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CBL Gippsland: Grand final wrap – Eagles secure maiden title while Warriors claim victory

MAFFRA Eagles were crowned the Gippsland Country Basketball League (CBL) champions after defeating Moe Meteors by 14 points (85-71). It was a historic performance by the Eagles with the home side earning their maiden premiership and doing so in front of a home crowd.

The game was hot from the opening minutes as the two sides engaged in a real arm wrestle up and down the court as the momentum swung back and forth. Having met in Round 4 the Meteors were determined to try and reverse the outcome, however the Eagles had other plans as they dug deep to push past their competitors and most importantly secure that elusive piece of silverware. Leading at half time, the Eagles seemed to control the tempo of the game and while the scoreline pushed out to as much as 18 points in their favour there were still plenty of variables – one being foul trouble. Maffra ran into some real worry as a number of players were forced to the bench due to the mounting foul total, gifting the opposition a chance to sneak back in and potentially topple the home side. However that was not meant to be as the Eagles held on for a strong 11-point win.

It is fair to say that it was a battle of the brothers as the two sides relied on the Whelan and D’Angelo brothers respectively to lead the way and inflict scoreboard pain. For the Eagles, Samuel Whelan was the more dominant one posting 19 points while brother James chimed in with a handy 12, but were both fouled out of the contest. Although the duo were impressive it was the efforts of teammate, Elliot Hunt that stood head and shoulders above them as he slotted 24, whilst Coby Burgiel and Frazar Brouns amassed 10 and nine points respectively.

Luis D’Angelo was the main points scorer for the Meteors collecting 15 for the match as Christian knocked back 12. Teammate Josh Pearce was influential in the loss walking away with 13 points as Jayden Van Dyk was the only other player to reach double digits with 11 points.

MVP: Elliot Hunt (Maffra Eagles)


Warragul Warriors showcased their impressive depth in their clash against Moe Meteors to prevail with a dominant win (84-68). It had been a tumultuous start to their campaign with the Warriors missing a couple of key figures on the court, but that did not seem to matter on game day with the side kicking into gear and enforcing themselves with an excellent result.

It was a case of history repeating itself as the Warriors reigned supreme earlier in the year, and once again imposed themselves – this time on the big stage to walk away with the premiership silverware. The Meteors showed glimpses of magic but in the end simply could not keep up with the well-oiled Warriors, who seemed to have an answer for everything and options aplenty as three players hit double-digits for points scored.

Grand final MVP winner, Mikaela Dickson starred knocking back a game-high 27 points, standing up every time the Warriors needed a key figure. She was well assisted by Tanarly Hood who managed 15 points as Shanara Notman also proved to have a hot hand with 15 points. For the Meteors, Abbey Noblett was a formidable force thanks to her 16 points and while she toyed with the foul tally still managed to be a threat. Caitlin Demczuk posted 14 points in the loss while Samantha Labros collected nine.

MVP: Mikaela Dickson (Warragul Warriors)

CBL Gippsland: Warragul Warriors and Korumburra Eagles impress

THERE was no shortage of Country Basketball League action over the weekend as teams went head to head in the Gippsland division. The Eagles tasted success in both men’s outings, while it was the same fate for Warragul Warriors in the women’s as they created separation on top of the ladder.


It was a mixed bag of results for Korumburra who managed a 16-point win against Sale Sonics followed by a 15-point loss over the weekend to the Eagles. Meanwhile Maffra Eagles enjoyed a good run of form notching up consecutive wins to continue their hot form and keep them on top spot. Moe Meteors claimed victory against Churchill Blue Devils by 30 points in a strong showing as a number of players stepped up to the plate and delivered when needed.

There was a trio of players that led the way for the Wildcats with Brodie Mabilia showcasing his scoring prowess with his 20 points. He was assisted by Keith Robinson who slotted 17 points as Nick Prowd also registered 11 points in the win. Although Sale Sonics failed to get the “W” it did not stop Harper Fraser from finding the basket downing 17 points. Josh Backway and Benjamin Dessent chimed in with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Eagles were spearheaded by Samuel Whelan and Frazar Brouns as the two managed 27 and 24 points to get their side well and truly over the line in their first game of the round. Thomas Stephenson was the only other real influence in the win dropping 14 points in the clash against Warragul Warriors. But Whelan took his game to a whole other level in the outing against the Wildcats sinking a staggering 42 points as Coby Burgiel landed 21 points in a commanding performance.

Although the Warriors did not get over the line Luke McKenzie starred draining 19 points as teammates, Jarryd Moss and Tom Muir recorded 16 and 14 points respectively in their sole outing for the round. Speaking of sole outings, Christian D’Angelo was the money-maker notching up a game high 23 points in the Meteors win. Liam Fitzpatrick and Luis D’Angelo found their groove with 16 points each while Jayden Van Dyk also proved a handy option on the scoreboard with 14 points. In the loss, Ryan Canovan led the charge with 22 points for Churchill Blue Devils with Jordan Canovan the next best with 15 points to his name.


