Big V Preview – Round 10
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 27th May 2018 @ 2.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Redemption is the key word for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men this weekend as they take on the Warrandyte Venom at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Geelong will be massively keen to eradicate most of their memory of last weekends games and results, except for the knowledge that based on Saturday nights contest against Chelsea, this team has enough talent to take on any side in this competition and can be a player in the post-season dance.
This game presents a real opportunity for the Supercats to make a statement to the rest of the competition that they are a contender this season as the Venom are struggling right now having lost their last 4 matches, so they are vulnerable.
A consistent, four quarter effort should see the Supercats win this one comfortably.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Warrandyte Venom, Saturday 26th May 2018 @ 7.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
In a quirky draw, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women also take on Warrandyte this weekend at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, however, their match up will be on Saturday night.
Last weekend was a mixed bag for the Supercats with a win over Chelseas and an overtime loss to Hawthorn. In that loss, the Supercats were overrun in the race to the line, despite being in control for most of the day.
For the Supercats, the key will be to get the game played on our terms and in our control for the whole 40 minutes, which is what happened last Saturday night.
The Venom have found scoring difficult so far this season and at the defensive end have been scored on reasonably heavily, which may see the Supercats get a bit more control on the contest.
Key playmakers in Georgia Varley, Caitlin Shadbolt, Tess Feery, Brooke McKay and Louise Johnston are all playing good basketball right now, so if they are allowed to control the tempo, they should return to the winners list again on Saturday night.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v McKinnon Cougars, Saturday 26th May 2018 @ 5.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
v Craigieburn Eagles, Sunday 27th May 2018 @ 12.00 noon, Craigieburn Sports Stadium.
This is a weekend of immense importance in the finals aspirations of our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women as they have a very winnable double header weekend.
The Supercats have already beaten both of the teams they meet this weekend and both wins are recent ones which should give them much confidence going into the weekend.
Despite a slow start last week against Chelsea, the Supercats dominated the remainder of the game to run out comfortable winners.
Whilst both this weeks opponents have struggled to find their best this season and all things on paper point to two wins for the Supercats, your correspondent also knows the pitfalls of taking opponents too easy and if Geelong fall for that, it may be more nightmare weekend than dream weekend!
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Sunbury Jets, Saturday 26th May 2018 @ 6.00pm, Boardman Stadium
v Waverley Falcons, Sunday 27th May 2018 @ 12.00 noon, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
The weekend of reckoning has arrived for our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men with a top of the table double header weekend.
On Saturday night they travel to Sunbury to take on the top of the table Jets before returning home on Sunday to play second placed Waverley.
Over the last 6 weeks, the Supercats have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with as they have systematically strangled their opposition in the second halves, their third quarters being almost potent.
By Sunday night, Coach Darren Hindle will have a clear handle on where his team sits in the Youth League Division 1 pecking order.
The Jets are yet to lose a game this season and have left a trail of wreckage behind them as they’ve gone on their merry way, so the Supercats will need to make sure they’re all systems go from the opening tip off on Saturday night.
The difficult balance for Coach Hildle will be how to pull the levers on court time to ensure that all his team’s petrol isnt used up on Saturday night, just in case some reserves are needed in the tank for Sunday.
This may be where his recent luxury of getting good court time into all his troops will pay dividends for him when it counts the most.
One thing’s for sure though, if you’re a spectator for either of our Youth League Men’s games this weekend, you’re going to get ‘bang for your buck’ in terms of entertainment.