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MUVJBL Under 18 Girls Round 1 review: Sandringham gets home in thriller over Broadmeadows

SANDRINGHAM Sabres were able to find an extra effort in the final term to down Broadmeadows Broncos at home in Round 1 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition. The Sabres had the upperhand in the opening half, scoring 25 points to 20 to lead by five at the main break, but a huge third term from the visitors put the game on an even keel. Broadmeadows scored 11 points to six in a low-scoring term to level the scores at the last change, but Sandringham was able to find that burst in front of its home fans to score a game-high 20 points in the term, and win by four, 51-47.

Summer Keating was the main source of scoring for the Sabres, putting up 15 points including one from long range. She was far from alone however, as Maya Dear (12 points) and Charlotte Ryan (11) both combined well on the scoring front for the winners. Looking at Broadmeadows, the Broncos had the two key scorers on the night with Chrissy Triantafyllopoulos producing a team-high 14 points, whilst Emma Povh was the only player on court to successful sink multiple triples on her way to a respectable 10 points on the night.

Speaking of points, Dandenong Rangers had a flurry of them on their way to a massive 34-point win over Eltham Wildcats on the road. A 25-6 third term all but nailed the coffin shut for the Rangers who led by as much as 45 points at the final break before easing off in the last. Leah Mackenzie was unstoppable across the court with 21 points – including three triples – well supported by Nyadiew Puoch (15 points, one triple), Dallas Loughbridge (14, two) and Myah Healey (11, one). Megan Talevski scored a team-high 14 points for the Wildcats, whilst Keely Toohey and Mia Klaic both recorded 12 points in the loss.

Meanwhile Altona Gators defeated Knox Raiders by 12 points thanks to Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi (16 points) who worked well with Jordan Wilson (12) and Tyla Paraha (10) in the win, as Meg Robinson finished with a match-high 17. A 38-11 first half saw Melbourne Tigers completely destroy Ringwood Hawks before the visitors hit back for a final score of 60-43. Three Tigers scored double-figure points to Ringwood’s nine, as Victoria Poulos (16) was the top scorer, well aided by Tylah Hooper (13, including three triples). Finally, a Nunawading Spectres 2’s first term of 27-8 was all the home side needed on its way to a 20-point win over Frankston Blues. Ebony McMillan (17 points), Stephanie Georgantas (14) and Alannah Gillespie (13) were the most prominent scorers for the Spectres, whiles Gemma Simon sank three of the four match triples on her way to a team-high 13 points.

After a tight first term, Nunawading Spectres lifted the intensity to blow away Waverley Falcons by 44 points in the Watson Pool. The Spectres led by just two points at quarter time, but a 28-5 second term saw the home side run away with the contest early, and continued that momentum into the second half. Nunawading scored 18-8 in the third quarter and 17-8 in the final term on its way to a 79-35 win at home. Tayha Watkins shot a match-high 19 points which included a huge four triples, as she was well assisted by Luisa Fakalata (12 points), Stephanie Wales (12) and Grace Graham (10) in the victory. Falcons’ Hannah Griffith was the only scorer with double-figure points, shooting two triples on her way to a respectable 10 points.

The only other side to see the Spectres’ effort and go a step further was Kilsyth Cobras who completely dismantled Geelong United by 59 points. The Cobras’ defence kept United to just nine points in the second half as they piled on 54 points themselves to cruise to a huge 94-35 win. Ruby Nick (19 points) led the way, followed by Georgia Booth and Mariah Derkson (both 15). Meanwhile Diamond Valley also had a big win, downing McKinnon Cougars on the road by 35 points. Sophie Burrows dug deep for 17 points, while Jade Dunne and Imogen Rock put up 14 points apiece in the victory. Romy Price was a lone hand on the scoring front for the Cougars, drilling 12 of her team’s 30 points.

In the remaining two matches, Hawthorn Magic got past Ballarat Rush after keeping the Rush to just seven points in the first half, with Nikki Stanic shooting 14 points – including two three-pointers – while Emma Gebert (11) and Amy O’Hara (10) assisted strongly. Georgia Cox was the best on the losing side with 14 points. Keilor Thunder also mounted a huge come-from-behind four-point win over Bulleen Boomers, having trailed by nine at the final break. Led by Tess Heal (25 points), the Thunder roared to life in the final term with 17 points to four to run over the top of the Boomers. It was a great display of shooting prowess from two stars with Heal having an individual battle with Antoinette Emma-Nnopu (18 points) in the clash.