Korumburra Wildcats (76) defeated Sale Sonics (60)
Maffra Eagles (91) defeated Warragul Warriors (82)
Korumburra Wildcats (81) defeated by Maffra Eagles (96)
Moe Meteors (90) defeated Churchill Blue Devils (60)


There were a number of blowouts in Round 5 of the CBL women’s division as Moe Meteors and Warragul Warriors recording resounding wins. The Meteors collected a 62-point win over Lakes Entrance Pelicans flexing their muscles before having the tables turned on them in their second game against the Warriors. It was a good weekend for Warragul who secured a 27-point victory against the Eagles and a narrow victory over the Meteors. It was a close contest between Korumburra Wildcats and Maffra Eagles as the game was decided by a mere seven points with the former walking away with the chocolates.

The Warriors were littered with stars across the court as Tanarly Hood starred with a game high 19 points. Hot on her heels was teammate Myah Healey who collected 18 points as Dallas Loughridge drained 17 herself. Mikaela Dickson was the only other player to manage double digits with 14 points in the win. Hood delivered in her second game producing 18 points as Loughridge also dominated with 24 points against the Meteors. The Eagles struggled to generate much flow, dropping both of their games over the weekend however Julie Float and Emerson Connolly hit the scoreboard with 10 points each in game one before Paige Biddle dominated with 23 points and Jamie Gallatly slotted 18.

The scoring was shared between a number of players in the Meteors as Samantha Labros topped the table and walked away with 22 points as Caitlin Demczuk also chimed in with a handy 13 points in the win. Tahni Hodgens recorded 12 points as Abbey Noblett produced 10 and this vein of form continued in their match up against the Warriors as Noblett starred with 26 points despite losing. Natalie Bire was the main contributor for Lakes Entrance with a team high 16 points. The contest between the Eagles and Wildcats was close as Chloe Hogg showcased her scoring prowess to notch up 19 points and Brylee Angwin 17. They were ably assisted by Gemma Dixon with 10 as they just snuck over the line against Maffra.


Maffra Eagles (54) defeated by Warragul Warriors (81)
Lakes Entrance Pelicans (39) defeated by Moe Meteors (101)
Korumburra Wildcats (66) defeated Maffra Eagles (59)
Moe Meteors (79) defeated by Warragul Warriors (84)

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CBL Gippsland: Round 4 – Maffra and Warragul go undefeated in respective competitions

MAFFRA Eagles and Warragul Warriors remain the teams to beat in the Gippsland Country Basketball League (CBL) competitions after they won top-of-the-table clashes. It was an action-packed round of basketball action, with just three rounds now remaining and the season surpassing the halfway mark at the end of Round 4.


Five games played out across Round 4 in the men’s CBL Gippsland competition, with no side picking up two wins. Moe Meteors managed to pick up one win from two matches, whilst the bottom two sides in Lakes Entrance Pelicans and Churchill Blue Devils lost both their matches. Maffra Eagles went outright top and remained undefeated, while Warragul Warriors and Sale Sonics also picked up important wins as the ladder has started to take shape.

The match of the round built up prior to the weekend was the top-of-the-table clash between the unbeaten sides in Maffra Eagles and Moe Meteors. Knowing only one could come away with the victory, it was the Eagles – who have played one less game – that claimed the win by 11 points, 90-79. Samuel Whelan (22 points), Frazar Brouns (19), Elliot Hunt (17) and James Whelan (12) all shared the points around in a big day out for the winners. Moe had its fair share of scorers, as Christian D’Angelo (15 points), Josh Pearce (14), Rhys Anderson (12) and Jayden Van Dyk (11) hit double figures.

Moe managed to bounce back against Lakes Entrance Pelicans on Sunday, with D’Angelo hitting up another 25 points, while Ben Van Dyk (14) was three more than Jayden Van Dyk (11) and Stephen O’Brien (11). Andrew Savige and Thomas Stephenson both scored 13 points, and Jesse Pearce finished with 10, but the Pelicans could not overcome the Meteors, going down by 22 points.

It was the second loss of the round of the Pelicans who hosted Korumburra Wildcats on Saturday. The Wildcats ran out dominant winners despite the long road trip, picking up the highest score of the round with a 103-71 victory. Teenagers Keith Robinson (33 points) and Brodie Mabilia (21) tore the Pelicans apart, while William Lumby (13) and Matt Kennewell (12) also contributed strongly. Thomas Stephenson (16 points), Jesse Pearce (14) and Jordi Williams (11) were the top scorers for Lakes Entrance.

The other game on Saturday was Warragul Warriors’ 15-point win over Churchill Blue Devils. The Warriors hosted the winless Blue Devils and managed to control proceedings to get up, 87-72. Murray Myers (15 points), Tom Muir (13) and Jarryd Moss (12) all registered impressive final tallies, as Zac Bezzina (17) hit a match-high score in defeat, and Jordan Canovan (14) was also solid in the loss.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, their luck did not change on Sunday, losing out to Sale Sonics by nine points. Canovan (18 points) and Bezzina (16) were again the key players in the 67-76 defeat, though Nick Linton also added 13 points to the tally. Owen Gallagher (17 points), Jake Hutchins (16), Luke Williams (15) and Harper Fraser (10) all hit up double-figure points for the losers.


