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2021 Big V Women’s: Round 9

ROUND 9 rolled around in Big V Women’s with a number of blowout margins dictating the round. Sunbury also got back on the winner’s list after falling off last week with a shock loss while Hume Broncos snuck home with a narrow seven-point victory to edge their way up the ladder.

Wyndham (73) defeated by Bulleen (85)

Bulleen recorded their eighth win of the season to hold firm on second spot, downing Wyndham by 12 points. The Boomers raced out to an early lead piling on 25 points to 18 and while they looked to build on that in the second Wyndham had other plans as they inched their way back into the contest. The class of Bulleen once again rose to the top as they poured on the scoreboard pressure in the third term to create a handy 13 point buffer. With the game all but over both sides engaged in a bit of back and forth and while Wyndham outscored their opponents in the final term, it was the Boomers that ran out with the win.

Nicola Handreck proved to be the go-to girl for Wyndham as she top-scored with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a strong performance. Teammates Courtney Midapp and Georgia Taushke also got involved in the play with 16 and 12 points respectively as the latter also racked up eight defensive rebounds. Jessica Scannell worked hard for her eight points but could have been more accurate only converting at 25 per cent from the field. Looking at the Boomers and it was another scintillating performance from Rebecca Cole as she dominated credit to her 33 points. Cole was a real menace and while she lacked the accuracy sitting at a 39 per cent clip she was not denied opportunity as she spurred her side onto victory. Cole also picked up 11 rebounds as Kate Gaze also got busy for Bulleen thanks to her 21 points with her long range shooting on point draining three of her four attempts. Louella Tomlinson recorded another double-double producing 13 points and 10 rebounds all of which were defensive.

Hume (63) defeated Hawthorn (54)

Hume Broncos prevailed in a hard slog against Hawthorn with both sides struggling to generate much scoreboard power in the first half. Both sides struggled to find the basket in the second quarter with nine and five points scored respectively in a relatively low scoring affair. However, scoring freed up in the second half and while the Magic were the first team to strike it was short lived as the Broncos came to play in the final term piling on 23 points to 14. They showcased plenty of grit and determination to work their way back into the contest and steal the win.

Jessica Azzopardi was the main influence on the scoreboard for Hume sinking 15 points while also picking up six rebounds and four steals. Tashia Overby plied her trade registering 12 points as Sophie Byrnes was influential draining 11 points of her own in the win. Although Hailey Wynd was not as productive on the scoring front finishing with seven points she showcased her strength off the boards with 11. For the Magic it was Bella Niven-Brown that forged the path stacking on 16 points at 54 per cent from the field. She fell just short of a double-double amassing nine rebounds while teammate Ella Crump also got busy with 12 points. Sian Gallam was the only other player to reach double-digits credit to her 10 points.

Casey (108) defeated Southern Peninsula (52)

It was a comprehensive victory by Casey who ran rampant against the struggling Southern Peninsula to secure a 56-point win. It was a one-sided affair as Casey controlled proceedings from the get-go leaving the Sharks looking for answers. Casey rendered the Sharks to 15 points or below every quarter while they did not drop below 26 points, a clear testament of their attacking nous and skillset. Their best quarter came in the last when the home side notched up 27 points while putting the clamp on their opponents to keep them to a mere 11.

Once again it was the Shereesha Richards show as she drained a whopping 36 points at 56 per cent from the field. Richards was a real livewire, setting up a wealth of attacking forays as shown through her 13 offensive rebounds and backing herself at every opportunity. Her defensive tendencies also came to the fore as she pulled in four additional rebounds and racked up four steals. She received plenty of support from Rachel Bell, who well and truly found her groove thanks to her 29 points and nine rebounds as Georgia Koopmans was no slouch with her 20 points. Myra Wood was the only Sharks player able to get out of single-digits piling on 10 points while Ashleigh Wright and Jayde Popovski worked in overdrive to produce nine points apiece. Tanarly Hood was quiet by her lofty standards recording eight points, five rebounds and four assists.

McKinnon (84) defeated Whittlesea (45)

McKinnon notched up yet another win, as Whittlesea sit anchored to the bottom of the ladder going down by 39 points. It was McKinnon’s game to lose given they sit higher on the ladder and all expectations were on them and they did not disappoint, coming out with a real pep in their step from the opening buzzer. McKinnon won every single quarter and really flexed their muscles in the third when they sunk 20 points and kept the Pacers to a mere seven. Although Whittlesea showed some grit in the fourth stanza to only go down by two points (14-12) the game was all but done.

