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MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 9

THE Knox Raiders and Bulleen Boomers will headline Round 9 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division in what could be a preview for the Grand Final. The match-up between Geelong and Southern Peninsula also looks to be a crucial contest, with a win necessary to their finals hopes.

Knox Raiders (2nd, 13-3-1) vs Bulleen Boomers (1st, 14-3)

The Knox Raiders will open Round 9 against top-end rivals, Bulleen Boomers, in a game that could present as a foretaste for the Grand Final. In terms of success, the Raiders’ last fortnight has been less than ideal, having recorded a 51-55 loss to Diamond Valley before tying with the fourteenth-placed, Geelong Supercats. In comparison, Bulleen’s last month has been faultless. Besides recording four consecutive wins, Bullen have made short work of Dandenong and Bulleen, as well as assumed top-spot one week out of finals. Olivia Tsantarlis and Casey Valenti-Paea were standout in Bulleen’s last outing, recording 16 and 14 points respectively. Valenti-Paea moved to sixth spot for points per game (PPG) following her performance, while Alexandra Keating continues to hold in second (17 PPG). For Knox, Zoe Jenkins(16) and Rhiannon Ockwell (15) were big in last week’s draw and will be expected to maintain form as they attempt to hold their top-two spot.

Geelong Supercats (14th, 7-9-1) vs Southern Peninsula (13th, 8-9)

One spot remains as we lead into finals, with the Geelong Supercats hosting the Southern Peninsula. Both sides sit at the bottom of the table, having shown little success since the division separation. Given their positions, Geelong’s 5-2-1 home record threatens the Peninsula’s chances. In recent weeks, both outfits have lifted on form, with Southern Peninsula recording consecutive wins, which include fair scalps over Hawthorn and Bendigo. Similarly, Geelong presented well against the Raiders, tying with the top-end team and likely instilling confidence. NBL1 representatives, Carly Remmos and Alishia Knights, presented well in Geelong’s draw; recording 14 and 13 points respectively. The pair match-up on Emirson Devenie and Charli Dobson this week, who both sit higher on the table for league-average with 15.5 and 13.6. Last week, Devenie recorded 25 points on her way to a four-point victory over Hawthorn. The Geelong star moves to third on the table as we lead into tomorrow’s game.

Dandenong Rangers (7th, 11-6) vs Nunawading Spectres (4th, 12-5)

With a second a chance still available for the Dandenong Rangers, it presents a lot to gain when they host the Nunawading Spectres on Friday. Prior to last week’s loss, Dandenong was stnading strong having recorded five consecutive wins after two narrow losses in the opening rounds. For Nunawading, the last two weeks have been disappointing, losing two consecutive to Bulleen and Altona. Dandenong will look to NBL1 representative, Elly Morgan, to continue her form recording 12, 19 and 16 in her last three outings. Hannah Rapp and Leia Hanafin have also presented well recently recording 13 and 11 in their win over Knox. Comparatively, the Spectres boast top league scorer, Louisa Fakalata, who averages 19.1 PPG in the Championship Division, along with Maddison Zugna who averages 11.9.

Hawthorn Magic (9th, 8-7-2) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (11th, 8-8-1)

The Hawthorn Magic desperately need to return to the winner’s list when they host the Diamond Valley Eagles, with loser of this match-up potentially missing out on finals. Currently, the Eagles sit on five consecutive losses, slipping further down in form and on the table as we approach finals. Diamond Valley took a big loss on the road last week against Bendigo, worsening their abysmal away record (2-6). Similarly, Hawthorn’s success at home has been underwhelming at 3-4-1, so it is difficult to pick a winner in this contest. For Hawthorn, Ryleh Killian has been in solid form, averaging 14.3 PPG for seven outings. Last week, Georgia Gray and Ella Crump recorded 17 and 14 points respectively and will need to maintain form if they intend on competing for finals. For Diamond Valley, Caitlyn Meagher was standout in in their loss to Bendigo recording a team-high 15 points, followed next by Georgia Kitchell on 11.

