have to be a full team effort if they are any chance to topple the undefeated Boomers.

Hume vs. Whittlesea
Saturday, April 10 @8:00pm

It will be a battle of the winless sides as Hume and Whittlesea go head-to-head in search of their first victory for the season. The Broncos have struggled to get points on the board in season 2021 and will be hoping to rectify that issue against Whittlesea in order to claim their maiden win. Similarly, the Pacers have been unable to find any real form, and are coming off a big loss in Round 3.

Indiana Bodley is the main facilitator for the Pacers able to consistently hit the scoreboard and ply her trade at either end of the court. She racked up 21 points in Round 3 while Lyndsey Hoogenhout and Saule Kontautaite are other key players for Whittlesea. The Broncos rely on a number of players being able to step up to the plate and hit the scoreboard instead of relying on the services of one players. Leilani Siamoa is known to bob up and hit the scoreboard for the Broncos as is Hailey Wynd and Tashia Overby. Sophie Byrnes is another livewire for Hume that will be looking to get amongst the action on Saturday night.

Hawthorn vs. Sunbury
Sunday, April 11 @2:00pm

Sunbury is yet to drop a game this season and up against the winless Hawthorn could make it four wins straight. The Magic have not been successful in terms of victories so far this year but have shown glimpses of brilliance to get within touching distance of their opponents. On the other hand, the Jets have been in scintillating form, with a number of their key players hitting the scoreboard with great ease.

Emily Kurkowski is coming off a strong Round 3 performance thanks to her 14 points and five rebounds while Bella Niven-Brown is another to keep an eye on after topscoring with her 15 points. The support from the likes of Ella Crump and Gemma Fyffe will also be important if the Magic are any chance of running over the top of the unbeaten Sunbury side. there are a handful of players for the Jets that are more than capable of keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Orla O’Reilly has been a consistent figure for the Jets coming off a 15-point, three-rebound, four-assist and three-steal performance. Courtenay Wragg and Tahnee Cannan are a dynamic duo for the Jets that are able to light up the court with their points scoring capabilities as is Emily Conn.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 3

ROUND 3 of the Big V Women’s saw Sunbury and Bulleen remain undefeated notching up convincing wins in their respective outings. McKinnon registered their first win of the season with a thrilling narrow victory over Casey.

Sunbury (74) defeated Hume (47)

Sunbury made light work of Hume Broncos disposing of them by 27 points. It was a fast start by the Jets and that ultimately set the tone as Hume were forced to play catch-up and they simply could not match the output of Sunbury. The Jets played with a sense of urgency and most importantly attacking prowess to keep the scoreboard constantly ticking over and keep the game well and truly out of reach from Hume.

The Jets had no shortage of players bob up and ply their trade in the win with Orla O’Reilly leading the pack with her 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Courtenay Wragg and Emily Conn both came up big with 14 points apiece. It did not stop there for Wragg who racked up seven rebounds, four rebounds and two blocks as Conn dished off seven dimes. Tahnee Cannan was the only other player to reach double figures for the Jets finishing the match with 13 points to her name. Points were hard to come by for the Broncos but Leilani Siamoa was the main contributor producing 11 points albeit at a lowly 50 per cent from the field. Hayley Wynd worked relentlessly for her eight points and four rebounds as did Tashia Overby who managed five rebounds on top of her eight points.

McKinnon (52) defeated Casey (51)

It was a tight tussle between McKinnon and Casey with the game decided by a mere point showcasing the intensity of the match. In the end it was McKinnon that got the last laugh, doing enough to just limp over the line and secure their first win for season 2021. Casey burst out of the blocks limiting McKinnon to a lowly 15 points in the first half before they came out a whole new side in the second half to take out the win.

Claire Ioannidis did the damage for McKinnon recording a team-high 19 points while also dragging in five rebounds, all of which were defensive. The scoring fell off after that with the next closest Amelia Todhunter with nine points. Todhunter also managed six rebounds and four assists in the win while Morgan Ili just fell short of a double-double with nine points and nine assists. For Casey, the ever-reliable Shereesha Richards made her presence felt finishing with a double-double, reeling in 14 rebounds and 14 points in an all-round strong performance. Georgia Koopmans plied her trade with 10 points while Stephanie Leclerc managed eight points in her 16 minutes.

Keilor (78) defeated Wyndham (66)

The Thunder kept their undefeated record intact, proving they are a real threat to be reckoned with this season. Both sides were neck and neck for majority of the game as Keilor tried to break away but Wyndham lingered to keep fans guessing which way the game was going to go. But Keilor’s ability to withstand the barrage of attacking forays was evident, riding out the wave from Wyndham and then counterpunching to hit the scoreboard themselves and deliver.

There were a trio of stars that did the heavy lifting for Keilor as Emily Suckling produced a game-high 22 points at 50 per cent from the field. Ally Keating also chimed in with a handy 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in a strong showing while Zoe Zwerling also impacted the play thanks to her 10 points. Olivia Tsantarlis impressed in her 18 minutes on court recording eight points and 10 rebounds. For Wyndham, Courtney Middap continued her hot start to the season with 18 points, four rebounds and five assists. Teammate Jessica Scannell was the next closest finishing with 11 points as Nicola Handreck proved to be a menace off the boards credit to her 10 rebounds and seven points.

Bulleen (95) defeated Whittlesea (57)

A scintillating first quarter from Bulleen all but set up the win against a struggling Whittlesea side. The Boomers inflicted a wealth of scoreboard pain thanks to their 24-6 first term margin and from there they never looked like losing. In the opening half alone they managed 54 points and although the scoring died off in the second half as the Pacers upped the ante the damage was already done. It was all one-way traffic with the Pacers never really finding their groove despite winning the final term – albeit by two points – as Bulleen ran out with a convincing 38-point win.

The Boomers were missing key cog Rebecca Cole but that did not seem to faze the side as Louella Tomlinson spearheaded the attack thanks to her 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and five blocks. Kate Gaze was up to her usual tricks posting 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in another strong performance. Kaylah Pangbourne and Kayla Vitale were the other two players to reach double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. But it did not stop there, with every single player on the Boomers list managing to register on the scoreboard, highlighting just how much of a team effort the win was. For the Pacers, it was Indiana Bodley that proved to be the go-to girl knocking back 21 points, four rebounds and two assists while teammate Saule Kontautaite plied her trade thanks to her 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Although Lyndsey Hoogenhout only managed two points in her 35 minutes on court, her strength off the boards was unmatched reeling in 12 rebounds.

Hawthorn (56) defeated Southern Peninsula (63)

It was a close contest between Hawthorn and Southern Peninsula with the latter just sneaking over the line with a seven point win. After an even start to the game Southern Peninsula put the foot down in the second term to really claim the ascendancy and create some much needed separation with a 21-12 term.

There were two main contributors for the Magic with Bella Niven-Brown topscoring with 15 points and a whopping 14 rebounds, with nine of them defensive. Emily Kurkowski was another main port of call for Hawthorn racking up 14 points, five rebounds and a block. Teammate Ella Crump also had an influence despite being in a losing side posting nine points and six rebounds. For Southern Peninsula, Tanarly Hood did the most damage with 16 points while reeling in eight rebounds all of which were defensive as she continued her hot start to the season. Shanara Notman was dynamic for her 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as teammate Fiona Darnell also made a splash thanks to her eight points and eight rebounds.