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Victoria to host the National Junior Classic

VICTORIA will will play host to the nation’s elite junior invitational tournament, with the best teams from around the country set to play off in the National Junior Classic across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Victorian teams make up a large number of the 128 overall sides to have qualified for the invitation-only event, with a cap of 16 teams competing in age groups ranging from Under 12 to Under 18 in girls and boys divisions.

Dandenong and Nunawading will each have seven teams competing in the Classic, with Bulleen the next most represented with six, while Kilsyth and Melbourne have five, and Hawthorn and Keilor will send four each on the back of impressive qualifying campaigns. Three sides from Bendigo and Geelong, as well as one each from Ballarat, Pakenham, Sale, and Southern Peninsula also earned their place through Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) qualification, with three sides from the Basketball Victoria Country (BVC) Junior Championships – from Ballarat, Warrnambool, and Maffra – also making the cut.

VJBL General Manager John Hilton said it is “a great thrill” to have the best teams from around the state ready to compete in the Classic, noting the interstate sides would be just as keen.

“For the MUVJBL and Country teams across Victoria, the Classic is the perfect opportunity to highlight their abilities in one of Australia’s most elite junior tournaments,” he said.

“The interstate sides are just as keen to attend the Classic – as they are set to take on Australia’s best in their age group.

“The MUVJBL would like to wish all 128 competing teams the best of luck heading to the Classic.”

Teams from South Australia (29) New South Wales (17), the ACT (seven), and New Zealand (two) will also compete, with the journey to crown Australia’s best junior teams set to commence on Saturday, June 8.

Full fixtures can be found here, and entry is free for all spectators.

A full list of teams can be found below:

UNDER 12 BOYS
Ballarat
Bulleen
Canberra
Casey
Dandenong
Eltham
Kilsyth
McKinnon
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Sandringham
South Adelaide
Southern Tigers
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 12 GIRLS
Bulleen
Canberra
Casey
Forestville
Frankston
Hawthorn
Kilsyth
Manly
Melbourne
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Sandringham
Sydney Comets
Warrnambool

UNDER 14 BOYS
Canberra
Casey
Central Districts
Dandenong
Geelong
Hawthorn
Hills Hornets
Kilsyth
McKinnon
Melbourne
New Zealand
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Penrith

UNDER 14 GIRLS
Canberra
Dandenong
Eltham
Forestville
Frankston
Hawthorn
Keilor
Kilsyth
Melbourne
New Zealand
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sale
Sturt Sabres
West Adelaide

UNDER 16 BOYS
Bendigo
Bulleen
Canberra
Central Districts
Dandenong
Eltham
Geelong
Hills Hornets
Keilor
Knox
Maffra
North Adelaide
Norwood
Pakenham
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 16 GIRLS
Ballarat
Bulleen
Canberra
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Eastern Mavericks
Forestville
Keilor
Manly
Melbourne
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sandringham
Southern Tigers
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 18 BOYS
Bendigo
Bulleen
Canberra
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Forestville
Hills Hornets
Keilor
Kilsyth
Melbourne
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets
Werribee

UNDER 18 GIRLS
Altona
Bendigo
Bulleen
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Forestville
Geelong
Hawthorn
Knox
Manly
Norths Bears
Nunawading
South Adelaide
Southern Peninsula
Sturt Sabres
West Adelaide

MUVJBL U18 Boys review: Tigers hold firm in big win to secure top five spot

THE top four Ashe Pool sides faced off in Round 9 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Under 18 Boys competition, with Kilsyth stamping its claim as the team to beat. In the Watson Pool, Melbourne Tigers secured another big win, consolidating their top five spot as all the teams above them also won.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons 93 defeated Dandenong Rangers 2 70
Dandenong Rangers 71 defeated Werribee Falcons 43
Kilsyth Cobras 58 defeated Bulleen Boomers 46
Collingwood All Stars 68 defeated Bendigo Braves 59
Eltham Wildcats 69 defeated Geelong Supercats 53

Two top-four clashes headlined Round 9 in the Ashe Pool, with first-placed Kilsyth keeping strong atop the ladder and Dandenong jumping into second while relegating Werribee to fourth. The Rangers’ 28-point win on their home boards proved clutch, lodging them right up the top end of the table as the best-placed of three teams on six wins. In the second top four clash, Bulleen could not quite charm the Cobras despite holding a lead at half time, going down by 12 points away from home. Roosevelt Williams (24 points) led a concentrated three-pronged Kilsyth scoring effort, with Eythan House (11) and David Okwera (10) the only others to hit double figures. The Boomers had a similar scoring chart in the loss, with Anthony Dell’Orso (14 points) and Owen Foxwell (12) contributing over half of Bulleen’s score. Not all was lost for Werribee and Bulleen though, with fifth-placed Bendigo unable to capitalise after an upset loss to Collingwood. The All Stars put in a massive effort to pick up their second win for the season, with a 20-9 point third term proving the difference in the nine-point victory. Every Collingwood player netted over seven points with Cameron Ross claiming 19, while Caleb Connick matched his effort for the Braves as one of only two players to notch double figures. That means Waverley continue to press for a top five berth after toppling Dandenong 2 by 23 points on the back of a big first half – enough to overcome Joshua Uhr-Henry‘s mammoth 39 points. In the round’s only bottom-four tie, Eltham beat Geelong by 16 points to push clear in seventh.

