Big V Preview – Round 3
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Melbourne Uni Black Angels, Saturday 7th April 2018 @ 8.30, Melbourne University Sports Centre.
v Warrnambool Seahawks, Sunday 8th April 2018 @ 2.00pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
A pivotal weekend coming up so early in the season for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men with a double header against two of our oldest and fiercest rivals in recent times.
Tonight sees us off to the Students Lair at Melbourne Uni, where there’s always a “warm” welcome for visiting teams.
This game shapes as a very winnable game for the Supercats with a Melbourne Uni side missing a few of their past stars, with only Nick Masunda looming as a danger man for them.
Jovan Bojanic has had to step up this season for the Black Angels, already playing more minutes this season than he did for the whole of 2017 in 5 games.
If the Supercats can keep a strong hold on these two, it should go a long way to notching up the first win of 2018, especially if players like Billy Feben, Lewis Beks and Levie Varley get their collective eye in.
On Sunday, Geelong face a more formidable challenge as the Seahawks travel down the Princes Hwy.
With former Supercat Alex Gynes already taking up from where he left off in 2017 and classy import Xavier Blount back again and adding in the experienced Tim Gainey, the Seahawks will clearly be a challenger for the title again in 2018.
Young big man Jacob Pupavac will have his hands full with Gynes and Blount on the glass, so it will be important for the other Supercats on court to step up and lend a hand.
If the Supercats are made to work hard on Saturday night against the students, then this could be a tough ask on Sunday for the home team to get the win.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Warrnambool Mermaids, Sunday 8th April @ 12.00, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
On Sunday we have an all Warrnambool day as the Division 1 Women host the Mermaids in the opening game of the day.
We don’t know a lot about the Mermaids as they step up from Division 2 in recent seasons, however, one name on the roster that will be familiar to locals on Sunday is former Supercat Amy Wormald.
The Mermaids have made a solid start to their Division 1 campaign, defeating Latrobe City in the opening round before falling to Casey by only 1 point last round.
The bonus for the Supercats though, is that the Mermaids will be coming off a game the night before against Werribee at Werribee, which is always a tough ask.
If Tess Feery plays for the Supercats this week then this will have the home side in the drivers seat for this one, as her hustle and scoring power has been missed by Geelong in the opening two rounds of the season.
Having dropped both games to date, after being in positions to win late in the match, Coach Natalie Hughes will be super keen for her team to bag the points here.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Sunbury Jets, Saturday 7th April 2018 @ 3.00pm, The Arena
The second placed Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women take on the fourth placed Sunbury Jets to open our Big V action this weekend, when they face off this afternoon at The Arena.
Last round, the Supercats were caught napping against Keilor and paid the penalty, despite a spirited mid-game revival, so Coach Tim Sanderson will be very keen to make sure his charges’ switch is clearly in the ‘on’ position from the opening tip off.
In their first two outings this season, the Jets have had big, high scoring wins to their name, so are definitely ‘in the groove’ early on in the 2018 season.
The stats for Sunbury show a fairly even team performance so far, with no reliance on any one player, so the Supercats will need to ensure the same. If too much is left to the likes of Jaimee Crombie and Carly Sanders, then Geelong might find the going tough.
Experienced players in Amy Troy, Gemma Morison and Lydia Gasparini will be needed to provide that support at both ends of the court to get this job done.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Werribee Devils, Sunday 8th April @ 2.00pm, Eagle Stadium Werribee
The Luina Geelong Supercats Youth Leage Men make the trip up the Princes Hwy to face perennial rivals the Werribee Devils on Sunday
In recent years, the Devils’ Youth League side has been a powerhouse and has, on more than one occasion, in recent times, given the Supercats a thumping, so this looms as a danger game for Geelong.
The Devils have made a 3-0 start to 2018 despite some of their key play makers being missing this year.
The Supercats have made a promising start to 2018 and have shown a willingness to take the game on so far this year and that will need to be the way again on Sunday.
With the Devils having to play our cross-town rivals Corio Bay on the Stingrays’ home deck the night before, the Supercats will have the luxury of being fresh and ready to go for this one.
Dan Herbert looks the key for Werribee with 20+ points in his opening 3 games for the season, to be a long way out in front of his team mates.
Josh Hindle has been a great add for the Supercats and has really bolstered the scoring options in 2018 to compliment the likes of Max Kos, Jack Dunstan, Josiah King and Taylor Dow.