Bendigo Braves (8th, 10-7) vs Altona Gators (6th, 11-5-1)

The Altona Gators continue their push for a top four spot as they travel to Bendigo to face the Braves. Last week, Altona rejoined the winner’s list with a comprehensive showing over Nunawading Spectres. Their lift in form comes off the back of their poor performance against the Supercats one round prior. In Bendigo’s last outing, they recorded a big 28-point margin over the Diamond Valley Eagles. They continue to boast a stellar record at home at 6-2, looking to maintain it as they host the Gators on Friday. In the match-up, the Braves will look to Piper Dunlop and Tess Barnes to maintain their dominance with pair having averaged 14.7 and 14.4 from their seven outings. For the Gators, Kayla Salmons has been standout with 12.3 PPG, alongside Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi with 8.6.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 7

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division nears finals as we enter Round 7, with seemingly one spot remaining in the top four. Four teams continue to battle out for a second chance – all equal with 10 wins from fourth to seventh. This week’s game of the round will likely be between Nunawading Spectres and Bulleen Boomers, with the winner taking second place and putting themselves in the box seat for a much-desired home final. The match-up between Hawthorn and Dandenong also presents to be a good one, as the home side vies for a top eight spot.

Nunawading Spectres (3rd, 12-3) vs Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 12-3)

The third placed Nunawading Spectres host their top-end rivals, Bulleen Boomers, in a game that may seal their second-chance home final. Last week, the Spectres grabbed their twelfth consecutive win of the season, knocking off the Hawthorn Magic 61-38 at home. It was an unusual game, with the in-form side only scoring 11 points for the first half. They resurged following the break and went onto score 34 points in the fourth term to close out the curious affair. The Boomers boast two comfortable wins in the last fortnight – beating Hawthorn (59-50) and Geelong (50-41) at home. Though given their position, we expect higher margins against teams outside the eight, but it seems the Boomers have scraped a couple together in the last fortnight. This week, the league’s two best scorers go head to head. Nunawading’s Louis Fakalata has been in top form across her five outings, averaging 19.4 points per game (PPG) in equal-first with Bulleen’s Alexandra Keating. Maddison Zugna continues to be great support for Fakalata, having averaged 13 PPG from six outings, while Keating shares the load well with Casey Valenti-Paea (13.2).

Hawthorn Magic (9th, 8-5-2) vs Dandenong Rangers (5th, 10-5)

Hawthorn Magic host Dandenong Rangers this week in a game that may settle their finals future. Since returning from the break, the Magic have been in poor form – recording three consecutive losses, including a big 61-38 defeat against the Nunawading Spectres. Comparatively, the Rangers sit as one of the league’s most in-form side. Last week, they recorded one their biggest wins of the season after beating the Southern Peninsula by 42 points. The week prior, the Rangers knocked off league-leaders, Knox Raiders (48-52), on the road to make a big case for the top-four. Ryleh Killian stepped up for the Magic in last week’s loss – recording 12 points alongside Casey Dunstan’s 10. The pair will be expected to deliver big in this match-up – especially with NBL1 representative, Elly Morgan, and Leah Mackenzie recording big last week. Morgan shot 19 in the win to move seventeenth for league scoring average, while Hawthorn’s Killian holds strong in fifth.

Knox Raiders (1st, 13-2) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (12th, 7-7-1)

Knox Raiders will look to record an easy win this week against the bottom-end Diamond Valley Eagles, in a game that might secure their number one spot. Last fortnight, the Raiders recorded their second loss in the Championship Division – losing to Dandenong after conceding to Nunawading earlier in the season. Despite sitting atop the table, the Raiders are yet to record a big win in the new division. Since the break, the Eagles have recorded consecutive losses. They fell victim to the Nunawading streak last fortnight and copped a fair knock against the Gators in Round 6. Despite sitting low, Diamond Valley still sit in the finals race, but will need a perfect run home. NBL1 representative, Charlise Dunn, led with 17 points in last week’s clash Bendigo. Currently, she boasts eighth spot across the league – followed next by Georgia Baldwin (9.8 PPG) in eighteenth. For Diamond Valley, Jade Dunne (16) and Georgia Kitchell (12) held up against Altona. Dunne boasts seventh spot in the league following her efforts.