The scoring load was well shared amongst a trio of players for McKinnon with Tegan Cunningham, Tara Bruno and Hana Bektas all making their presence felt. Cunningham led the way with a team-high 21 points and did so at an impressive accuracy rate of 73 from the field. Cunningham also managed seven rebounds in her outing as teammate Bektas managed 18 points and 13 rebounds to walk away with a double-double. Bruno notched up 16 points while Amelia Todhunter did not have the same impact finishing with just seven points, four rebounds and five steals in the win. Lyndsey Hoogenhout once again stepped up to the plate for the Pacers despite the disappointing loss racking up 12 points and a whopping 15 rebounds. Emily Verey also got busy with 10 points in her 25 minutes on court while Saule Kontautaite was solid

Keilor (52) defeated Sunbury (80)

The final game of the round saw Sunbury topple Keilor Thunder by 28 points. After a relatively even start to the game which saw Keilor up at half time Sunbury shifted gears in the second half determined not to drop their second game in a row. In fact the Jets blew the Thunder away limiting them to a mere 17 points while they stacked on a whopping 47 points of their own. It was a game of two halves with the Thunder unable to combat anything the Jets threw at them.

Keilor spread the love when it came to points scorers as Bianca Babic, Emily Suckling and Ellen Kett all plied their trade. Babic finished with a team-high 14 points as Suckling slotted 12 and Kett managed 10 to accompany her eight rebounds and seven assists. For the Jets the combination of Jacinta Beckley and Bianca Dufelmeier worked wonders as they produced 19 points apiece. Beckley shot at 47 per cent from the field and also recorded nine rebounds and four assists as Dufelmeier shot at a 55 per cent clip and walked away with six rebounds to her name. Tess Barnes was a helping hand contributing nine points to the Jets’ winning score while Orla O’Reilly also chimed in with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Round 10:

The upcoming Round of Big V is set to be an enthralling one as Hawthorn and Bulleen lock horns while the clash between Hume and Whittlesea will draw plenty of attention with the latter still on the hunt for their first win. Wyndham and Keilor will battle it out as Keilor look to get back on the winners list as a tantalising clash between top of the table and third placed Casey is set to ensue. The final game of the round sees McKinnon take on Southern Peninsula who will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing loss.

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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.

Victorian Under-20 and Ivor Burge teams announced

BASKETBALL Victoria has announced the Victorian 2021 Under-20 and Ivor Burge teams, selected to represent the state at the next Australian Junior Championships.

The six teams will make their way to Mackay, Queensland in May for the Australian Under-20 Junior Championships and Ivor Burge Championships for athletes with an intellectual disability.

Victoria Under-20 Navy Blue Men

The Victoria Under-20 Navy Blue Men’s team features national champions Harry Johnson and Mason Perry, and former Victorian representative Christian D’Angelo. The side is set to be coached by Basketball Victoria High Performance Head Coach (Metropolitan Men) Ash Arnott, and will be assisted by Nathan Cooper-Brown, Zach Moult and Neil Mottram.


Anthony Dell’Orso (Broadmeadows)
Harry Johnson (Knox)
Christian D’Angelo (Traralgon/Nunawading)
Joseph Locandro (Waverley)
Kane Hynes (Wyndham)
Mason Perry (Dandenong)
Matthew Power (Camberwell)
Noah Todd (Diamond Valley)
Tom Carroll (Dandenong)
Will Hynes (Ballarat) 


Austin McKenzie (Horsham)
Dylan Bucknell (Casey)
Elijah Duol (Dandenong)
Ned Dillon (Eltham)
Patrick Twigg (Melbourne)

Victoria Under-20 Navy Blue Women

The Victoria Under-20 Navy Blue Women’s team will be coached by Australian Opals legend Jenni Screen, who is currently working as Basketball Victoria’s High Performance head coach (Metropolitan Women). She will be working alongside former national championship winning head coach Zoe Carr, Jo Wood and Kerryn O’Donnell. An on-court leader to look out for is VNPP athlete Jasmine Whately.


