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Big V Women’s wrap: Round 7

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

Hume (63) defeated by Keilor (65)

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

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

Southern Peninsula (52) defeated by Wyndham (94)

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

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

Hawthorn (60) defeated by McKinnon (83)

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

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

Whittlesea (38) defeated by Sunbury (96)

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

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

Bulleen (84) defeated Casey (72)  

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

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

Round 8

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

2021 Big V Women’s wrap: Round 6

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

Southern Peninsula (49) defeated by Hume (65)

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

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

Keilor (69) defeated by Casey (78)

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

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

Whittlesea (49) defeated by Hawthorn (79)

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

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

McKinnon (49) defeated by Bulleen (81)

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

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

Sunbury (73) defeated Wyndham (72)

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

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

Round 7

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

Big V Women’s wrap: Round 5

BULLEEN Boomers’ unbeaten start to the season came undone against the Jets as they made it five wins straight in Round 5 of the Big V Women’s. Casey also impressed while McKinnon just got over the line in a big clash against Hume.

Keilor (103) defeated Southern Peninsula (67)

It was a multi-pronged effort from the Thunder that gifted them a 36-point win, controlling momentum throughout the match. They made their presence felt from the opening term of play and only got better as time went on blowing Southern Peninsula away in the second term(34-14)  to really put the pressure on. The Thunder never really lost control of the game and although thy were challenged in patches proved to have the star players across the court that were able to deliver the goods.

The Thunder duo of Emily Suckling and Bianca Babic were once again proving too hot to handle as they combined for 42 points with an even split of 21 each. Suckling was the less accurate of the two converting at 53 per cent from the field but still managed to register three assists and three rebounds. Babic on the other hand went at a 58 per cent clip and recorded five rebounds. But when it comes to craft court play and assists look no further then Ellen Kett who was simply in a league of her own recording a blistering 18 dines along with eight rebounds and eight points. Olivia Tsantarlis, Ebony Sans and Ane Aldalur Soto featured highly on the points-scoring list with 12, 10 and 10 points scored apiece. It was a tough day at the office for Southern Peninsula but Tanarly Hood was a real leader knocking back 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal in a losing effort. She was assisted by the likes of Ashleigh Wright (14 points) and Annaliese Rogers (11 points) as the side struggled to worry their opponents given their lack of potency.

Hume (72) defeated by McKinnon (77)

McKinnon and Hume put on a spectacle with McKinnon mounting a comeback in the second half to steal the win and keep the Broncos on one win for the season. Hume did all the running in the first quarter creating a 10-point lead thanks to their ability to hit the scoreboard and keep McKinnon away from nailing easy baskets. But that momentum was short-lived as McKinnon worked their way back into the contest with some bold plays and really put the foot down in the third term keeping their opponents to a mere nine points. With it all to play for in the final term, it was McKinnon that kept the good times rolling as the bypassed the Broncos and notched up their third win for the season.

Sophie Byrnes led the troops for the Broncos sinking 16 points in her 26 minutes on court while both Leilani Siamoa and Hailey Wynd got busy with their 11 points each. Siamoa also produced 10 rebounds and two steals as Wynd had a day out off the boards with 13 rebounds, 12 of them defensive. Ellen Wright was once again amongst the top players thanks to her nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. For McKinnon it was Amelia Todhunter who did the heavy lifting, and although she finished with a game-high 25 points, she could have had a lot more given her accuracy was only 33 per cent. Morgan Ili was also a force to be reckoned with in the win sinking 21 points to go in hand with her 11 rebounds. Isobel Anstey was the only other player to make it out of single figures thanks to her 13 points and imposed herself off the boards racking up 10 rebounds.

Casey (99) defeated Whittlesea (62)

Casey made it three wins on the trot defeating Whittlesea in style after a sluggish start to the game. The Pacers snuck out to an early lead but that was short lived as Casey turned the tables in the second quarter to not only steal back the lead but so too claim some ascendancy. It did not get any easier for Whittlesea as Casey went on a tear in the second piling on 34 points to 14 and maintained that level of momentum in the final as they ran out 37-point winners in a strong showing of grit and determination to wear their opposition down.

Another day, another Shereesha Richards show with the Casey representative absolutely tearing it up in the win. She produced a scintillating 43 points at 83 per cent from the field and did not look like slowing down throughout the contest. Her endurance and hunt for the ball was evident as she constantly looked to attack the rim and made her presence felt off the boards with a whopping 21 rebounds -10 offensive and 11 defensive – in a complete performance. Although Richards’ efforts took centre stage, Alannah Gillespie worked hard for her 14 points as did Sarah Parsons (12 points), Rebekka Mawdsley (12 points) and Tegan Fowler (11 points) to secure the win for their side. Sarsha Follacchio was the topscorer for Whittlesea sinking 16 points and converting at 50 per cent while Saule Kontautaite continued her hot start to the season producing another 12 points in her 40 minutes on court. The next best was Emily Verey with eight points as Whittlesea struggled to put up a competitive score.