Geelong Supercats (13th, 6-9) vs Altona Gators (6th, 10-4-1)

Altona Gators travel to Geelong this week where they face the Supercats for a chance to snare a spot in the top-four. The Gators added their third consecutive win last week against the Diamond Valley Eagles (51-67) as they continue to show their dominance on the road (6-2-0). In theme of three streaks, the Supercats add their third consecutive loss after falling to Bulleen (50-41) on the road. As it stands, the Supercats will not play finals. They have been one of the more competitive sides in the Championship Division but have not shown enough just yet. Alishia Knights and Carly Remmos will be Altona’s biggest issue, with the pair averaging 12.5 and 11.8 PPG respectively. The Gators will rely heavily on Kayla Salmons (12.8) and Trinity Steele (9.4) to deliver once again. Last week, Salmons stepped up with 22 points, while Tyla Paraha followed close on 17.

Bendigo Braves (8th, 9-6) vs Southern Peninsula (14th, 6-9)

Even though Southern Peninsula are without a win in the Championship Division, Bendigo can never be too cautious when they are in the lower regions of the finals race. Last week, the Braves lost to the Raiders on the road – winning one of their last four outings. As with Peninsula, the Braves have been unsuccessful in the new division and could be the team to miss out on finals. The highlight of Peninsula’s season would be their near win against the Raiders in Round 2 (77-79). Though since then, have dropped off dramatically. Piper Dunlop has been in form for the Braves since beginning the new division, recording 15.8 PPG in third across the league. Tess Barnes has been a similar commodity in thirteenth with 12.6 PPG. With one spot between their opposition, Charli Dobson sits in fourth with 15.2 PPG for Peninsula – followed by Emirson Devenie in twelfth with 12.7

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC review: Round 6 – Rangers win big

DANDENONG Rangers moved to fifth spot in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division following a big 37-79 win on the road against the Southern Peninsula Sharks. The Rangers kicked off the first half in dominant fashion, scoring 30 points to 10 in the first and 20 to five in second. Their dominance continued in the third term where they outscored 23-5, before giving up the final term with six points to 17. NBL1 representative, Elly Morgan, was immense in the victory with 19 points – moving to seventeenth spot for league scoring. She was accompanied well by Leah Mackenzie (12), Makaela Zeldenryk (11) and Leia Hanafin (11), who all starred on the floor. For the Sharks, Emirson Devenie led on the scoreboard – amassing 15 points on her way to twelfth spot for league scoring. Charli Dobson followed next on 10.

Nunawading Spectres earned their twelfth consecutive win in their match-up with Hawthorn Magic at home (61-38). The 23-point victory came off the back of a big second half for the Spectres – only dropping 11 points to 15 in the first half. The Spectres moved to a 50-point second half, compared to Magic’s 23 points – recording only four points in the third term. NBL representative, Louisa Fakalata recorded 19 points to snare top spot for league scoring. Teammate, Tarni Brown, also impressed for the Spectres, scoring 10 points in the win. For the Magic, Ryleh Killian led on the board with 12 points, while Casey Dunstan followed next with 10 points. The win moves the Spectres to third place as they continue to press the Bulleen Boomers and Knox Raiders for the number one spot. Hawthorn slip outside the top-eight with their third consecutive loss.

The top eight continued to reign supreme as Bulleen Boomers earned a 50-41 win over Geelong Supercats at Mullum Mullum. Picking up back-to-back wins, the Boomers retained second spot on the table as the Spectres press one position below as the most in-form team in the competition. For the first, third and fourth terms, just a combined two points separated the side. It was Boomers’ dominant second term (19-8) that eventually led them to victory – closing out with a nine-point win. NBL1 representative, Erin Riley led on the board for the home-side with 16 points. Casey Valenti-Paea and Alexandra Keating followed next with 11 and 10 points respectively – Keating moving to second spot for league scoring, and Valenti-Paea to ninth. Carly Remmos scored well for the Supercats with 11 points, followed next by fellow NBL1 representative, Alishia Knights, on eight.

