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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 preview: Round 2

IN Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls competition, just one match pits two sides that are yet to play this season against each other. It will likely be the game of the round with Bulleen Boomers hosting Bendigo Braves, while Dandenong Rangers travelling to face Diamond Valley Eagles will be another cracking contest.

Bulleen Boomers (3rd, 1-0) vs. Bendigo Braves (4th, 1-0)

The only game of the round that sees sides without history against each other this season is a top four clash between Bulleen Boomers and Bendigo Braves. The Boomers are coming off a really successful month, winning the National Junior Classic over the long weekend, and then knocking off the highly fancied Diamond Valley Eagles in Round 1. The Braves have been a solid team all season and have one of the tougher assignments in the league, travelling to Bulleen to try and come away with an upset win. Alexandra Keating (27 points) and Casey Valenti-Paea (20) were on fire in Round 1 for the Boomers and are just a couple of the names Bendigo will need to stop if they are to win this game, while the Braves have some talented players of their own, with Tess Barnes (15) and Piper Dunlop (13) among the top scorers from the opening match. Bulleen go in as favourites given their accolades and likelihood to be overall favourites with Knox Raiders to take out the title, but Bendigo are capable of an upset.

Southern Peninsula Sharks (10th, 0-1) vs. Knox Raiders (5th, 1-0)

Last time: Knox Raiders 64 defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks 40

These teams come into the match with differing results from the previous round, as the Sharks were humbled by the red-hot Nunawading Spectres, while Knox got over the line against Altona in a battle of the two top sides from the previous Pools. In the last match they had, Knox got home fairly easily with a 24-point win. Alannah Chatfield (12 points) led the way, as Charlise Dunn and Arielle Mackey-Williams (both 10) contributed in the 64-40 victory. Southern Peninsula’s Charli Dobson had a huge game of 25 points, but also picked up the majority of her side’s final score. In this match the Sharks will need to share the points around if they are to cause an upset, with the home court advantage something playing in their favour. In saying that, the Raiders are one of the most damaging teams, who can share the points around and have multiple scoring options, so expect them to come home with the points.

Diamond Valley Eagles (8th, 0-1) vs. Dandenong Rangers (7th, 0-1)

Last time: Dandenong Rangers 70 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 43

While the final points scorers were not confirmed in the last time they met, Dandenong Rangers comfortably got home over Diamond Valley Eagles in a 27-point victory. Now both sit side-by-side on the table with an opening round loss, albeit against two of the contenders in the competition in Bulleen Boomers and Bendigo Braves. Whilst their ladder position might not look idea, they lost by a combined five points, so expect both these sides to be red-hot in this rounds searching for victory. Abby Hildebrand reached 20 points for the Eagles in the last match, with Jade Dunne and Keeley Evans both notching up 12 apiece. For the Rangers, Emily Sewell sank 14 points in a shared effort. A tough match to pick given both sides’ form against quality opposition, but the Rangers will head in arguable favourites despite being the visiting side.

Nunawading Spectres (1st, 1-0) vs. Geelong Supercats (9th, 0-1)

Last time: Geelong Supercats 65 defeated Nunawading Spectres 43

Nunawading Spectres had no issues blowing aside Southern Peninsula Sharks, and one of the title contenders is ready to make amends for a shock loss in the Pool stage. With their place in the Championship Division settled, the Spectres went down to the Supercats by 22 points which was a bit of a surprise, but credit to the desperate Geelong side determined to make the top grade. In that game, every player from the Supercats got their name on the scoresheet, led by Alisha Knights (20 points) and Grace Brown (14). Louisa Fakalata scored 16 points, one of eight players to get her name on the scoresheet from the Spectres. Considering the sparse differences in their Round 1 results, Nunawading will head into the match as strong favourites and will be keen to make it two consecutive wins, while the Supercats hope lightning can strike twice and they can try and penetrate the Spectres’ fortress.

Altona Gators (6th, 0-1) vs. Hawthorn Magic (2nd, 1-0)

Last time: Hawthorn Magic 39 defeated by Altona Gators 48

The last time these sides met, Altona grabbed the points in a low-scoring contest on their way to topping the Pool. The Gators suffered a loss in Round 1, but it was a one-point defeat at the hands of the super talented Knox Raiders outfit. The Magic on the other hand made light work of Geelong, running out 19-point victors on the road. When they met in the Pool stage, it was a 15-6 third term that was the difference for the Gators, as Trinity Steele (18 points) and Kayla Salmons (13) led the way. Ryleh Killian and Alycia Kennedy both scored 14 points for the losing side, but did not have enough contributors across the board. Altona will be favourites in this game, especially at home, but you cannot discount the Magic after a strong first round appearance.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls VC preview: Round 1

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls Championship Division was decided two weeks ago, and now the 10 teams begin the second half of their journey with nine matches with the best of the best to determine the overall champion in a couple of months.