Lakes Entrance Pelicans (71) defeated by Korumburra Wildcats (103)
Warragul Warriors (87) defeated Churchill Blue Devils (72)
Maffra Eagles (90) defeated Moe Meteors (79)
Churchill Blue Devils (67) defeated by Sale Sonics (76)
Moe Meteors (90) defeated Lakes Entrance Pelicans (68)


Looking to the women’s competition, Moe Meteors turned the tables on Maffra Eagles in their head-to-head and then went on to smash Lakes Entrance Pelicans, while the Pelicans had a similarly one-sided loss at the hands of Korumburra Wildcats, as Warragul Warriors fended off the Wildcats on Sunday.

After two losses to start the season, Moe Meteors came up trumps in Round 4, defeating the two sides above them on the table to finish on an even 2-2 from four matches. In the opening game of the round, the Meteors won 78-65 over Maffra Eagles on the road, as Samantha Labros (16 points) and Caitlin Demczuk (15) led the way. Abbey Noblett (11 points) also contributed in the win, while Alex Gallatly (18), Jaime Gallatly (16) and Emerson Connolly (13) were the best for the Eagles.

Moe had a much easier time against Lakes Entrance Pelicans, smashing their way to a massive 101-28 victory. Labros was near-unstoppable with 27 points, though she was far from alone as Cassandra Wass (14), Noblett (12) and Demczuk (11) all had productive outings. No Pelicans player reached double-figure points, though Natalie Bire (nine) was the top scorer from the losing team.

A day earlier the Pelicans suffered a 71-point defeat at the hands of Korumburra Wildcats at home. Chloe Hogg put up a ridiculous 35 points in the win, while Alahna Arnason (21) and Tyla Angwin (11) both hit double-figure points. Jasmine Witham (seven points) was the top scorer for the Pelicans on the day.

In a top-of-the-table match to close out the round, Warragul Warriors remained undefeated – albeit having played just the two games – securing an 83-72 win over Korumburra Wildcats. Dallas Loughridge (24 points), Mikaela Dickson (17), Tanarly Hood (12) and Peta Rhodes (10) all contributed well to knock off one of the contenders, while Hogg and Arnason still caused plenty of headaches with 22 points apiece, but it was not enough in the 11-point defeat.


Maffra Eagles (65) defeated by Moe Meteors (78)
Lakes Entrance Pelicans (32) defeated by Korumburra Wildcats (103)
Moe Meteors (101) defeated Lakes Entrance Pelicans (28)
Warragul Warriors (83) defeated Korumburra Wildcats (72)

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CBL Gippsland: Round 3 – Warragul and Moe split results in standalone double-header

BOTH Warragul Warriors and Moe Meteors fans went home from Bellbird Park Indoor Centre happy on Saturday night following the men’s and women’s Country Basketball League (CBL) Gippsland results. In the earlier game, Warragul got the win against Moe by seven points, which was funnily enough the exact difference in the men’s game, but went in favour of the Moe men’s side.


IN the battle of two undefeated sides – albeit from only one game – Moe Meteors got up by seven points over Warragul Warriors. The Meteors claimed the win 72-65 to sit atop of the Gippsland Men’s table, but less than four per cent clear of an equally impressive Maffra Eagles (2-0). The Warriors remain near the top with a 1-1 record and sit in third, and a far superior percentage to other 1-1 teams, Lakes Entrance Pelicans and Korumburra Wildcats.

The points were shared around by the successful Meteors, as Jayden Van Dyk (13 points), Christian D’Angelo (12) and Liam Fitzpatrick (11) all hit double-figure points. Ben Van Dyk (nine points), Stephen O’Brien (eight) and Luis D’Angelo (eight) also contributed strongly in the win. For the Warriors, Tom Muir (15 points) led the way, while Murray Myers (13), Dwain Scott (eight) and Declan Bagot (eight) also finished with some respectable totals.


Moe Meteors 72 defeated Warragul Warriors 65


In the Gippsland Women’s competition, Warragul Warriors were too good for Moe Meteors in what was the Warriors’ first match of the season. After consecutive byes, the Warriors won by seven points in Round 3, being one of only two teams to be undefeated alongside Korumburra Wildcats. Moe lost its second game of the season to sit fourth of five teams, but still with a strong percentage of 86.39.

Dallas Loughridge had a game for the ages, knocking down 31 points in a stunning effort for Warragul. She hit five three-points on her way to the total, whilst teammate Mikaela Dickson‘s full nine points all came from long-range makes. Shanara Notman (eight points), Tanarly Hood (seven), Myah Healey (seven) and Jasmine Ferguson (six) also shared the ball around. For the Meteors, Caitlin Demczuk (18 points) led the way, while Samantha Labros (15) and Caitlin Prestidge (10) all hit double-figure points.