Round 1 results:

Ashe Pool:

Altona Gators (59) defeated Knox Raiders (47)
Eltham Wildcats (49) defeated by Dandenong Rangers (83)
Melbourne Tigers (60) defeated Ringwood Hawks (423)
Nunawading Spectres 2 (68) defeated Frankston Blues (48)
Sandringham Sabres (51) defeated Broadmeadows Broncos (47)

Watson Pool:

McKinnon Cougars (30) defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles (65)
Geelong United (35) defeated by Kilsyth Cobras (94)
Hawthorn Magic (53) defeated Ballarat Miners (35)
Keilor Thunder (49) defeated Bulleen Boomers (45)
Nunawading Spectres (79) defeated Waverley (35)

2020 MUVJBL U18 Boys/Girls Round 1 preview: Boomers and Rangers the highlight match, as Sabres and Broncos to clash

BULLEEN Boomers are set to host Dandenong Rangers in a huge Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Boys Championship Division Round 1 clash. Opening the new season, the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament winners in the Under 18s grade take on the unlucky semi-final losers, who just dropped out to North Adelaide in the penultimate round.

Bulleen’s strong list saw Anthony Dell’Orso sink 95 points across the tournament at an average of 15.8 points per game from his six matches. He sank 10 three-pointers in that time as one of a couple of dangerous options from deep. Owen Foxwell also knew how to hurt the opposition from three-point range, finishing the tournament with eight shots made from long range and an average of 11.2 points per game. Foxwell also got to the free throw line often, the most of any player on the Boomers’ side, while Daniel Poelsma (11.7 points per game) was a reliable two-point shooter and earned a number of crucial fouls. Marcel Haj (7.5 points per game) was the other key scorer, making it four players who can score regularly for the Boomers and will prove hard to stop for the Rangers.

Dandenong has its own quartet of dangerous scorers, with Elijah Duol averaging 10.7 points per game at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament, the most of any Rangers’ player in the seven matches. They know how to share the ball around though, with Justin Asi (9.6 points per game) a regular two-point shooter. Jacob Oryem (8.7 points) and Cooper Goonewardene (8.0 points) are both known dangers from all over the court and made the most free throws of any players on the team, with a nice balance between close range and long range attempts. The Rangers know how to force opponents to foul and they will look to pressure the Bulleen defence in what is set to be a huge opening round of basketball action.

In other games, Kilsyth Cobras take on Keilor Thunder in what should be an exciting one with both missing out on finals at the junior finals but showing some good signs, as should the Pakenham Warriors and Melbourne Tigers clash. Knox Raiders are predicted to be another strong side in the grade, hosting Geelong United, while Camberwell Dragons are a new team to the top division, travelling to face Diamond Valley Eagles. An all-Eltham battle should ignite some bragging rights, while Ringwood Hawks host Coburg Giants. In the other pool, Nunawading Spectres host Bendigo Braves, Ballarat Miners take on Hawthorn Magic, and McKinnon Cougars face Waverley Falcons.

Under 18 Boys Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Eltham Wildcats 2 vs. Eltham Wildcats
Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Camberwell Dragons
Knox Raiders vs. Geelong United
Bulleen Boomers vs. Dandenong Rangers
Ringwood Hawks vs. Coburg Giants

Pool 2:

Nunawading Spectres vs. Bendigo Braves
Pakenham Warriors vs. Melbourne Tigers
Ballarat Miners vs. Hawthorn Magic
McKinnon Cougars vs. Waverley Falcons
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Keilor Thunder

While it is expected both Bulleen and Dandenong will be strong in the Under 18 Girls’ Championship Division, the match to watch could well be Sandringham Sabres up against Broadmeadows Broncos. Both teams competed at the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament recently and while it did not go as well as it could have, they both won two from five matches in their respective pools. In Round 1 the two take to the court with the Sabres being the host.

Having come through the Under 16s Championship division last season, Sandringham has a number of talented ballers who could make the step up to the next level and cause some headaches for the opposition. At the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament, Charlotte Ryan averaged the most points with nine per game from her five matches, shooting predominantly from two-point range, but along with Maya Dear, is more than competent from three-point range. Dear showed plenty of talent last season and will be one to watch, not often getting to the foul line, but her jump shooting was impressive with her two-point and three-point numbers good. Summer Keating, Charlotte Zygarlicki and Jemima O’Toole all averaged more than five points at the tournament, with the trio capable of finding fouls and heading to the line, but less likely to unleash from long range.

