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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 16

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

Hawthorn (63) defeated Whittlesea (61)

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

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

McKinnon (78) defeated Hume (65)

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

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

Casey (75) defeated by Bulleen (88)

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

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

Sunbury (80) defeated Keilor (67)

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

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

Wyndham (95) defeated Southern Peninsula (72)

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

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

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 15

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

Southern Peninsula (64) defeated Hawthorn (61)

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

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

Wyndham (111) defeated Whittlesea (51)

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

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

Hume (54) defeated by Casey (93)

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

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

Sunbury (66) defeated McKinnon (74)

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

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

Keilor (71) defeated Bulleen (80)

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

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

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 14

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

Southern Peninsula (52) defeated by Keilor (66)

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

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

Wyndham (67) defeated Casey (85)

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

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

Hume (69) defeated by Sunbury (91)

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

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

McKinnon (89) defeated Hawthorn (44)

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

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

Whittlesea (58) defeated Bulleen (86)

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

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

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 10

ROUND 10 of the Big V Women’s saw Bulleen and Sunbury continue their reign atop of the ladder with convincing wins in their respective clashes. Casey and McKinnon also got notable wins while Whittlesea slumped to their tenth straight loss for the season.

Hawthorn (52) defeated by Bulleen (65)

Bulleen proved why they are serious finals contenders notching up another win and defeating Hawthorn by 13 points. The Boomers got the jump on the Magic early establishing a 12-point lead and while Hawthorn worked their way back into the contest in the second and third term Bulleen dug deep to power home. It was a hard-fought win as the Boomers were stifled after the first quarter, unable to play with the same level of freedom.

Sian Gillam plied her trade for the Magic getting busy with 17 points at 30 per cent from the field and eight rebounds. Gemma Fyfe chimed in with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists as Ella Crump inserted herself into the thick of things with eight points. Amy O’Hara had a game to remember off the boards reeling in a whopping 17 rebounds with 11 of them defensive while also managing seven points. Kate Gaze was influential once again, producing 25 points and while she was not clinical from long range (two from nine) still found plenty of the ball. She also racked up nine rebounds and four steals as Louella Tomlinson made no mistake with her 18 points in her 38 minutes on court. Tomlinson registered another double-double thanks to her 17 rebounds while Hailey Merrigan was the next prominent shooter with six points in the win.

Whittlesea (59) defeated by Hume (80)

The Hume Broncos got the chocolates over Whittlesea as the Pacers remain winless for the 2021 season. It was a tale of two halves as Hume got the jump on Whittlesea earlier before they started to build momentum in the second half of the match. Hume came out with a real fire in the belly piling on 22 points to 14 in the opening term and upped the ante even further in the second quarter sinking 27 points while keeping their opponents to 10. Establishing a commanding lead by half time, the Broncos somewhat took their foot off the pedal as Whittlesea worked their way back into the contest.

Lyndsey Hoogenhout was at her damaging best with 23 points at 37 per cent from the field as she also flexed her muscles off the boards amassing 15 rebounds and four assists. Lauren Killmister was the next best thanks to her 10 points and five rebounds as Saule Kontautaite was down on her usual output only producing nine points in her 40 minutes on court but still managing five rebounds, three assists and four steals. It was a much more even contribution from Hume as five players hit double-digits. Jessica Azzopardi led the troops with 15 points albeit at 30 per cent from the field while she also amassed 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tashia Overby got busy in her 36 minutes on court with 13 points as Paige Tawaf also impressed recording 12 points, six rebounds and two steals. Sophie Byrnes hit the mark with 11 points as Leilani Siamoa was the sole other player to reach double-digits thanks to her 10 points, six rebounds all of which were defensive, three assists and two steals.

Wyndham (84) defeated Keilor (67)

Wyndham flexed their muscles over Keilor downing them by 17 points. They did not look like losing from the opening tip-off as Wyndham controlled the flow and tempo of the game especially in attack to find the basket. Despite a bit of a blip in the radar in the second term where the Thunder fought their way back to only be down by two points at half time Wyndham dominated the second half. Scoring 23 points and 24 points respectively while keeping Keilor to 15 and 17, Wyndham did not relent on their pressure to grind out the game and improve their standings on the ladder.

It was the Nicola Handreck show as she took centre stage for Wyndham with her 32 points at 67 per cent from the field. Some of Handreck’s best work came from beyond the arc as she drained nine of her 13 attempts while she also impressed off the boards with eight rebounds. Georgia Tauschke was a commanding force for the victors producing 17 points and seven rebounds while 12 proved to be the magic number for both Jessica Scannell and Courtney Middap as they recorded 12 points apiece. Looking at Keilor, Ally Keating was the most prolific shooter walking away with 18 points, four rebounds and three steals. Bianca Babic was hot on her heels with 14 points and seven rebounds as Emily Suckling produced 11 points at 31 per cent from the field.