Dandenong Rangers (3rd in Ashe) vs. Bendigo Braves (2nd in Watson)

Another tough contest to predict, both the Dandenong Rangers and Bendigo Braves finished on six wins from nine games. The Rangers were in the stronger pool with Knox and Bulleen seemingly the top two sides overall, and therefore the Rangers were just behind them. They were a little shaky at home with three wins from five games, while the Braves have not had kind results on the road, with all their three losses coming when at an opposition’s venue. The Braves are ranked second for points for, while Dandenong are ranked second for least points conceded meaning that it could be a battle of offence versus defence, and whether or not the Rangers stingy defence can nullify the Braves shooters.

Southern Peninsula Sharks (4th in Ashe) vs. Nunawading Spectres (4th in Watson)

Two sides that finished on highs to end the season were Southern Peninsula Sharks and Nunawading Spectres. The Sharks won their final three games and remained unbeaten at home, which is where they find themselves for this clash. Nunawading rode a tidal wave of momentum into the Championship Division, remarkably digging themselves out of an 0-3 start to win six consecutive games and slot into fourth – not without some nervous moments throughout the back-end of the season. The Spectres are fairly strong on the road with just one loss in four games, and rank third in points for overall, which makes them hard to stop. They might want to tighten up their defensive end however, with the Spectres conceding the most points of any of the 10 sides in the first half of the season.

Bulleen Boomers (2nd in Ashe) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (5th in Ashe)

Last time: Bulleen Boomers 52 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 44

In one of two match-ups for Round 1 that have already occurred this season, the second placed Bulleen Boomers take on fifth placed Diamond Valley Eagles in the Championship Division. Now sides are back even, the Boomers will be looking to build on the form they had since losing Round 1 of the season – piling on eight consecutive wins, including an eight-point victory over Diamond Valley. Sascha Korakis sank 14 points and Erin Riley managed 11, while for the Eagles, Keeley Evans was the standout shooter with 22. Coming off a title victory at the National Junior Classic, the Boomers will be keen to kick off the division reboot with a big win. At home once again like they were in the original match-up, the Boomers will be strong favourites.

Altona Gators (1st in Watson) vs. Knox Raiders (1st in Ashe)

In the match of the opening round, the two table-toppers from the first half of the season go head-to-head in what is set to be a beauty. Altona Gators dropped their last two matches, but with top spot and a Championship Division place locked away after seven straight wins, there is not too much to read into the defeats with other teams needing wins more. For Knox, they had no such lapse in concentration, going through the season undefeated with nine wins, including victory over one of the title favourites in Bulleen in Round 1. They ranked number one in points for and number three in least points conceded, so the Raiders will be tough to beat. Altona is known for it’s defensive work, ranked fourth in defence, but only ranked eighth in offence, meaning to win they will look to keep it low-scoring.

Geelong Supercats (5th in Warson) vs. Hawthorn Magic (3rd in Watson)

Last time: Hawthorn Magic 53 defeated Geelong Supercats 39

In the second of the two match-ups to have previously clashed, Hawthorn Magic will hope to make it two wins this season against a strong Geelong Supercats outfit. Despite the Supercats holding multiple players with National Basketball League (NBL)1 experience, it was the Magic who powered to a 53-39 win courtesy of 31-15 in the first and last quarters. Alycia Kennedy scored 15 points, as Ryleh Killian sank 14, while for the Supercats, Carly Remmos was the danger with 16. Now the game is held in Geelong, expect the game to be a cracker with the Supercats unbeaten at home, while the Magic’s road trips have been fairly successful with four wins from five games.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 9

THREE teams can still fit into the final two spots in the Ashe Pool, while four teams are still in the hunt for two spots in the Watson Pool of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition.

Ashe Pool:

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

Knox Raiders, Bulleen Boomers and the impressive percentage of Dandenong Rangers ensure the top three sides will advance through to the championship division after the two-grade split. The biggest match of the round is fourth placed Diamond Valley Eagles taking on sixth placed Kilsyth Cobras. The winner is guaranteed a spot in the championship division, while the loser is all but out of the running with fifth placed Southern Peninsula Sharks expected to win against ninth placed Pakenham Warriors. In other games, the top three sides play three of the bottom four sides, in what would predicted to be one-sided contests.