Courtney Willemse (Diamond Valley)
Janthin Yat (Dandenong)
Jasmine Whately (Geelong United)
Kodie Myszka (Dandenong)
Maggie Kratochvil (Melbourne)
Nya Lok (Waverley)
Lauren Jones (Wyndham)
Perina Leime (Dandenong)
Sarae Beveridge (Nunawading)
Tyla Paraha (Altona) 


Mariah Derksen (Kilsyth)
Tayla Hooper (Melbourne) 

Victoria Ivor Burge Men

The Victoria Ivor Burge Men’s team is looking to return to the top of the podium with a few familiar faces. Returning to the 2021 lineup are experienced mainstays Jake De La Motte, James Myers and Frazer Dawber. The only two new additions to the team are rising stars Jack Inella and Matthew Farrar.

Head coach Ryan Holloway is keen see the team play at the Championships.

“These championships mean everything to this team – they’re passionate and excited to be able to represent Victoria on the national stage,” he said.

“It’s going to be another tough year of competition with the Ivor Burge competition, but as a team we’ll be ready to hit the floor running.”

Holloway will be assisted by Adrian Carfora, Glen Jordan, and Karen Patterson.


Frazer Dawber
Jack Inella
Ryan Lethlean
Jake De La Motte
James Debetta
James Myers
Luke Nicholls
Matthew Farrar
Michael Snyders
Nick Cluning 


Ryan Briggs
Jake Booth

Victoria Ivor Burge Women

Unfortunately due to a lack of competing teams from other states, the 2021 Ivor Burge Women’s tournament will not go ahead. The side that won the 2020 Ivor Burge Women’s title in Canberra were reselected in the 2021 lineup.

Head coach Simon Robinson said despite these challenges, the program will try to put on alternative events to keep athletes involved and interested.

“I know a lot of the athletes well, know the families well – I do feel a big sense of obligation and duty to provide as many opportunities as we can [to] make it the best experience that we can,” he said.

“We’ll definitely be trying to give opportunities to the athletes to keep them engaged and get back to some sense of normalcy and 2022 will hopefully be like what it was in 2020.”

Robinson will be assisted by Justin May and O’Donnell.


Danielle Phillips
Evie Patterson
Jasmine Dellas
Jessica McCulloch
Kate Leckenby
Kaitlyn Papworth
Kaitlin Zonneveld
Montana Haag-Witherden
Natasha Exell
Rachel Potter 

Victoria Under-20 Women

The Victoria Under-20 Women’s team features a number of junior talent, including WNBL athletes Gemma Potter and Jade Melbourne, as well as current Centre of Excellence athletes Charlise Dunn, Emily Sewell and Olivia Pollard.

Head coach Katrina Hibbert says the group’s versatility mixed with elite level experience is a recipe for success.

“This team has the ability to play several different line-ups with the group we have selected – we can play big and dominate the paint and we can play with a smaller line-up with versatility through all positions to stretch oppositions and be aggressive and disruptive defensively,” she says.

“I’m looking forward to working with a talented group pf female athletes in a challenging tournament environment against the other top female players of their age group in Australia.”

Hibbert is assisted by Kerryn Mitchell (Frankston), Taylor Lee (Casey), and Lisa Page.


Charlise Dunn (Knox/COE)
Emily Sewell (Dandenong/COE)
Gemma Potter (Dandenong)
Georgia Booth (Kilsyth)
Hailey Merrigan (Bulleen)
Jade Melbourne (Traralgon/COE)
Kayla Salmons (Altona)
Luisa Fakalata (Nunawading)
Maddie Condron (Bendigo)
Olivia Pollerd (Southern Peninsula/COE) 


Elly Morgan (Dandenong)
Tess Barnes (Bendigo) 

Victoria Under-20 Men

The Victoria Under-20 Men’s team brings together the best of the Country and Metropolitan. Featuring Australian Boomers tandem Dyson Daniel and Patrick Ryan, NBA Global Academy representative Bol Dengdit and former Victorian representatives Brody Nunn, Josh Duach, Joe Moli, Keith Robinson, Riley Simmons and Owen Foxwell, this team is shaping up for success.

Head coach Matthew Nunn says the groups spark and intensity will make for some exciting baseball to watch.

“I think we have a very versatile and balanced team that will have very strong guard play at both ends,” he says.

“I think it is a great outcome for the Under-20 age group to participate at the championships this year, as it is a critical pathway for many young athletes to launch their future goals within the sport.”

Nunn is assisted by Andrew Cutler (Nunawading), Braden Cotter (Knox), and Wayne Bird.