Sunbury (74) defeated Casey (57)

A blistering first quarter from Sunbury gifted them the win over Casey as the rest of the game was played at even pace. Sunbury poured on 26 points to 11 in the opening quarter to claim the ascendancy and push Casey onto the backfoot. After quarter time the Jets were well held as Casey upped the ante in defence to really take it to their opponents and shut down their attacking options. However on the flipside Sunbury did not relent on their defensive pressure making it difficult for Casey to find any fast breaks.

Jacinta Beckley appeared to bring her own ball to the game topscoring with 30 points at 52 per cent. Beckley set the tone for the rest of her team as she also pulled in six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Bianca Dufelmeier also contributed highly with 17 points at 50 per cent from the field and just fell short of a double-double thanks to her nine rebounds. Courtenay Wragg inserted herself in the action with 10 points while Orla O’Reilly was a nuisance in defence with eight rebounds and two steals. Rachel Bell plied her trade for Casey posting 15 points and five rebounds. Credit to the work of the Jets, Shereesha Richards was down on her lofty standards sinking 14 points in her 40 minutes on court but still impressed off the boards registering 11 rebounds. Sarah Parsons was the other key contributor for Casey as she poured on 10 points and proved to be dead eye from the charity stripe.

McKinnon (84) defeated Southern Peninsula (60)

The final game of the round saw McKinnon defeat Southern Peninsula to secure their seventh win of the season and keep the Sharks towards the bottom of the ladder. McKinnon did all the running in the first quarter establishing an 11-point lead and steadily added to that margin throughout the game. McKinnon kept Southern Peninsula to 11 points in both the first and third term credit to their defensive pressure.

Four players managed to reach double-digits with both Claire Ioannidis and Rosie Fadljevic sitting on 14 points apiece. Fadljevic did not need long to assert herself on the game playing just 17 minutes and getting involved in just about everything racking up eight rebounds and five assists. Tara Brunto nailed 12 points and six rebounds while Tegan Cunningham chimed in with a handy 11 points and 13 rebounds. Morgan Ili was influential with her nine points and showcased her strength off the boards with 13 rebounds nine of which were offensive. Once again it was Tanarly Hood that stepped up to the plate for Southern Peninsula with 15 points and six rebounds while Ashleigh Wright worked tirelessly with her 12 points and three rebounds. Jayde Popovski continued her merry way sinking nine points in her 21 minutes on court while Fiona Darnell put up a strong performance off the boards with eight rebounds.

Round 11:

The job for Southern Peninsula does not get any easier as they take on premiership favourites Bulleen Boomers. A top of the table battle between Casey and McKinnon will bring plenty of excitement while Hume will have their hands full against an in-form Wyndham. Keilor will look to keep Whittlesea winless with a strong performance at home while Sunbury will take on Hawthorn in the final game of the round.

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 9

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

Wyndham (73) defeated by Bulleen (85)

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

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

Hume (63) defeated Hawthorn (54)

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

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

Casey (108) defeated Southern Peninsula (52)

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

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

McKinnon (84) defeated Whittlesea (45)

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

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

Keilor (52) defeated Sunbury (80)

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

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

Round 10:

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

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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 8

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

Southern Peninsula (73) defeated Whittlesea (52)

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

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

 Casey (77) defeated Wyndham (62)

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

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

Bulleen (87) defeated Hume (68)

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

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

McKinnon (72) defeated Sunbury (67)

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

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

Keilor (74) defeated Hawthorn (58)

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

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

Round 9:

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

Big V Women’s wrap: Round 7

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

Hume (63) defeated by Keilor (65)

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

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

Southern Peninsula (52) defeated by Wyndham (94)

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

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

Hawthorn (60) defeated by McKinnon (83)

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

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

Whittlesea (38) defeated by Sunbury (96)

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

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

Bulleen (84) defeated Casey (72)  

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

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

Round 8

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

2021 Big V Women’s wrap: Round 6

ROUND 6 of the Big V Women’s played host to a mixed bag of results as Sunbury just edged ahead of Wyndham by a mere point while Casey also secured their fifth win of the season. Whittlesea still remain at the bottom of the ladder yet to earn a win.

Southern Peninsula (49) defeated by Hume (65)

Hume Broncos got the job done against Southern Peninsula running out 16-point winners in what was a convincing performance by the visiting side. The Broncos burst out of the blocks in the first quarter piling on 23 points to nine and while the Sharks fought back in the second to eat into the margin they could not get within striking distance. The second half continued down a similar path as the Broncos held the ascendancy in the third and the fourth to secure their second win of the season.