Emma Povh was the key scorer for Broadmeadows during the Eltham Dandenong Junior Tournament, finishing with an average of eight points per game. While she was not a high scorer in play, her free-throw numbers – almost 50 per cent of her total score – tell a story of how worrisome her opponents can get when she approaches the basket. Oriana Siamoa recorded a greater than 50 per cent record in terms of her free-throw points scored from her overall points scored. Broadmeadows will not be a side that traditionally shoots from long range, with Povh and Emma Hoffman‘s three makes the highest in the team during the tournament. Chrisoula Triantafyllopoulos and Harmony Harder are the other scorers for the Broncos who might have an impact, not shooting from range, but Harder in particular is a concern for opposition players with 100 per cent of her points during the tournament coming in twos.

In other fixtures, Altona Gators host Knox Raiders, Eltham Wildcats take on Dandenong Rangers, Melbourne Tigers face Ringwood Hawks, and Frankston Blues travel to meet Nunawading Spectres 2. In the other Pool, McKinnon Cougars go head-to-head with Diamond Valley Eagles, Geelong United hosts Kilsyth Cobras, Ballarat Miners hit the road to face Hawthorn Magic, Bulleen Boomers take on Keilor Thunder, and Nunawading Spectres prepare to do battle with Waverley Falcons.

Under 18 Girls Round 1 fixtures:

Pool 1:

Altona Gators vs. Knox Raiders
Eltham Wildcats vs. Dandenong Rangers
Melbourne Tigers vs. Ringwood Hawks
Nunawading Spectres 2 vs. Frankston Blues
Sandringham Sabres vs. Broadmeadows Broncos

Pool 2:

McKinnon Cougars vs. Diamond Valley Eagles
Geelong United vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Hawthorn Magic vs. Ballarat Miners
Keilor Thunder vs. Bulleen Boomers
Nunawading Spectres vs. Waverley Falcons

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 8

THE penultimate round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Victorian Championship Division gets underway tomorrow night with some teams’ last chance for finals, while others hope to secure home finals with important wins.

Geelong Supercats (13th, 7-9) vs. Knox Raiders (2nd, 13-3)

Geelong Supercats are relying on an upset win against title contender Knox Raiders, and a victory in the final round to have any hope of making finals. They sit second bottom of the Championship Division teams, but do hold a strong record of five wins from seven matches at home. Their opponents are unbeaten on the road though, which means this match will be as tough as it gets for the home team. With the Raiders facing top-of-the-table Bulleen Boomers in the final round, this is a must-win to keep in contention for top spot. Charlise Dunn averages 11.0 points per game as the top Raiders shooter in what has been an even team season along with Georgia Baldwin (10.4). For Geelong, Carly Remmos and Alisha Knights have both averaged 12.4 points per game in the Championship Division.

Bendigo Braves (8th. 9-7) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (10th, 8-7-1)

A win for the visitors in the Bendigo-Diamond Valley clash will secure the Eagles a finals spot, and potentially move them clear of a couple of opponents to even position themselves for a home elimination final. They are just two wins from seven matches away though, while the Braves have won five from seven at home. They win and they are able to keep touch with Altona Gators just above them, and will be keen to also secure a home elimination final. Piper Dunlop (14.3 points per game) and Tess Barnes (13.5) are players to watch from the home side, while Jade Dunne (13.7) has been a standout shooter for Diamond Valley this season.

Altona Gators (7th, 10-5-1) vs. Nunawading Spectres (3rd, 12-4)

In another crucial clash for these sides, Altona Gators must win to ensure they grab a home final, but more importantly put themselves in pole position for a double chance. The Spectres might have a double chance locked up barring a complete disaster run – two losses and Altona and Dandenong both overtake them, but will be keen to take advantage of a top two clash in the final round to potentially grab a home qualifying final. The Gators are four wins and a draw from seven games at home, while the Spectres have not done too much wrong on the road with just the one loss from seven games, and losing its first game last week in a number of months. Louisa Fakalata has been a scoring machine, averaging 19.2 points per game and the top points scorer in the competition, while Maddison Zugna (12.4) has also been impressive this season. For Altona, Kayla Salmons has been a shining light, contributing 11.8 points per game.

