Big V Preview – Round 11
v Melton Thoroughbreds, Saturday 3rd June 2017 @ 7.00pm Melton Indoor Recreation Centre
For the first time this season, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men have their full squad available for this weekends contest against cellar dwellers Melton.
A couple of years ago, the Thororughbreds were title holders but now are a shadow of their former selves as they hold up the rest of the Competition in 2017.
For the Supercats, they need to win this and win this well!
Ivan Harris and Billy Feben are the keys for the home side. If the Supercats can shut these two down then that will go a long way to shutting Melton down offensively.
At the other end of the court, the Geelong offence, in particular Lewie and Emerson Varley, Seb Loader, Jackson Bentley and J P Wilkinson will prove more than a handful for the opposition defenders.
Whilst Lewie Varley is likely to get the lion’s share of attention from Melton, following an outstanding few rounds of scoring, their defence clearkly won’t have enough to keep all the Supercats’ scoring options in check and this will be the difference at full time.
v Werribee Devils, Saturday 3rd June 2017 @ 7.30 Eagle Stadium Werribee
It’s 1 v 2 in this one and it has mouths watering at the prospect of this battle, with the winners being clear favourites for this year’s Division 1 Women crown.
When these two sides met at the Arena in round 3 this season, the Devils had the honours as they ran away with an 18 point victory on the back of a strong showing by Sumar Leslie with 26 points and Jessie Price with 24.
Despite the end margin, the Supercats weren’t totally outclassed with 5 players scoring double figures for the contest.
The take away for Coach Natalie Hughes from that game was the importance of defence and her side have shown that they’ve taken that on since round 3 and have been as tight as a drum defensively and thats likely to be where this one is decided as both teams have multiple offensive threats.
Last time these two sides met, the Supercats were missing Tess Feery and with her services at their disposal, Leslie better have her Panadol’s packed in her kit bag because it could be a tough night at the office for the leading Devil.
There’s also the battle between former SEABL Supercat Rohanee Cox and the twin bookends in Candice Rogers and Caitlin Shadbolt to look forward to.
All in all, this promises to be one of the games of the season and way too hard to call.
v Camberwell Dragons, Sunday 4th June 2017 @ Balwyn High School
2017 has been a bot of a rollercoaster for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men and that was the case again last round when they produced a Jekyll and Hyde weekend.
This weekend there’s no double header fixture but they face a challenge as they take on the Camberwell Dragons.
These two teams met in round 4 at the Arena and the Dragon’s narrowly got over the line in a low scoring affair by 6 points.
No one doubts that the Supercats have the skill and talent to upset the Dragon’s in this one with the likes of Max Kos, Kyle Meyer and Seb Thomason who have been the scoring leaders this season.
Add to that, the hot form of Wang Nyieth who has been outstanding in recent weeks both scoring and on the boards and there is no denying the talent of the side.
The problem so far this year is achieving a solid spread of scoring and contributions across the board in the same contest, rather than relying on a couple of different players to get the job done on different weekends.
Both sides aren’t big scorers but are similar scorers, with the Supercats averaging 73 points per game compared to the Dragons’ 74 points per game. The difference is in defence, where the Supercats have been leaking an average of 83 points per game compared to 65 for the Dragons.
With both sides having similar scoring power, this one will come down to who wants to bring their defensive game and tie the other side’s scoring up.
v Camberwell Dragons, Sunday 4th June 2017 @ 12 noon Balwyn High School
Last weekend saw the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women come of age and show that they have what it takes to challenge the top sides in this competition and possibly to become one of those sides.
Jaimee Crombie has really stepped up in recent weeks and has complemented the season’s form of Carly Sanders to give the Supercats a multi pronged offence for Coach Tim Sanderson to work with.
This weekend, the Supercats get a real chance to see how far they’ve come in recent weeks as they take on the ladder leaders Camberwell on Sunday afternoon.
The Dragons come off a 72 point massacre of Craigieburn so with be chock full of confidence heading into this one but that can be a very dangerous thing in any sport because the Supercats have shown regularly this season their capacity to cause an upset and they will be keen to take another big scalp this weekend.
When these sides last faced off in Round 4, it was a 12 point win by the Dragons at the Arena. In a low scoring contest, Crombie had a day out leading all scorers with 20 points for the match but beyond that, there wasn’t much support wheras the Dragons had a solid spread of scorers.
With the Supercats now finding consistency and options in their game, the Dragons won’t have things all their own way like last week and if Geelong can bring a four quarter effort, they might just add another high ranked knock off to their names come Sunday night.