Watson Pool:

Knox Raiders 49 defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles 54
Ballarat Miners 68 defeated Ringwood Hawks 50
Hawthorn Magic 62 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 69
Keilor Thunder 57 defeated Korumburra Wildcats 48
Melbourne Tigers 87 defeated Casey Cavaliers 59

Melbourne Tigers stamped their authority in the Watson Pool with a 28-point trumping of Casey at home, booking them a top five spot. After trailing at half-time to the sixth-place Cavaliers, the Tigers locked down their opponents’ scoring in the third and got on top, and then poured on an incredible 42 points in the final quarter to seal victory. An even scoring effort across the board saw four Tigers claim over 12 points, with Patrick Twigg‘s 17 leading the way. Casey’s Jayden Route was the game-high scorer though, sinking 18 in a valiant effort. The round’s opening game saw Diamond Valley edge Knox in a five-point win that looked too close for comfort, but sees them stave off fellow 7-2 side Keilor which toppled fifth-place Korumburra. Both games were relatively low-scoring, with Eagle Ethan Bateman the standout scorer on the back of his 18 points against the Raiders. Bottom side Hawthorn went close to causing an upset against ladder-leaders Nunawading, but went down by seven points as they remain winless. The Magic had the better of the second half by a point, but it was not quite enough to overcome their first-half deficit. Curtis Brecko top scored with 25 points for the Spectres, while Brody Nunn (20 points) led Hawthorn’s brave run. In the round’s only bottom-four clash, Ballarat enjoyed a fourth win over Ringwood, consigning them still to second-last spot.

MUVJBL Championship to tip-off on Friday

ROUND 1 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Championship tips off this Friday night, and we take a look at the Under 18s and Under 16s both boys and girls fixtures that take place across the state.

U18 Boys fixtures

Pool 1:

Dandenong 2 vs. Kilsyth – Dandenong Crt 1, 8.20pm
Geelong vs. Dandenong – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Bendigo vs. Bulleen – Bendigo Crt 1, 9.40pm
Collingwood vs. Eltham – Melbourne Girls College Crt 1, 9.40pm
Werribee vs. Waverley – Werribee Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Hawthorn vs. Keilor – Hawthorn Crt 2, 9.20pm
Casey vs. Knox – Casey Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Diamond Valley – Nunawading Crt 3, 9.40pm
Ringwood vs. Melbourne – Ringwood Crt 1, 9.40pm
Korumburra vs. Ballarat – State Basketball Centre Crt 4, 9,40pm

U18 Girls fixtures

Pool 1:

Diamond Valley vs. Nunawading 2 – Community Bank Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Dandenong vs. Pakenham – Dandenong Crt 1, 9.40pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Frankston – Dromana Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Kilsyth vs. McKinnon – Kilsyth Crt 1, 9.40pm
Bulleen vs. Knox – Mullum Mullum Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Warrandyte vs. Hawthorn – Doncaster Secondary College, 8pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Geelong – Dandenong Crt V1, 8.20pm
Altona vs. Bendigo – Altona Crt 1, 9.40pm
Broadmeadows vs. Melbourne – Broadmeadows Crt 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Keilor – Nunawading Crt 1, 9.40pm

U16 Boys fixtures

Pool 1:

Bendigo vs. Diamond Valley – Bendigo Crt 1, 8.20pm
Keilor vs. Dandenong – Keilor Crt 4, 8.20pm
Nunawading vs. Southern Peninsula – Nunawading Crt 1, 8.20pm
Knox vs. Eltham 2 – Knox Crt 1, 9.40pm
Latrobe vs. Whittlesea – Traralgon Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Geelong vs. Sunbury – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Casey vs. Kilsyth – Casey Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Melbourne vs. Bulleen – MSAC Crt 1, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Eltham – Hawthorn Crt 3, 9.00pm
Waverley vs. Pakenham – Waverley Crt 1, 9.20pm

U16 Girls fixtures

Pool 1:

Diamond Valley vs. Sunbury – Community Bank Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Kilsyth vs. Dandenong – Kilsyth Crt 1, 8.20pm
Ringwood vs. Waverley – Ringwood Crt 1, 8.20pm
Ballarat vs. Bellarine – Mars Minerdome Crt 1, 9.20pm
Keilor vs. Hawthorn – Keilor Crt 4, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Altona vs. Bendigo – Altona Crt 1, 8.20pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Nunawading – Dromana Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Bulleen vs. Melbourne – Mullum Mullum Crt 1, 8.20pm
Eltham vs. Knox – Eltham High Crt 1, 9.40pm
Frankston vs. Sandringham – Frankston Crt 1, 9.40pm

MUVJBL Under 16 Girls: Grading Phase Two Review

THE first teams of the Under 16 Girls’ Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) have been eliminated from the race to the championship division, while four more teams secured their spots in the top grade for the 2019 season. We review how each pool fared in the second phase of grading.

Pool 1:

1st Bulleen
2nd Bendigo
3rd Dandenong 2
4th Nunawading 2

In Pool 1, Bulleen advanced through to the championship division after moving through the group stage undefeated with a percentage of 156.04. Bendigo finished second with two wins ahead of Dandenong’s second side who knocked off Nunawading 2 to ensure they stay alive in their quest to make the top grade. The Braves and Ranges head into the crossover matches.

