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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.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 3 preview

ROUND 3 of Big V Women’s is set to be a blockbuster with the unbeaten Sunbury kickstarting the weekend while Bulleen and Casey will also have a keen eye on keeping their unblemished record intact. On the other hand, Whittlesea and Hawthorn are searching for their first win of the season.

Sunbury vs. Hume
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

With two wins under their belts Sunbury will be striving for their third straight up against Hume Broncos on Saturday. The opening game of the round will bring plenty of excitement and intrigue from fans as they hope to impress. It is a tale of two very different stories with Hume yet to register a win this season while the Jets are yet to drop a game making for an interesting matchup given the vast ladder differences.

Orla O’Reilly is coming off a game to remember posting up 25 points in Round 2 to guide the Jets to victory while Tess Barnes and Bianca Dufelmeier are other handy options for Sunbury when looking at adding points to the scoreboard. The options do not stop there with Emily Conn a commanding figure off the boards along with Tahnee Cannan who is able to mount the pressure through her accuracy to the basket. Sunbury have no shortage of threats while Hume can struggle at times to generate any scoring power with only two players managing double figures in their last outing. Leilani Siamoa is a handful on the basketball court with her drive and tenacity a potential problem for the Jets while Sophie Byrnes has proven to be a consistent figure for the Hume side notching up 10 and 11 points respectively across the two rounds. Sunbury will have to look out for the likes of Ellen Wright who managed to impose herself off the boards and will be eager to replicate that performance to ruffle the feathers of the Jets.

McKinnon vs. Casey
Saturday, March 27 @ 5:30pm

Casey have enjoyed a hot run of form over the first two rounds, claiming back-to-back victories and asserting themselves as competition favourites. Both wins have been over 20-points highlighting their strong defensive ability, paired with their attacking intent to pile on the scoreboard pressure and suffocate their opponents. McKinnon have not had the ideal start to the 2021 season and will be fighting to restore their campaign.

There is no denying that Shereesha Richards is the go-to girl for Casey and often controls proceedings with not only her dead-eye accuracy but power to out-position opponents and reel in the intercepts. Richards knocked down 29 points and 10 rebounds last round, a small window into the powerhouse player she is and just what she is capable of. Expect Richards to draw a lot of attention from McKinnon however Alannah Gillespie and Rebekka Mawdsley are both known to pop up and contribute for Casey. It is no surprise that Bendigo Spirit aligned star, Amelia Todhunter is the player to watch for McKinnon given her ability to get free and cause all sorts of headaches on the scoreboard. Teammates Rosie Fadljevic and Katie Bluzer are others that are able to chime in whether it be off the boards or on a points scoring front.

Keilor vs. Wyndham
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

Wyndham have had a mixed bag of results to kickstart their 2021 campaign with a win and a loss headlining their season. The loss was at the hands of the unbeaten Sunbury Jets while the win was credit to a convincing performance against Whittlesea meaning they will be looking to consolidate this round. Keilor have also had an up and down season but have shown that they know how to win when under pressure, able to effectively grind out games.

The points are often shared around by Wyndham with Courtney Middap, Lauren Jones and Jamilee Pearce all able to throw their weight around and have an impact. Their efforts are not only felt on the scoreboard but so too in defence able to collect multiple rebounds. Another exciting prospect for Wyndham is that of Nicola Handreck who is coming off a 21 point and five rebound performance highlighting just how damaging she can be when given enough time and space. The Thunder have a shared mentality with multiple players able to ply their trade to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bianca Babic is a livewire and is not afraid to get her hands dirty given her ability to pick up steals and register blocks. Emily Suckling is also a viable option for the Thunder as is Ellen Kent given her endurance and overall smarts.

Bulleen vs. Whittlesea
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

Bulleen boast a perfect record after two rounds and will have every intention of keeping that winning streak alive. The Pacers have not had the same luck still currently sitting winless, comprehensively beaten in both outings. Bulleen are a well-oiled team that use their silky ball movement down court to attack the rim and score freely while Whittlesea often struggle to find the right level of synergy to impact the scoreboard at a consistent rate.

