Big V Preview – Round 4
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Latrobe City Energy, Saturday 14th April @ 8.00pm Latrobe Leisure Centre, Traralgon
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men make the trek down to Gippsland this Saturday night to take on the Latrobe City Energy.
This contest looms as a danger game for the Supercats. The Energy, who are usually thereabouts when the business end of the season rolls around, have had an uncharacteristically slow start to 2018 sitting at 0-4 at present.
The Energy have a very solid import combination of Vashon Weaver, joined this season by 6’8” Jordon Granger, who has had a solid start to his Big V career, averaging just on 50% from the field.
Geelong won’t want to become ‘Granger conscious’ on Saturday night as there are several players for the Energy who can light the net up given the chance.
With the likely return of Lewie Varley, the Supercats have their own scoring machine to keep the Energy busy, allowing Brother Emerson, Marko Vekic and Co. the opportunity to make the most of their opportunities.
One thing is for sure. If the Supercats come away with the points, they will have earned them as the Energy have their backs to the wall right now and will be doing all they can to notch their first win for 2018 on their home deck.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Latrobe City Energy, Saturday 14th April @ 6.00pm Latrobe Leisure Centre, Traralgon
All roads lead to Traralgon for our senior Big V sides as our Division 1 Women also head down to take on the Latrobe City Energy.
After a couple of near misses in the opening rounds, the Luina Geelong Supercats found their opening win of the season last week and no doubt they will be keen to build on that against the Energy.
The return of Tess Feery was important for Geelong last weekend, looking hungry for success and adding so much more ‘grunt’ to the engine.
Caitlin Shadbolt has also continued on her form from 2017 and was an important cog in last weeks victory against the Mermaids showing her abilities both inside and outside the arc.
One thing about Natalie Hughes coached teams is that you know as an opposition, it’s going to be tough scoring and unfortunately for the Energy, thst is the department they are struggling with right now.
The other bonus for Geelong is the form of ‘veterans’ Brooke McKay and Louise Johnston who are providing invaluable support to the side.
Expect a big one from Georgia Varley in this one as over the opening couple of rounds the shots just aren’t quite dropping, so she is due for a change of fortunes and this may just be the opportunity needed to help her side to the win.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Mackinnon Cougars, Saturday 14th April @4.00pm Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre
v Corio Bay Stingrays, Sunday 15th April @ 12.00 noon AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
It’s been a wobbly start for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women and this weekend delivers an interesting double header.
On Saturday night, the Supercats get an opportunity to grab a ‘W’ against Mackinnon, who have similarly had a slow opening to their season with only the one win to their name.
After reaching the Finals last season, there were growing expectations that Geelong would be thereabouts again in 2018.
However, an over-reliance on Carly Sanders, Amy Troy and Jaimee Crombie to score week in, week out has found them pull up short in the wins column of the ladder.
Whilst the efforts of the ‘three amigo’s’ might be enough on Saturday night against the Cougars, nothing less than a full contribution from the whole side will be needed if the Supercats are to hold off the Stingrays on Sunday.
Ironically, the Stingray’s rely heavily on the scoring power of Teagan Tatlock who has been monstering the score sheet already this season averaging 32 points per game @ 45%.
The question is though, how will Coach Tim Sanderson stop her dominance and who will get the job of keeping Tatlock in check. That will be the key to this one.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Hume City Bronco’s, Saturday 14th April @ 6.00pm Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium
v Corio Bay Stingrays, Sunday 15th April @ 2.00pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
It’s a tough double facing the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men this weekend, that is sure to be a tester of how far they’ve come since 2017.
On Saturday night, they head to ‘downtown’ Broadmeadows to take on the Bronco’s before facing up to our cross-town rivals Corio Bay on Sunday, for the first ‘Battle of the Barwon’ for 2018.
The stakes couldn’t be bigger this weekend for the Supercats as both of their opponents have had similar starts to the season and all have the 1 win to their name for 2018.
This means that should the Supercats get over the line in both games, they will be fair and square ‘in the mix’ at the top end of the table.
Bailey Kirkman is the lead Bronco, saddling the responsibility for the bulk of their scoring this season averaging 15.5 @ 38% and 8 rebounds. His battle with Josiah King, who had ‘one out of the box’ last weekend, will be a pivotal battle in this one.
On Sunday, the Supercats get an early opportunity for local bragging rights as the Stingrays make their first visit to AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
And it’s an opportune time for the Supercats to meet the Stingrays as several of their usual players are having to step up to their State Championship Team at present and it’s likely that some will have played the night before at that level.
Despite their slow start to 2018, there are still a couple of dangers for the Supercats, with Aaron Ruiz and Dylan Donnelly both posting solid numbers in the opening rounds.
Geelong should have gained a bucket load of belief from their performance against Werribee last week, despite not getting the points and Coach Darren Hindle will be keen to see that being built on this weekend with two contests that are very winnable.