Warragul Warriors 76 defeated Moe Meteors 69

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CBL Gippsland: Maffra men and Korumburra women tip-off season in style

TWO rounds down and the Country Basketball League (CBL) teams are starting to get a feel for the 2021 action. After a challenging 2020 year, the multiple leagues across Victoria have started, and each week we will focus on a different competition. This week, we take a look at how Gippsland is fairing following the first two rounds of competition in both the men’s and women’s leagues.

Gippsland Men:

Just three teams remain undefeated in the Gippsland Men’s competition, following Round 2 of action on the weekend. Maffra Eagles sit pretty with two wins from as many games, whilst Warragul Warriors and Moe Meteors – who have had a bye each – both won their first game to start proceedings. In the middle of the table, Lakes Entrance Pelicans and Korumburra Wildcats both have a win to their name, while Churchill Blue Devils and Sale Sonics are yet to taste victory from two attempts.

It was the young guns of Keith Robertson (40 points) and Brodie Mabilia (23) who stood out for the Wildcats in Round 2, steering their side to an 11-point win over Churchill. They picked up 63 of the team’s 90 points, while Jordan Canovan (27) and Zac Bezzina (21) provided a damaging duo for the Blue Devils. Bezzina was particularly damaging from long-range with five triples in the loss.

The Robinson-Mabilia duo got off the chain compared to the Round 1 defeat at the hands of Moe Meteors, as Robinson (17 points) was the top scorer. Mabilia only managed the seven in that game, as Nick McKenzie put up 10 points in the loss. Christian D’Angelo starred for the winners with 27, while Rhys Anderson (13) also contributed throughout Moe’s 86-57 victory to ensure it tipped off season 2021 in style.

Joining them with a percentage of 150 is Warragul, a side that posted an impressive 28-point victory over Sale Sonics in Round 2. Luke McKenzie (20 points) and Jarryd Moss (18) were the key players in the win, whilst the Sonics shared the points around. Jonty McGuiness both scored 12 points, while Josh Backway (11) and Benjamin Dessent (10) hit double-figures.

Rewind to the previous round, and the Sonics also suffered defeat, this time to Maffa Eagles by 15 points. Jake Hutchins hit 14 points and Luke Williams finished with 11 as the team amassed 54 points, one less than the next week. Samuel Whelan and Byron Sandeman both managed the 14 points for Maffra, while Frazar Brouns (12) and Jack Hrehoresen (10) managed the double-figure points.

The win kick-started Maffra’s season, as the Eagles went on to knock off Lakes Entrance Pelicans by 18 points in Round 2. It was a shared effort from the top side, as Elliot Hunt hit the most points this time with 24, while Floyd Fulton (20), Coby Burgiel (17) and Marcus Cope (13) were all impressive in the win. Jordi Williams (19) and James Russell (11) were the standouts for Lakes Entrance.

The Pelicans had a more memorable result in Round 1, toppling Churchill Blue Devils by three points in a thriller. In that match, Williams’ efforts were enough, guiding the team with 25 points, while Andrew Savige (16), Russell (15) and Jesse Pearce (10) all chipped in. Canovan starred for the losing side once again, knocking down 28 points, while Jeremy Sheers (13) and Bezzina (11) reached double-figure points.


Maffra Eagles 69 defeated Sale Sonics 54
Lakes Entrance Pelicans 86 defeated Churchill Blue Devils 83
Moe Meteors 86 defeated Korumburra Wildcats 57
Warragul Warriors 83 defeated Sale Sonics 55
Maffra Eagles 91 defeated Lakes Entrance Pelicans
Korumburra Wildcats 90 defeated Churchill Blue Devils 79



Gippsland Women’s competition features just the five sides, with only four of them having taken the court in the opening two rounds. Korumburra Wildcats lead the way with two wins from as many games, defeating Maffra Eagles and Moe Meteors. The Eagles did pick up a win though, producing a comprehensive win over Lakes Entrance Pelicans. Warragul Warriors are yet to play a game in the 2021 competition.

In the standalone Round 1 match, the Wildcats enjoyed a narrow 13-point win over the Meteors on the road. Sharing the points around, Grace Matser top scored with 16 points, while Darci Holmes, Chloe Hogg and Alahna Arnason all put up 12. For the Meteors, Samantha Labros hit 17 points, and Caitlin Demczuk scored 15 in the loss.

On the weekend, the Wildcats backed up their Round 1 victory with an 18-point triumph over the Maffra Eagles. Matser (24 points) stood out once again, while Hogg (18) and Arnason (12) are a problem for opposition guards. Maffra’s top shooters were Alex Gallatly (17 points) and Emerson Connolly (11) who both hit double-figures in the match.

The loss followed a massive Maffra victory, with the Eagles far too good for Lakes Entrance Pelicans, winning 90-26 on the road. Lillie Schacht (16 points) was one of three players to reach double-figure points, while Gallatly (13) and Paige Biddle (12) both made life difficult for the opposition. Chloe Watson (nine points) and Amber Harrison (six) were the two highest scorers for the Pelicans.