Knox Raiders retained top-spot as they rejoined the winner’s list with a 58-47 win over the Bendigo Braves at home. The Raiders dominated the first half, entering the main break 34-19. They eased off the pedal in the second half at 24-28 and rode comfortably to victory. NBL1 representative, Charlise Dunn, led on the board for the Raiders, scoring 17 points on her way to eighth for league scoring. Arielle Mackey-Williams followed next with 12 points. For the Braves, NBL1 representative, Piper Dunlop led on the board with 13 points, followed next by Meg Mccarthy on 12. The Braves retain eighth spot following the result, while Knox maintain their space, one win ahead of Bulleen.

Altona Gators moved to sixth on the table with a 51-67 win over the Diamond Valley Eagles at Community Bank Stadium. The result dropped Diamond Valley to twelfth as they picked up their second consecutive loss in a fortnight. In the contest, the Gators took an early lead with a 26-11 first term. They failed to back it up in the second with 5-13 – taking a 31-24 lead into the break. They continued their efforts into the second half and moved comfortably to a 16-point win. Kayla Salmons led the game in scoring with 22 points on her way to eleventh spot for league scoring. Tyla Paraha almost emerged for the Raiders with 17 points. For the Eagles, Jade Dunne scored 16 points to move to seventh spot for league scoring, while Georgia Kitchell follows close on 12.

In the Reserve grade, Dandenong Rangers snared a 56-49 win over Pakenham Warriors, Warrandyte Venom defeated Frankston Blues (55-32) at home, and Broadmeadows Broncos lost 38-54 at home against Kilsyth Cobras. We continue the round with Keilor Thunder snared a 73-64 win over Nunawading Spectres and Melbourne Tigers defeated McKinnon 67-38 at home.

In the Championship Division for Round 7, Geelong Supercats host Altona Gators, the Knox Raiders come up against Diamond Valley Eagles, and Hawthorn Magic face Dandenong Rangers. The round continues with Nunawading Spectres facing top-end competitors, Bulleen Boomers, and Bendigo Braves hosting Southern Peninsula Sharks.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 6

THIS week in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division, only two teams within the top eight face off. Knox Raiders host Bendigo Braves in what will likely be the match of the round, while the match-up between Nunawading Spectres and Hawthorn Magic also looks set to impress.

Knox Raiders (1st, 12-2) vs Bendigo Braves (6th, 9-5)

After suffering a rare loss to the Dandenong Rangers in Round 5, the Knox Raiders face a similarly placed Bendigo Braves in a match that they hope will return them to the winner’s list. Since joining the Championship Division, the Raiders have won three of their five games but are yet to take a scalp from a top-end contender. Also, two of their three wins have come from margins below three points, raising questions regarding their worthiness for the top spot. Comparatively, the Braves have also lost two of their five outings in the Championship Division – one of which was a forfeit. Unlike Knox, the Braves have taken big wins against Dandenong and Boomers, making them seem the favourites coming into this match-up. Charlise Dunn, has been in decent form for the Raiders, averaging 11.5 points per game (PPG) from two outings. She’s followed close by Georgia Baldwin, who averages 10.8 from five appearances. For the Braves, Piper Dunlop continues to impress as she placed third across the league for PPG (16.5) from four outings, alongside Tess Barnes who averages 13.5 in ninth spot.

Nunawading Spectres (3rd, 11-3) vs Hawthorn Magic (9th, 8-4-2)

Hawthorn Magic face a huge challenge this week as they face Nunawading Spectres on the road. This year the Spectres have boasted the most dominant streak (11) seen in recent times – going through teams high and low to make it happen. The Magic have faced two top-end sides in recent weeks but may face their biggest yet when they travel to Nunawading. Hawthorn have not had a genuine win in the Championship Division since the opening round against Geelong (41-60) – following up with a draw then a forfeited win against the Braves. With their record in mind, the Magic seem unlikely to break the streak. The Spectres also boast second-best league scorer in Louisa Fakalata (19.5), followed close by Maddison Zugna (15.2) in sixth place. The Magic seem unlikely to match, despite holding Ryleh Killian (15.8) in fifth spot. With Ella Crump just barely rounding out the top-40 in scoring with 6.8 PPG.