Sunbury (93) defeated Bulleen (63)

Sunbury shocked Bulleen with a dominant 30-point win, putting a stop to their undefeated start to the season. After an even first term of play, the Jets started to pull away in the second quarter adding 24 points to their tally while keeping the Boomers to 15.  This level of intensity and scoring prowess trickled into the third as Sunbury proved relentless in attack and impressive in defence to once again reduce the impact of Bulleen. The final term saw much of the same with the Boomers unable to quell the influence of Sunbury as they stretched the lead even further and ran rampant to record their fifth win of the season.

There were four main contributors for Sunbury with Orla O’Reilly shaping as a force to be reckoned with given her attacking mentality and relative accuracy to keep the scoreboard ticking over. She led the way thanks to her 28 points at 64 per cent from the field, but it did not stop there as she secured a staggering 18 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jacinta Beckley was more than a helping hand for the Jets nailing 23 points in her 21 minutes on court while Emily Conn continued to ply her trade through her 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Tess Barnes was the only other player to reach double-digits with 14 points to her name in the win. Despite the best efforts of Rebecca Cole who slotted 26 points, it was not enough to worry Sunbury who seemed to have the ball on a string. Louella Tomlinson influenced the scoreboard with 15 points as Kate Gaze sunk 11 but that is where the scoring stopped.

Round 6

Southern Peninsula take on Hume in Round 6 with the former on the hunt for their third win and a chance to climb up the ladder. All eyes will turn to the battle between Keilor and Casey as the Thunder hope to topple their higher placed opponents. The two bottom sides in Whittlesea and Hawthorn are set to lock horns as McKinnon and Bulleen fight it out, with the latter hoping to return to the winner’s list. Sunbury will aim to maintain their unbeaten streak and hold onto top spot on the ladder in their matchup against Wyndham.

Big V: Stats leaders – Round 3

WITH three rounds of the Big V competition done and dusted some of the top performers are coming to the fore in both the men’s and women’s. Draft Central takes a look at who is dominating in their respective areas and which teams are impressing so far.


Average points:

Luke Sist (Keilor) 24
Matt Turner (Western Port) 23
Daryl Corletto (Western Port) 21.33
Bul Niop (Blackburn) 21
Aaron Dolny (Wyndham) 20

Luke Sist has been a force to be reckoned with for Keilor, leading the way averaging a whopping 24 points each time he steps out on court. Western Port has proven to have a multi-pronged attack with both Matt Turner and Daryl Corletto lighting up the court with 23 points and 21.33 points respectively per game. Bul Niop is a steady stream of points for Blackburn while Aaron Dolny is a strong option for Wyndham thanks to his 20 points.

Average rebounds:

Luke Sist (Keilor) 23
Trevon Clayton (Sunbury) 14.33
Mark Steiner (Hawthorn) 11
Nathan Frost (Chelsea) 10
Mackeui Puondak (Hume) 9.67

Sist is not only a menace on the points-scoring front but so too when it comes to rebounds, leading the competition with 23 while Trevon Clayton is hot on his heels with 14.33 per game. Clayton has been integral for the Sunbury Jets, consistently bobbing up when needed and reeling in the rebounds – much like Mark Steiner for Hawthorn, who averages 11 per game. Nathan Frost is strong for Chelsea with 10 while Mackeui Puondak is lively for the Hume Broncos.

Average assists:

Matt Spencer (Keilor) 6.67
Jordan Geer (McKinnon) 6.33
Nic Laycock (McKinnon) 6
Mitch Lukey (Keilor) 5.67
Shayan Mahboobi (Hume) 4.67

Matt Spencer leads the way for assists producing 6.67 per game for the Thunder while Jordan Geer is handy with ball in hand for McKinnon registering 6.33 assists. Teammate Nic Laycock is also a dominant presence for McKinnon recording six assists each outing while Mitch Lukey is a reliable player for Keilor Thunder recording 5.67 assists. The final player to make it into the top five is Shayan Mahboobi with the Broncos representative registering 4.67.

Average blocks:

Jordan Vandenberg (McKinnon) 1.33
Nathan Marshall (Sunbury) 1
Tonga Matapule (Keilor) 1
Anthony Dell’Orso (Hume) 1
Tomi Ayilara (Wyndham) 0.67

McKinnon’s Jordan Vandenberg tops the table with 1.33 blocks per game while Nathan Marshall, Tonga Matpule and Anthony Dell’Orso are also influential with one block apiece. Tomi Ayilara averages just under one block per game with 0.67 to his name for Wyndham.


Average points:

Rebecca Cole (Bulleen) 30.5
Shereesha Richards (Casey) 26
Orla O’Reilly (Sunbury) 20
Louella Tomlinson (Bulleen) 19.67
Kate Gaze (Bulleen) 19.33

It is no surprise that three of the top five players when it comes to scoring are from Bulleen, given their dominance over the competition. Rebecca Cole has been a shooting sensation averaging 30.5 points a game while Louella Tomlinson and Kate Gaze are dynamic registering 19.67 and 19.33 points respectively. Shereesha Richards has been a consistent figure for Casey with 26 points while Orla O’Reilly has also proven to have a hot hand averaging 20 points per game.

