Big V Preview – Round 12
v Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 18th June 2017 @ 2.30pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
After an up and down first half of the seaon, the Luina Geelong Supercats managed to square the ledger at the bye with a 6 and 6 win/loss record.
This week, the Supercats head down to Warrandyte to take on the Venom who have been a bit down on form in recent weeks, losing their last 3 outings, none of which have been blowouts though, showing that they are prepared to fight the contest out to the end.
After a scare against the bottom side last round, Geelong will be keen to start stringing some wins together leading into the business end of the year.
It’s easy to forget that this really is a developing side in terms of playing together, understanding how each other plays and building a bond as a team. You add to that, the fact that nearly half of the side are playing their first season in the Division 1 competition and on that basis, to have a 50% win/loss record is a good outcome to this point of the season.
The three representatives of the Big V Origin Country team in Lewie Varley, Jackson Bentley and Jack Burnett all contributed well last week and this week they will be important keys in a Supercats victory.
With Steve Wiasak unavailable for the next few weeks, the opportunities for players such as Burnett and Marko Vekic to step up and play some extra minutes will be be there for the taking and allow them to continue their steady improvement since the opening of the season.
The thing the Supercats will need to focus on is a full four quarter effort in this one, with Warrandyte’s Josh Collins reaching his 200th Big V game, which is sure to give his team mates some extra added incentive to get the win in front of their home fans.
Whilst we wish Josh well on his milestone, we will also be hoping the champagne tastes a little sour for the Venom at the end of 40 minutes on Sunday!
v Casey Cavaliers, Saturday 17th June 2017 @ 3.00pm The Arena
It’s an early start on Saturday for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women on Saturday as they host Casey in game 1 of a triple header with our SEABL Women and Men at 3pm on Saturday.
The Cav’s have struggled in 2017 with only the 3 wins to their name so far and they must face the rampant Supercats who will be choc full of confidence after accounting for fellow title aspirant Werribbee before the bye.
At the risk of sounding like a ‘broken record’ the Supercats’ experienced and talented players in Rogers, Williamson, Shadbolt, McKay, Johnson and Feery have been too strong for most sides this season and a lot will ride on their shoulders again this weekend.
The luxury for Natalie Hughes is that the Supercats’ firepower doesn’t end there with Georgia Varley and Lauren Bellegante able to come into the contest and establish an immediate presence on the scoreboard and defensively.
It won’t be all one way traffic though. Casey have some talent of their own with Tarryn Wilkin, Rebecca Boreham and Rebecca Magdich all posting good nubers for the Cav’s in 2017.
Their battle though, will be a tough one, against the stingy Supercats defence which is tighter than the Federal Treasurer on Budget night and in the end, that will be the difference.
v Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 18th June 2017 @ 12.30pm Warrandyte Sports Complex
Kicking off a double header on Sunday, the Luina Geelong Supercats also take on the Warrandyte Venom in yet another important clash for Brenton O’Briens’ troops against a similarly placed team on the ladder.
In recent weeks, the Supercats have begun to find a little bit of their early season spark after a bit of a rough patch, although it has been tested with a couple of OT wins in the last couple of rounds.
The improvement in form is no doubt down to the emergence of players such as Wang Nyieth, Seb Thomason and Tom Cushion who have stepped up in recent weeks to support Max Kos, Kyle Meyer and Sam Landale and with the regular appearance of Kye Baulch when available has had the effect of straightening things up for the Supercats.
It’s a big weekend for the Venom with several teams, including the Supercats nipping at their heels for a spot in the finals action.
With Warrandyte traveling down here to take on CorioBay on Saturday night before we arrive on their doorstep on Sunday, having had the previous night off, they may be in need of a win to keep the wolves from the door, so the Supercats will need to be ready to roll from the opening tip off to hold off the locals.
Players to watch for the Venom will be Nicholas Feller, Lachlan Kershaw and Nathan De Lacey who have contributed the lion’s share of the heavy lifting so far this season.
A win in this game could be important come the end of the regular season with both teams meeting again in the final round, particularly if head to head is needed to get the ticket into the post-season party.
v Craigieburn Eagles, 18th June 2017 @ 1.00pm The Arena
After a successful month of performances, the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women continue to develop into a strong, solid unit that poses a challenge to whoever they take on.
Their efforts in winning 4 from 4 for the month, have been recognised through their Coach Tim Sanderson who was this week named Coach of the Month for May.
Sanderson has overseen the development of the team and has been rewarded by having a group of young ladies who are beginning to make progress and become a solid unit with several key contributors, compared to earlier in the season where the workload was resting on only a couple of heads.
Now there is not only Carly Sanders and Lydia Gasparini but Amy Troy, Jaimee Crombie and Gemma Morrison for opposition sides to deal with.
After lowering their colours to the top side last time out, this weekend the Supercats get the opportunity to bounce back to the winners list as they take on the Eagles who have found the going tough so far this season.
Jessica Van Der Velden and Olivia Moore have been doing the majority of the heavy lifting this year for the Eagles, both averaging 10 points per game.
Meanwhile, for the home side the picture looks a bit healthier with Sanders averaging 12.7 points and 12.5 boards per game, Crombie 11.4 points, 5.9 boards and Gasparini 10.25 points.
In the end, The Supercats may just have more firepower and this may be the deciding factor that might just get the home side the prize at the end of the day.