Southern Peninsula Sharks (14th, 6-8) vs Dandenong Rangers (5th, 9-5)

Dandenong Rangers will hope to crack into the top four this week as they face the struggling Southern Peninsula Sharks on the road. Still yet to record a win in the Championship Division, the Sharks have the odds stacked against them. The Rangers have won their last three outings and sit two wins away from second spot. A win will help them press for second-chance territory in the coming weeks. Though despite Southern Peninsula’s current record, they still boast three players in the top 20 for league scoring. Charli Dobson has been in top-form, sitting in fourth spot with 16.2 PPG, alongside Emirson Devenie in 12th with 12.2 PPG and Gemma Simon in fourteenth with 11.6. Comparatively, the Rangers only have one player in the top 20, with Emily Sewell averaging 14 points from three outings in seventh spot. Hannah Rapp has also been impressive for the Rangers with 9 PPG.

Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 11-3) vs Geelong Supercats (13th, 6-8)

Bulleen Boomers home record (6-3-0) will be tested this week when they face Geelong Supercats this Friday. Though when compared with Geelong’s away record (2-6-0), it seems unlikely that the Boomers will fall. Since joining the Championship Division, the Boomers have won all but one of their outings. Though much like Knox, Boomers have been so far blessed with an easier fixture and are yet to take a win against a top-end sides. It is not unbelievable that the Supercats cause an upset this week – presenting an impressive contest (53-51) against the league’s most dominant side, Nunawading Spectres. Bulleen’s, Alexandra Keating leads the league in scoring with 21.8 PPG from four outings. She has been accompanied well by Casey Valenti-Paea who averages 13.8 in eighth spot, while the Supercats’ top players, Alishia Knights (13.4), Carly Remmos (12) and Chloe Skinner (10.3), sit below in eleventh, thirteenth and nineteenth respectively.

Diamond Valley Eagles (12th, 7-6-1) vs Altona Gators (7th, 9-4-1)

Looking to make it three in a row, Altona Gators look a serious chance to climb the table when they face Diamond Valley Eagles on the road this week. The Eagles have been less than successful in the Championship Division but boast an impressive 6-1-1 record at home. Considered with Altona’s 5-2-0 record on the road, this game has the potential to be a big one with both sides set to lift a few spots with a positive result. Jade Dunne has been impressive for the Eagles all season, averaging 13.4 PPG from her five outings in tenth for league scoring, alongside Abby Hildebrand who has been similarly impressive with 10.5 in eighteenth. Comparatively, the Gators’ best players both round out the top-20 with Kayla Salmons (10.5) in seventeenth and Trinity Steele (10.3) in 20th.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC review: Round 5 – Nunawading snares its eleventh consecutive win

IN Round 5 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls competition, Dandenong Rangers got a huge win on the road against a dominant Knox Raiders. The result marks only the Raiders second loss for the year – having lost two at home from six appearances. The Rangers snare their third consecutive win as they begin to make their case for top-four, contending in fifth with three sides also contesting on nine wins. NBL1 Representative, Elly Morgan, was dominant for the Rangers, putting up a game-high 16 points alongside NBL1 teammates, Hannah Rapp and Leia Hanafin who had 13 and 11 points respectively. For the Raiders, Zoe Jenkins starred, dropping 12 points in the result. NBL representative, Charlise Dunn was also impressive, amassing 10 points on her way to 15th spot for league scoring.

Nunawading Spectres closed the gap on Knox following their 69-48 win over Diamond Valley Eagles at home. The Spectres move to third, equal with Bulleen Boomers on 11 wins and three losses. The win marks Nunawading’s eleventh consecutive win, while Diamond Valley worsen their away record with a fifth loss from their sixth outing. In the match, the Spectres won every term. In the second they scored a game-high 22 points to take a 38-26 lead into the main break as Nunawading’s lead continued to grow throughout the second half. NBL1 representative, Louisa Fakalata dropped 16 points for the Spectres and moved to second spot for league scoring. Maddison Zugna also continued her good form with 13 points – moving into sixth for league scoring. For the Eagles, Eliza Bannan led scoring with 12 points, followed next by Jade Dunne and Abby Hildebrand who had seven each.