Average rebounds:

Shereesha Richards (Casey) 13.33
Sian Gillam (Hawthorn) 13
Lyndsey Hoogenhout (Whittlesea) 13
Louella Tomlinson (Bulleen) 12.33
Fiona Darnell (Southern Peninsula) 9.67

Richards is not only handy on the scoreboard but so too off the boards, leading the competition with an average of 13.33 rebounds a game. Hawthorn’s Sian Gillam is the next in line with 13 rebounds per outing while Lyndsey Hoogenhout is a real livewire for the Whittlesea Pacers able to reel in the rebounds. Tomlinson has made her presence felt with an average of 12.33 rebounds while Fiona Darnell rounds out the top five thanks to her 9.67 rebounds.

Average assists:

Ellen Kett (Keilor) 7.33
Rebecca Cole (Bulleen) 7
Taylor Lee (Casey) 5
Sophie Byrnes (Hume) 5
Tegan Fowler (Casey) 4.33

Ellen Kett leads the way for assists producing 7.33 per game while Cole is hot on her heels proving to be a key facilitator for the Boomers with an average of seven per game. Taylor Lee is handy with ball in hand dishing off five dimes a game for Casey while teammate Tegan Fowler also features in the top five thanks to her 4.33 assists. The last player is Sophie Byrnes with the Hume Broncos representative racking up an average of five dimes a game.

Average blocks:

Louella Tomlinson (Bulleen) 6.67
Jessica Azzopardi (Hume) 2
Hailey Merrigan (Bulleen) 1.67
Fiona Darnell (Southern Peninsula) 1.33
Ella Crump (Hawthorn) 1

When it comes to blocks, Tomlinson has been a star leading the competition with a whopping 6.67 a game while Jessica Azzopardi is strong boasting two blocks a game. Hailey Merrigan is a force to be reckoned with for the Boomers credit to her 1.67 blocks as Darnell and Ella Crump round out the top performers in this respective field with 1.33 and one block per outings.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 3

ROUND 3 of the Big V Women’s saw Sunbury and Bulleen remain undefeated notching up convincing wins in their respective outings. McKinnon registered their first win of the season with a thrilling narrow victory over Casey.

Sunbury (74) defeated Hume (47)

Sunbury made light work of Hume Broncos disposing of them by 27 points. It was a fast start by the Jets and that ultimately set the tone as Hume were forced to play catch-up and they simply could not match the output of Sunbury. The Jets played with a sense of urgency and most importantly attacking prowess to keep the scoreboard constantly ticking over and keep the game well and truly out of reach from Hume.

The Jets had no shortage of players bob up and ply their trade in the win with Orla O’Reilly leading the pack with her 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Courtenay Wragg and Emily Conn both came up big with 14 points apiece. It did not stop there for Wragg who racked up seven rebounds, four rebounds and two blocks as Conn dished off seven dimes. Tahnee Cannan was the only other player to reach double figures for the Jets finishing the match with 13 points to her name. Points were hard to come by for the Broncos but Leilani Siamoa was the main contributor producing 11 points albeit at a lowly 50 per cent from the field. Hayley Wynd worked relentlessly for her eight points and four rebounds as did Tashia Overby who managed five rebounds on top of her eight points.

McKinnon (52) defeated Casey (51)

It was a tight tussle between McKinnon and Casey with the game decided by a mere point showcasing the intensity of the match. In the end it was McKinnon that got the last laugh, doing enough to just limp over the line and secure their first win for season 2021. Casey burst out of the blocks limiting McKinnon to a lowly 15 points in the first half before they came out a whole new side in the second half to take out the win.

Claire Ioannidis did the damage for McKinnon recording a team-high 19 points while also dragging in five rebounds, all of which were defensive. The scoring fell off after that with the next closest Amelia Todhunter with nine points. Todhunter also managed six rebounds and four assists in the win while Morgan Ili just fell short of a double-double with nine points and nine assists. For Casey, the ever-reliable Shereesha Richards made her presence felt finishing with a double-double, reeling in 14 rebounds and 14 points in an all-round strong performance. Georgia Koopmans plied her trade with 10 points while Stephanie Leclerc managed eight points in her 16 minutes.

Keilor (78) defeated Wyndham (66)

The Thunder kept their undefeated record intact, proving they are a real threat to be reckoned with this season. Both sides were neck and neck for majority of the game as Keilor tried to break away but Wyndham lingered to keep fans guessing which way the game was going to go. But Keilor’s ability to withstand the barrage of attacking forays was evident, riding out the wave from Wyndham and then counterpunching to hit the scoreboard themselves and deliver.

There were a trio of stars that did the heavy lifting for Keilor as Emily Suckling produced a game-high 22 points at 50 per cent from the field. Ally Keating also chimed in with a handy 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in a strong showing while Zoe Zwerling also impacted the play thanks to her 10 points. Olivia Tsantarlis impressed in her 18 minutes on court recording eight points and 10 rebounds. For Wyndham, Courtney Middap continued her hot start to the season with 18 points, four rebounds and five assists. Teammate Jessica Scannell was the next closest finishing with 11 points as Nicola Handreck proved to be a menace off the boards credit to her 10 rebounds and seven points.

Bulleen (95) defeated Whittlesea (57)

A scintillating first quarter from Bulleen all but set up the win against a struggling Whittlesea side. The Boomers inflicted a wealth of scoreboard pain thanks to their 24-6 first term margin and from there they never looked like losing. In the opening half alone they managed 54 points and although the scoring died off in the second half as the Pacers upped the ante the damage was already done. It was all one-way traffic with the Pacers never really finding their groove despite winning the final term – albeit by two points – as Bulleen ran out with a convincing 38-point win.