Pool 2:

1st Ballarat
2nd Ringwood
3rd Melbourne 2
4th Latrobe

In the second pool, Ballarat emerged undefeated in a comprehensive three-week performance that saw the Miners score more than 200 points and finish with a percentage of 188.39. Ringwood secured second spot in the pool thanks to a win over the Tigers, while Melbourne will have to overcome Bendigo in the crossover matches in order to advance to the championship group.

Pool 3:

1st Altona
2nd Wangaratta
3rd Sunbury
4th Hawthorn 2

In Pool 3, Altona advanced through to the championship division automatically with an undefeated campaign in the group stage. The Gators got the job done across the three games and automatically qualified for the championship, while Wangaratta and Sunbury finished second and third respectively. Unfortunately it was the end of the road for Hawthorn 2 as the Magic finished on the bottom of the pool.

Pool 4:

1st Bellarine
2nd Casey
3rd Southern Peninsula
4th Bulleen 2

Pool 4 saw the battle of the peninsulas, with Bellarine coming up trumps in the group with three wins from three games. Southern Peninsula managed to qualify for the crossover rounds, finishing third overall with a win against Bulleen 2, just short of victory against second placed Casey. The Cavalliers also head to the crossover round to face Sunbury, while Southern Peninsula will need to overcome Wangaratta.

Under 16 Girls AA Crossover Round:

Bendigo vs. Melbourne 2
Ringwood vs. Dandenong 2
Wangaratta vs. Southern Peninsula
Casey vs. Sunbury

Qualified for Championship division:

Bulleen
Ballarat
Altona
Bellarine

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Girls – Crossover Round 3

THERE was a clear divide between the top two sides in three of the four divisions with matches tonight to determine automatic qualification to the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) championship division for the Under 18 Girls. We take a look at each pool in the Under 18s and Under 16s.

Under 18

Pool 1:
With a clear top two formed, Pool 1’s elites play off for top spot, while the bottom sides will look to get on the board in the final round. Ladder leaders Broadmeadows host Waverley in the play-off for first, with the Broncos’ admirable percentage of 196 keeping them atop the standings – 66 per cent adrift from the second-placed Falcons. At the other end of the ladder, Eltham boasts a percentage of 77, 25 per cent better than Melbourne 2 going into their battle to avoid last place at home. The Wildcats will hope to hold onto their current standing to have a second shot at qualifying, but the Tigers could well roar in their final game. With first and third on the line in either game, there is still plenty to play for in Round 3 and it should produce some hotly-contested ties.

Pool 2:
In a familiar scenario, the top two sides in Pool 2 are set to do battle for automatic promotion, with third place also up for grabs in the round’s other game. There has been a clear gap between the top and bottom two, made most obvious by the margin of percentage between second (153) and third (68). The battle for first sees the gap poised at a far less margin, but percentage will not matter after one side’s 0 finally goes. With both survival and spared blushes available to the winner out of Collingwood and McKinnon, Pool 2’s results will be another entertaining prospect as the weekend rolls around. Despite sitting last, McKinnon has conceded less points than nearest rivals Collingwood, and will be in with a definite shot.

Pool 3:
With Diamond Valley the clear number one in Pool 3, third placed Ringwood faces an uphill battle in its quest to snatch second as the sides meet in Round 3. The Hawks could of course also fall to fourth if they lose by a considerable margin and bottom side Sunbury snatch a win, so the ramifications of the clash could prove to be huge either way. The Jets will be relying on a big Eagles win to bridge the 19 per cent gap, while also having to beat Melbourne to stand any chance of progressing in third. The Tigers will be looking to put those hopes to bed, but face an absolute mountain to climb in their quest for first. Relying on an Eagles loss and facing a percentage bridge of 107, Melbourne would not be blamed for settling for second. Still, there is no room for complacency as sides look to take their last chance to jostle for position.

Pool 4:
As is the case in Pools 1 and 2, the ladder-leading teams will tussle for first spot in Round 3, while the bottom two look to stay alive and snatch third. There is not much separating first-placed Warrandyte from Pakenham, and a home court advantage in their clash could make all the difference in settling who gains automatic qualification. It looks to be a similar story in the round’s other fixture, as Werribee hosts Bulleen 2 to decide who snatches third. While both sides have scored the exact same amount of points, the Boomers have conceded 17 more thus far – a stat they will have to rectify as they search for a win. It does not look like a high-stakes week on paper, but make no mistake that each team will put it all on the line as they look to gain an all-important final edge.

Under 16

Pool 1:
Top spot and a chance at survival are on the line across Pool 1’s Round 3 fixtures, with the clear frontrunners looking in ominous form going into their clash. As it stands hosts, Bulleen sit top on the back of impressive defensive performances, while Bendigo is 27 per cent behind despite averaging 67 points per game. It shapes as a game where an irresistible force meets an immovable object, promising to produce a ripping contest. In the round’s second game, Dandenong and Nunawading’s second sides do battle to determine who can grab their first win along with third spot. Elimination awaits the loser, so neither side should be leaving anything on the court come the final buzzer.