Bulleen Boomers pressed on Knox in second place following their 59-50 win at home against the Hawthorn Magic. The Magic dropped out of the eight following the result, as five teams sit just one win above them. In the match-up, the Boomers led scoring for both opening terms to take a 39-33 lead into the break. They followed with consecutive 10-point terms as Hawthorn went 3-14 to close out the game. Casey Valenti-Paea took centre stage for the Boomers, dropping a team-high 19 points on her way to eighth spot for league scoring, while Alexandra Keating retains top spot following a 16-point performance. For the Magic, Ryleh Killian took control to lead the game with 20 points against a two of the league’s best scorers. Her efforts moves her to fifth across the league, assisted well by Ella Crump who had nine.

To snare sixth spot on the table, Bendigo Braves defeated Geelong Supercats on the road (54-59) in a five-point thriller. The Braves now contest with a handful of teams four the final spot in the top-four, with the remaining three sitting two wins ahead. The Supercats fall to thirteenth following the result, suffering a rare loss at home given their previous 4-1 record. In the game, Geelong owned the first half – entering the break with 29-25 lead. Though they failed to withstand the Braves in the second, falling to a game-high 20 points in the third and recording the game’s lowest score (9-14) for the final term. NBL representative, Piper Dunlop dominated the floor for the Braves, recording 21 points to move to third spot for league scoring. Meg McCarthy was next best for the Braves with nine points. For the Supercats, NBL1 representatives, Alishia Knights and Carly Remmos, led scoring with 17 and 13 points respectively.

Altona Gators join the top-eight following their huge 58-74 win on the road against Southern Peninsula. The loss marks five consecutive for the Sharks as they slip to fourteenth on the table. The Gators snare their second consecutive victory – returning from the break in top form as they move up the table. In the contest, the Gators took a 32-29 lead into the break before shutting out the game with a 24-11 third term. Trinity Steele had a huge game for the Gators, scoring 21 points to move to twentieth spot for league scoring. Kayla Salmons and Alicia Sciberras were also impressive, dropping 14 and 12 points respectively. For Peninsula, Charli Dobson holds in fourth spot for league scoring with 15 points alongside Emirson Devenie and Gemma Simon who had 14 and 11 respectively.

In the reserve grade, Frankston Blues copped a belting at home from Nunawading Spectres (46-71), Keilor Thunder finished similarly over Pakenham Warriors (75-42), as Melbourne Tigers clinched a tight 69-65 victory against Broadmeadows Broncos. The round continued with Dandenong Rangers losing 32-60 against Kilsyth Cobras and Warrandyte Venom suffering a loss to McKinnon Cougars.

In the Championship Division for Round 6, Southern Peninsula Sharks go head-to-head with Dandenong Rangers, Bulleen Boomers hope for an easy task in Geelong Supercats and Diamond Valley Eagle test against Altona Gators. We follow on with the Knox Raiders versing Bendigo Braves and Nunawading Spectres hoping for 12 consecutive against Hawthorn Magic.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 5

THIS week in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division, there are plenty of entertaining contests. The Boomers will host the Magic in what could be the game of the round. The clash between Southern Peninsula and Altona Gators could prove to be a close one, with both sides still vying for a finals opportunity. Knox will hope to get further separation from second when they face the sixth-placed Dandenong Rangers to close out the round.

Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 10-3) vs Hawthorn Magic (7th, 8-3-2)

In possibly the game of the round, the Hawthorn Magic travel to Bulleen where they face the second-placed Boomers in a must-win clash. Of those already in the top-eight, this game should prove the hardest fixture for both sides. The Boomers are coming off a defeat, losing to Altona on the road as the Nunawading Spectres move into their place in second. The Magic fell to the top of the table last week, losing 35-45 against Knox. Luckily for the Boomers, they still boast top league scorer in Alexandra Keating, who has averaged 23.7 points per game across three outings. Casey Valenti-Paea and Olivia Tsantarlis have also been impressive for the home side with 12 and 10 PPG respectively. For the Magic, Ryleh Killian leads scoring with 14.3, but unfortunately lacks support similar to the Boomers – possessing no players within the top 40 other than herself. Casey Dunstan and Ella Crump are Hawthorn’s next highest scorers, both averaging six PPG.