The Boomers ooze class and boast one of the most prominent attacking units with Rebecca Cole, Kate Gaze and Louella Tomlinson all capable of running amuck. The trio combine seamlessly in both offence and defence with Cole coming off a stellar performance thanks to her 30 point, six rebound and seven assist effort. Gaze is just as exciting able to light up the court in an instant while Tomlinson is a force to be reckoned with off the boards. Hayley Merrigan and Annie Garrick are others that are able to chime in and impact the game. For the Pacers Indiana Bodley is the go to girl able to hit the scoreboard and reel in the rebounds while Lyndsey Hoogenhout will be keen to keep the good times rolling and get busy. Teammate Saule Kontautaite will have to have another big performance if she is to worry the Boomers and give her side a chance of stealing a win.

Hawthorn vs. Southern Peninsula
Sunday March 28 @ 2:00pm

The final game of the round gets underway on Sunday as Hawthorn and Southern Peninsula battle it out. Hawthorn are looking for their first win of the season while Southern Peninsula are aiming to secure back-to-back wins, meaning it will be a high intensity match as they aim to assert themselves and subsequently leapfrog their way up the ladder. Hawthorn fell agonisingly short in Round 1 and were well beaten last round.

Bella Niven-Brown was a gamechanger for the Magic producing 22 points last week and will be hoping to replicate that form once again here but this time in a winning side. Emily Kurkowski is another one for the Magic that is able to lend her hand on the points scoring front while Georgia Gray is never out of the contest thanks to her basketball nous. The combination of Tanarly Hood and Jayde Popovski is the one to watch for Hawthorn as the pair are able to seamlessly connect and cause scoreboard headaches for opposition sides. They are both renowned for their ability to get busy off the boards while Mikaela Watson impressed in Round 2 putting up 24 points at 64 per cent from the field.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 2 preview

THE opening round of Big V Women’s brought plenty of close encounters and exciting performances from players with Round 2 gearing up to be just as exciting. Whittlesea Pacers and Southern Peninsula go head-to-head with the winner of the clash earning their first victory of the season as the contest between Wyndham and Sunbury will leave one side undefeated.

Casey vs. Hawthorn
Saturday, March 20 @ 6pm

Casey are coming in off a dominant win in Round 1 and will be hoping to solidify their standings with another commanding performance against Hawthorn. Boasting a number of scoring options it allows Casey to have a multi-pronged attacking unit that will be raring to go against Hawthorn to make it a two-zip start to the season.

Starring in Round 1 with a scintillating 35 points Shereesha Richards will be the one to stop for Hawthorn on Friday night with Richards proving to have an insatiable thirst once she gets going. Richards is also a menace off the boards reeling in 14 rebounds and posing a real threat, while Taylor Lee is also another exciting prospect for Casey. Rebekka Mawdsley started proceedings last round and will be wanting to up the ante in this outing.

Hume vs. Bulleen
Saturday, March 20 @ 6pm

Bulleen pulled out all the stops in Round 1 with all their big guns firing and announcing themselves as serious contenders. Sharing the points between a trio of a-list players Bulleen proved their versatility and potency something Hume will be aware of ahead of their Round 2 clash. The Broncos failed to get on the winners list last week and will be hoping to flip the script in this outing with some more precise ball movement attacking forays.

The Boomers are littered with stars across the court with Rebecca Cole coming off a 31 point showing and likely to turn that type of heat on, once again to lead her side to victory. Accompanying her is Kate Gaze and Louella Tomlinson with the duo able to effectively ply their trade with their scoring and rebounding ability paramount to the side’s success. For Hume, Sophie Byrnes proved to be a handy option but will need the likes of Nikki Spencer and Jade Azzopardi to step up and given the Boomers something to think about if they are to worry them.

Whittlesea vs. Southern Peninsula
Saturday, March 20 @ 8:30pm

It will be a battle of two winless sides as Whittlesea and Southern Peninsula go head-to-head on Saturday in hope to secure their first win for the Big V season. The Pacers were well and truly covered in their first outing as were Southern Peninsula who went down by 14 points but will be looking to bounce back in this matchup.

Expect the likes of Tanarly Hood to lead the way for the Sharks having topscored last week and also making a name for herself throughout the Country Basketball League. Hood alongside Jayde Popovski and Abbey McNamara could pose a real threat thanks to their combined rebounding ability and skill to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Pacers have a couple of promising options with Indiana Bodey impressing in the opening game and likely to spearhead the squad once again while the efforts of Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout could prove to be the difference in getting Whittlesea over the line.