Korumburra Wildcats 71 defeated Moe Meteors 58
Lakes Entrance 26 defeated by Maffra Eagles 90
Maffra Eagles 45 defeated Korumburra Wildcats 63

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MUVJBL U18 Girls review: Upsets shake up Watson Pool

THE championship division hopes for seven teams still remain alive after a number of upsets in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls’ Watson Pool. In the Ashe Pool, the top five seems more settled, but Kilsyth Cobras are still hanging around after a big win and have a good percentage compared to those two sides above them on the table.

Ashe Pool:

Kilsyth Cobras 59 defeated Nunawading Spectres 2 42
Dandenong Rangers 70 Diamond Valley Eagles 43
Southern Peninsula Sharks 69 defeated McKinnon Cougars 35
Bulleen Boomers 80 defeated Pakenham Warriors 48
Knox Raiders 68 defeated Frankston Blues 26

Kilsyth kept its championship division hopes alive, and at the same time dashed the dreams of Nunawading Spectres 2 in a 17-point win. They won every quarter on their way to the 59-42 victory, led by Nikita Young (23 points) and Ruby Nicks (15), while Stephanie Wales (14) was the top scorer for the Spectres. The top two teams continued their dominance on the competition, with Knox Raiders thrashing Frankston Blues by 42 points, restricting the Blues to single-digit scores each quarter in the 68-26 win. Meg Robinson led the way for the Raiders with 21 points, while Rhiannon Ockwell scored 11. Zoe Schonfelder used her National Basketball League (NBL)1 experience to sink eight points for the losing side. In another one-sided contest, Bulleen Boomers proved too good for Pakenham Warriors, winning 80-48. The Boomers had four players reach double figures as Casey Valenti-Paea (19 points) and Sascha Korakis (14) were dominant, however the Warriors had three of their own players reach double figures, led by Caitlin Demczuk‘s 18 points. Southern Peninsula Sharks remained in fifth spot with a 34-point win over McKinnon Cougars. Emirson Devenie (30 points) and Gemma Simon (20) did all the damage for the Sharks, while Molly White (11) and Natasha Rivas Lee (10) reached double figures for the Cougars. In the other game, Dandenong Rangers booked a spot in the championship division knocking off highly fancied Diamond Valley Eagles, 70-43.

Watson Pool:

Warrandyte Venom 37 defeated by Keilor Thunder 47
Hawthorn Magic 53 defeated Geelong Supercats 39
Dandenong Rangers 2 55 defeated Melbourne Tigers 40
Broadmeadows Broncos 63 defeated Bendigo Braves 61
Nunwading Spectres 61 defeated Altona Gators 49

With the grade split fast approaching, a number of teams kept their championship dreams alive with upset wins over higher ranked opponents. Broadmeadows Broncos knocked off Bendigo Braves in a thrilling two-point upset to remain just percentage out of the top five. Leading by six at the final break, the Broncos had to weather the Braves’ final quarter storm which saw the visitors score 18-14, but fall short, 63-61. Chrisy Triantafyllopoulos topscored for the Broncos with 14 points, while Chelsea Lewis sank 13. For the Braves, Piper Dunlop starred, shooting 18 points, while Tess Barnes managed 11 in the loss. The other upset was Nunwading Spectres toppling the undefeated Altona Gators for the Spectres to keep their championship chances alive and well. After a tight first half, the Spectres shot 35 points to 24 in the second half to gain separation and run out 12-point winners, 61-49. Louisa Fakalata was superb with 20 points, while Maddison Zugna (17) and Tayha Watkins (14) also impressed. Meanwhile Keilor Thunder kept its championship chances alive as well, defeating winless Warrandyte Venom by 10 points. Victoria Ikenasio led the way with 21 points, while Ella Whiting-Le Cras finished with 14 for the Venom. Hawthorn Magic knocked off Geelong Supercats to keep the visitors nervous heading into the final round as the Magic triumphed 53-39. Alycia Kennedy (15 points) and Ryleh Killian (14) were the two dominant scorers for the Magic, while Carly Remos (16) was the key player for the Supercats. In the other match, Dandenong Rangers 2 knocked off Melbourne Tigers in a 15-point win between the bottom three sides.

MUVJBL U18 Girls review: Dandenong Rangers storm to second victory

DANDENONG Rangers have continued their stellar start to the season in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls championship division after another huge victory, this time against Frankston Blues by 50 points. Travelling to Frankston, Rangers duo, Elly Morgan and Emily Sewell piled on 20 points apiece to be dominant up the offensive end, while Leah McKenzie (nine), Leia Hanafin (seven) and Hannah Rapp (seven) were also productive. Frankston’s Manuao Hakaria-Graham finished the game with 11 points as the sole double-figure scorer, while Alexandra Mason posted six.

The Ashe Pool is starting to take shape already with just two sides on one win, one loss with four sides having remained undefeated, or gone winless two rounds into the season. After a victory over Frankston last week, Southern Peninsula Sharks felt the full brunt of Knox Raiders in Round 2 as the Raiders recorded a 24-point victory over the Sharks. They shared the ball aroud with Alannah Chatfield top scoring with 12 points, while Charlise Dunn and Arielle Mackey-Williams both sunk 10 in the victory. Charli Dobson was a lone hand for the Sharks, shooting 25 points as Lani Thornton (six) was the next highest for the losing side.