The Boomers were missing key cog Rebecca Cole but that did not seem to faze the side as Louella Tomlinson spearheaded the attack thanks to her 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and five blocks. Kate Gaze was up to her usual tricks posting 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in another strong performance. Kaylah Pangbourne and Kayla Vitale were the other two players to reach double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. But it did not stop there, with every single player on the Boomers list managing to register on the scoreboard, highlighting just how much of a team effort the win was. For the Pacers, it was Indiana Bodley that proved to be the go-to girl knocking back 21 points, four rebounds and two assists while teammate Saule Kontautaite plied her trade thanks to her 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Although Lyndsey Hoogenhout only managed two points in her 35 minutes on court, her strength off the boards was unmatched reeling in 12 rebounds.

Hawthorn (56) defeated Southern Peninsula (63)

It was a close contest between Hawthorn and Southern Peninsula with the latter just sneaking over the line with a seven point win. After an even start to the game Southern Peninsula put the foot down in the second term to really claim the ascendancy and create some much needed separation with a 21-12 term.

There were two main contributors for the Magic with Bella Niven-Brown topscoring with 15 points and a whopping 14 rebounds, with nine of them defensive. Emily Kurkowski was another main port of call for Hawthorn racking up 14 points, five rebounds and a block. Teammate Ella Crump also had an influence despite being in a losing side posting nine points and six rebounds. For Southern Peninsula, Tanarly Hood did the most damage with 16 points while reeling in eight rebounds all of which were defensive as she continued her hot start to the season. Shanara Notman was dynamic for her 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as teammate Fiona Darnell also made a splash thanks to her eight points and eight rebounds.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 3 preview

ROUND 3 of Big V Women’s is set to be a blockbuster with the unbeaten Sunbury kickstarting the weekend while Bulleen and Casey will also have a keen eye on keeping their unblemished record intact. On the other hand, Whittlesea and Hawthorn are searching for their first win of the season.

Sunbury vs. Hume
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

With two wins under their belts Sunbury will be striving for their third straight up against Hume Broncos on Saturday. The opening game of the round will bring plenty of excitement and intrigue from fans as they hope to impress. It is a tale of two very different stories with Hume yet to register a win this season while the Jets are yet to drop a game making for an interesting matchup given the vast ladder differences.

Orla O’Reilly is coming off a game to remember posting up 25 points in Round 2 to guide the Jets to victory while Tess Barnes and Bianca Dufelmeier are other handy options for Sunbury when looking at adding points to the scoreboard. The options do not stop there with Emily Conn a commanding figure off the boards along with Tahnee Cannan who is able to mount the pressure through her accuracy to the basket. Sunbury have no shortage of threats while Hume can struggle at times to generate any scoring power with only two players managing double figures in their last outing. Leilani Siamoa is a handful on the basketball court with her drive and tenacity a potential problem for the Jets while Sophie Byrnes has proven to be a consistent figure for the Hume side notching up 10 and 11 points respectively across the two rounds. Sunbury will have to look out for the likes of Ellen Wright who managed to impose herself off the boards and will be eager to replicate that performance to ruffle the feathers of the Jets.

McKinnon vs. Casey
Saturday, March 27 @ 5:30pm

Casey have enjoyed a hot run of form over the first two rounds, claiming back-to-back victories and asserting themselves as competition favourites. Both wins have been over 20-points highlighting their strong defensive ability, paired with their attacking intent to pile on the scoreboard pressure and suffocate their opponents. McKinnon have not had the ideal start to the 2021 season and will be fighting to restore their campaign.

There is no denying that Shereesha Richards is the go-to girl for Casey and often controls proceedings with not only her dead-eye accuracy but power to out-position opponents and reel in the intercepts. Richards knocked down 29 points and 10 rebounds last round, a small window into the powerhouse player she is and just what she is capable of. Expect Richards to draw a lot of attention from McKinnon however Alannah Gillespie and Rebekka Mawdsley are both known to pop up and contribute for Casey. It is no surprise that Bendigo Spirit aligned star, Amelia Todhunter is the player to watch for McKinnon given her ability to get free and cause all sorts of headaches on the scoreboard. Teammates Rosie Fadljevic and Katie Bluzer are others that are able to chime in whether it be off the boards or on a points scoring front.

Keilor vs. Wyndham
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

Wyndham have had a mixed bag of results to kickstart their 2021 campaign with a win and a loss headlining their season. The loss was at the hands of the unbeaten Sunbury Jets while the win was credit to a convincing performance against Whittlesea meaning they will be looking to consolidate this round. Keilor have also had an up and down season but have shown that they know how to win when under pressure, able to effectively grind out games.

The points are often shared around by Wyndham with Courtney Middap, Lauren Jones and Jamilee Pearce all able to throw their weight around and have an impact. Their efforts are not only felt on the scoreboard but so too in defence able to collect multiple rebounds. Another exciting prospect for Wyndham is that of Nicola Handreck who is coming off a 21 point and five rebound performance highlighting just how damaging she can be when given enough time and space. The Thunder have a shared mentality with multiple players able to ply their trade to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bianca Babic is a livewire and is not afraid to get her hands dirty given her ability to pick up steals and register blocks. Emily Suckling is also a viable option for the Thunder as is Ellen Kent given her endurance and overall smarts.

