Big V Preview – Round 2
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Western Port Steelers, Saturday 24th March 2018 @ 7.00pm, David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre, Mornington.
Despite not getting the choccie’s in the opening round, there was still a lot to like about the performance of the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men and they get the chance to build on that tonight as they head to Mornington to take on the Western Port Steelers.
The highlight of last week was the performance of Jacob Pupavac and his role tonight will be pivotal to the Supercats’ chances in this one.
Coach Brenton O’Brien will be looking for better shooting options from his team after a poor shooting performance going at less than 30% from the field last week.
With 7 new members to this side and a new Coach, this team is on the build in the early stages of the season. Look for a bigger contribution from new recruits Billy Feben and Lewis Beks now they have one game in Geelong colours under their belts.
The Supercats will need to keep a strong hold defensively on new import Dylan Travis who burned the net for the Steelers in the opening round with the 6’3″ shooting guard bagging 39 points against Chelsea last week.
With Travis providing 39 of his teams total of 74, he looms as the key to this one from the home sides perspective, however, with the firepower available to the Supercats through Lewie Varley, Emerson Varley, Feben and Beks, Geelong should get the prize in this one.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Hawthorn Magic, Sunday 25th March 2018 @ 3.00pm, Boroondara Sports Complex
After seemingly being in control, only to lose in overtime, the Luina Geelong Supercats will be keen to atone for that tomorrow afternoon against the Magic.
Last week, the Magic had a less than ideal start to the season after making the long trek to Mildura only to come home with their wands between their legs.
Availability is the key for the Supercats at present, with Coach Natalie Hughes having to pull on the strip last week and showed that she’s lost none of her ability with a ‘beast’ peformance last round.
Experienced players in Caitlin Shadbolt, Louise Johnston, Georgia Varley and Jess Watson will play a big role in this game against an under strength opposition.
Despite their poor result in Mildura, the Magic still managed to get 3 players into double figures in Gemma Fyffe, Seraphina Newton and Tia Ucich which shows that there is still the potential for the Magic to upset the applecart and snatch an unlikely win.
As with the Division 1 Men, the Supercats Division 1 Women should have just a bit too much firepower for their hosts and should come out on top.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Keilor Thunder, Saturday 24th March 2018 @ 5.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
History is created tonight as our Youth League Women play the first ever Big V Game at our new Home in Crows Rd against the Keilor Thunder.
The Supercats will be keen to get the job done in front of what should be a good crowd with the Supercats Family Day in the lead up to this one.
Last week, Geelong took up from where they left off last season with a strong showing against the Camberwell Dragons.
With a settled and more experienced side than at the same time last year, the Supercats are looking upwards in 2018 and with key playmakers in Jaimee Crombie, Carly Sanders, Amy Troy and Lydia Gasparini all prominent and getting a lot of the ball last week, should be cherry ripe for this one.
This weeks opponents the Thunder also had a strong opening to the season, recording a comfortable win against Eltham to set up an interesting battle tonight.
With a good spread across the scoring column, the Thunder appear a well balanced team not relying on a couple of players to get the job done.
This promises to be a fitting opening to a new era for the Supercats at our new home and in a close one, Geelong should just have the edge in this one.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Coburg Giants, Saturday 24th March 2018 @ 7.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
In our second game tonight at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League 1 Men are hosting the Coburg Giants.
Supercats Coach Darren Hindle will be looking for a much better opening term to that offered up by the team in the opening round last week.
Taylor Dow has been a big in for the Supercats this season and his opening round performance was a real positive for Geelong and will be a great support for players like Seb Thomason and Wang Nyieth.
There’s no doubt that Geelong have a talented outfit, good enough to be a contender in 2018, with players like Max Kos, Haydn Galea, Jack Dunstan, Kye Baulch and Nyieth all experienced enough at this level to make important contributions to this team.
For the visitors Coburg, they lowered their colours to Corio Bay last weekend with a heavy loss at home. Experienced Giant Daniel Butera was one of the few shining lights for his side with good support from Jarryd Reid and Damien Watson.
A good, positive opening for the Supercats will be paramount in this one, to establish early scoreboard pressure on the visitors and ensure that AWA Alliance Bank Stadium becomes an immediate fortress for visiting sides.