Tanarly Hood was once again the standout player for Southern Peninsula producing a team-high 16 points while also reeling in seven rebounds and two assists. Fiona Darnell was a helping hand with her eight points and six rebounds in her 25 minutes on court while Annaliese Rogers also made her presence felt with six points. The combination between Hailey Wynd and Paige Tawaf caused headaches as they sunk 15 and 13 points respectively. Wynd also got busy with seven rebounds and two blocks as Tawaf also reeled in eight rebounds. Leilani Siamoa continued her strong start to the season nailing nine points and seven rebounds as Ellen Wright proved to be a menace off the boards with her 10 rebounds evenly split in offence and defence.

Keilor (69) defeated by Casey (78)

The top four battle between Keilor and Casey well and truly lived up to the hype as both sides showcased their scoring prowess and ability to lather on the pressure but in the end it was Casey that got the job done. Casey landed the first blow skipping out to a handy nine point lead but Keilor remained in touch in the second to get back within six. The Thunder simply could not emulate that second quarter of play in the third as Casey once again piled on the points and kept them at arms distance.

Keilor had a trio of players that bobbed up in Bianca Babic, Emily Suckling and Zoe Zwerling with the former leading the troops with 15 points in her 31 minutes on court. Suckling shot at a lowly 33 per cent from the field for her 11 points as Zwerling managed 11 points of her own but an improved rate of 44 per cent along with five assists. Ellen Kett and Jess Francke also got busy with nine points with the latter also managing four rebounds. For the winners, Rachel Bell was the gamechanger with her 27 points and conversion rate of 53 per cent. Bell also reigned in nine rebounds all of which were defensive. Shereesha Richards was the next best on court nailing 18 points at an impressive 75 per cent from the field along with nine rebounds as teammates Tegan Fowler and Sarah Parsons produced 13 and 10 points apiece.

Whittlesea (49) defeated by Hawthorn (79)

Hawthorn kept Whittlesea winless as they notched up their third victory for the season. The Magic held the ascendancy early and showed no signs of giving it up as they won every single quarter and did so convincingly. Hawthorn’s best quarter came in the second as they held the Pacers to a mere nine points while adding 20 to their total.

The familiar faces for the Pacers in Lyndsey Hoogenhout and Saule Kontautaite steered the ship in the loss as they got busy on the points scoring front. Hoogenhout topscored with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Kontautaite produced 13 points and three assists in the loss. Emily Verey also chimed in with a handy six points and seven rebounds. It was a complete team performance from the Magic as four of the seven players hit double-digits. Gemma Fyffe was a real livewire with her 16 points and five rebounds as Sian Gillam was hot on her heels with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Ella Crump slotted 14 points for the game as Amy O’Hara sunk 13 at an impressive 83 per cent clip along with her nine rebounds.

McKinnon (49) defeated by Bulleen (81)

Bulleen Boomers got back on the winners list after a shock loss in Round 5 to defeat McKinnon in style. After a sluggish start from both sides the Boomers kicked into gear in the second and maintained that level of momentum for the rest of the game, really putting the clamps on in the third term as they went on a scoring tear, shooting 31 points to nine. Although they took the pedal off in the final stanza the damage had already been done as Bulleen claimed a 32-point win.

It was a tough day at the office for McKinnon as only a handful of players managed to effectively hit the scoreboard. Rosie Fadljevic was the most prominent shooter for McKinnon walking away with 11 points for the night along with eight rebounds. Claire Ioannidis and Morgan Ili chimed in with 10 points apiece as Tegan Cunningham made her presence felt through her seven points and eight rebound effort. For the Boomers there was no denying that Rebecca Cole was a standout sinking 30 points at 44 per cent from the field while also amassing six rebounds and five assists. Kate Gaze also got busy with her 22 points and although Louella Tomlinson was not as prominent on the scoring front only registering eight points she dazzled off the boards with 17 rebounds.

Sunbury (73) defeated Wyndham (72)

The final game of the round went right down to the wire as Sunbury just pipped Wyndham at the post in a thrilling one point ball game. The Jets established a four point lead at the first break before both sides put on a tight battle in the second to nail 22 points each. Sunbury just kept their noses in front in the third term outscoring their opponents 21-20 to hold a narrow lead at the final change. But with it all to play for in the final quarter it was Wyndham that brought the heat pegging back the margin to fall agonisingly short.

There were multiple key contributors for Sunbury as Jacinta Beckley dominated with 19 points and six rebounds as partner in crime Bianca Dufelmeier showcased her class and scoring capacity to notch up 15 points at 56 per cent from the field. Tess Barnes and Emily Conn played their roles well registering 13 and 11 points apiece as Courtney Wragg imposed herself in multiple facets of the game with her nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Georgia Tauschke led all-comers with a game-high 24 points while both Nicola Handreck and Jamilee Pearce plied their trade with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Round 7

Hume will take on Keilor who will be looking to get back in the winners books while Wyndham will be ruing their chances and hoping to go one better against the struggling Southern Peninsula side. Hawthorn and McKinnon lock horns as the winless Whittlesea take on the high flying and undefeated Sunbury Jets. The final game sees another top four battle as Bulleen and Casey go head to head.

