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CBL North East: Grand final wrap – Seymour and Wodonga bask in premiership glory

SEYMOUR Blasters put Myrtleford to the sword in the Country Basketball League (CBL) North East grand final, romping home a 27 point win (80-53) to claim the silverware. It was a repeat of the last time these two sides met with Seymour getting the job done then and going two from two on the weekend.

There was no shortage of attacking options for the Blasters as four players reached double figures in the win showcasing just how multifaceted the side is. In the end it was Jordan Hockley that led the troops with a game-high 17 points and while he got into a bit of foul trouble with three to his name he was still able to have a commanding influence. Tyler Best also impressed in the win knocking back 16 points as Robbie Sartori piled on 13. The only other player to reach double-digit points was Thomas O’Connor who produced 11 and proved to be a real gamechanger across the court.

It was a difficult game for Myrtleford with only two players really able to get their game up and running as Tyler Barker topscored with 12 points. He was ably assisted by Marcus La Spina who slotted 12 points while Austin Wickes was the next prolific with eight points.

MVP: Thomas O’Connor (Seymour Blasters)

Unfortunately it was not the same story for Seymour Blasters in the women’s division as Wodonga Lady Wolves flipped the script, claiming a 20 point win (82-62) and bouncing back well having lost in their last encounter. The Wolves’ finals experience was crucial and they took advantage of it, exploiting the Blasters to walk away with the premiership.

The reliable trio of Caitlin Reid, Jade McCowan and Charlotte Beaven were up to their old tricks and played an integral role in the win with Reid almost unstoppable thanks to her 27 points. McCowan was next with 14 points as Beaven chimed in with a handy 11 points. Casey Ardern also made her presence felt knocking back 11 points highlighting the overall versatility and plethora of scoring options for the Wolves side.

For the Blasters it was the combination of Hayleigh Frost and Maddison Ford that kept them in the contest with the duo nailing 21 and 20 points respectively. But after those two, the scoring options fell off with Leah Swain the next closest posting 12 points.

MVP: Caitlin Reid (Wodonga Lady Wolves)

CBL North East: Seymour Blasts its way into pole position for finals

IN the sole Country Basketball League (CBL) North East match on the weekend, Seymour Blasters secured top spot on the table courtesy of a dominant 79-59 victory over Wallan Panthers in the final round of the season. Their case was helped by Round 6 being cancelled following Victoria’s snap lockdown, leaving the Blasters unassailable on top of the table.

Whilst Seymour did have one less bye than the next four teams behind them on the table, they won all their five matches on the table to be four points clear of Myrtleford Saints. A mid-table logjam between a remarkable four teams – Benalla Breakers, Wodonga Wolves, Wangaratta Warriors and the Panthers – saw them all on 11 points, with Shepparton Gators last with 10.

In the 79-59 victory, Tyler Best dominated with 21 points, teaming up well with Jordan Hockley (17) and Robbie Sartori (12) who all hit double-figures for the Blasters. The Panthers also had their fair share of scorers, with Luke Liesegang top scoring with 14, ahead of Jordan Sullivan and Sebastian Villegas (both 11).

The regular season is now over, with Seymour Blasters hosting Wodonga Wolves in the first semi-final, and Myrtleford Saints taking on Benalla Breakers in the second semi-final. With no turning back and no second chances, the winners of those two semis will advance to the decider, held on Saturday March 6.

The women’s competition had a Round 7 bye, which meant the players have not hit the court since Round 5 in a quirky anomaly. In that league, the Wangaratta Warriors and Wallan Panthers both finished with a 3-1 record, and while the Panthers have the higher percentage (127.48 to 121.65), the Warriors won against the Panthers to inflict their only defeat and secure top spot. In third spot is Seymour Blasters with a 3-2 record, while Wodonga Lady Wolves and Myrtleford Saints both went at 50 per cent success from their four games, and Benalla Breakers hold up the ladder without a win from five matches.

The semi-finals take place this weekend, with Wangaratta Warriors hosting Wodonga Lady Wolves in the first semi-final, and Wallan Panthers locking horns with Seymour Blasters in the second semi-final.

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CBL North East: Round 4 – Big wins encapsulate the round

ROUND 4 of the Country Basketball League (CBL) saw a number of games in the North East men’s and women’s division decided by 30-plus points, meaning there was no shortage of excitement and high intensity action across the round.