Watson Pool:

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

The overall Watson Pool is as even as it gets with one win separating third from seventh on the table. Altona Gators and Hawthorn Magic are already through to the championship division, and while Bendigo Braves could lose to second placed Hawthorn, they are through given their massive percentage – the highest in the grade at 130.9. There are then four teams battling for the remaining two spots. Fourth placed Nunawading Spectres is in the box seat and would take a heavy loss against ninth placed Melbourne Tigers, while Broadmeadows Broncos would need to smash Altona. Fifth placed Geelong is the most vulnerable top five side, with a loss, and then a win to either Broadmeadows, or more likely seventh placed Keilor Thunder set to tumble them out of the five. Luckily the Supercats play the winless Warrandyte Venom, and considering the stakes, should secure their spot.

MUVJBL U18 Girls weekend preview: Round 8

PLENTY of possibilities are being thrown around ahead of the final fortnight before the championship-reserve grade split in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition. The top five teams from each pool stay in the championship division, while the bottom five sides from each pool head into the reserve grade.

Ashe Pool:

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

In the Ashe Pool, the top two sides – Knox Raiders and Bulleen Boomers – are secured in making the championship division, regardless of the result between the Raiders and Kilsyth Cobras. The Cobras on the other hand are nervously waiting over the next two weeks, sitting sixth and in a log-jam with Nunawading Spectres 2 and Southern Peninsula Sharks. The Sharks face the bottom two sides over the last fortnight, so expect them to safely be in the championship division, with the Cobras and Spectres’ best chances coming from Diamond Valley Eagles taking on Dandenong Rangers. The Rangers are just one win ahead of them, and a loss, along with the winner of the Cobras and Spectres game, would put them on level pegging after eight round. The loser will likely be out of contention, however. In the final round, both sides face top three teams, and would almost certainly need an upset considering Dandenong face the winless McKinnon Cougars in the final round. The three confirmed sides to make the reserve division when they split are Frankston Blues, Pakenham Warriors and the Cougars.

Watson Pool:

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

In the Watson Pool, three teams are out of the hunt for the championship division, while three teams are secure, leaving two spots for the remaining four sides. Altona Gators, Hawthorn Magic and Bendigo Braves have been the three top teams all season and have locked away their places, while Dandenong Rangers 2, Melbourne Tigers and Warrandyte Venom are all bound for the reserve grade. In Round 8’s top games, Nunawading Spectres has an uphill battle against Altona as they cling to fifth spot. Their percentage is what is helping the Spectres hang on, and barring an absolute belting and a massive win to Broadmeadows Broncos, they still hold fifth spot at the end of the round. The Broncos play the third placed Braves anyway, which is no easy task. Keilor Thunder who are equal with the Broncos and would be expected to draw equal with the Spectres after the round, face the winless Warrandyte Venom. Geelong Supercats are the other side on four wins from seven games, and take on second placed Hawthorn in a tough game. If they lose, it likely means three and up to four sides are on four wins from eight games. Geelong takes on Warrandyte, Nunawading takes on Melbourne Tigers and Keilor Thunder takes on Dandenong Rangers 2 which all three sides would be favourite for in the last round. Broadmeadows takes on Altona which makes it tough, meaning percentage will likely come into it.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 7

ONE side will finally break through for a win, while a couple of top four clashes ensure the Round 7 action of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls is not a fizzer.

Ashe Pool:

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

In the Ashe Pool, the most talked about clash will be the bottom two head-to-head match between Pakenham Warriors and McKinnon Cougars. Neither side has managed a win thus far in season 2019, but the Warriors have a healthier percentage of 70 compared to the Cougars’ 48. Other big clashes are second placed Bulleen Boomers hosting third placed Dandenong Rangers. The Boomers are on fire, winning their past five games after dropping their opening game of the season, while Dandenong has won the past two. Casey Valenti-Paea (22 points per game) leads all-comers in the socring and will be a key player for the Boomers in the match. Emily Sewell‘s form for Dandenong (13.3 points per game) earned her a call-up to the NBL1 Women’s side last week which can only be good for her development. Meanwhile fifth placed Kilsyth Cobras get a shot at the undefeated Knox Raiders, as Nikita Young (16.2 points) is the highest scorer in the game, with Knox sharing its points around on court. In other matches, fourth placed Diamond Valley Eagles host eighth placed Frankston Blues, while a top four spot could be on the line in the game between Nunawading Spectres 2 and Southern Peninsula Sharks.