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 preview: Round 5

BULLEEN Boomers are the only side that remain undefeated heading into Round 5 of the Big V Women’s with Keilor Thunder suffering their first loss of the season last round and looking to bounce back this weekend. Meanwhile up the other end of the ladder, Whittlesea Pacers are on the lookout for their inaugural win in 2021.

Keilor vs. Southern Peninsula
Saturday, April 17 @6:00pm

Dropping their first game of the season last week by 19 points expect Keilor Thunder to be on the prowl for their next win and to solidify their standings in the top four with a strong performance here. On the flip side, Southern Peninsula have shown glimpses of dominance and will be hoping to find a level of consistency in their performance against Keilor.

Bianca Babic has been a key cog for the Thunder in season 2021 with her tenacity and willingness to drive to the basket a couple of fundamentals in the way she approaches the game. Babic alongside the likes of Emily Suckling, Ally Keating and Ellen Kett will have to be on their a-game if they are to bounce back from last week’s loss and pile on the pressure against Southern Peninsula. When it comes to the Sharks, Tanarly Hood is the main playmaker, able to get her hands to plenty of ball and most importantly score while Ashleigh Wright is the other one to keep an eye out for. Fiona Darnell has proven to be dominant off the boards and will need to be on full alert in this clash while Jayde Popovski will be hoping to recapture her hot form.

Hume vs. McKinnon
Saturday, April 17 @8:00pm

Both sides will be looking to creep their way up the ladder with McKinnon on the hunt for their third win of the season and Hume hoping to notch up their second. Coming into the Round 5 clash both sides will be riding high with McKinnon securing a 37-point win while Hume notched up an impressive 45-point victory.  With this in mind expect both teams to come out firing and to play with great flair and tenacity across the court as they look to replicate their attacking ways.

When looking at McKinnon there are a number of players that are capable of stepping up to the plate with Amelia Todhunter and Rosie Fadljevic capable of leading the way. The duo combined for 42 points last week and will be eager to replicate that type of performance against the lowly Hume Broncos. Other players to keep a key on throughout the clash are Katie Blazer and Isobel Anstey given their ability to bob up and hit the scoreboard. Hume have struggled to generate a wealth of scoring opportunities but when they do it is Leilani Siamoa that leads the way producing a team-high 11 points last round. Tashia Overby and Hailey Wynd will need to up their output if they are to worry McKinnon while Ellen Wright is a strong option off the boards and will have to bring that intensity on Saturday night.

Casey vs. Whittlesea
Saturday, April 17 @8:00pm

Casey will be searching for their fourth win of the season while Whittlesea will be aiming to secure their first for the year. It will be an uphill battle for the Pacers given the dominance of Casey who have proven they have the calibre to mix it with the best, currently holding onto second spot on the ladder.

There is no denying that Shereesha Richards is the main port of call for Casey with her explosive nature and all-round star power often earning her the limelight and for good reason. Coming off a 29 point and 12 rebound haul the Pacers will have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding ways to shut her down. Rachel Bunn is another player that poses a threat while Tegan Fowler and Rebekka Mawdsley are no slouches on the points scoring front. All eyes will turn to Indiana Bodley when she steps out on court for Whittlesea registering an impressive 21 points last round but at a lowly 35 per cent. If she can up the ante it will go a long way in troubling the second placed Casey. She will need support from the likes of Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout who have proven to be viable scoring options when given the time and space but just need to ensure they can have a sustained impact.

Sunbury vs. Bulleen
Saturday, April 17 @8:00pm

The final game of the round will see a huge clash between top four sides Sunbury and Bulleen with the latter looking to keep their unbeaten record intact. It is going to be a tantalising matchup as both teams are coming in hot with their ability to attack the rim a key feature in both their game plays.

The Jets will be hoping that Orla O’Reilly and Courtenay Wragg can combine once again to put some fear into the opposition and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Notching up 29 points collectively last round they proved to be real handy across the court while Tahnee Cannan is no slouch given her scoring prowess. Emily Conn is known for her ability to get busy while Bianca Dfelmeier is influential both on the scoreboard and off the boards. But anything that Sunbury can do, the Boomers can do bigger and better boasting a multi-pronged attack filled with WNBL talent. It is hard to ignore the likes of Kate Gaze and  Louella Tomlinson who are simply unstoppable once given a taste. Gaze put up a staggering 47 points in a showing of just how explosive she is while Tomlinson recorded a triple double. But if those two are kept quiet there are a wealth of other options that are capable of taking the reins with Annie Garrick and Kate Sturzaker able to chime in with some handy points and defensive plays to halt opposition teams in their tracks.