McKinnon vs. Keilor
Sunday, March 21 @ 3pm

The Sunday game between McKinnon and Keilor will be an interesting one as the two sides fight to make an impact on the competition and claim some early ascendancy. Failing to register a win last round, McKinnon will be eager to make amends for their efforts and notch up that all elusive “W”.

Despite being well beaten in Round 1 the likes of Amelia Todhunter and Rosie Fadljevic still managed to effectively ply their trade and inflict scoreboard pain, a feat they will be hoping to replicate against Keilor. Todhunter was strong on the rebound as was teammate Katie Bluzer finishing with 10 to her name showcasing her strength off the boards which could be a concern for their opponents.

Wyndham vs. Sunbury
Sunday, March 21 @ 1pm

It will be a fiery clash as both Wyndham and Sunbury look to keep their hot start to the season going and claim two wins straight off the bat. The Jets prevailed comfortably against Southern Peninsula but had a sluggish start an area they will want to address heading into the game. Wyndham also made light work of their opponent in Round 1 and will be aiming to keep that fast-paced, scoring mentality going to create some handy ladder separation.

There were three main stakeholders for Sunbury in their opening match with the trio recording double-figure points but will be looking for added depth in this match. In saying that, Bianca Dufelmeier led the charge producing 16 points and will more than likely be the main port of call in the game. Emily Conn and Tahnee Cannan are lively characters as is Nyomi Stowers. It is a similar story for Wyndham who boast another of scoring options as Courtney Middap, Lauren Jones, Jamielee Pearce and Sam Moodie all look to maintain that hot form.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 1

ROUND 1 of Big V Women’s kicked off over the weekend with the closest game decided by 14 points. The round was dictated by dominant scorers and individual efforts with a number of players stepping up to the challenge and leading the way for their respective sides as Sunbury, Casey, Wyndham and Bulleen registered wins.

Southern Peninsula (46) defeated by Sunbury (60)

It took a while for both sides to get going with Southern Peninsula only recording a mere three points in the opening term. However Sunbury were not that much better finishing the quarter with nine points to their name. Scoring opened up in the second term as they both got a feel for the game and settled into the contest with Sunbury extending their lead at half time. The third term followed suit with the Jets piling on the scoreboard pressure thanks to their 16-12 point quarter. That ascendancy filtered into the final stanza of play as Sunbury overcame a sloppy and slow opening term to run home 14 point victors.

Tanarly Hood spearheaded the attack for Southern Peninsula knocking back 12 points and reeling in a whopping 10 rebounds. Teammate Jayde Popovski also played a crucial role for Peninsula posting 11 points albeit at a lowly 37 per cent while also producing six rebounds and two steals. Abbey McNamara and Mikaela Watson slotted six points apiece with the former also managing four rebounds. Sunbury was led by a trio of stars with Bianca Dufelmeier topping the tally thanks to her 16 points at 67 per cent from the field. Emily Conn and Tahnee Cannan were other handy options for the winners knocking back 12 points each along with a combined 14 rebounds.

 

Casey (77) defeat Hume (45)

In a one-sided affair it was Casey that walked away with the four points thanks to their 32-point demolition job of Hume. Casey jumped out of the blocks quickly claiming the ascendancy as shown through their 23 to 11 first term of basketball. That pressure did not falter throughout the contest as Casey looked to inflict a wealth of pain on their opponents who simply had no answers for what was being thrown at them. With the damage already well and truly done Casey took the` foot off the pedal in the final quarter.

It was a one woman display for Casey as Shereesha Richards dominated on the scoreboard with a whopping 35 points. Her efforts were undeniable, exploiting her opponents’ weaknesses and attacking the rim with great anticipation. Her stat line also saw her collect 14 rebounds, with 12 of them defensive highlighting her overall presence. Taylor Lee was the next best posting 14 points to accompany her six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block. No player from the Broncos was able to really find their stroke, instead Hume relied on a couple of players to chip away at the scoreboard. Sophie Byrnes topscored with 10 points as Jessica Azzopardi slotted six points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks.  Nikki Spencer was dynamic in the loss adding six points to the tally while also collecting four rebounds, two steals and a block.