Austin Shelley (Moe / Knox)
Brody Nunn (Knox)
Bol Dengdit (Melton/NBA Global Academy)
Dyson Daniels (Bendigo/COE)
Josh Duach (Kilsyth)
Jye Moli (Knox)
Keith Robinson (Phillip Island / Casey)
Owen Foxwell (Bulleen)
Patrick Ryan (Phillip Island / COE)
Riley Simmons (Dandenong) 

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.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC review: Preliminary Finals – Dandenong and Nunawading advance

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division saw the top four sides of Dandenong Rangers and Nunawading Spectres advance without too much trouble, running out combined 56-point winners over Bendigo Braves and Southern Peninsula Sharks respectively.

Dandenong Rangers 87 defeated Bendigo Braves 53

In the first semi-final, Dandenong Rangers defeated the Bendigo Braves by 34 points. The Rangers progress to the preliminaries with their decisive 34-point victory coming off the back of three consecutive terms over 20 points. The Braves put up fair numbers throughout but could not hold the Rangers on defense. Four Dandenong players managed double-digits in the victory, with Hannah Rapp (10), Leah Mackenzie (14) and Leia Hanafin (18) all impressing in the paint. Though it was NBL1 representative, Elly Morgan, who led from the front with 22 points – moving to fifteenth in the league for points per game (PPG). For Bendigo, Piper Dunlop led with 19 points, followed by Tess Barnes on nine. Dunlop moves to fourth for PPG, ending her season with 16.1 average.

Nunawading Spectres 70 defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks 48

The second semi-final saw the Nunawading Spectres earn a 70-48 win over the Southern Peninsula Sharks at Dandenong Stadium. The Spectres progressed to a Preliminary Final, with a 41-27 first half easing them into a relaxed second half (29-21). The Peninsula did well to take back a term (12-14) in the third but faded hard in the fourth with a 17-7 closer. Lucy Wales stood up for the Spectres, leading her side with 14 points alongside Louisa Fakalata (13) and Maddison Zugna (12). Fakalata moves to second place for PPG with 17.2, followed by Zugna in sixteenth (10.1) in her eleventh outing. For Southern Peninsula, Emirson Devenie performed well in the loss to record a game-high 20 points. Devenie finishes her season in third for PPG (17.1), while Dobson trails in eighth with 13 points in her final game.

The Championship Division kicks off the Preliminary Finals next week with the Nunawading Spectres versing the Knox Raiders at Mullum Mullum Stadium, while the Bulleen Boomers go head to with the Dandenong Rangers at the State Basketball Centre, with the winners to advance through to the 2019 Grand Final.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Semi-finals

THE Under-18 Girls Semi-Finals kick off in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Championship Division this week with Dandenong Rangers facing the Bendigo Braves and the Nunawading Spectres facing Southern Peninsula Sharks. The Bulleen Boomers and the Knox Raiders enjoy a week off with the Preliminary Finals just over a week away.

Dandenong Rangers (3rd, 12-6) vs Bendigo Braves (6th, 11-7)

The first semi-final kicks off in Broadmeadows with the Dandenong Rangers facing the Bendigo Braves. Last week, the Rangers fell three points short against Knox Raiders, conceding 19-10 in the fourth for the biggest margin all game. In Sunbury, Bendigo proved better over Diamond Valley (77-64). In their last meeting with Dandenong, they walked away two-point victors, and with only one win separating them, stand a fair chance to repeat. Elly Morgan (15 points) stood tall in the last week’s loss against Knox, alongside fellow NBL1 representatives Kodie Myszka (11) and Hannah Rapp (10). On the points per game (PPG) leaderboard, Emily Sewell currently leads for Dandenong with 12.5, followed next by Morgan on 10.4. The Braves will look to top-five scorer, Piper Dunlop (15.8 PPG) to maintain form, having scored 23 points alongside Meg McCarthy (23) in last week’s victory. Tess Barnes also remains a threat with a 13.8 average – in ninth for PPG.

Nunawading Spectres (4th, 12-6) vs Southern Peninsula Sharks (8th 9-9)

The Nunawading Spectres and Southern Peninsula Sharks close out the other semi-final in Dandenong. The Spectres came up short last week against Bulleen (53-46), collecting their fourth consecutive loss. Comparatively, the Sharks managed to snare their fourth win in a row last week after decisively shutting down Altona. Despite sitting four positions below with three less wins, the Sharks enter this match-up as clear favourites. Louisa Fakalata remains a positive for the Spectres, boasting second position (PPG) with 17.7 from nine outings. Last week, the NBL1 representative managed just 10 points, having good support in Lucy Wales (13) and Tayha Watkins (14). For Southern Peninsula, overall scoring leader, Emirson Devenie (168 points), will look to back up her 18 points last week. The Sharks continue to boast a high scoring roster, with four players making double-digits last week, and three players within the top 20 for PPG. Charli Dobson (11) and Gemma Simon (10) are two of which looking to maintain form.