Bulleen vs. Whittlesea
Saturday, March 27 @ 6:00pm

Bulleen boast a perfect record after two rounds and will have every intention of keeping that winning streak alive. The Pacers have not had the same luck still currently sitting winless, comprehensively beaten in both outings. Bulleen are a well-oiled team that use their silky ball movement down court to attack the rim and score freely while Whittlesea often struggle to find the right level of synergy to impact the scoreboard at a consistent rate.

The Boomers ooze class and boast one of the most prominent attacking units with Rebecca Cole, Kate Gaze and Louella Tomlinson all capable of running amuck. The trio combine seamlessly in both offence and defence with Cole coming off a stellar performance thanks to her 30 point, six rebound and seven assist effort. Gaze is just as exciting able to light up the court in an instant while Tomlinson is a force to be reckoned with off the boards. Hayley Merrigan and Annie Garrick are others that are able to chime in and impact the game. For the Pacers Indiana Bodley is the go to girl able to hit the scoreboard and reel in the rebounds while Lyndsey Hoogenhout will be keen to keep the good times rolling and get busy. Teammate Saule Kontautaite will have to have another big performance if she is to worry the Boomers and give her side a chance of stealing a win.

Hawthorn vs. Southern Peninsula
Sunday March 28 @ 2:00pm

The final game of the round gets underway on Sunday as Hawthorn and Southern Peninsula battle it out. Hawthorn are looking for their first win of the season while Southern Peninsula are aiming to secure back-to-back wins, meaning it will be a high intensity match as they aim to assert themselves and subsequently leapfrog their way up the ladder. Hawthorn fell agonisingly short in Round 1 and were well beaten last round.

Bella Niven-Brown was a gamechanger for the Magic producing 22 points last week and will be hoping to replicate that form once again here but this time in a winning side. Emily Kurkowski is another one for the Magic that is able to lend her hand on the points scoring front while Georgia Gray is never out of the contest thanks to her basketball nous. The combination of Tanarly Hood and Jayde Popovski is the one to watch for Hawthorn as the pair are able to seamlessly connect and cause scoreboard headaches for opposition sides. They are both renowned for their ability to get busy off the boards while Mikaela Watson impressed in Round 2 putting up 24 points at 64 per cent from the field.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 2 wrap

WITH Round 2 of Big V Women’s done and dusted there are a couple of sides such as Bulleen and Sunbury that remain undefeated while Keilor notched up their first win of the season. The round played host to a number of blowouts with teams flexing their muscles and subsequent scoring prowess with the closest game a 10-point ball-game.

Casey (86) defeated Hawthorn (57)

Casey made light work of Hawthorn with their scoring prowess really coming to the fore in the second quarter piling on 24 points to 12. After an even start to the game, Casey put their foot down to claim some ascendancy on the game and never looked back growing with confidence as the game went on. But Casey left their performance until the last quarter adding a whopping 30 points to 11 as their defensive and offensive skills shone through and they stunned the Magic.

Sheeresha Richards took centre stage for Casey throughout the clash posting a game-high 29 points in her 28 minutes on court. Richards was a real livewire for Casey and made the most of her chances shooting at 93 per cent from the field. Her dominance did not stop there though amassing 12 rebounds while Alannah Gillespie threw her weight around contributing 15 points and four steals. Rebekka Mawdsley was the next best for Casey as she managed 11 points and four rebounds. For the Magic Bella Niven-Brown led the charge with a commanding 22 points and could have had an even bigger day had she been accurate converting at 44 per cent. She was ably assisted by Emily Kurkowski who piled on 10 points of her own in her 30 minutes on court while Georgia McBean added seven points to the Magic’s tally. Her day did not stop there as she picked up two rebounds and three steals in the loss.

Hume (60) defeated Bulleen (84)

The Boomers powered past Hume Broncos on Saturday recording a 24 point win to sit undefeated after two rounds. Despite a sluggish start to the game, Bulleen hit back in the second and third term to get the game back on their terms and inflict some serious scoreboard pain. Hume only managed 29 points in the middle two quarters while the Boomers piled on 52 points themselves to completely dominate the play.

The Broncos had their work cut out for them up against a well-oiled Bulleen side but that did not stop Leilani Siamoa from finding the basket. She led the way for Hume knocking back 21 points at 64 per cent from the field while also registering six rebounds. Teammate, Sophie Byrnes also chimed in for Hume producing 11 points, five rebounds and 10 assists while Ellen Wright was a menace off the boards with 10 rebounds. The Boomers were inspired by the big three in Rebecca Cole, Kate Gaze and Louella Tomlinson. Cole starred thanks to her 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists as Gaze also managed 23 points, five rebounds and three steals. Tomlinson had a game to remember thanks to her double-double walking away with 18n points and 14 rebounds while also wowing fans with her eight blocks.

Whittlesea (56) defeated by Southern Peninsula (72)

Southern Peninsula got the jump on the Pacers from the opening quarter and never looking like losing from then on out. Their tenacity and accuracy immediately put Whittlesea on the back foot, forcing them to play catch up basketball which was a feat they simply could not match. Although Southern Peninsula lost the final term the damage had already been done with Whittlesea unable to really worry their opponents, and seeing Peninsula record a 16-point win.