 

Whittlesea (57) defeated by Wyndham (76)

Wyndham wasted no time asserting themselves on the match, quickly creating some scoreboard separation between them and Whittlesea. The Pacers were forced to play catch-up immediately and ultimately were unable to work their way back into the contest such was the pressure and game plan implemented by Wyndham. A blistering third term from Wyndham all but set up the win, keeping the Pacers to as much as eight points while going on a scoring spree of their own sinking 26 points. Although Whittlesea bit back in the fourth it was too late to mount a comeback as the damage had already been done. It was the perfect way for Wyndham to kickstart their 2021 campaign producing a comprehensive win and most importantly digging deep to withstand the fightback.

Indiana Bodley took the reins for the Pacers knocking back 24 points and 11 rebounds in an all-round strong showing. Saule Kontautaite chipped in with 13 points and it did not stop there as she collected 10 rebounds, four assists and a whopping eight steals. Teammate Lyndsey Hoogenhout also made her presence amassing 11 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. For Wyndham there were four players that hit the double-digit mark as both Courtney Middap and Lauren Jones topscored with 14 points. Middap managed six rebounds as Jones amassed seven assists and four steals. Sam Moodie slotted 13 points while Jamielee Pearce finished the match with 11 to her name alongside six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

 

Bulleen (88) defeated McKinnon (65)

A dominant second half of basketball gifted Bulleen with the win over McKinnon after the Boomers were caught napping in the opening two quarters. Bursting out of the gates, McKinnon made their intentions clear but could not sustain that high octane style of basketball, well and truly tiring in the third as Bulleen let loose. The Boomers unleashed in the third nullifying McKinnon in every which way possible to keep them to six points as they piled on the pain through their 26 points. That level of intensity continued into the final term as Bulleen could sense a victory and McKinnon were all out of moves, eventually going down by 23 points, despite their initial efforts.

Headlined by a trio of Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) stars the Boomers made their presence felt with Rebecca Cole doing plenty of the hefty lifting thanks to her 31 points. Although not overly accurate from beyond the arc her range from the charity strip was solid converting at 71 per cent. It did not stop there for Cole with the Southside Flyers represent reeling in 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Cole was ably assisted by Kate Gaze who produced 21 points in the win. Gaze managed seven rebounds and three assists as Louella Tomlinson chimed in with 18 points at 67 per cent from the field. Tomlinson also impressed defensively thanks to her seven blocks, nine rebounds and two steals. There were only two players that managed double-digits for McKinnon as Amelia Todhunter stepped up to the challenge producing 21 points. Todhunter was strong off the boards with nine rebounds as Rosie Fadljevic walked away with 16 points and six rebounds to her name. Morgan Ili was a star off the boards for McKinnon credit to her 12 rebounds while also producing nine points, four steals and six rebounds.

At time of publishing results for Hawthorn and Keilor had not been confirmed.

Boomers make light work of Spirit

IN an all-Victorian affair it was the Melbourne Boomers that came out on top against Bendigo spirit claiming a 21-point victory (91-70). The Boomers had control from the opening minute of the game and are building some strong form heading into the back end of the season and heading into finals. The Spirit once again had moments of magic but were unable to keep that intensity at the same level for their full four quarters as they suffered their thirteenth straight loss to round out their 2020 campaign.

A 28 to 17 opening term pretty much told the story as Melbourne seemed to have the ball on a string and Bendigo struggle to find any answers. Scoring somewhat evened up in the second term as Bendigo managed to nail 17 points to the Boomers 21 however that was still enough for Melbourne to continue to build on their already growing lead. That tail continued into the second half with Melbourne outscoring Bendigo 26 to 20 in the third term before it was level pegging’s in the last term but it was a little too late as the damage has already been done.

Shooting percentage was relatively even for both sides, however Melbourne had a higher clip sitting at 48 per cent after converting 38 of their 78 attempts. Bendigo on the other hand had less opportunities to the basket but still managed a 43 per cent conversion rate nailing 28 of their 64 attempts. Two point range seemed to be the sweet spot for the Boomers with 26 of their 46 attempts falling to sit at 56 per cent as opposed to Bendigo who only managed 47 per cent. Melbourne was slightly more accurate from downtown sitting at 37 per cent while Bendigo slotted eight of their 22 attempts at 36 per cent. Melbourne outclassed Bendigo just about on every front recording 45 rebounds to 33, 25 assists to 15, six steals to five and also registered less turnovers for the night with 10 to compared to 14. With the starting five doing majority of the work for Boomers it was the bench depth from Bendigo that seemed to have an impact nailing 36 points compared to 32 however it was still not enough to get them over the line.