MUVJBL U18 Girls VC preview: Qualifying and Elimination Finals

THE Qualifying and Elimination finals kick off this week in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League Under-18 Girls Championship Division. Six of the eight teams will proceed at the round’s end, with Bendigo, Diamond Valley, Altona and Southern Peninsula all facing off in the first leg of elimination finals.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 15-3) vs Nunawading Spectres (4th, 12-6)

Bulleen Boomers will look to hold their dominance into the finals as they face the Nunawading Spectres in Hawthorn. In their last match-up, Bulleen got the better on the road. Unsurprisingly, Bulleen’s away record remains without blemish (8-0), while Nunawading hold at 6-3 on both ends. At neutral territory, the Boomers seem a lock, having paved their way to five consecutive wins, while Nunawading lost three in a row in the lead-up. Besides advancing to finals, this game presents a lot in the way of match-ups. Bulleen’s second-placed shooter, Alexandra Keating will face Nunawading’s top-league scorer, Louisa Fakalata. Keating currently sits at 17.7 points per game (PPG) with 124 points overall. She’s been well accompanied by Casey Valenti-Paea who follows close with 14.4 PPG. For Nunawading, Fakalata tops the table with 18.6 PPG and 149 points overall, with Maddison Zugna trailing inside the top-20 on 10.7. In their last match-up, Fakalata scored 18, while Keating was absent.

Knox Raiders (2nd, 13-4-1) vs Dandenong Rangers (3rd, 12-6)

In the second qualifying final, the Knox Raiders travel to Batesford Reserve to face the Dandenong Rangers. Without a loss on their away record, Knox enter the neutral territory as favourites. Though comparatively, Dandenong’s last five have been a lot better – winning four compared to one. In their last match-up Dandenong proved better again, but conceded a loss in March at the height of the Raiders’ form. Charlise Dunn continues to be solid for the Raiders averaging 11 PPG from four outings, Georgia Baldwin follows close with 10.1. In last week’s loss, Meg Robinson led the way with 11 points, and sat the only player to crack double-digits. For Dandenong, Hannah Rapp (nine) and Emily Sewell (12.5) have starred. In last week’s win, Leah Mackenzie controlled the floor with 16 points, and will be expected to repeat this week.

Altona Gators (5th, 11-6-1) vs Southern Peninsula (8th, 9-9)

The elimination finals also tip off tonight when the Altona Gators face the Southern Peninsula Sharks in Sandringham. The Gators will be desperate to regain some form with a long road ahead, while the Sharks boasting one of the better months in the league. Of their last four, the Gators have picked up three wins to claw their way back into finals. Comparatively, the Gators have beaten Nunawading and conceded defeat to Geelong, so inconsistency is likely to cost them. Kayla Salmons has been impressive for Altona this season averaging 12.3 PPG, along with Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi (8.6). Last week, Marcetic-Vaotangi led on the board with 10, followed next by Salmons’ seven. For Southern Peninsula Emirson Devenie has dominated, sitting third in the league for PPG (16.7), while Charli Dobson follows with 14.6. In their win last week, Devenie led the way with 26, followed close by Dobson on 22.

Bendigo Braves (6th, 11-7) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (7th, 9-8-1)

The second elimination final pits the Bendigo Braves against the Diamond Valley Eagles for the second time in a month. Bendigo has managed consecutive wins over the past fortnight, defeating Altona Gators and Diamond Valley Eagles. Comparatively, the Eagles rebounded from their thrashing against Bendigo to defeat the Hawthorn Magic. On neutral territory, neither side looks to have the advantage but history declares Bendigo winner. Piper Dunlop and Tess Barnes have been immense for the Braves this season, averaging 14.7 and 14.4 PPG respectively. The pair boast fifth and eighth spots in the league for PPG from seven outings each. For Diamond Valley, Jade Dunne stands as the greatest weapon, averaging 14.4 PPG. In last week’s win, she recorded 19 points, while Keeley Evans also impressed with 15.