Pool 2:
A familiar scenario is set to take shape in Pool 2 as first faces second, and third takes on fourth to confirm the top three qualification places. A free-scoring Ballarat side hosts Ringwood in a clash to settle top spot, with the Miners holding just a five per cent advantage in first place. The Eagles will count themselves in with a huge chance given the defensive display they put on last week against Melbourne, but will have to be at their best here. In the round’s second clash, Latrobe and Melbourne 2 take their settling battle to the National Basketball Centre, with just one per cent separating them. With nothing but a win set to help either side in their respective missions, this game could prove just as entertaining as 1v2.

Pool 3:
The scene in Pool 3 is slightly different, with fourth place all but eliminated and first place also almost certainly decided. Leaders Altona host second-place side Sunbury, but even a resounding Jets win may not be enough to uproot the Crocs in first as percentage stands in the way. Wangaratta plays host to bottom side, Hawthorn 2 in a clash that could settle which side grabs second spot. With the winless Magic holding a percentage of just 55, their chances of progression remain slim – even if they manage to beat Wangaratta. There does not seem to be a whole lot on the line, with pretty extraordinary circumstances having to take place to rearrange the table drastically, but that should not stop each side from putting in big shifts.

Pool 4:
As is the story in Pool’s 1 and 2, automatic promotion is on the line for two unbeaten sides, with third also to be decided by the bottom two of the group. Bellarine and Casey hold virtually identical form-lines at the top end of the ladder, with the Cavaliers edging their rivals out for the current top spot. With no risk of falling out of a qualification spot, expect both sides to throw down in this one. The round’s other game poises Southern Peninsula against Bulleen 2, with the Sharks hosting in their bid to retain third place. While survival is less impactful that the battle for first, the high stakes should provide keen interest.

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Boys – Crossover Round 3

WHILE the tables across each Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Boys Under 16 and 18 AA division pool tell similar stories, a heap of third-place sides remain in top-two contention and could well turn qualification scenarios on their heads.

Under 18

Pool 1:
The top two and bottom two sides face off in Round 3 of Pool 1, with a mid-table deadlock set to be decided by the final fixtures. Pakenham’s resounding Round 2 win over bottom side Latrobe was enough to see it climb into second after dropping the ball in the opening round, but the Warriors face a tough ask in holding onto that spot as they travel to face Melbourne in a top-of-the-table clash. In the group’s other game, Diamond Valley 2 is a good chance of snatching second should it overcome Latrobe away from home, but will need a sizeable percentage boost if the Warriors manage to beat Melbourne. With sliding doors continuing to move, the few scenarios left will make for an interesting last round as three sides look to take up two qualifying positions.

Pool 2:
As is the case in Pool 1, the top two sides face each other in Pool 2 to decide top spot with third place lurking should either team slip up. Ladder-leaders Eltham host first-place hopefuls Ringwood in a bid to secure the spot, with a handy 57 per cent buffer and game advantage in hand. A good amount of high scorers makes the Wildcats a scary proposition, but the Hawks need a solid performance to keep safe of slipping to third. Current holders of that place, Knox, hosts Wangaratta in hopes of securing a win and climbing the ladder – but will again need a percentage boost in the process. Form suggests Eltham are a lock to progress, and Knox stands a good chance of also doing so, but you cannot count Ringwood out of this group given its win over the Raiders just last week.

Pool 3:
Believe it or not, the exact same scenario quipped in Pools 1 and 2 faces Pool 3, only the gap between the top and bottom two sides seems slightly more pronounced. Blackburn sits third – level on points with Eltham 2 after overcoming the Wildcats last week, but holds a considerably weaker percentage of 77 compared to Eltham’s 101. While that can change relatively quickly, Eltham will hold some confidence in retaining its spot given that fact – despite a clash with the formidable Diamond Valley to come. With that fixture to take place later in the night at Mullum Mullum Court, the Vikings will set the scene earlier on as they take on McKinnon at home. Should McKinnon cause an upset, Eltham may already secure progression before taking the court, but should take nothing for granted against the 2-0 Eagles. Like each of the other groups, this one could well go down to the wire.

Pool 4:
Pool 4 stands alone in its final round scenario, with first playing third and second doing battle with fourth in what could provide a more clear-cut outcome. The unbeaten Collingwood All Stars host Dandenong 2 to open proceedings, with the Rangers coming off a thrilling one-point win over Geelong in Round 2 to get on the board. While the win would undoubtedly have boosted confidence, Dandenong’s percentage still sits down on second-placed Sandringham at this stage. An upset over the All-Stars could remove that factor altogether for Dandenong, but the Sabres will be keen to grab a second win and possibly even top spot to eliminate all doubt. While form-lines suggest an easy passage for two sides, both 1-1 teams know it is all on the line in Round 3 and should produce some magic.

Under 16

Pool 1:
Pool 1 throws up a similar set of outcomes as the many of the Under 18 groups, with the top two sides playing off while third plays fourth. Fresh off a win against second-placed Latrobe, McKinnon travels to face Frankston in hopes of jumping into a qualification spot with a win. The confidence dent made last week to Latrobe’s hopes would have been lessened given the Energy retain second spot, but requiring a win over table-toppers Kilsyth to guarantee progression is a tough assignment. Still, the top of the table clash stands and it should be a cracker given 2-0 Kilsyth have the chance to go through undefeated.