Southern Peninsula shared the rock around throughout the game with a number of players stepping up to the plate and delivering the goods on the points scoring front. Ashleigh Wright impressed in the win posting 24 points at 64 per cent from the field while also amassing five rebounds. Teammates Fiona Darnell and Tanarly Hood bobbed up to get their side over the line recording 14 and 12 points respectively. Darnell was particularly strong off the boards registering a whopping 15 rebounds (11 defensive), three assists and a steal. Pacers looked to Saule Kontautaite to do the heavy lifting, posting 26 points to accompany her five rebounds, one steal and one assist. Lyndsey Hoogenhout was electric knocking back 13 points and reeling in 17 rebounds as Indiana Bodley also inflicted some scoreboard pain thanks to her 10 points.

Wyndham (54) defeated by Sunbury (64)

Sunbury sit undefeated after two rounds, notching up their second win of the season this time against Wyndham. Both sides worked in overdrive and never let the lead blow out too much highlighting the overall closeness of the contest. Each quarter the Jets extended the lead albeit marginally to eventually run out with a 10 point victory. Wyndham out-rebounded the Jets (46-34) while Sunbury shone when it came to steals (11-5).

There were two main producers for Wyndham with Nicola Handreck and Jamilee Pearce doing the most damage for their side with 21 and 13 points respectively. Handreck also dragged down five rebounds while Pearce secured 11 and two steals. Jessica Slade had an influence with nine points and 10 rebounds in a strong showing for her side despite the loss. The Jets were inspired by the efforts of Orla O’Reilly who managed a game high 25 points playing 38 minutes, but struggled with accuracy all round while also six rebounds and four steals. Tess Barnes did not muck around, posting 15 points and two rebounds while Bianca Dufelmeier shot at 57 per cent from the field in the win.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 2 preview

THE opening round of Big V Women’s brought plenty of close encounters and exciting performances from players with Round 2 gearing up to be just as exciting. Whittlesea Pacers and Southern Peninsula go head-to-head with the winner of the clash earning their first victory of the season as the contest between Wyndham and Sunbury will leave one side undefeated.

Casey vs. Hawthorn
Saturday, March 20 @ 6pm

Casey are coming in off a dominant win in Round 1 and will be hoping to solidify their standings with another commanding performance against Hawthorn. Boasting a number of scoring options it allows Casey to have a multi-pronged attacking unit that will be raring to go against Hawthorn to make it a two-zip start to the season.

Starring in Round 1 with a scintillating 35 points Shereesha Richards will be the one to stop for Hawthorn on Friday night with Richards proving to have an insatiable thirst once she gets going. Richards is also a menace off the boards reeling in 14 rebounds and posing a real threat, while Taylor Lee is also another exciting prospect for Casey. Rebekka Mawdsley started proceedings last round and will be wanting to up the ante in this outing.

Hume vs. Bulleen
Saturday, March 20 @ 6pm

Bulleen pulled out all the stops in Round 1 with all their big guns firing and announcing themselves as serious contenders. Sharing the points between a trio of a-list players Bulleen proved their versatility and potency something Hume will be aware of ahead of their Round 2 clash. The Broncos failed to get on the winners list last week and will be hoping to flip the script in this outing with some more precise ball movement attacking forays.

The Boomers are littered with stars across the court with Rebecca Cole coming off a 31 point showing and likely to turn that type of heat on, once again to lead her side to victory. Accompanying her is Kate Gaze and Louella Tomlinson with the duo able to effectively ply their trade with their scoring and rebounding ability paramount to the side’s success. For Hume, Sophie Byrnes proved to be a handy option but will need the likes of Nikki Spencer and Jade Azzopardi to step up and given the Boomers something to think about if they are to worry them.

Whittlesea vs. Southern Peninsula
Saturday, March 20 @ 8:30pm

It will be a battle of two winless sides as Whittlesea and Southern Peninsula go head-to-head on Saturday in hope to secure their first win for the Big V season. The Pacers were well and truly covered in their first outing as were Southern Peninsula who went down by 14 points but will be looking to bounce back in this matchup.

Expect the likes of Tanarly Hood to lead the way for the Sharks having topscored last week and also making a name for herself throughout the Country Basketball League. Hood alongside Jayde Popovski and Abbey McNamara could pose a real threat thanks to their combined rebounding ability and skill to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Pacers have a couple of promising options with Indiana Bodey impressing in the opening game and likely to spearhead the squad once again while the efforts of Saule Kontautaite and Lyndsey Hoogenhout could prove to be the difference in getting Whittlesea over the line.

McKinnon vs. Keilor
Sunday, March 21 @ 3pm

The Sunday game between McKinnon and Keilor will be an interesting one as the two sides fight to make an impact on the competition and claim some early ascendancy. Failing to register a win last round, McKinnon will be eager to make amends for their efforts and notch up that all elusive “W”.

Despite being well beaten in Round 1 the likes of Amelia Todhunter and Rosie Fadljevic still managed to effectively ply their trade and inflict scoreboard pain, a feat they will be hoping to replicate against Keilor. Todhunter was strong on the rebound as was teammate Katie Bluzer finishing with 10 to her name showcasing her strength off the boards which could be a concern for their opponents.