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 review: Round 8 – Geelong causes an upset

TOP-END competitors, Knox Raiders slipped from the top of the table in Melbourne United Victorian Junior Championship Division (MUVJBL) Under-18 Girls Championship Division with a 57-57 tie against bottom-end, Geelong Supercats.

The Raiders’ away record took its first non-winning result, sitting at 8-0-1 following the round. In the match-up both teams opened with 25 points in the first term before dipping substantially with an 8-7 second term in favour of Geelong. Geelong extended their lead in the third with a 19-14 term before Knox closed the gap with 11 points (five) in the last. Zoe Jenkins and Rhiannon Ockwell controlled the floor with 16 and 15 points respectively. For Geelong, NBL1 representatives, Carly Remmos and Alishia Knights led on the board with 14 and 13 boards respectively. Remmos’ performance moves to eleventh in the league for points per game (PPG), while Knights sits one below in twelfth.

Nunawading Spectres recorded their second loss in a fortnight after falling to Altona Gators on the road. The Spectres are third on the table but risk missing out on a second-chance for finals as Altona and Dandenong press one win below. The Gators set their sights on the top-four, rebounding well from their 55-40 loss against Geelong in the round prior. In the contest, it was a 21-5 second term that took Nunawading out of the race, despite tying and winning the subsequent terms. Alicia Sciberras tore up the floor with 19 points alongside Kayla Salmons, who recorded 15 for the night. NBL1 representative, Louisa Fakalata led her side with a 19-point performance, but lacked support on the board with Maddison Zugna following next on eight. Fakalata moves to top spot for total points (134) and average points per game (PPG) (19.1) with her dominant performance.

Bulleen Boomers have secured a home final following their win over the Dandenong Rangers on the road. The Boomers moved two wins outside the top two as they pick up their fourth consecutive win, defeating notable sides such as Nunawading and Dandenong in the past fortnight. The Boomers cleaned up in the first half, taking a 39-21 lead into the main break. The Boomers conceded the third (14-7) before finishing 12-14 in the final term. Olivia Tsantarlis led scoring for the Bulleen Boomers with a 16-point performance, followed next by Casey Valenti-Paea with 14. Valenti-Paea moves to sixth on the table for PPG at 14.4 following her performance. NBL1 Representative, Elly Morgan led on the board for Dandenong with 12 points, followed next by Hannah Rapp on nine. Morgan’s performance moves to 17th in the league for PPG.

The Boroondara Sports Complex was treated to one of the games of the round with Southern Peninsula sharks defeating the Hawthorn Magic (61-57) on the road. The result moves Southern Peninsula back into finals contention as they equal their record with Hawthorn in ninth despite placing thirteenth. The loss marks Hawthorn’s fifth consecutive loss, raising questions regarding their validity for finals. In the contest, Hawthorn opened strong at 17-9. They retained dominance in the next two terms (19-18, 17-15) before losing touch in the final term (4-19) to lose by four points. Emirson Devenie dominated at the board for Peninsula with a game-high 25 points, moving to third for PPG on 15.5, while Gemma Simon was next best with 13 points. For Hawthorn, Georgia Gray and Ella Crump were both dominant on 17 and 14 points respectively.

The Bendigo Braves rebounded hard against the Diamond Valley Eagles to pick up a 77-49 victory at home. Their win follows a 45-69 loss against the Southern Peninsula in the round prior, responding well to lock themselves in for finals. Diamond Valley’s away record takes another big hit (2-6-0) as they risk being rubbed out for the finals in the last round. In the match-up, the Braves shut the game down early with a 44-24 opening half, going on to claim a comfortable 28-point victory. Tess Barnes led on the floor for the Braves with 20 points, while NBL representative, Piper Dunlop followed closely with 17. Barnes move into fifth spot on the league-scoring table, one position below Dunlop in fourth. For Diamond Valley, Caitlin Meagher held strong with 15 points, followed by Georgia Kitchell on 11.

In the Reserve Grade, McKinnon lost at home to the Dandenong Rangers, while Kilsyth Cobras held up against Melbourne Tigers and Nunawading Spectres proved better than the Broadmeadows Broncos. The round continued with the Frankston Blues defeating the Keilor Thunder and Pakenham Warriors losing out to Warrandyte Venom.

In the Championship Division next round, Geelong Supercats face Southern Peninsula Sharks, while Knox Raiders host Bulleen Boomers and Hawthorn Magic come up against Diamond Valley Eagles. The round finishes Bendigo Braves hosting Altona Gators and Dandenong Rangers hosting Nunawading Spectres.