Geelong Supercats (13th, 6-7) vs Bendigo Braves (6th, 8-5)

The Geelong Supercats hope to rebound from last week’s loss with a win over a struggling Bendigo Braves. Both sides sit on the edge of leaving and entering the top-eight, making a win in this match-up one of the most important outcomes of the round. For their position, the Supercats boast an impressive record at home (4-1-0). Contrastingly, Bendigo’s record on the road (3-4-0) is one of the worst in the top-eight. Chloe Skinner and Alishia Knights have proven a dangerous duo for the Supercats, averaging 13 PPG each across two and three games respectively. Carly Remmos has also been in form, following close on 12. For the Braves, Tess Barnes (16.7) has been dominant. When paired with teammate, Piper Dunlop (15), there isn’t a lot oppositions can do. With such scoring power, this game looks a real chance to be a round favourite.

Nunawading Spectres (3rd, 10-3) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (11th, 7-5-1)

The Spectres look to keep their huge streak alive when they face the Diamond Valley Eagles in what could be their eleventh consecutive win of the season. Like the Spectres, the Eagles are also coming off a win but are still battling to consolidate their position. A win for the visitors would be a big confidence boost as we move past the season’s midway mark, while a loss could threaten their chances with teams like Geelong and Southern Peninsula on the rise. It is no surprise that the Spectres have two players within the top-five for league scoring. Louis Fakalata has been in top form over the last month, averaging 20.7 PPG in second, while Maddison Zugna follows on 15.8 in fifth. Two spots below Zugna sits Jade Dunne in seventh – Diamond Valley’s top scorer with 15 PPG. Abby Hildebrand and Keeley Evans round out the top 20 in 18th and 20th, averaging 11.3 and 9.7 PPG.

Southern Peninsula Sharks (14th, 6-7) vs Altona Gators (8th, 8-4-1)

Southern Peninsula Sharks look to prove their worth at home when they face the Altona Gators this week. The pair have been in unusual form since joining the Championship Division. Southern Peninsula is yet to record a win in the new division, but despite some bigger margins, came close to knocking the Knox Raiders (77-79) in the second round. Similarly, the Gators came close against Knox (46-47) in the first round, tied with the Magic in the second, lost another close one to Dandenong before finally taking a big scalp in the Bulleen Boomers. The game could go either way, but the Gators have shown much more quality in their losses. For Peninsula, Charli Dobson has been damaging, picking up 16.5 PPG to sit in fourth spot for league scoring. Teammates, Emirson Devenie and Gemma Simon, have also been producing with 11.8 points each per game. Altona are without a player in top 20, with Kayla Salmons just missing the cut in twenty-first with 9.3 PPG. Tyla Paraha follows next on 8.7.

Knox Raiders (1st, 12-1) vs Dandenong Rangers (5th, 8-5)

The Dandenong Rangers have a big job ahead this week when they face league-leaders, Knox Raiders, on the road. Knox will not be looking to give up their two-win lead up easy, but have lost at home once before. In recent weeks, Knox have come close to losing from bottom-end sides in Southern Peninsula and Altona – plus suffered their first defeat of the season against the unstoppable Nunawading Spectres. The Rangers have fallen on both sides of the coin, collecting two wins and two losses in the Championship Division. For the home side, Charlise Dunn has been a stellar producer, averaging 13 PPG, followed close by Georgia Baldwin on 11.8. The Rangers will hope Emily Sewell delivers on her form, having averaged 15 PPG from two games. Hannah Rapp will also need a big performance if Dandenong intend to compete with the Raider’s lock-down style.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 3

IN Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls competition, one match will end a long-running streak for one dominant side when the Knox Raiders host the Nunawading Spectres. It will undoubtedly be the game of the round, while Hawthorn Magic and Bendigo Braves look to host another tight affair.