Hawthorn Magic (9th, 8-6-2) vs. Southern Peninsula Sharks (14th, 7-9)

The lowest ranked side in the Championship Division, Southern Peninsula Sharks are coming off a win last round by 22 points over Bendigo Braves and will be keen to make it two on the trot to give themselves any chance of finals. They need to win both games and Diamond Valley and Geelong Falcons to lose both in order to lock up a finals spot. For the Magic, they need to win to maintain their spot in the top eight with Diamond Valley chasing their spot, along with the bottom two sides trying to force their way into the top eight. The Magic is three wins and a draw from seven games, while the Sharks have won three from seven on the road making this head-to-head tough to predict. Ryleh Killian has been a super player in the grade, sinking an average of 15.0 points per game, while for the Sharks, Charli Dobson and Emirson Devenie have both notched up 14.1 points per game.

Dandenong Rangers (5th, 11-5) vs. Bulleen Boomers (1st, 13-3)

In a game which could mirror a qualifying final in a fortnight, the top-of-the-table Boomers travel to Dandenong to face the fourth placed – in the Championship Division – Rangers. Dandenong has won five on the trot and is in fine form with five wins from eight games, while the Boomers have won the past three with an undefeated run when travelling from six matches. Alexandra Keating averages the most points of any player in the competition, with the Boomers shooter putting up 19.4 points per game, teaming well with Casey Valenti-Paea (14.5) and Erin Riley (10.3). The Rangers have also shared it around, with Emily Sewell (14.0), Elly Morgan (10.1) and Leia Hanafin (10.0) all showing they have the capability to put good numbers up when in the side.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC review: Round 7 – Eagles cause upset as Boomers pounce on top spot

DIAMOND Valley Eagles have shaken up the run to the finals with a crucial upset over previously top-of-the-table Knox Raiders in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division competition, allowing Bulleen Boomers to pounce on top spot. The result also meant Diamond Valley moved into eighth spot, and sit just one point behind seventh placed Hawthorn Magic when talking Championship Division finals.

The thrilling 55-51 upset victory was the story of the weekend for Diamond Valley, having to come from behind at quarter time to run rampant in the middle two quarters and extend the lead out to nine points heading into the last break. Knox threw everything at the Eagles in the last term, but fell four points short in the end. Jade Dunne (13 points) and Abby Hildebrand (12) were the key scorers for the Eagles in the victory, while Georgia Baldwin (14) reached double figures for the Raiders.

Bulleen took advantage of Knox’s slip-up in the best way possible, not only winning its match, but completely outplaying the third placed Nunawading Spectres in the second half. The Boomers lead by six points at half-time but put the foot down after the main break, piling on 36 points to nine to run away with the 68-45 victory and claim top spot on the table with two rounds remaining. Casey Valenti-Paea continued her scoring spree with 21 points, while Erin Riley (19) and Antoinette Emma-Nnopu (11) were also important in the victory. Louisa Fakalata posted up 18 points in the losing side, aided by Tayha Watkins (10).

Dandenong Rangers put the clamps on Hawthorn Magic early to set up an important 58-40 victory and retain fourth spot in terms of Victorian Championship Division finals. The Rangers piled on 18 points to five in the first term and then withstood a Hawthorn fightback in the second quarter, before adding 29 points to 21 in the second half and enjoying an 18-point win. Leia Hanafin scored 13 points, while Felicity Hilford (11) and Hannah Rapp (10) both assisted with big games. Ryleh Killian put in a terrific effort on the scoreboard, finishing with 15 points in the loss.

Southern Peninsula Sharks moved a step closer to finals whilst pushing Bendigo Braves a step back thanks to an upset win on the road. The Sharks kept their finals hopes alive, restricting the Braves to just two points in the first term, and then winning three terms in total to run away with a more than handy 69-47 victory. Emirson Devenie (23 points) and Keely Toohey (17) were key for the Sharks, while Tess Barnes sank 18 in a hard-working effort for the home side.

Geelong kept its finals hopes alive with an important 15-point win over Altona Gators at home. The Supercats arguably could have won by more after racing to a 25-point lead at the final break, having restricted the Gators to 13 points in the first half, and 24 by the last change. Altona got back on top in the final quarter to score 16 points to four and cut the final score to 40-55, but it was too little, too late. Carly Remmos (16 points) and Alisha Knights (12) were both important in the victory as the National Basketball League (NBL)1 Women’s pair took control of the game. Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi was a shining light in Altona’s loss, reaching a team-high 10 points.

In the Reserve grade, Kilsyth Cobras and Keilor Thunder continued their impressive winning streaks, making it seven and six on the trot respectively against Frankston Blues and Broadmeadows Broncos. Pakenham Warriors gained extra separation on McKinnon Cougars courtesy of a 16-point road win, while Melbourne Tigers downed Warrandyte Venom by 19 points, and Dandenong’s second side defeated Nunawading’s second side by just three points.

