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MUVJBL U16 Girls VC review: Preliminary Finals – Bulleen and Dandenong earn a second shot

BULLEEN Boomers and Dandenong Rangers have survived tight encounters during the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division semi-finals to advance through to the preliminary finals. The Boomers just got past the Keilor Thunder by five points, while Dandenong’s dominance during the regular season earned it top spot, but the Rangers only just got past a plucky Sandringham Sabres outfit by four points after going down in the qualifying final the week before.

Bulleen Boomers (70) defeated Keilor Thunder (65)

Bulleen would have sighed a breath of relief after just getting past Keilor in a tight semi-final contest. Both Bulleen and Keilor opened with 19 points in the first term, before Bulleen stretched to a three-point lead into half-time. They followed their good work into the third with 24 points to 18 – conceding the fourth (13-17) but finishing comfortably with the win. Tabitha Betson and Emily Maltezos led for the Boomers with 19 points, followed by Kobie Kino on 13. Betson finishes the league in 18th for points per game (PPG). For Ballarat, Rosie Todd stood up well with 14 points, followed by Milly Sharp on 11. Georgia Cox and Milly Simpson finished the season in seventh and 11th for PPG.

Dandenong Rangers (69) defeated Sandringham Sabres (65)

Dandenong has survived an alimighty scare to see off Sandringham in a thrilling semi-final. The Sabres started strongly in the first half to lead the Rangers by 10 points into the main break and almost looking like causing an upset, before the Rangers got back on top with a 41-27 second half to run out narrow winners. It was the 26-point closer which carried the Rangers to their preliminary final. The Rangers continued to take the hard way into finals and do so marginally to progress against Diamond Valley. Dallas Loughridge and Nyadiew Puoch carried themselves well to 20 points each against the Sabres, moving to third and fourth for PPG. Maya Dear and Hannah Wickstrom followed close for the Sabres with 20 and 19 points respectively. Despite the impressive performances from her opponents, Wickstrom closes out the league above in second place for PPG, while Dear finishes in thirteenth.

The Championship Division tips off the Preliminary Finals on Friday night with the Diamond Valley Eagles facing Dandenong Rangers at Mullum Mullum, while the Keilor Thunder come up against the Bulleen Boomers at Broadmeadows.

MUVJBL U16 Girls review: Top four sides create separation

A DRAW on the road to Knox Raiders has stolen the first points of the season from Bulleen Boomers, as the Raiders consolidated fourth spot in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls’ Watson Pool. Meanwhile the top four sides in the Ashe Pool all had big wins, creating a four-point buffer on their opponents.

Watson Pool:

Altona Gators 32 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 58
Sandringham Sabres 58 defeated Melbourne Tigers 41
Bulleen Boomers 48 drew with Knox Raiders 48
Southern Peninsula 47 defeated Bendigo Braves 46
Eltham Wildcats 47 defeated Frankston Blues 45

Bulleen Boomers survived their first loss of the season with a 14-9 final term after trailing by five points at the final break. Knox put together a big third quarter which saw the underdogs pile on 21 points to 11, but like every good team, the Boomers managed to reel them in. Kaitlyn Scott scored 14 points for the Raiders, while Jaida Reid nailed 13. For the Boomers, Tabitha Betson and Emily Maltezos both scored 10 points. In what was almost another draw, Southern Peninsula Sharks upset Bendigo Braves, holding on at home in a nervous final term. The Sharks led by 13 points at the final break, but the Braves hit back with everything they had, sinking 16 points to four, but ultimately falling short. Bella Breen (20 points) and Chantelle James (18) starred for the Sharks in the one-point win, while April Eeles (12) top scored for the Braves. In other results, Eltham Blues escaped with a two-point win over Frankston Blues courtesy of 17 points from Dyani Ananiev, while 19 points from Maya Dear helped Sandringham Sabres account for Melbourne Tigers by 17 points and Nunawading Spectres (led by Sienna Cutajar with 18 points) toppled the Altona Gators, 58-32.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons 40 defeated by Dandenong Rangers 62
Keilor Thunder 66 defeated Ringwood Hawks 37
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Hawthorn Magic
Diamond Valley Eagles 87 defeated Bellarine Storm 49
Ballarat Rush 64 defeated Sunbury Jets 33

In the four games which had confirmed scores as of publishing, Diamond Valley Eagles and Dandenong Rangers kept pace at the top of the table with big wins. The Eagles were far too good for Bellarine Storm, making a statement with an 87-49 victory. Sophie Burrows sank 20 points, while Teah Reichert posted 19 in the victory, while for the Storm, Charlotte Murray finished with 13. Dandenong also enjoyed a big win, defeating Waverley Falcons by 22 points. After leading by 17 points at half-time, the Rangers felt the Falcons hit back in a 21-10 third term to cut the deficit to just six at the last change, before powering home with a 23-7 final term on their way to a 62-40 victory. Dallas Loughridge scored 16 points for the winners, while Maddie Pinchbeck finished with 14 for the losers. Third placed Keilor Thunder had no troubles against Ringwood Hawks, racing to a 66-37 win courtesy of a 40-11 first half. Tess Heal was superb with 24 points, while Amisyn Leigh and Macey Boyle both scored 14 for the Thunder. Sophie Downes (12 points) was the highest scoring Hawk. Ballarat Rush had no problems against Sunbury Jets, winning every quarter on their way to a 31-point victory. Milly Simpson sank 16 points, while Georgia Cox (13) and Milly Sharp (10) managed in the win.