Wyndham vs. Sunbury
Sunday, March 21 @ 1pm

It will be a fiery clash as both Wyndham and Sunbury look to keep their hot start to the season going and claim two wins straight off the bat. The Jets prevailed comfortably against Southern Peninsula but had a sluggish start an area they will want to address heading into the game. Wyndham also made light work of their opponent in Round 1 and will be aiming to keep that fast-paced, scoring mentality going to create some handy ladder separation.

There were three main stakeholders for Sunbury in their opening match with the trio recording double-figure points but will be looking for added depth in this match. In saying that, Bianca Dufelmeier led the charge producing 16 points and will more than likely be the main port of call in the game. Emily Conn and Tahnee Cannan are lively characters as is Nyomi Stowers. It is a similar story for Wyndham who boast another of scoring options as Courtney Middap, Lauren Jones, Jamielee Pearce and Sam Moodie all look to maintain that hot form.

2021 Big V Women’s: Round 1

ROUND 1 of Big V Women’s kicked off over the weekend with the closest game decided by 14 points. The round was dictated by dominant scorers and individual efforts with a number of players stepping up to the challenge and leading the way for their respective sides as Sunbury, Casey, Wyndham and Bulleen registered wins.

Southern Peninsula (46) defeated by Sunbury (60)

It took a while for both sides to get going with Southern Peninsula only recording a mere three points in the opening term. However Sunbury were not that much better finishing the quarter with nine points to their name. Scoring opened up in the second term as they both got a feel for the game and settled into the contest with Sunbury extending their lead at half time. The third term followed suit with the Jets piling on the scoreboard pressure thanks to their 16-12 point quarter. That ascendancy filtered into the final stanza of play as Sunbury overcame a sloppy and slow opening term to run home 14 point victors.

Tanarly Hood spearheaded the attack for Southern Peninsula knocking back 12 points and reeling in a whopping 10 rebounds. Teammate Jayde Popovski also played a crucial role for Peninsula posting 11 points albeit at a lowly 37 per cent while also producing six rebounds and two steals. Abbey McNamara and Mikaela Watson slotted six points apiece with the former also managing four rebounds. Sunbury was led by a trio of stars with Bianca Dufelmeier topping the tally thanks to her 16 points at 67 per cent from the field. Emily Conn and Tahnee Cannan were other handy options for the winners knocking back 12 points each along with a combined 14 rebounds.


Casey (77) defeat Hume (45)

In a one-sided affair it was Casey that walked away with the four points thanks to their 32-point demolition job of Hume. Casey jumped out of the blocks quickly claiming the ascendancy as shown through their 23 to 11 first term of basketball. That pressure did not falter throughout the contest as Casey looked to inflict a wealth of pain on their opponents who simply had no answers for what was being thrown at them. With the damage already well and truly done Casey took the` foot off the pedal in the final quarter.

It was a one woman display for Casey as Shereesha Richards dominated on the scoreboard with a whopping 35 points. Her efforts were undeniable, exploiting her opponents’ weaknesses and attacking the rim with great anticipation. Her stat line also saw her collect 14 rebounds, with 12 of them defensive highlighting her overall presence. Taylor Lee was the next best posting 14 points to accompany her six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block. No player from the Broncos was able to really find their stroke, instead Hume relied on a couple of players to chip away at the scoreboard. Sophie Byrnes topscored with 10 points as Jessica Azzopardi slotted six points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks.  Nikki Spencer was dynamic in the loss adding six points to the tally while also collecting four rebounds, two steals and a block.


Whittlesea (57) defeated by Wyndham (76)

Wyndham wasted no time asserting themselves on the match, quickly creating some scoreboard separation between them and Whittlesea. The Pacers were forced to play catch-up immediately and ultimately were unable to work their way back into the contest such was the pressure and game plan implemented by Wyndham. A blistering third term from Wyndham all but set up the win, keeping the Pacers to as much as eight points while going on a scoring spree of their own sinking 26 points. Although Whittlesea bit back in the fourth it was too late to mount a comeback as the damage had already been done. It was the perfect way for Wyndham to kickstart their 2021 campaign producing a comprehensive win and most importantly digging deep to withstand the fightback.

Indiana Bodley took the reins for the Pacers knocking back 24 points and 11 rebounds in an all-round strong showing. Saule Kontautaite chipped in with 13 points and it did not stop there as she collected 10 rebounds, four assists and a whopping eight steals. Teammate Lyndsey Hoogenhout also made her presence amassing 11 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. For Wyndham there were four players that hit the double-digit mark as both Courtney Middap and Lauren Jones topscored with 14 points. Middap managed six rebounds as Jones amassed seven assists and four steals. Sam Moodie slotted 13 points while Jamielee Pearce finished the match with 11 to her name alongside six rebounds, two assists and three steals.


Bulleen (88) defeated McKinnon (65)

A dominant second half of basketball gifted Bulleen with the win over McKinnon after the Boomers were caught napping in the opening two quarters. Bursting out of the gates, McKinnon made their intentions clear but could not sustain that high octane style of basketball, well and truly tiring in the third as Bulleen let loose. The Boomers unleashed in the third nullifying McKinnon in every which way possible to keep them to six points as they piled on the pain through their 26 points. That level of intensity continued into the final term as Bulleen could sense a victory and McKinnon were all out of moves, eventually going down by 23 points, despite their initial efforts.