In Round 8 of the Victorian Championship, Bulleen Boomers travel to Dandenong Rangers in what could be the game of the round and massive for top four calculations, while the reformed Geelong Supercats have a tough ask up against a Knox Raiders side ready to bounce back from a rare loss. In other games, Altona Gators hopes to cause an upset against Nunawading Spectres, while finals places are on the line between mid-table sides, Bendigo Braves and Diamond Valley Eagles, and Hawthorn Magic and Southern Peninsula Sharks.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC review: Round 1 – Boomers and Eagles play out thriller

AFTER taking out the National Junior Classic four days prior, Bulleen Boomers’ Under-18 Girls were always going to be a team to beat in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Championship Division. On Friday night, Diamond Valley Eagles threw everything at the Boomers in a bid to grab an early win, but it was the champs that held firm in a three-point win – one of three matches in the grade that were decided by three points or less. Alexandra Keating (27 points) and Casey Valenti-Paea (20) were a tag team of horror for the Eagles, while Olivia Tsantarlis finished with eight points in the Boomers’ victory. For the losers, Abby Hildebrand (20 points) stood tall, while Keeley Evans and Jade Dunne both sank 12 points.

In the most thrilling game of the round, the two top sides from the pool stage went head-to-head and resulted in Knox Raiders defeating Altona Gators by just one point. Charlise Dunn (13 points) stood tall for the Raiders when it counted, while Georgia Baldwin (nine) and Zoe Jenkins (eight) were also important. For the Gators, Jordan Wilson (11 points) led the way, while Tyla Paraha sank nine in a strong effort.

In another thriller, Bendigo Braves got up on the road by just two points against a determined Dandenong Rangers side. With the Rangers having five players on the court with National Basketball League (NBL)1 experience, it was always going to be tough, but the Braves stood up to claim the win thanks to the team sharing the points around. Tess Barnes (15 points), Piper Dunlop (13) and Madeline Marks (11) all reached double figures, while for the Rangers, Emily Sewell was the only one to do so with 14, while Leia Hanafin was consistent with nine.

Nunawading Spectres flexed their muscles against Southern Peninsula Sharks on their way to a 32-point win at Dromana. Maddison Zugna (19 points) and Louisa Fakalata (15) were the key scorers in the win, while the Sharks had a couple of double-figure scorers themselves with Charli Dobson (14) and Keely Toohey (11) up against it. In the other big win, Hawthorn Magic knocked off Geelong Supercats by 19 points, with prominent shooter Ryleh Killian (20 points) leading the way, while Georgia Gray sank 10. For the Supercats, Alisha Knights (19 points) was the sole double-figure scorer, as Brunswick Sharp recorded seven on the night.

In the reserve grade, three games were decided by eight points or less, with McKinnon Cougars coming the closest to a win they had all season, going down to Frankston Blues by five points, while Dandenong Rangers 2 got up over Melbourne Tigers by eight, and Pakenham Warriors and Nunawading Spectres 2 played out a 70-all draw. In the other games, Broadmeadows Broncos proved too good for Warrandyte Venom in an 18-point victory, while Kilsyth Cobras had no issues dismissing Keilor Thunder, 55-35.

In the Championship Division next week, unlucky Round 1 losers, Diamond Valley and Dandenong go head-to-head, while Bulleen and Bendigo clash in what is set to be a beauty. In other games, Knox travels to take on Southern Peninsula, Altona hosts Hawthorn and Nunawading welcomes Geelong.

MUVJBL U18 Girls review: Eagles hold on in nervous draw to qualify

ALL 10 sides that sat in championships division qualification places for the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition, remained in those spots with the fourth and fifth placed sides both winning. However it did not stop some nervous times for clubs, including Diamond Valley Eagles who almost surrendered fifth spot to Kilsyth Cobras.

Ashe Pool:

McKinnon Cougars 46 defeated by Dandenong Rangers 75
Frankston Blues 35 defeated by Bulleen Boomers 89
Pakenham Warriors 43 defeated by Southern Peninsula Sharks 62
Diamond Valley Eagles 63 drew with Kilsyth Cobras 63
Nunawading Spectres 2 42 defeated by Knox Raiders 75