Watson Pool:

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

In the Watson Pool, a number of strong contests are predicted with the undefeated Altona Gators taking on third placed Geelong Supercats, and second placed Hawthorn Magic travelling to fifth placed Broadmeadows Broncos. Ryleh Killian looms as a key player for Hawthorn, averaging 18.3 points per game, while Chrisy Triantafyllopoulos has averaged 14.7 points for the Broncos. Other top four side, Bendigo makes a trip to take on Dandenong Rangers 2, as Piper Dunlop (17 points per game) and Tess Barnes (15.5) have been consistent scorers for the Braves. Meanwhile, seventh placed Keilor Thunder hosts ninth placed Melbourne Tigers fresh off the latter’s first win of the season, as cellar dwellers, Warrandyte Venom hosts Nunawading Spectres.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 6

AFTER a two-week break from the court, Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls get back into the action on Friday night as the competition returns. There are plenty of games to keep an eye out on over the state as the mid-table logjam in both pools are about to get broken up.

Ashe Pool:

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

In the Ashe Pool, three games feature teams that are next to each other on the table, with third placed Dandenong Rangers travelling to face fourth placed Kilsyth Cobras. The Cobras have lost their past two games after starting the season 3-0, so they are keen to bounce back. Diamond Valley Eagles host Southern Peninsula Sharks in a fifth versus sixth clash with opposite form lines coming into the match. The Eagles have also dropped the past two games after starting the season 3-0, while the Sharks have won their past two matches. In the other mid-table game, Nunawading Spectres 2 take on Frankston Blues in an eight versus ninth match. Frankston have won two on the trot since losing their first three, and will leapfrog the Spectres with a win. In the remaining two games, the top two sides take on the bottom two sides in what is predicted to be one-sided contests. Bulleen Boomers have won four consecutive games since losing in Round 1 and are expected to continue that against the winless McKinnon Cougars, while Pakenham Warriors are searching for their first win, while their opponents, Knox Raiders will not be searching for their first loss and keen to take care of business in that match-up.

Watson Pool:

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

In the Watson Pool, Melbourne Tigers and Warrandyte Venom are the only sides without a win, and one of them could achieve that when they go head-to-head in Round 6. Melbourne actually drew against third placed Hawthorn Magic in Round 5 so have some form heading into the break. Speaking of the Magic, they hope to bounce back with all the points against seventh placed Keilor Thunder, who will want to jump past a few teams ahead of them. One of those teams that wants to move past the Thunder is Dandenong Rangers 2 who will have trouble stopping an undefeated Altona Gators side. At the top of the ladder, second placed Geelong Supercats are ready to pounce if the Gators slip up, but they cannot afford to take their fourth placed opponents, Bendigo Braves lightly, given the Braves have scored 20 points more than them. The Supercats are on a four-game winning streak so take great form into the match. In the other clash, fifth placed Broadmeadows Broncos take on sixth placed Nunawading Spectres with the winning side able to grab a top four spot after Round 6.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 5

A TOP four clash in the Ashe Pool between Bulleen Boomers and Diamond Valley Eagles headlines the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls competition for Round 5 tomorrow night in a round of otherwise indifferent matches. Many of the games are between sides at opposites ends of the table, which means the potential for upsets.

Ashe Pool:

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

In the Ashe Pool, the fourth placed Boomers face the third placed Eagles in the standout game on Friday. Casey Valenti-Paea looks to be the key player for the Boomers, averaging 23 points per game for Bulleen, while Jade Dunne has been the prominent shooter for the Eagles, sinking 51 points at an average of 12.8 per game. Meanwhile, fifth placed Dandenong Rangers and sixth placed Nunawading Spectres 2 will go at it to try and win their third game of the season. The sides bring opposite form lines into the game with the Rangers on a two-game losing streak following victories in the opening two weeks, while the Spectres have bounced back from a slow start to the season to record back-to-back wins in the past two rounds. Elly Morgan and Emily Sewell are the dominant scorers for Dandenong and will aim to lead the Rangers back to victory, while Stephanie Wales leads the scoring for the Spectres, averaging 10.5 per game.

In other matches, a lopsided contest could be on the cards for the undefeated Knox Raiders at home against the winless McKinnon Cougars. The Raiders have scored 244 points per game to the Cougars’ 159, while conceding 203 – actually in the bottom four in terms of points against, but nowhere near the Cougars’ 311 points conceded. Knox must gain percentage in this game with both Kilsyth and Diamond Valley a win behind but with greater percentages. Meanwhile, seventh placed Southern Peninsula Sharks meet the wounded Cobras coming off their first loss of the season, much like Diamond Valley Eagles who look to bounce back against a red-hot Bulleen Boomers who have strung three wins on the trot since dropping their first round match.

