Big V Preview – Round 11
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Keysborough Cougars, Saturday 2nd June 2018 @ 7.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
v Whittlesea Pacers, Sunday 3rd June 2018 @ 3.00pm, Mill Park Stadium
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men are beginning to build some momentum with their performances in recent weeks and this weekend, sees a real chance to put themsleves right in the finals mix with a very winnable double header weekend.
On Saturday night, the Supercats host the second placed Keysborough Cougars at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium and whilst the Cougars may sit higher up the ladder, this Geelong side has shown with its performances against Shepparton and Chelsea that they can match it with the top sides at their best.
If the Supercats manage to get their noses in front against the Cougars late in the game, this time around they will need to steady and focus on clever basketball that plays to our strengths.
Do that and the Supercats can get this one and head into Sunday’s contest with less pressure than a loss would create.
“The Stables” hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Supercats over the years, however, this year there is a real opportunity to come away with the points.
Whittlesea have struggled this year and go in on a three game losing streak with just 3 wins to their name in 2018.
Having said that, the Pacers seem to grow an extra leg at home and the Supercats will still need to play 40 minutes of good ball to get the points.
Good signs for the Supercats in recent weeks that Billy Feben and Lewis Beks have been becoming more prominent in their court time and their shots are starting to drop.
Thow into the mix the socring of the Brothers’ Varley and the steady improvement of players such as Marko Vekic and Kyle Meyer and the Supercats are starting to get a bit of purr about them right now.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Latrobe City Energy, Sunday 3rd June 2018 @ 1.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
This Sunday, our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women get the opportunity to make it two wins on the trot as they host the Latrobe City Energy.
With the Energy on an eight game losing run, there is an opportunity here for the Supercats to exert themsleves on this contest and springboard them into the second half of the season.
Having made the trip in the opposite direction a number of times, your correspondent knows it can be a tough gig for the travelling side when these teams meet, which will hopefully add to the Supercats edge.
Georgia Varley has been gunning it in recent weeks, with a couple of 25 point games to her credit. If the Energy let her get going on Sunday, we could see another big number beside her name by the end of the contest.
The senior Supercats ladies are all lifting in recent weeks and have been instrumental in steadying the ship in recent weeks and that will be important again on the weekend.
With the Supercats joining a bit of a log jam in the middle of the table, a win is important in keeping the lights on for post-season, so Geelong will need to make sure its a winning weekend.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Sunbury Jets, Sunday 3rd June 2018 @ 12.00 noon, Boardman Stadium
A big test is looming for our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth league Women as they take on second placed Sunbury at Sunbury on Sunday.
The good/bad news for the Supercats is that the Jets have lost their last two outings, which means one of two things – they’re either vulnerable to drop another or they’re going to come out all guns blazing to turn things around.
Whilst for the majority of games this season the Supercats have shown they can match teams around their own level and below, their one hurdle has been competing with the top sides in the compeition as evidenced by their two lacklustre performances against Keilor this season.
The absence of Carly Sanders and the impact she has on this side as it’s leader was never more evident than last round where without her on Saturday night the Supercats struggled whereas the next day, they looked a whole lot better on the back of her 31 point game.
For the Supercats to win this one, they’ll need to get more from more otherwise it’s difficult to see Geelong on the winners list in this one.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Werribee Devils, Saturday 2nd June 2018 @ 5.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
v Casey Cavaliers, Sunday 3rd June 2018 @ 1.30pm, Casey Stadium
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men have a score to settle this Saturday night as they take on old rival Werribee at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
Having gone down by just 3 points the last time they met, the Supercats would be keen to return the favour on Saturday night.
If the Supercats can play out the whole contest like they did the second half last weekend against Waverley, then there’s no reason why Geelong can’t come out on top in this one.
Should they be able to exorcise the Devils, then that gives them the chance of making it a very good weekend as they travel to Casey to take on the Cavaliers on Sunday in a game that shouldn’t present too many obstacles.
Wang Nyieth has been in super form for the Supercats in recent weeks and was the star of last weekends tough fixture against the top two sides in this year’s competition.
Add into that the great form of Josiah King, the improving Tom Georgiadis and Seb Thomason and the Supercats have the ingredients for a very talented line up and with the important lessons learned last weekend against the very best in the League the fire is burning inside for Geelong.