The match of the round by far was the draw between the Eagles and the Cobras, with fifth spot up for grabs. Given Kilsyth’s percentage was higher, a win to the Cobras would have catapulted them into the qualification places, despite the Eagles holding fifth spot coming into the round. Kilsyth led by four points at quarter time, but the Eagles hit back to head into the main break five points in front. The second half saw the Cobras claw their way back to level by the final break courtesy of a 23-18 third term, before both teams were strong defensively in the last quarter, scoring 11 points each to level at 63-apiece. The win meant the Eagles held onto fifth, thanks to the work of Keeley Evans (12 points), Georgia Kitchell (10) and Demi Albon (10). The Cobras came very close to victory, mostly due to the damaging trio of Nikita Young (20 points), Georgia Booth (18) and Ruby Nicks (14). The other two games that could have mixed up the top five were Southern Peninsula Sharks against Pakenham Warriors, and Dandenong Rangers taking on McKinnon Cougars. With both the Warriors and Cougars in the bottom two, it was expected the higher ranked sides would secure the spots. That is exactly what happened with the Sharks winning 62-43 over the Warriors – Charli Dobson‘s 16 points and Emirson Devenie‘s 15 among the highlights – while the Rangers raced to a 75-46 win over the Cougars. Emily Sewell dominated with 33 points, while Elly Morgan sank 17, and for the Cougars, Gabrielle Bafitis had 15 of her own. In other results, the top two sides cruised to easy wins with Knox Raiders remaining undefeated this season thanks to a 75-42 win over Nunawding Spectres. Charlise Dunn (23 points) starred for the Raiders, while Stephanie Wales managed 12 for the Spectres. Finally, Bulleen Boomers had no trouble against Frankston Blues on their way to a huge 54-point victory. Five players reached double figures – including four with 16 points or more – with Casey Valenti-Paea‘s 20 points the most of any player. For the Blues, Olivia Corrigan and Zoe Schonfelder both managed 12 points in the heavy defeat.

Watson Pool:

Geelong Supercats 58 defeated Warrandyte Venom 44
Bendigo Braves 53 defeated Hawthorn Magic 25
Keilor Thunder 61 defeated Dandenong Rangers 2 51
Melbourne Tigers 57 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 65
Altona Gators 47 defeated by Broadmeadows Broncos 53

As the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and in the case of the Watson Pool this rang true as the fifth placed Geelong Supercats held onto the qualification place after a win in Round 9. The Supercats saw off a determined Warrandyte Venom side desperate to win their first game, while the home side also needed to fend off Broadmeadows Broncos and Keilor Thunder who were percentage behind them in sixth and seventh respectively. In the Supercats’ 58-44 win, they won every quarter but it was far from convincing early, leading by just five points at the final break before storming to a 20-11 final term in the 58-44 win. Karli Bruce and Alisha Knights both top scored with 11 points for the winners, while Ella Whiting-Le Cras (15) and Andreina Gammilonghi (14) were the key scorers for the Venom. It was heartbreak for Broadmeadows, with the Broncos upstaging top-of-the-table Altona Gators by six points – the second consecutive loss for the Gators. Despite the win, the Broncos missed out on qualifying, although Chrisy Triantafyllopoulos scored 13 points and Emma Povh managed 10 for the winners. Kayla Salmons reached double figures for the Gators with 10 points. Keilor Thunder also missed out on percentage despite a strong 61-51 victory over Dandenong Rangers 2. Amelia Velardo was impressive for the Thunder with 21 points, while Rangers’ shooter Perina Leime managed 14 in the loss. In other results, Nunawading Spectres head into the championship division with winning form, knocking off Melbourne Tigers 65-57. Louisa Fakalata was everywhere, sinking 27 points, while Tayha Watkins managed 15. For the Tigers, Sheridan Kavanagh top scored with 12 points. In the final game, Bendigo Braves stole second spot from Hawthorn Magic with a massive 28-point win that not many saw coming. The Braves restricted the Magic to just 10 points in the second half, and 25 for the game in the 53-25 victory. Piper Dunlop (12 points) and Tess Barnes (16) were the key scorers for the Braves, while Ryleh Killian (11) was the sole double-figure scorer for the Magic.

Championship Division: (To start after Queen’s Birthday long weekend)

Knox Raiders
Bulleen Boomers
Dandenong Rangers
Southern Peninsula Sharks
Diamond Valley Eagles
Altona Gators
Bendigo Braves
Hawthorn Magic
Nunawading Spectres
Geelong Supercats

Reserve Division:

Kilsyth Cobras
Nunawading Spectres 2
Frankston Blues
Pakenham Warriors
McKinnon Cougars
Broadmeadows Broncos
Keilor Thunder
Dandenong Rangers 2
Melbourne Tigers
Warrandyte Venom

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 2

LAST week one Pool was close and another had a number of beltings and in Round 2, the Under 18 Girls look to do battle again in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) championship division.