In other Ashe Pool results, Bulleen Boomers recorded their first victory with a 14-point win over Nunawading Spectres 2. Casey Valenti-Paea was a constant danger with 24 points, while Stephanie Wales scored 14 for the Spectres. Diamond Valley Eagles poured more pain on McKinnon Cougars with a 14-point victory as Keeley Evans sunk 22 points and Jade Dunne assisted with 14. McKinnon had its fair share of scorers, with Natasha Rivas Lee and Lily Tait both sinking 15 points. Pakenham Warriors came close to their first win but fell short to Kilsyth Cobras by seven points. Tia Wotherspoon was dominant for the Cobras with 23 points, while Nikita Young sunk 16. Caitlin Demczuk finished with 19 points for the Warriors, while Alahna Arnason (15) was also impressive.

In the Watson Pool, top-of-the-table Hawthorn Magic continued their hot start to the season with a 31-point win over Dandenong Rangers 2. The Magic shared the points around in the 75-44 victory, as Ryleh Killian (19 points) top scored, while Bridget Patel (17) and Georgia Gray (12) were busy in the forward half. For the Rangers, Caitlyn Bradley scored 12 points, while Eleni Stefanakis posted 10 in the loss. Meanwhile Altona Gators remained undefeated, but only just as the winless Melbourne Tigers pushed them all the way in a two-point thriller. Altona won 54-52, as Jordan Wilson (15 points) and Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi (10) busy for the Gators. De-Arne Baker (12 points), Emily Kurkowski (nine) and Tylah Hooper (nine) were the prominent shooters on the losing side.

In other results, Keilor Thunder knocked off Broadmeadows Broncos by 10 points to remain undefeated, with Amelia Velardo (13 points), Victoria Ikenasio (12) and Georgia Hanna (10) leading the way. Chrisy Triantafyllopoulous (14 points) and Emma Povh (12) stood up for the Broncos in the defeat. Geelong Supercats brought up their first win with a 22-point thrashing of Nunawading Spectres. Alisha Knights posted 20 points, while Grace Brown (14) and Alice Irving (11) were busy. For the Spectres, Louisa Fakalata finished with a team-high 16 points. Bendigo Braves had an equally impressive win over Warrandyte Venom by 22 points in a 65-43 victory. Madeline Marks (14 points) was one of four players to post double figures, while Casey Donner (12) was the Venom’s highest scorer.

MUVJBL U18G review: Huge wins separate sides

THERE were some one-sided contests in the opening round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition, allowing some teams to assert their dominance early.

Kilsyth Cobras had the largest win of the round, posting 82 points to McKinnon Cougars’ 25, in a whopping 57-point thrashing at home. They shared the points around, with Georgia Booth top-scoring with 21, while Nikia Young (20) and Tia Wotherspoon (16) also got amongst the high scorers. Most importantly, all nine players on the night got on the board with at least two points, as the team showed how dangerous it could be on the attack. McKinnon had just the two scorers with five or more points, as Natasha Rivas Lee (seven) and Molly White (five) stood up in the heavy loss.

Dandenong Rangers claimed an equally impressive win the Ashe Pool, running out 42-point victors over Pakenham Warriors. The Rangers finished with a 74-32 victory, and wile no player recorded 20 points, they had a number of key contributors across the board. Elly Morgan finished the game with 19 points, while Emily Sewell (16) and Hannah Rapp (12) were also productive for the Rangers. Warriors’ shooter, Caitlin Demczuk did her best by posting 12 points, but with Chloe Preston (seven) and Shanae Williamson (five) the other two highest scorers, there was not quite the same spread as the Rangers.

In other Ashe Pool results, Southern Peninsula recorded a 75-40 win over Frankston Blues. Emirson Devenie (21) points and Gemma Simon (20) were both productive on offence, while Kassie Boorer sunk 15 points for the losers. Diamond Valley got up against Nunawading’s second side in a 13-point victory. Chelsea Bailey (13 points) was the only double-figure scorer for the Eagles, but they had a massive seven players with five points or more, while the Spectres had just the three, led by Ebony McMillan (12). Meanwhile, a 22-point game from Casey Valenti-Paea was not enough for Bulleen Boomers to sink Knox Raiders, as Arielle Mackey-Williams (18 points), Alannah Chatfield (11) and Zoe Jenkins (10) all went to work on the offensive boards.

MUVJBL U18 Girls Ashe Ladder


The Watson Pool was much tighter as the largest margin stood at just 16 points. That match was a 66-50 victory to Hawthorn Magic over Warrandyte Venom. Ryleh Killian was the star for Hawthorn with 21 points, while Alycia Kennedy assisted with 11 points. For Warrandyte, Ella Whiting-Le Cras (13 points) and Amy Dickson (12) both were prominent, but with six Magic players scoring five points or more, the spread of the scorers was the difference in the end.