North East Men’s

It was a difficult weekend for Wangaratta Warriors with the side suffering two consecutive losses on Saturday and Sunday. The Warriors struggled to find their groove against Shepparton Gators and the story all but repeated itself against Wallan Panthers going down by 17 points. Seymour got the job done comfortably against Benalla running out with a 30-point victory but Benalla flipped the script against Wodonga Wolves serving them up a 26 point loss. Myrtleford Saints also made light work of the Wolves claiming a 17-point win in their only game of the round to take their season tally to two wins from three outings.

Charlie Young was a consistent figure for the Warriors despite the losses managing 10 and 11 points in both outings. He was ably assisted by Brodie Paul and Edward Dayman with the duo collecting 17 and 16 points over the weekend. For the Gators Nick Dodd and Dylan Wayman were the main contributors as the two racked up 18 and 17 points in a strong showing for their side while Riley O’Neill also chimed in with 11 points of his own. Although they did not register a win over the weekend Dylan Konig made his presence felt with a combined 14 points as did Patrick Mahoney and Thomas Moloney while Lachlan Kego starred in the match against the Wolves piling on a game high 25 points. There were a number of key playmakers for the Blasters as three players in Tyler Best (14), Thomas O’Connor (13) and Robbie Sartori (12 points) reached double figures in the points column.

Although the Wolves did not register a win in Round 4 the efforts of Byron Hosie‘s 14 points and Brock Thompson did not go unnoticed with the trio regularly hitting the scoreboard to add some respectability to their total across the two matches. In his sole outing Samuel Hawkins threw his weight around registering a whopping 24 points although it was not enough to get his side over the line. For the Myrtleford Saints, Jalen Barker was the main source of pain notching up 22 points as Ryley Bouker slotted 13 as the rest of the team chimed in for some handy points. In the Panthers sole outing Luke Liesegang led his side to victory with a game-high 21 points as Jordan Sullivan also registered 14 points while Max Vitala collected nine points in the win.


Wangaratta Warriors (40) defeated by Shepparton Gators (71)
Benalla Breakers (52) defeated by Seymour Blasters (82)
Myrtleford Saints (80) defeated Wodonga Wolves (63)
Benalla Breakers (84) defeated Wodonga Wolves (58)
Wangaratta Warriors (55) defeated by Wallan Panthers (67)


North East Women’s

Wodonga Lady Wolves made it two from two across the weekend running out victors -one in  a close contest the other in a demolition – while Seymour also impressed. The Blasters inflicted a wealth of scoreboard pain as shown through their 72 points and ability to keep Benalla to a mere 37 points. Wangaratta Warriors also reigned supreme downing Wallan Panthers in a tight encounter.

It is hard to go past the workload of Maddison Ford who dominated for Seymour producing a game-high 31 points while Olivia Pearce, Hayleigh Frost and Aiyana Ananiev slotted nine points apiece in the win. For the Breakers Isabella Riley and Chels Gilcrist managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over despite the loss with the pain scoring 10 points each in their first game of the round. Gilcrist added to her total with seven points against Wodonga while Lillie Greig also collected 10 points. Their sole outing did not go to plan with Myrtleford getting close but falling short despite the best efforts of Tara Breen (10 points), Amie Antonello (nine points) and Evie Hughes (nine points).

Wodonga dominated across the round as Jade McCowan knocked back an impressive 29 points in her performance against the Breakers. She was not alone when it came to scoring as Caitlin Reid amassed 19 points of her own. The duo had a stats stuffing weekend recording 40 and 39 points respectively. Charlotte Beavan also contributed 11 points to the total against Myrtleford. Wangaratta had two main playmakers with Olivia Storer and Chaye Crimmins producing 21 and 17 points respectively. Ebony Norris also hit the scoreboard with 10 points to get her side over the line in a close contest. On the other hand Carley Cranston and Megan Marasco were handy options for the Panthers as the duo slotted 18 and 11 points in a losing side while a number of other players bobbed up for a couple of points here and there.


Benalla Breakers (37) defeated by Seymour Blasters (72)
Myrtleford Saints (59) defeated Wodonga Lady Wolves (63)
Wangaratta Warriors (61) defeated Wallan Panthers (52)
Benalla Breakers (26) defeated by Wodonga Lady Wolves (76)

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CBL North East: Round 3 – Four teams in action split results in double-headers

EVERY supporter base went home somewhat happy from the Country Basketball League (CBL) Round 3 clashes on Saturday, with each of the four teams in action having a win in either the men’s or women’s North East divisions.


Wodonga Wolves and Seymour Blasters both picked up impressive wins in the sole Round 3 matches on Saturday. The Wolves toppled Wallan Panthers at home, 91-63 to move up to second on the table and grab their second win of the competition. Meanwhile Seymour Blasters continued their ripping start to the year, running out 16-point winners over Myrtleford Saints who lost their first game of the season, leaving the Blasters undefeated on top of the table from three games.