Pool 2:
A unique Pool 2 ladder will be finalised in Round 3 as the current top two sides look poised to progress. Pakenham hosts Geelong in a battle of the two top teams, with the Warriors coming off a solid second win last week to solidify their top-two status. The Supercats fared slightly differently as they drew with Bulleen 2, but the result was not all bad as they held on to second and the best percentage in the pool. While that could allow Geelong to jump into first with a win, the ramifications multiply as it means Bulleen 2 faces a tough road to second. The Boomers have to hope their nearest rivals lose, while also going out and beating Sandringham by a substantial margin to roll into qualification – despite not yet grabbing a win. The Sabres are a somewhat forgotten factor in this scenario, but will also be keen to get on the board with a win and finish the group stage on a high.

Pool 3:
With the typical 1v2 and 3v4 set-up taking place in Pool 3, third place remains a chance to snatch top two honours in what should be an action-packed Round 3. Werribee and Camberwell open proceedings at MSAC in a clash that could either see the Devils grab second, or the Dragons get on the board with win number one. Werribee remained in third despite a win over second-place Sunbury last week, but could finally jump the Jets at the final hurdle if they go down to Southern Peninsula. The Sharks had a closer than expected win over Camberwell last time out, but are nonetheless the only side with two wins from two attempts. The chance to progress at 3-0 will give them motivation, but a hungry Sunbury side should give it all in their last chance saloon.

Pool 4:
A straight-out play-off for second spot is set to go down in Round 3 as Whittlesea travels to play Dandenong with qualification up for grabs. The Pacers are the form team of the two given their win last week and how Keilor accounted for Dandenong, but anything can happen when the sides finally meet. The ladder-leading Thunder will look to go through unbeaten as they do battle with Diamond Valley 2 on the road, with a first win looking hard to obtain for the Eagles. Given the freedom with which Keilor have scored thus far, another blowout could be on the cards as the Thunder look like one of the top overall sides.

MUVJBL U16 Girls: Crossover Round 2 Review

THREE top-of-the-table clashes are set to decide automatic qualification spots across three of the four Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16s Girls AA division pools, as each ladder took a familiar shape after Round 2.

Pool 1:

Nunawading 2 (20) defeated by Bulleen (46)
Bendigo (64) defeated Dandenong 2 (47)

The qualification scene is already set in Pool 1 as both Bulleen and Bendigo again secured wins to ensure their progression, with the two sides set to do battle for first place in Round 3. The Boomers accounted for Nunawading 2 by 26 points with an even spread of contributors. Sarah Calvisi this time led the way with her nine points for the winners, helped well by Kobie Kino (eight) and Emily Maltezos (seven). For Nunawading 2, Beyonce Wigg top scored with six points in a low-scoring effort, while Sarah Bushby had five after a seven-point Round 1 showing. Meanwhile, Dandenong 2 put 47 points on the board in its 17-point loss to Bendigo, thanks largely to 15 points from Taleah Read and 12 from Georgia Taylor. Not to be outdone, Kaleah Bonanno sunk 18 for Bendigo, while April Eeles had 13 and Caitlin Richardson backed up for her 11. With the top two playing off for automatic promotion, Nunawading 2 hosts Dandenong 2 to decide who scrapes clear of bottom.

 

Pool 2:

Ballarat (68) defeated Latrobe (36)
Melbourne 2 (25) defeated by Ringwood (44)

Much like Pool 1, there are already two established qualifiers in Pool 2 as Ballarat and Ringwood are set for a clash to decide top spot in Round 3. Ballarat had a convincing 32-point win against bottom-place Latrobe at home, with Rosie Todd (14 points) leading Jada Skennerton (11), Bella Clark (11) and Georgia Cox (10) as players to reach double figures in points. Latrobe’s scoring was limited well, but that did not stop Jamie Gallatly from netting 11 points, while Indigo Waugh turned in a consecutive eight-point game. Ringwood’s travels to Melbourne’s home court also proved fruitful, with the Hawks coming away 19-point victors in a low-scoring match. With the two halves of the table decided, the specificities will be arranged after Round 3 as top spot will be battled for, and bottom place hopefully avoided as Melbourne 2 travels to Latrobe.

 

Pool 3:

Hawthorn 2 (36) defeated by Sunbury (61)
Altona (64) defeated Wangaratta (44)

A top of the table clash rearranged the Pool 3 table as Altona comfortably beat Wangaratta to subject them to third spot, while Sunbury took advantage of its meeting with bottom side, Hawthorn 2 to bounce into second. The Jets finished up 25-point winners on the night, with Erin Condron registering another double figure game in points (13), to go with Zoe Attard‘s 11 and Scarlett Orritt‘s 10 in the percentage-boosting win. For the Magic, Hayley Cordova top scored with seven points, while three of her teammates managed six in a low score. Meanwhile, Chelsea Randich did most of the damage with 14 points as Altona downed Wangaratta, with teammate Lucy Barth not far behind for her 11. Wangaratta’s Hannah Onley and Olivia Pearce shared top-scorer honours with their nine points, as two others reached seven for a total of 44. Altona are most likely to progress with two wins on the board and good percentage, but that could all change if Sunbury beat them away from home, and Wangaratta do the business against Hawthorn 2. With no room for complacency, it is set to be a ripping final round.