MUVJBL U16 Girls review: Eagles swoop on top spot

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

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

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

Ashe Pool:

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

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

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

Watson Pool:

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

MUVJBL U16 Girls review: Eagles win battle of the birds

DIAMOND Valley Eagles have swooped in with a commanding response to their first defeat last week with a barnstorming 64-18 win over Waverley Falcons in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls championship division.

The Eagles went down to top-of-the-table Melbourne Tigers in Round 2, but quickly moved past that loss to hand the Falcons their second consecutive defeat. Diamond Valley’s intent early was clear, piling on 24 points to six in the first term, and by half-time had 36 points on the board to 13. The one-way traffic did not stop there as the Eagles scored 12 points to five in the third term, before posting 16 points to zero in the last quarter for an eye-opening 46-point win. Teah Reichert managed a game-high 15 points for the Eagles, ably assisted by Aseka Ratnayake (11), while Molly Wolfenden and Eleanor Bollands both scored eight. For the Falcons, Vanessa Carni and Maddie Pinchbeck scored six points each in the big loss.

In the game of the round, Bellarine Storm survived an almighty comeback from Kilsyth Cobras to run out 46-45 winners in their Ashe Pool game. The Storm seemed to have the game under control in the first half, racing to a 17-6 lead at quarter time and maintaining that 13-point advantage by half-time. Kilsyth cut into the deficit in the third term, reducing the managing to just 10 by the final break, then threw everything at Bellarine, scoring 18 points to 11, heartbreakingly falling short. Summer Field (14 points) and Charlotte Murray (11) led the way for the winners, while Cheyenne Moore (nine) was the top scorer for Kilsyth as Gemma Hancock, Jada Martin and Tayja Maki all finished with eight.

In other Ashe Pool results, Ringwood Hawks secured their first win of the season after a strong 13-7 third term against Hawthorn Magic to win 49-45. Zoe Servinis and Katrina Warton combined for 21 of the Hawks’ 49 points, while Ally Marshall (14 points) was the key scorer for the Magic. Keilor Thunder also survived a scare against Ballarat Rush, winning by just three points in a narrow 59-56 game. Tess Heal was outstanding for the winners yet again, posting 21 points, while Bella Peterson (12) and Jaz Salon (10) were also productive. Georgia Cox was unstoppable for the Rush finishing with 26 points, assisted by Milly Sharp (10). Meanwhile Dandenong Rangers were too strong for Sunbury Jets, piling on 47 goals to 19 in the first half to stamp their authority on the match in a 72-41 victory. They shared the points around with Nyadiew Puoch (15 points) the top scorer, while Dallas Loughridge (12), Abbey-Lee Wood (11) and Grace Montgomery (10) all reached double figures. For the Jets, Olivia Ogston posted 11 points, while Maddison Ford tried hard with nine.

In the Watson Pool, Sandringham Sabres recorded a round-high 78 points in their 40-point demolition of Altona Gators. The Sabres had their work cut out for them early, leading 12-11 at the first break, but then put the foot down in the second term with a 26-4 quarter. Now with a 23-point lead, Sandringham kept at it, piling on 40 goals to 23 in the second half on its way to a 78-38 win. Summer Keating scored a game-high 20 points, ably assisted by Maya Dear (17) and Hannah Wickstrom (15), while for the Gators, Jade Azzopardi finished with a team-high 10 points.

Bulleen Boomers fought out a six-point win over Nunawading Spectres in the battle of the undefeated teams. The Spectres had the upperhand early in the contest scoring 12 points to seven in the first term, and led by six at the main break. Bulleen raced back into the game with a 16-7 third quarter to then take the lead by three, before maintaining the rage with a 12-9 final term in the 40-34 victory. Kobie Kino scored a team-high 13 points for the Boomers, while Emily Maltezos was the other main scorer with nine in the low-scoring win. For the Spectres, Yasmin Spargo (14 points) and Olivia Morris (12) were the two key scorers.

In other results, Eltham Wildcats enjoyed a 50-42 victory over Southern Peninsula Sharks, leading by 12 points at the main break before the Sharks hit back to cut the final margin. Ashley Vee Mrmacovski posted 16 points in the win, while Sienna Privitera scored 17 for Southern Peninsula. Knox Raiders remained undefeated at the top of the Watson Pool with a clinical 68-35 win over the winless Frankston Blues. Gemma O’Donnell poured down 20 points and Jaida Reid sank 13, while for the Blues, Zoe Harvey (nine) was the highest scorer. In the final game, Melbourne Tigers showed their fight with a 55-34 win over Bendigo Braves, handing the Braves their first loss of the season. Jessica Barnett-Tonna scored 12 points in the win, while Caitlin Richardson finished with 11 points for the Braves.

MUVJBL U16G review: Visitors spoil party in opening round

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

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

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

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

Watson Ladder:

2019 MUVJBL U16 Girls Watson Ladder


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

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

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

Ashe Ladder:

2019 MUVJBL U16 Girls Ashe Ladder