Diamond Valley Eagles (10th, 6-4-1) vs. Geelong Supercats (13th, 5-6)

The Diamond Valley Eagles host the Geelong Supercats in what might be the hardest game to pick this round. Both teams have suffered tight losses in recent weeks, with Geelong going down against the Nunawading Spectres last round and Diamond Valley falling to the Bulleen Boomers at the season’s open. However, Diamond Valley did snare a tight one-point win against Dandenong in Round 2. Another win for the Eagles could see them jump as high as three spots, while a win for Geelong could see them mount a takeover in the following weeks. Jade Dunne has been in top form for the Eagles, averaging 14.5 points per game, alongside teammate’s, Keely Evans (12) and Abby Hildebrand (12), who both have posed a threat. For Geelong, Chloe Skinner (13), has also been important, as has her teammate, Alishia Knight (11.5). Geelong are still yet to win a game in the VC and have one of the worst records on the road (1-5-0). Considering that, and Diamond Valley’s near perfect home-record (5-0-1), it is unlikely the Supercats will steal this one.

Knox Raiders (1st, 11-0) vs. Nunawading Spectres (4th, 8-3)

This weekend, a streak will end. The undefeated, Knox Raiders, host the in-form Nunawading Spectres. After opening the year with consecutive losses, the Spectres have rebounded their season, collecting eight wins in a row on their way to their most season-defining game yet. In the last fortnight, the Knox Raiders have won consecutive games by a combined three-point margin, while the Spectres opened their season with a 22-point win, then followed it up with a two-point steal. The Nunawading Spectres have Maddison Zugna (17.5 points per game) and Louisa Fakalata (15) who have worked hard to carry the streak. For the Raiders, Georgia Baldwin (13), Charlie Dunn (13) and Alannah Chatfield (12) have combined well, but on Friday will face possibly their biggest task yet. The Spectres are a good chance to hand Knox their first loss and show that the best can be beaten.

Dandenong Rangers (8th, 6-5) vs. Altona Gators (6th, 7-3-1)

Both teams are desperate to get a win in the VC after both suffering tight losses in the first two rounds. The Dandenong Rangers had a two-point loss, followed by a one-point loss in the first fortnight, so the frustration is likely building. Similarly, the Altona Gators came as close as possible to knocking off league-leaders, Knox Raiders, losing 47-46, then followed their week up with a draw with Hawthorn Magic. Both sides have had a gruelling fortnight and will be desperate to get a positive result. Felicity Hilford impressed in her debut this season with 14 points, bringing hopes that she’ll follow it up with another big performance. For Altona, they have lacked a main scorer, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They share the ball well and as a unit and the team puts up good numbers. Though if they plan on holding their spot, someone may need to break out and lift for the Gators.

Hawthorn Magic (5th, 7-2-2) vs. Bendigo Braves (3rd, 8-3)

If it was not for the Knox Raiders/Nunawading Spectres game, this might have been the game of the round. Last week, the Magic became the only side to record multiple draws, going to the wire with Altona. Ryleh Killian impressed despite the result, currently sitting third on the top scorers’ list. The Bendigo Braves are currently holding a three-win streak, opening the VC with two solid wins, including a 16-point win over the, Bulleen Boomers, in second place. NBL1 representative, Piper Dunlop, carried her side in the in the win, scoring 20 points to hold fifth spot in league-scoring at the end of the round. Hawthorn’s home record (2-1-1) is average, but Bendigo’s (3-3-0) work on the road needs lot of improving as well. A win puts Hawthorn over Bendigo and given they haven’t recorded one in the VC, there’s greater expectation that they should bring this one home.

Southern Peninsula (11th, 6-5) vs. Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 9-2)

Southern Peninsula are yet to record a win in the VC, falling to the Nunawading Spectres in the season’s open by 32 points, and just falling short to the Knox Raiders (77-79) the next week. For the Bulleen Boomers, they snatched a three-point win in Round 1 and lost by 16 points to Bendigo in Round 2. The Boomers also boast top-league scorer, Alexandra Keating, who scored 25 points in the loss to Bendigo and leads the league with 52 points. Southern Peninsula’s top scorer, Emirson Devenie, is averaging 10.5 PPG, and has a lot work ahead of her if she plans to match with Keating. After Peninsula’s performance against league-leaders, Knox, they sit a fair chance to win against the Boomers.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Round 2

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

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

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

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

Last time: Knox Raiders 64 defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks 40

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

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

Last time: Dandenong Rangers 70 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 43

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

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

Last time: Geelong Supercats 65 defeated Nunawading Spectres 43

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

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

Last time: Hawthorn Magic 39 defeated by Altona Gators 48

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