 

Pool 4:

Bulleen 2 (42) defeated by Casey (54)
Bellarine (42) defeated Southern Peninsula (40)

Another first-against-second clash is set to bring a pool to a close as Casey and Ballarine registered their second wins in as many rounds to make up Pool 4’s unassailable top two. The Cavaliers ran out 12 point winners away from home to clinch top spot as it stands, as Talyssa Route netted 19 points in an impressive display alongside Dakota Crichton (11 points). It was the Boomers’ Chantal Vitale who led all-comers though, with a round-high 21 points, as Lilly Amor was the next best with six after an 18-point performance. Southern Peninsula was unlucky not to remain in the qualification hunt after a narrow loss to second-placed Bellarine. Chantelle James put up another 12 points, matched by both Sienna Privitera and Bella Breen for the Sharks to no avail, while an even spread saw Grace Purcell and Charlotte Murray top score with eight each for Bellarine. Round 3 sees the Storm host Casey to decide top spot, while Bulleen 2 travels to Dromana to settle the bottom two places and see out the group stage.

MUVJBL U16 Boys: Crossover Round 2 Review

POOLS are taking shape after Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 boys AA division, with second spot open across each group as sides do battle to secure qualification to the elite division.

Pool 1:

McKinnon (54) defeated Latrobe (41)
Frankston (50) defeated by Kilsyth (62)

A mid-table qualification battle is set to carry into Round 3 in Pool 1 as Round 1 losers, McKinnon managed to topple second-placed Latrobe to go level on points with its weekend rival. The Cougars powered to a 13-point victory and now stand a decent chance to progress should they win again in the final round. Their opponents in that game, Frankston will make it anything but easy though, with the Blues showing improved form as they went down to top side, Kilsyth at home. McKinnon’s Denver Lund was huge with 17 points to lead the scoring, with Luke Lyngberg backing up his 11 Round 1 points to net 12 this time around. Jack Hrehorensen and Coby Burgiel also backed up well for Latrobe after a combined 29 points last week, sinking 12 apiece to lead the way in a losing effort. Meanwhile, pool leader Kilsyth continued its winning run, downing bottom side, Frankston by 12 points to secure qualification. While Harrison Adams is proving a consistent contributor after downing another 12 points, Zach Fitzpatrick and Will Ellis were big improvers from Round 1 as they claimed 13 and 11 points respectively in the win. Frankston had a nicely even spread of scorers, with Liam Atkinson‘s 11 topping their charts, followed by Lachlan Jensen and Tarrant Wallace on nine each. The Blues will not have much on the line as they host a hungry McKinnon in Round 3, but Latrobe faces the tough task of toppling 2-0 Kilsyth to earn progression.

 

Pool 2:

Geelong (60) drew with Bulleen 2 (60)
Pakenham (63) defeated Sandringham (58)

The competition’s first draw was produced in Pool 2, as second and third battled to 60 points apiece to open Round 2, while Pakenham claimed a second win to soar clear at the top. Hosts Geelong shared the points with Bulleen 2 in the mid-table thriller, with Jet Kneebone netting 15 points for the Supercats alongside Harry Den Dryver (13 points) and Olivier Northam (11). Boomer Samuel Natoli had a game-high 17 points to lead the charge for his side, aided by Oliver Slawinski (16 points) and Ethan Wellington (11) in a free-flowing affair. In another tight contest, Pakenham sealed qualification with a five-point win over Sandringham at home. An impressive four players reached double-figures for the Warriors, with Jarred Small and Kobe Wilson sinking 12 each, while Zachary McLean and Lachlan Smith had 10. Aiden McCarthy backed up from a good outing last week with 13 points for the Sabres, while Flynn Gaywood came in and downed 10 in his first group game. With Pakenham and Geelong playing off for first place next week, Bulleen could benefit and jump into a qualification spot with a win over Sandringham in what looks like one of the more even pools.

 

Pool 3:

Camberwell (62) defeated by Southern Peninsula (67)
Werribee (43) defeated Sunbury (39)

Three teams could finish Pool 3 with two wins after Round 3, with every side bar-Camberwell claiming wins after two games. It was a close call for ladder-leaders Southern Peninsula, as the Sharks overcame the bottom-placed Dragons by five points on Friday night. Darcy Jones and Ben Fisher again bore a most of the scoring load with 14 points each, while Corey Hastings improved on his Round 1 output with 12 points for Southern Peninsula. Sam Veitch (16 points) was again important for their opponents, supported by Liam O’Hoy (12 points) and Lochlan Redford (10). In the round’s other game, Werribee got on the board with a close win over its nearest rivals, Sunbury in a low-scorer. Feloni Ngata downed a game-high 11 points for the Devils, with Mitchell Smith‘s eight the next best for their side. For Sunbury, both Ryder Rousch and David Angove netted 10 points each as the only Jets to reach double digits. Werribee looks likely to proceed alongside Southern Peninsula as it hosts bottom-side Camberwell in Round 3, but could hit a snag given the closeness of the group. Meanwhile, the Sharks host Sunbury and will set them a difficult task in getting out of the group to see out proceedings.