The closest game was between two sides potentially pushing for the title, with Dandenong Rangers escaping with a two-point win over Geelong Supercats. Remi Langmaid was the highest scorer for the Rangers with 14, while Ilma Hajdarovic (11), Rebecca Orwin (10) and Nihaal Saunders (nine) were also prominent. For the Supercats, it was Jasmine Whatley (15 points) who took the top scorer honours ahead of Brunswick Sharp (12), while Chloe Skinner and Alice Irving both scored six in the narrow 52-50 defeat.

In other Watson Pool results, Keilor Thunder defeated Nunawading Spectres, 65-55 thanks to the work of Georgia Hanna (19) and three others who reached double figures. The Spectres were led on the offensive end by Lucy Wales (12 points). Altona had an important win over Bendigo at home, with the Gators recording a 57-46 victory over the Braves. Jordan Wilson and Alicia Sciberras both posted 12 points for the Gators, while Tess Barnes also sunk 12 for the Braves. In the final game, Broadmeadows Broncos saw off the challenge of Melbourne Tigers by 10 points. Emma Povh sunk 16 points for the Broncos, ably assisted by Tamsyn Kirk (12), enough to overcome the Tigers who had Emily Kurkowski (21) and Sheridan Kavanagh (13) as the major scorers.

2019 MUVJBL U18 Girls Watson Ladder


MUVJBL U18 Girls: Crossover Round 2 Review

IN three of the four Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls Pools, two teams have emerged as the clear leaders to advance through to the championship division, while Diamond Valley looked ominous once again in Pool 3.

Pool 1:

Broadmeadows (47) defeated Eltham (34)
Waverley (54) defeated Melbourne 2 (39)

In Pool 1, the two top sides will fight it out for automatic promotion next week after Broadmeadows and Waverley claimed their second wins of the Crossover Group stage. Broadmeadows defeated Eltham by 13 points, while Waverley saw past Melbourne 2 by 15. In the first game, the usual suspects were again busy as Tamsyn Kirk (13 points), Chrissy Triantafyllopoulos (10), Oriana Siamoa (seven) and Emma Povh (seven) all got on the scoresheet. Eltham had the one main scorer with Alana Miersch putting up 10 points in the loss. In the other match, Waverley shared the points around in its win over Melbourne’s second side. Chelsea Gunther was the top scorer with 15 points, while Mia Cowan (11), Jayde Smith (eight) and Nyakoang Lok (seven) were all prominent scorers. For the losers, Charli Kelly was the one double-figure scorer with 10 points, while Molly Cleveland posted nine and Aila Haljeta finished with seven.


Pool 2:

Dandenong 2 (49) defeated McKinnon (29)
Frankston (46) defeated Collingwood (33)

Much like Pool 1, both winners set up an automatic promotion play-off in the final round of the Crossover Group stage after winning their Round 2 matches. Dandenong 2 took out McKinnon by 20 points, while Frankston knocked over Collingwood by 13 to back up their victories over the opposite opponents the week before. The Rangers’ second side looked to Ilma Hajdarovic who finished the match with 19 points, while Rebecca Orwin scored 10 and Remi Langmaid posted seven in a strong all-round team performance. For the Cougars, Natasha Rivas Lee was the top scorer with nine points, while Gabrielle Baftis finished with seven. In the second game, Frankston shared the points around in the solid win, as five players scored five or more points, while the All Stars had just two. Manuao Hakaria-Graham posted 11 points in the Blues’ victory, well assisted by Kassie Boorer (nine) and Zoe Schonfelder (seven). For Collingwood, Alexandra Dennis scored seven points, while Lex Green finished with five.


Pool 3:

Diamond Valley (72) defeated Sunbury (22)
Melbourne (64) defeated Ringwood (21)

Diamond Valley sent an ominous warning to the competition with a thumping win over Sunbury to assure themselves of automatic promotion. After defeating Melbourne by 20 points last round, the Eagles destroyed the Jets by 50 points, while the Tigers went on to dismantle Ringwood Hawks by 43 points in what spells a one-sided affair next round when the Eagles take on the Hawks. In the 50-point belting, Diamond Valley recorded a massive eight players that recorded five points or more. Eliza Bannan (15 points) led the way, but Keeley Evans (13), Imogen Rock (12),  Abby Hildebrand (six) and Demi Albon (six) all contributed in the big win. Sunbury’s Kasey Ward was the sole point scorer over five, with seven points in the loss. Melbourne also shared the points around up the offensive end despite not having a huge individual scorer. Emily Kurkowski (11 points), Emma Boyall (10) and Trinity Skenderis (10) were all prominent for the Tigers, while Eliza Russell (seven) and Abigail Lees were the main scorers for the Hawks.


Pool 4:

Warrandyte (50) defeated Bulleen 2 (31)
Pakenham (51) defeated Werribee (38)

Like the opening two pools, Warrandyte and Pakenham recorded their second wins of the Crossover Group stage, knocking off Bulleen 2 and Werribee respectively to set up an automatic promotion match in the final match on Friday. In the first match last Friday, Warrandyte scored a 19-point win over Bulleen’s second side with three double-figure scorers in the game. Ella Whiting-Le Cras top scored with 15 points, while Amy Dickson and Andreina Gammilonghi both posted 11. For the losing side, Tahlia Bird managed nine points in a solid effort, while Sofia Ruscitti finished with six. In the closer game, Pakenham got the job done over Werribee in a 13-point victory. Caitlin Demczuk scored 13 points in the win, while Alahna Arnason (12) and Rhiannon Gallagher (11) both posted double-figure scores. For the losers, Ariyel Edwards scored nine points, with Eliza Moodie and Rachel Kerr both finishing with eight. Now the Devils face the Boomers on Friday to remain in contention for a championship place.