In Wodonga’s win over Wallan, Byron Hosie (17 points) and Brock Thompson (15) led the way, though the points were shared around to add to the massive total of 91. Also hitting double-figures for the winners were Samuel Hawkins (11), Jordan Teunon (10), Jordan McGuire (10) and Darcy Skepper (10). For the Panthers, Sebastian Villegas (14 points) was the top scorer, while Keenan Gorski (13) and Luke Liesegang (13) also contributed strongly in a triple threat for the visitors.

Winning on the road, Seymour’s Robbie Sartori was the sole double-figure scorer with 13 points in the win, and whilst they did not have another double-digit scorer, had a host of players with seven or more points. Among them were Jordan Hockley, Harrison Stones, Tyler Best and Lincoln Stewart who all contributed eight points in the win. For the Saints, Jalen Barker proved the danger man with 17 points, while Ryley Bouker (11) was also impressive despite the defeat.


Wodonga Wolves 91 defeated Wallan Panthers 63
Seymour Blasters 70 defeated Myrtleford Saints 54


Earlier in the day for the double-header, the same four teams faced off in the women’s North East CBL contests. Both matches were a lot tighter, but yielded opposite results. Myrtleford kept the home fans happy with a 63-56 triumph over Seymour Blasters in what was the first Saints’ game for the year after back-to-back byes, whilst handing the Blasters their first loss of the season. Meanwhile in the other game, Wallan Panthers were pushed all the way against Wodonga Lady Wolves on the road, but came away with the points to win 75-74 in a thriller.

In Myrtleford’s seven-point triumph, Georgia Clark led the way with 18 points, while Paige Zamperoni hit 11 points in a strong supporting effort. For the Blasters, Maddison Ford proved a crucial shooter, knocking down 21 points in the defeat, while Olivia Pearce managed 13, and the points were otherwise shared around with four players noting six points or more. Every player who entered the court for the Saints in the win, registered at least two points in a real team effort.

For the Panthers, Amber Ross (20 points) and Megan Marasco (19) caused all sorts of headaches for the Lady Wolves during the narrow victory. Carley Cranston (11) also hit double-figure points, with the likes of Erin Mifsud (seven) and Kasey Lennox (six) both contributing. For the Wodonga, it was a triple threat, as Melanie Kirby (21 points), Caitlin Reid (18) and Jade McCowan (16) made up the bulk of their points during the loss.


Myrtleford Saints 63 defeated Seymour Blasters 56
Wallan Panthers 75 defeated Wodonga Lady Wolves 74

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CBL North East: Seymour blast their way through opening rounds

SEYMOUR Blasters have established themselves as one of the teams to beat in both the North East Men’s and Women’s competitions in this year’s Country Basketball League (CBL). They are undefeated in both leagues thus far, though a number of teams have also had impressive one-off games to set up an entertaining third round of action.


All bar one side have played at least two games to tip-off the 2021 North East Men’s competition. Showing just how even the competition is, Seymour Blasters lived up to their name to last away the competition en route to a 2-0 start to the season. Myrtleford Saints also posted a win in Round 2 following a Round 1 bye, with four of the remaining five teams level with a win and a loss from two games. Shepparton Gators have played the most games of anyone, but unfortunately are yet to find a victory in three attempts.

The top of the table Blasters had no fears on the road against Wodonga Wolves, recording a comprehensive 32-point victory. Jack Murphy put up 18 points for the winners, while Tyler Best was next with 15. Also hitting double-figures were Jordan Hockley (11), Robbie Satori (10) and Thomas O’Connor (10). Byron Hosie top scored for the entire match, finishing with 19 points in a losing side.

Proving their Round 1 win was no fluke, the Blasters beat their own record by scoring 95 points in the second match, defeating Wangaratta by 39 points. The Blasters are the only side to record more than 80 points, and have done so in both outings. Satori led the way on this occasion with 17 points, followed by Hockley (14), Patrick Green (12) and O’Connor (10). Tom Young managed 14 points for the Warriors, with Nicholas Redley scoring 10.

It was more positive in the previous match, with the Warriors taking care of Benalla Breakers, 57-49 in a low-scoring contest. Charlie Young stepped up this time, putting up 19 points, while Liam Wright managed 17 in the win. Patrick Mahoney had 14 points for the Breakers, just ahead of teammates, Lachlan Kego (13) and Max Hemphill (10) despite the defeat.