 

Pool 4:

Diamond Valley 2 (29) defeated by Whittlesea (44)
Keilor (77) defeated Dandenong 2 (47)

With Keilor having all-but secured promotion and Diamond Valley 2 at the bottom, a battle for second spot is set to take place after Round 2 proceedings in Pool 4. The Thunder produced the biggest margin of the round in the top of the table clash, trouncing Dandenong by 30 points in an awesome scoring display. It was a slightly different story in the clash between Diamond Valley 2 and Whittlesea, with the bottom side managing just 29 points to the Pacers’ 44 as they were ruled out of contention. The Eagles now host a red-hot Keilor side, while Dandenong 2 and Whittlesea will battle it out for second place to close out the round in what should be a cracker.

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Boys – Crossover Round 2

ROUND 2 in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) boys competitions looks to be a one that will define most pools across the Under 16 and 18 AA groups, with plenty of Round 1 winners set to try their hand against those who went down last week. Still, three top-of-the-table clashes will also take place across the weekend’s action.

Under 18:

Pool 1:

A top-of-the-table clash looms to kick off proceedings in Pool 1, as Melbourne Tigers travels to Diamond Valley to take on the Eagles’ second team. Having accounted for Latrobe last time out, the Tigers are sitting pretty atop of the able with a handy percentage advantage over their weekend opponents. That was largely thanks to sharpshooter Jordan Adams, who netted 24 points in the opener, with three of his Tiger teammates sinking nine each to put a winning score on the board. Diamond Valley 2’s close shave last week means they know how to get up in the clutch, which could well come in handy if they bring it to Melbourne as one of the side’s 0 wins has to go. The Eagles look to have the scoring power to match Melbourne across the court, with four players finishing with at least nine points in their Round 1 win. The round’s other match-up poses the two sides at the opposite end of the table against each other, with a win vital to either team’s chances of progressing. Pakenham will fancy itself away from home given its narrow margin of defeat last time out, but Latrobe’s big loss may well just be a sign of how dominant Melbourne is. Either way, a side in each game will be handed its first loss and earn its first win, giving the table some shape.

 

Pool 2:

Both Ringwood and Eltham will be looking to secure qualification with a second win in Pool 2 as they swap Round 1 opponents in the second set of fixtures on Friday. The Wildcats had a massive win to open their account as they trampled Knox by 27 points to secure top spot. That was on the back of Nicolas Uzelac and Matt Debney both posting more than 20 points, and they will look to boss the boards once again against a Wangaratta side that did not quite put it together around the paint in Round 1. Victors in that outing, Ringwood host Knox and will be looking to bring the same intent into Round 2. The Hawks had a good spread of scorers last week as five players claimed over eight points for the night, while the Raiders had just two players net over 10 points as they went down handily. It will certainly be make or break for the two bottom sides, while the top two would be hopeful of edging a step closer to automatic qualification with another win.

 

Pool 3:

As is the case in Pool 2, the Pool 1’s opening round winners will be swapping opponents in their second outings as they look forward to a final-round clash. Diamond Valley put a firm stamp on its automatic qualification credentials with a resounding 42-point win, which will be hard to beat in this week’s clash with McKinnon. Easily the highest scorers of the week across all pools, the Eagles look the early favourites to soar into the championship division. While they lost their opening effort, the McKinnon side will be hopeful of bouncing back in what looks like a strong group as their qualification hopes are still alive. That is also the case for Blackburn, but the Vikings face a tough task in the form of Eltham 2, with the Wildcats fielding two strong line-ups in the competition. Caleb Bruggeman was the big scorer in Round 1 with his 18 points for Eltham, with he and his Wildcat teammates looking to follow from Diamond Valley’s example, which could even propel them to top spot. If that is the case, a final round clash with the Eagles looks set to be a belter. With the group shaping up like Pool 2, now would be a good time for the two bottom sides to throw a spanner in the works and make Round 3 interesting.

 

Pool 4:

A top-of-the-table clash is set to open Round 2 in Pool 4, as Collingwood hosts Sandringham. Both sides had wins in excess of 10 points last week to pit them just three per cent apart, with four players on either side reaching double figures in the scoring stakes. Leaders Collingwood overcame Geelong in that game, but it was not all bad for the Supercats as they managed to post a respectable 55 points. They travel this week to face bottom-placed Dandenong 2, with the Rangers coming off their 11-point loss to Sandringham in the opener. It looks a matter of which side can gain the confidence needed on D as both bottom sides leaked points in Round 1 without having too many serious woes netting the ball in their hoop. The same sturdiness will be needed in game one between the ladder leaders, but either side’s scoring power should produce an entertaining encounter.

 

Under 16:

Frankston faces a tough task in its search for a win in Pool 1 as the Blues host table toppers, Kilsyth to open Round 2. In a similar fashion, McKinnon is set to do battle with Latrobe at home after going down to the Cobras, with the second-placed Energy looking to travel well and claim a second-straight win. The qualification could be clear as day after just the second round should both the top sides get up, but McKinnon and Frankston will be keen to get on the board.

It is a similar story in Pool 2 as Pakenham and Geelong host Sandringham and Bulleen 2 respectively after claiming wins last week. While the Warriors had a tight win over the Bulls to slip them into second, Geelong’s victory looked a little more convincing as it returned a 19-point winning margin. With automatic promotion likely to be up for grabs for either winning side, the Bulls could well be the team to throw up an upset against a strong Geelong side, while the Sabers would be keen to bounce back after going down handily.