Ashe Pool:

McKinnon Cougars (10th, 0-1) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (4th, 1-0)
Frankston Blues (8th, 0-1) vs. Dandenong Rangers (2nd, 1-0)
Knox Raiders (5th, 1-0) vs. Southern Peninsula Sharks (3rd, 1-0)
Pakenham Warriors (9th, 0-1) vs. Kilsyth Cobras (1st, 1-0)
Nunawading Spectres 2 (7th, 0-1) vs. Bulleen Boomers (6th, 0-1)

In Round 1, the Ashe Pool had some mighty thrashings, and first placed Kilsyth Cobras will be looking to back up their big victory with another against ninth placed Pakenham Warriors. Georgia Booth (21 points) and Nikita Young (20) were the top scorers for the Cobras in their win against McKinnon Cougars. A highly anticipated clash will be that of fifth placed Knox Raiders hosting third placed Southern Peninsula Sharks. Arielle Mackey-Williams and Charli Dobson scored 18 points each for their respective Raiders and Sharks sides, while the Sharks also had Emirson Devenie (21) and Gemma Simon (20).

In the other matches, McKinnon Cougars will be keen to improve on their Round 1 effort, this round hosting Diamond Valley Eagles. Frankston Blues will also search for their first win when they come up against Dandenong Rangers, while Nunwading Spectres 2 host Bulleen Boomers, with Boomers’ Casey Valenti-Paea’s 22-point effort in Round 1 the most for any player in the grade.

Watson Pool:

Keilor Thunder (3rd, 1-0) vs. Broadmeadows Broncos (4th, 1-0)
Geelong Supercats (6th, 0-1) vs. Nunawading Spectres (7th, 0-1)
Hawthorn Magic (1st, 1-0) vs. Dandenong Rangers 2 (5th, 1-0)
Bendigo Braves (9th, 0-1) vs. Warrandyte Venom (10th, 0-1)
Melbourne Tigers (8th, 0-1) vs. Altona Gators (2nd, 1-0)

In the Watson Pool, the Round 1 matches were considerably closer, and a bottom two clash between Bendigo Braves and Warrandyte Venom is still likely to cause plenty of intrigue. Up the other end of the ladder, Hawthorn Magic takes on fifth placed Dandenong Rangers 2. Magic shooter, Ryleh Killian finished last round with 21 points, while Remi Langmaid top scored for the Rangers with 14. Third placed Keilor Thunder and fourth placed Broadmeadows Broncos also face off to try and go 2-0 to start the season. Georgia Hanna scored 19 points for the Thunder, while Emma Povh was the top shooter for Broadmeadows Broncos with 16.

In the other games, sixth placed Geelong Supercats and seventh placed Nunwading Spectres go head-to-head in a battle of the two narrowest losers from Round 1. Eighth placed Melbourne Tigers also look to get their first win on the board, but will have a tough task at Melton against second placed Altona Gators.

MUVJBL Girls: Championship Division teams

THE final four teams have qualified for the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) championship division across both the Under 18s and Under 16s Girls.

In the Under 18 Girls, three of the higher ranked sides in their respective pools advanced, with Frankston, Melbourne and Warrandyte all moving through, while third placed in Pool A, McKinnon also advanced after a four-point win over Waverley.

Under 18 Girls Crossover Round Results:

Frankston (59) defeated Eltham (41)
Waverley (42) defeated by McKinnon (46)
Melbourne (58) defeated Werribee (40)
Warrandyte (43) defeated Ringwood (37)

Championship division:

1. Altona
2. Bendigo
3. Broadmeadows
4. Bulleen
5. Dandenong
6. Dandenong 2
7. Diamond Valley
8. Frankston
9. Geelong
10. Hawthorn
11. Keilor
12. Kilsyth
13. Knox
14. McKinnon
15. Melbourne
16. Nunawading
17. Nunawading 2
18. Pakenham
19. Southern Peninsula
20. Warrandyte

In the Under 16 Girls, the top two ranked sides in Pool A and B beat Melbourne and Dandenong’s second sides, with Bendigo and Ringwood advancing. In the later pools, both third placed sides got up in upsets, with Southern Peninsula and Sunbury both recording comprehensive wins over Wangaratta and Casey respectively to move through to the championship division.