MUVJBL U18 Girls: Crossover Round 1 Review

THE first round over the Crossover Group stage took place last Friday night as teams battled to get an early advantage in the stage towards qualification for the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball (MUVJBL) championship division. We recap the games and top scorers from each match in the AA division.

Pool 1:

Waverley (62) defeated Eltham (50)
Melbourne 2 (25) defeated by Broadmeadows (69)

In the first pool matches, Waverley Falcons were too strong for Eltham Wildcats, winning by 12 points at home, while Broadmeadows Broncos destroyed Melbourne Tigers’ second side in an ominous 44-point victory at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). In the opening game of the pool, the Falcons were led by Nyakoang Lok who sunk a massive 22 points – 13 more than any other player on the court. It proved to be the difference, however Mia Cowan was strong with nine points, and Elise Van Der Zweep finished with eight. For the Wildcats, no player reached double figures, but it made for unpredictable basketball as Madeline Daoud and Alana Mierisch (both nine points), led the way as six players recorded at least five points. The Broncos’ storming win was the result of sharing the points around as Tamsyn Kirk led the way with 12, while Emma Povh finished with 10. Oriana Siamoa and Chelsea Lewis both sunk eight points, as did Melbourne’s Jessica Hermus, assisted by Oonagh Remkes (six). Broadmeadows takes on Eltham in Round 2, while Waverley will be keen to make it two from two when it takes on Melbourne 2.

Pool 2:

McKinnon (35) defeated by Frankston (58)
Dandenong 2 (71) defeated Collingwood (46)

Pool 2 saw a couple of one-sided contests as Frankston Blues stormed to a 23-point win over McKinnon Cougars, while Dandenong’s second side was far too good for Collingwood, running away with a 25-point win. In the first game, Kassie Boorer was the most dominant scorer on the court, sinking 18 points, while Ana Gatkovic (eight), Manuao Hakaria-Graham (seven) and Zoe Schonfelder (seven) were also busy. For the Cougars, four players scored six points apiece – Natasha Rivas Lee, Lily Tait, Rebecca Pischke and Molly White. Dandenong’s thumping win over the All Stars was the product of eight players contributing at least six points. Remi Langmaid (12 points), Ilma Hajdarovic (11) and Talya Cunnington (10) all registered double figures, while Collingwood’s Alexandra Dennis (10) and Ayuen Akot (eight) were the top scorers for the All Stars. Dandenong takes on McKinnon at Sandringham on Friday, while Collingwood hosts Frankston at the State Basketball Centre.

Pool 3:

Diamond Valley (??) defeated Melbourne (??)
Sunbury (40) defeated by Ringwood (51)

Diamond Valley’s home court results are yet to be entered – having played Melbourne at Community Bank Stadium in the first game of Pool 3, Ringwood secured an early victory over Sunbury. The Hawks knocked off the Jets by 11 points, as three players helped themselves to double figures on the night. Georgia Watt and Emily Wellington both finished the match with 12 points for their side, while Abigal Lees sunk 10 in the Hawks’ win. For the Jets, Emma Portelli was the top scorer with 10 points, while Jessica Evans and Mackenzie Hayes sunk seven apiece. In Round 2, Diamond Valley takes on Sunbury at Craigieburn, while Melbourne faces Ringwood at Doncaster.

Pool 4:

Warrandyte (47) defeated Werribee (33)
Bulleen 2 (40) defeated by Pakenham (65)

In the final group, Warrandyte was too good for Werribee, recording a 14-point victory, while Pakenham ran over Bulleen’s second side on the way to a 25-point away victory. Ella Whiting-Le Cras scored 13 points for the Venom, while Hannah Wildner (10) and Amy Dickson (nine) were also big contributors. The Devils did not have as much spread across the board which was ultimately the difference, as Eliza Moodie sunk a team-high 10 points, while Lauren Jones was the other notable scorer with eight. In the final game of the group, the Warriors, led by Caitlin Demczuk (22 points) proved too good for Bulleen 2. Shanae Williamson (13 points) and Rhiannon Gallagher (12) were also busy in the front half, while Tahlia Bird top scored for the Boomers with eight points. Bulleen 2 take on Warrandyte at Eltham on Friday night, while Pakenham hosts Werribee at Dandenong.

Meanwhile of those teams already qualified for the championship division…

XX Round results:

Keilor (50) defeated by Bendigo (62)
Hawthorn (63) defeated Altona (47)
Knox (44) defeated by Dandenong (57)
Bulleen (53) defeated Geelong (33)
Nunawading (51) defeated Kilsyth (24)
Nunawading 2 (63) defeated Southern Peninsula (57)