Headlined by a trio of Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) stars the Boomers made their presence felt with Rebecca Cole doing plenty of the hefty lifting thanks to her 31 points. Although not overly accurate from beyond the arc her range from the charity strip was solid converting at 71 per cent. It did not stop there for Cole with the Southside Flyers represent reeling in 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Cole was ably assisted by Kate Gaze who produced 21 points in the win. Gaze managed seven rebounds and three assists as Louella Tomlinson chimed in with 18 points at 67 per cent from the field. Tomlinson also impressed defensively thanks to her seven blocks, nine rebounds and two steals. There were only two players that managed double-digits for McKinnon as Amelia Todhunter stepped up to the challenge producing 21 points. Todhunter was strong off the boards with nine rebounds as Rosie Fadljevic walked away with 16 points and six rebounds to her name. Morgan Ili was a star off the boards for McKinnon credit to her 12 rebounds while also producing nine points, four steals and six rebounds.

At time of publishing results for Hawthorn and Keilor had not been confirmed.

Southside Flyers claim premiership glory

SOUTHSIDE Flyers have notched up their inaugural premiership since being rebranded with a 17-point victory over Townsville Fire on Sunday afternoon (99-82). After taking out the minor premiership it was only fitting that the Flyers also walked away with the final piece of the puzzle – a premiership ring – after a dominant 2020 WNBL season. Despite not walking away with the chocolates, the Fire will hold their heads high, pushing the Flyers all the way and enjoying a rapid rise up the ladder throughout the condensed season.

Having met only days before it was always going to be a tough battle and the first quarter was proof of that with neither side able to be separated at the first break sitting at 22 points apiece. Play commenced with none other than Liz Cambage out of the middle however it was Townsville Fire’s Lauren Nicholson that landed the first blow nailing a layup. It was not long before Sara Blicavs made her presence felt converting at the charity strip and evening things up early in the piece.

The Fire pushed out to as much as six points ahead in the first five minutes before the Flyers found their groove and Cambage was subbed out due to foul trouble in the opening few minutes. Rebecca Cole levelled the scores with just over six minutes of play left in the term showcasing just how much of a tight game the fans were in for. This back and forth nature continued for most of the term with both sides trading blows and unable to arrest any sort of momentum given the high pressure nature the game was being played under. Nicholson was playing her part for the Fire leading the charge both off the boards and on the scoreboard while Leilani Mitchell sensed the occasion and stepped up to the plate with a couple of consecutive jump shots.

With scores tied at the first break the Flyers steadily built ahead in the second term opening up a two point lead off the back of some Mitchell magic. The Southside Flyers representative seemed to have her own ball out there, displaying her impressive range and relative accuracy. The term started with Zitina Aokuso hitting a jump shot and stealing the lead for the Fire before Mia Murray also got involved in the action to extend the lead to four points.

But that did not last long with Mitchell and Cole chiming in and playing their part for the Flyers. The lead ebbed and flowed as the Flyers created a handy four point buffer before Townsville once again fought back to reduce the deficit and steal the lead. It was a high intensity term with no player able to catch their breath with  Jenna O’Hea impressing and nailing a triple before Blicavs also added her two cents worth to the tally. Nicholson continued her dominant ways while Stephanie Reid also got busy with a jump shot to get her side back within touching distance.

Two points separated the sides at half-time but it was clear that the Flyers came to play in the third quarter really putting the foot down. Known as the premiership quarter Cambage started to inflict some serious pain with a couple of much needed baskets while Blicavs proved to be a handful. If it was not Cambage attacking the rim it was Mitchell with the two causing chaos and finding the basket with relative ease to keep the scoreboard ticking over and the Fire at bay.

Townsville went three minutes without a score such was the defensive pressure of the Flyers while they managed to slot six points of their own and extend the margin to eight points. Shyla Heal started to get involved in the action nailing a handy jump shot while Aokuso also found the basket moments later but the pattern had started to become clear with the Fire unable to keep up with the steam train that was Southside.

With the silverware in sight it was clear that the Flyers were not about to let go, coming out with a higher level of intensity and real sense of determination. The Fire threw everything they had at the Flyers with Nicholson and Heal combining to cut the margin to nine and cause a couple of scares but that was short lived as the minor premiers held their nerve. Rachel Jarry was in good form and that showed making the most of her free-throws while Mitchell continued to star. Cole had a day out in the final term of play nailing a triple and relishing the opportunity to go to the line while Townsville simply did not have enough firepower to compete.

It is no surprise Mitchell walked away with Player of the Match honours with 31 points, four rebounds and five assists in an impressive showing for the Flyers. Cole also impressed throughout the game with 22 points shooting at 70 per cent from the field while also accumulating three assists, five steals and two rebounds. Cambage was quiet but still had an impact collecting 14 points, five rebounds while Blicavs managed seven points , nine rebounds and three assists.

Nicholson was once again they go to player for the Fire walking away with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Payne also had an impact with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists. Heal was down on her usual output but still managed 11 points and seven rebounds.