Watson Pool:

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

In the Watson Pool, a seventh placed Dandenong Rangers 2 side coming up against fifth placed Broadmeadows Broncos appears to be the game to watch tomorrow night. The Broncos have Chrisy Triantafyllopoulos (15 points per game) and Emma Povh (13.8) on their side, while Ilma Hajdarovic leads the way for the Rangers’ second side with 9.5 per game. Fourth placed Hawthorn Magic will look to competition leading points scorer, Ryleh Killian who has sunk 74 points at an average of 18.5 per game. Killian and the Magic face cellar dwellers Melbourne Tigers, who have Emily Kurkowski (13.7 points per game) keen to turn the form line around.

In other matches, second placed Geelong Supercats are looking to win their fourth consecutive match after a shock loss to Dandenong Rangers 2 in Round 1. The Supercats meet sixth placed Keilor Thunder who want to balance the win-loss ledger in their favour. Elsewhere, ninth placed Warrandyte Venom will hope to cause an upset against the undefeated Altona Gators at home, while eighth placed Nunawading Spectres will need a lot of luck to turn the tables on an impressive Bendigo Braves.

MUVJBL Under 18 Girls weekend preview: Round 4

AN exciting round of Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 18 Girls championship division sees plenty of predicted tight clashes. A battle of unbeaten Knox Raiders and Diamond Valley Eagles is the top match in the Ashe Pool, while a top-of-the-table clash between Hawthorn Magic and Altona Gators will leave just one team undefeated after four rounds.

Ashe Pool:

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

The Raiders and Eagles clash is the one match all eyes will be on with only one side able to come away with four wins from as many games and potentially join Kilsyth Cobras as the only other side to do so. The Cobras have their own battle against the in-form Bulleen Boomers who have strung two wins together. At the bottom end of the table, McKinnon Cougars host Frankston Blues which will see one of the Pool battlers finally record a win. Meanwhile fourth placed Dandenong Rangers take on seventh placed Southern Peninsula Sharks, and sixth placed Nunawading Spectres will faced the winless Pakenham Warriors in a couple of mid-table clashes.

Watson Pool:

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

In the Watson Pool, the highlight of the round is the top two clash between Hawthorn Magic and Altona Gators, with both sides yet to lose a game from their three rounds. Teams not far behind include fourth placed Bendigo Braves and fifth placed Keilor Thunder, who are ready to pounce on a top two spot. Geelong Supercats will travel to Melbourne to face the Tigers and try and heap more pain on the bottom three side, while Nunawading Spectres and Warrandyte Venom will look to record their own first wins when they take on Dandenong Rangers 2 and Broadmeadows Broncos respectively.

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Ashe Pool:

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

In an all-important mid-table clash between Bulleen Boomers and Southern Peninsula Sharks, the top two leading shooters will go head-to-head. Bulleen’s Casey Valenti-Paea is averaging 23 points per game in season 2019, marginally ahead of the Sharks’ Charli Dobson (21.5). The top-of the table Dandenong Rangers have no trouble with fire power, as Elly Morgan (19.5 points per game) and Emily Sewell (18) have had great starts to the season and will look to continue that form against third placed Knox Raiders, who have Arielle Mackey-Williams (14) and Alannah Chatfield (11.5). Likewise for Kilsyth, they hope to pile on more pain against Frankston, led by Tia Wotherspoon (19.5) and Nikita Young (18). In other games, fourth placed Diamond Valley Eagles hope to keep touch with the other three undefeated sides with a win over Pakenham Warriors, while Nunawading Spectres 2 and McKinnon Cougars go head-to-head as both sides search for their first victory.

Watson Pool:

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

The number one shooter from the Watson pool is Hawthorn Magic’s Ryleh Killian who has posted 40 points this season at an average of 20 per game. They take on the ninth placed Nunawading Spectres, whose top ranked shooter is Louisa Fakalata (25 at 12.5). The match of the round has to be third placed Altona against second placed Keilor Thunder. The Gators escaped last round with a close win over Melbourne Tigers, and Jordan Wilson leads the way in points with 13.5 per game. For the Thunder, Georgia Hanna (14.5) and Victoria Ikenasio (12) are both in good form early. The Tigers hope to bounce back against Bendigo in Round 3, with Emily Kurkowski leading the way so far this season (15 points per game), while Braves’ shooter Tess Barnes has sunk 25 points at 12.5 per game. In other matches, cellar dwellers Warrandyte Venom hope to get on the board against Dandenong Rangers 2 at home, while Geelong Supercats engage in a mid-table battle with sixth placed Broadmeadows Broncos.