The victors had a number of scoring options with five players hitting the double digit mark when it came to point scoring. Stella Beck led the way with 17 points, two rebounds and four assists highlighting her ability to have an impact when on court. Ezi Magbegor was the next best with the youngster impressing in her 20 minutes on court to convert 16 points at an impressive 70 per cent from the field while also amassing eight rebounds and two assists in a strong showing. In her 250th game, Maddie Garrick was also another prominent option on court knocking back 16 points eight assists and five rebounds four of which were defensive while Izzy Wright also chimed in with a handy 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Penina Davidson was the only other Melbourne Boomers player to register double digits recording 10 points and four rebounds for the night in an all round solid team effort.

Scoring proved to be hard to come by for Bendigo however the ever reliable Tessa Lavey was up to the challenge leading her side with 16 points and just falling short of a double-double with nine assists and eight rebounds with all of the rebounds defensive. Carley Ernst failed to make a splash while on court only managing two points in an unusual showing for her however the likes of Mary Goulding stepped up to the plate and secured 12 points and three rebounds. Amelia Todhunter was another that managed to ply her trade notching up 10 points in what was a difficult performance.

The Boomers now look to Townsville on Sunday while the Spirit bid farewell to their season.

Townsville end Lightning’s finals hopes

Shyla Heal in action for Townsville. Picture credit: Albert Perez/Getty Images

Townsville came out with a point to prove, downing Adelaide in convincing fashion by 29 points as they gear up for a finals berth. It is been an up and down season for the Lightning while Townsville have enjoyed a rapid rise up the ladder and once again showcase their ability to score and score quickly in a dominant performance. Although the chances were slim, the loss automatically seals the deal on Adelaide’s fate of playing finals with the Lightning now ruled out in Townsville securing their position in the top four.

The Fire came out with some real heat in the opening minutes of play highlighting their ability both in offence and defence to score and pile on the pressure as shown with the 28 to 11 point opening term. The second quarter was not much better for the Lightning who seemed to be caught on the backfoot only managing 11 points again as their half time total mounted to 22, while the Fire had a whopping 47 creating a handy 25 point buffer. The Lightning well and truly upped the ante in the third term going toe-to-toe with Townsville before once again falling off the boil in the final term.

Townsville oozed an element of composure and most importantly accuracy with ball in hand sitting at an impressive 57 per cent from the field, nailing 40 of their 70 attempts while Adelaide did not have the same luck averaging a mere 39 per cent from the field. The Fire also starred within the arc shooting at a 63 per cent clip while the Lightning were somewhat wayward at 47 per cent. The main difference came from around the perimeter with the victors slotting nine of their 21 attempts at 42 per cent as opposed to Adelaide who struggled to find their radar at 28 per cent. Townsville had the upper hand when it came to rebounds (37-34) and also claimed the ascendancy when it came to assists (19-13).

There were plenty of key contributors for Townsville across the night, none bigger than guard Lauren Nicholson who absolutely starred with her 21 points at 71 per cent accuracy along with her four rebounds, four assists and one block. Megan McKay also found her groove knocking back 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a strong showing while Stephanie Reid proved to be an impact player off the bench managing 17 points, two rebounds and three assists. Although down on her lofty standards, youngster Shyla Heal still bobbed up for her moments of magic with 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists to her name while the only player to reach double figures was Courtney Woods who slotted 12 points for the night.

Scoring was hard to come by for Adelaide, with captain Steph Talbot struggling to find her mojo and only walking away with nine points, five rebounds and an uncharacteristic four turnovers. Abigail Wehrung was the leading points scorer for the Lightning sinking 15 at 60 per cent while Marena Whittle also threw her weight around to collect 14 points and five rebounds. Despite only managing two points for the game Louella Tomlinson proved to be a handy option off the boards with five rebounds while Charlie Smith also had an impact with her five boards and four steals.

Townsville are set to lock horns with Melbourne on Sunday while Adelaide have the final game of the home and away season against Sydney Uni Flames.