Again, the two winning sides of Round 1 swap rivals coming into a second outing in Pool 3, with Southern Peninsula looking to add to its winning start with a win away at Camberwell. The Dragons are no slouches though, having narrowly gone down to Sunbury last time out, and will give themselves every chance to get on the board at home. Meanwhile, Werribee will be looking for a similar outcome as it hosts Sunbury to see out Round 2. This looks the group most likely to have a winner drop points as both games were reasonably tight, so expect a couple of hot contests as the round robin heats up.

Pool 4 breaks the fixturing trend as a top of the table clash rounds out the second lot of games, with Keilor hosting Dandenong 2. While the Thunder’s winning margin was double that of the Rangers, anything can happen and this group looks to be another tight one. A Rangers win would keep the group interesting, with both sides in the first game of the round surely confident in their chances of securing their first win. Plenty Valley 2 fared slightly better than its counterpart from Whittlesea, but the Pacers posted a slightly higher score in their loss. Either way, one team is set to create a mid-table battle going into Round 3.

MUVJBL U18s and U16s fixtures: Crossover Round 1

THE race to the start of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) competition is in its final month, as teams jostle to join the already qualified teams in the Championship Division. Twelve teams have qualified for the top grade across the various age groups, with a further eight to be decided after a round robin group stage and further qualifying matches. For those that finish on top of their respective groups, they automatically qualify for the championship, with the second and third in each of the fourth groups to play off with the winners of those matches to be the final four qualifiers.

The teams in the XX division have already qualified for the championship, while those in the AA grade are still in contention and will attempt to put their best foot forward to qualify. All matches for the Under 18s and Under 16s are listed below, with every game to be played on Friday, February 1.

U18 Boys XX:

Bulleen vs. Nunawading – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Korumburra – Hawthorn, 9.20pm
Ballarat vs. Bendigo – Ballarat Stadium, 9.40pm
Dandenong vs. Casey – Dandenong, 9.40pm
Kilsyth vs. Werribee – Kilsyth, 9.40pm
Waverley vs. Keilor – Waverley, 9.40pm

U18 Boys AA:

Wangaratta vs. Ringwood – Benalla Indoor Rec Centre, 8.20pm
Pakenham vs. Diamond Valley 2 – Pakenham, 8.20pm
Geelong vs. Collingwood – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, 9.40pm
Diamond Valley vs. Blackburn – Community Bank Stadium, 9.40pm
Eltham 2 vs. McKinnon – Eltham High, 9.40pm
Knox vs.  Eltham – Knox, 9.40pm
Melbourne vs. Latrobe – MSAC, 9.40pm
Sandringham vs. Dandenong – Sandringham, 9.40pm

 

U18 Girls XX:

Keilor vs. Bendigo – Keilor, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Altona – Hawthorn, 9.20pm
Knox vs. Dandenong – Knox, 9.40pm
Bulleen vs. Geelong – Mullum Mullum, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Kilsyth – Nunawading Ct 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading 2 vs. Southern Peninsula – Nunawading Ct 3, 9.40pm

U18 Girls AA:

Diamond Valley vs. Melbourne – Community Bank Stadium, 8.20pm
Warrandyte vs. Werribee – Doncaster Secondary College, 8.20pm
McKinnon vs. Frankston – GESAC, 8.20pm
Waverley vs. Eltham – Waverley, 8.20pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Collingwood – Dandenong, 9.40pm
Melbourne 2 vs. Broadmeadows – MSAC, 9.40pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Pakenham – Mullum Mullum, 9.40pm
Sunbury vs. Ringwood – Sunbury, 9.40pm

 

U16 Boys XX:

Diamond Valley vs. Melbourne – Community Bank Stadium, 7pm
Hawthorn vs. Waverley – Hawthorn, 8pm
Bendigo vs. Eltham – Bendigo, 8.20pm
Casey vs. Nunawading – Casey Stadium, 8.20pm
Dandenong vs. Bulleen – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Knox vs. Eltham 2 –  Knox, 8.20pm

U16 Boys AA:

Whittlesea vs. Keilor – Mill Park, 7pm
Sunbury vs. Camberwell – Sunbury, 7pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Diamond Valley 2 – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Werribee – Dromana Stadium, 8.20pm
Kilsyth vs. McKinnon – Kilsyth, 8.20pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Pakenham – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Sandringham vs. Geelong – Sandringham, 8.20pm
Latrobe vs. Frankston – Traralgon, 9.40pm

 

U16 Girls XX:

Waverley vs. Hawthorn –  Waverley, 7pm
Kilsyth vs. Frankston – Kilsyth,  8.20pm
Nunawading vs. Knox – Nunawading, 8.20pm
Sandringham vs. Keilor – Sandringham, 8.20pn
Melbourne vs. Dandenong – MSAC, 9.40pm

U16 Girls AA:

Hawthorn 2 vs. Altona – Hawthorn, 8pm
Casey vs. Southern Peninsula – Casey, 8.20pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Bulleen – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Melbourne 2 vs. Ballarat – MSAC, 8.20pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Bellarine – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Ringwood vs. Latrobe – Ringwood, 8.20pm
Sunbury vs. Wangaratta – Sunbury, 8.20pm
Bendigo vs. Nunawading 2 – Bendigo, 9.40pm