Under 16 Girls Crossover Round Results:

Bendigo (52) defeated Melbourne 2 (41)
Ringwood (48) defeated Dandenong 2 (45)
Wangaratta (52) defeated by Southern Peninsula (62)
Casey (42) defeated by Sunbury (59)

1. Altona
2. Ballarat
3. Bellarine
4. Bendigo
5. Bulleen
6. Dandenong
7. Diamond Valley
8. Eltham
9. Frankston
10. Hawthorn
11. Keilor
12. Kilsyth
13. Knox
14. Melbourne
15. Nunawading
16. Ringwood
17. Sandringham
18. Southern Peninsula
19. Sunbury
20. Waverley

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Girls – Crossover Round 2

ONE round is down and two more to go in the Crossover Group stage of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 and Under 16 Girls age groups. We take a look at the AA division where teams are looking to qualify for the championship division at the end of the group stage.

Pool 1

In the opening round, Broadmeadows Broncos were far too good for Melbourne Tigers’ second side, recording a whopping 44-point win, while Waverley Falcons claimed the three points against Eltham Wildcats in the other match. Looking ahead to Round 2, the Broncos take on the Wildcats, while the Tigers will look to keep their championship division hopes alive with a win over Waverley. Given the results of the first round, automatic qualification could come down to the final round when the Broncos face the Falcons, but the Wildcats are still a chance if they can defeat the top ranked side in this clash. As for the Tigers, automatic promotion seems a slim chance unless they record two big wins.

Pool 2

Close neighbouring associations, Dandenong 2 and Frankston both had good wins in the opening group round, defeating Collingwood and McKinnon respectively by 25 and 23 points. In tonight’s action at Sandringham, the Rangers’ second side takes on the Cougars, while the late game at the State Basketball Centre sees Collingwood face Frankston. If both Dandenong 2 and Frankston win, it sets up a third round match for automatic qualification, while the other two sides will be battling to stay in contention for the championship division with the loser bundled out. All four teams could still make automatic qualification, but a second loss here would rule them out.

Pool 3

In the third pool, Diamond Valley Eagles hosts Sunbury Jets at Craigieburn, while Melbourne Tigers ‘host’ Ringwood Hawks at Doncaster. The Eagles and Tigers saluted in their first group clashes, and now the Jets will be hoping to push the Eagles all the way in their clash after losing by 11 points to Ringwood last week. The Eagles proved too good for the Tigers in a 20-point win, and like the other two groups will likely play Ringwood for an automatic qualification spot in the final round. Ringwood only had the narrow win but now the Hawks have their eyes set on the Tigers and will be keen to sure up a second win and guarantee at least a top three spot.

Pool 4

In the final Pool, Bulleen Boomers 2 takes on Warrandyte at Eltham tonight, as Pakenham faces Werribee at Dandenong. Last week, Pakenham was too good for Bulleen, running out 25-point winners, while Warrandyte knocked off Werribee by 14 points. Now both winners have a chance to move to two wins and face-off in the final round for an automatic . qualification place, while Bulleen 2 and Werribee will be hoping to upset the apple cart with victories. The Warriors looked the stronger side in Round 1, but the Venom should not be discounted and will be keen to take down the Boomers and mount their case for the championship division.


Under 16s:

The Under 16 Girls AA Division saw some one-sided matches in Round 1, with most teams winning comfortably and looking likely to secure top two spots in each pool.

In Pool 1, Bulleen Boomers knocked off Dandenong Rangers 2 by 19 points, while Bendigo Braves flexed their muscles against Nunawading Spectres 2 in a 34-point victory. Both first sides look likely to emerge as victors in the second games, with Nunawading 2 hosting Bulleen at Donvale, while Bendigo will take on Dandenong 2 at Sunbury.

In Pool 2, Ballarat and Ringwood were the big winners from Round 1 with Ballarat knocking over Melbourne 2 by 33 points as Ringwood worked past Latrobe with a 24-point win. Now Ballarat takes on Latrobe at the State Basketball Centre, while Ringwood faces Melbourne 2 at Boroondara Sports Complex.

In the closest match of the division, Wangaratta got the points against Sunbury in an eight-point thriller, while Altona proved too good for Hawthorn 2. In a rare occasion for the division, the two winners face-off in the second round, with the Crocs hosting Wangaratta at Mill Park, while Hawthorn 2 hopes to get on the winners board by hosting Sunbury at Community Bank Stadium.

In Pool 4, Bellarine and Casey both recorded 12-point wins over their opponents in identical scorelines, 55-43. In Round 2, Casey faces Bulleen 2 at Dandenong tonight, while Bellarine and Southern Peninsula meet at MSAC. Given the tight first round matches, anything is possible and all four teams will be hoping to record wins and keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.

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)