Immediately bouncing back from that Round 1 loss, the Breakers knocked off Wallan Panthers in a tight five-point victory. Mahoney looked unstoppable with 25 points, going head-to-head with Panthers’ shooter Keenan Gorski (25). Along with Mahoney, Kego (17 points), Thomas Moloney (12) and Corry Westbury (11) all contributed, while Max Viitala (14) and Luke Liesegang (13) hit double-figure points in the Panthers’ loss.

Much like the other sides, the Panthers have had the one win to start the season, too good for winless Shepparton Gators. The Panthers won 79-56 back in Round 1, with Gorski putting up another 20 points, while Liesegang (17) and Sebastian Villegas (13) also impressed. For the Gators, Jordan Michel managed the 22 points in a hard working effort, while Dylan Wayman finished with 10 in the loss.

The results did not get any better for the Gators in Round 2, picking up back-to-back losses there, starting with Myrtleford Saints. The Saints won 69-48 to tip-off their 2021 season in style, mostly thanks to a 26-point outing from Jalen Barker. He was the clear standout in the 11-point victory, with Marcus La Spina (11) also notching up double-figure points in the win. Nick Dodd (10 points) was the only Gator to achieve the feat, though Boston Dowling (nine) came close.

Shepparton’s most recent loss was their closest, going down by just four points to Wodonga Wolves. Both sides were coming off losses, and both had chances to win it, though the away side stepped up when it counted. Samuel Hawkins hit up 18 points in the win for Wodonga, while Willis Morrow (10) was also productive in the win. Dodd almost contributed a third of his team’s points with 22 for the Gators, while Nathan Grace and Wayman both recorded 11 points.


Wallan Panthers 79 defeated Shepparton Gators 56
Wangaratta Warriors 57 defeated Benalla Breakers 49
Seymour Blasters 84 defeated Wodonga Wolves 52
Myrtleford Saints 69 defeated Shepparton Gators 48
Benalla Breakers 79 defeated Wallan Panthers 74
Seymour Blasters 95 defeated Wangaratta Warriors 56
Wodonga Wolves 74 defeated Shepparton Gators 74



Six teams are competing in the North East Women’s competition, with Seymour Blasters also in control in that league, having won both matches to-date. They are one of only two sides to have recorded a win in the competition, with Wallan Panthers winning their Round 2 clash after a bye in Round 1. Wangaratta Warriors also picked up a victory – in Round 1 – before falling to the Blasters, while Wodonga Lady Wolves and Benalla Breakers are yet to taste victory from their early season matches.

Seymour Blasters opened the year with a nail-bitting four-point win over Wodonga Lady Wolves, 67-63. In a tight contest, young gun Dyani Ananiev scored 16 points for the Blasters, leading the way with Maddison Ford (15) and Hayleigh Frost (15) among the top regular players to notch up some big scores. Despite being on the losing side, Charlotte Beavan hit a match-high 22 points for the Lady Wolves, while Jade McCowan finished with 15.

In an eerily similar match, though with a higher scoring flow, Seymour again got the chocolates in Round 2 by four points, getting up 94-90 over Wangaratta Warriors in an early top two clash. Ananiev knocked down a game-high 27 points in the encounter, while Ford helped herself to 23. Also getting in on the action was Olivia Pearce (18) and Frost (14). For the Warriors, Olivia Storer (26 points) and Chaye Crimmins (23) caused some headaches, while Ebony Norris (14), Jorja Reidy (12) and Issy Byrne (11) all contributed with double-figure points.

The Warriors did pick up a win in their earlier match, getting the job done by 15 points over Benalla Breakers in Round 1. Crimmins was a star in that contest with a huge 29 points, while Tessa Clayton finished with 13 points. For the losers, Hannah Onley was the sole player to reach double-figures, knocking down 16 points in the Breakers’ loss, while Charlotte Balzer was next best with nine.

It was a tougher encounter in Round 2 for the Breakers who were no match for the red-hot Wallan Panthers. Sending a message to the rest of the competition, the Panthers stormed to a 91-33 victory to run out 58-point victors at home. Carley Cranston top scored for the winners putting up 21 points, though she was far from alone in a shared load. Kasey Lennox (12 points), Melissa Buckley (11) and Amber Ross (11) all managed double-figure points. The Breakers did not have a double-figure scorer, though Lillie Greig (eight points) and Molly Glazebrook (seven) worked hard.


Seymour Blasters 67 defeated Wodonga Lady Wolves 63
Wangaratta Warriors 61 defeated Benalla Breakers 46
Wallan Panthers 91 defeated Benalla Breakers 33
Seymour Blasters 94 defeated Wangaratta Warriors 90

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