Big V Review – Round 1
DIVISION 1 MEN
V’s KEYSBOROUGH COUGARS
A solid opening to the season for the Luina Geelong Supercats Diviaion 1 Men to start the season, despite going down to Keysborough in Rowville on Sunday afternoon.
At half time, only 3 points stood between the Supercats and the lead, in a very even first half.
In the second half, the classy Calvin Eng and Jonny Kloester flexed their muscle to give the Cougars the advantage and push their side towards the points.
For the Supercats it was Jacob Pupavac (19 points, 11 boards) and Lewie Varley (17 points, 9 boards) who were keeping Geelong in the contest.
One of the big differences between the teams was the points scored off the bench with the Supercats only managing 12 compared to the Cougars return of 40 points from the pine.
Whilst neither side set the net on fire, Geelong’s shooting was well down, with 29% from the field whilst the Cougars were only marginally better with 38% for the game.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 59 (Jacob Pupavac 19, Lewie Varley 17)
KEYSBOROUGH COUGARS: 76 (Jonny Kloester 23, Gerrard Newby 16, Calvin Enge 15)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v CAMBERWELL DRAGONS
Keen to erase last years finals memories, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women were dominant early against the Dragons, managing to hold a 14 point lead at the half, before scores were level at the end of regular time.
However, a dominant period of extra time by the Home side, saw the Supercats being overrun to also start their season on the negative side of the ledger.
Missing several key players, it was a relatively inexperienced Supercats side that made the early running, with the experience of Jess Watson, Louise Johnston, Caitlin Shadbolt and Coach Natalie Hughes getting Geelong off to a strong start.
Mid way through the third term, Geelong were able to stretch their lead to an impressive 21 points as Georgia Varley, Watson and Hughes all connecting from outside the arc.
But Camberwell weren’t to be denied as they pressed the Supercats hard, going on a 15 to 3 run from midway through the third to three quarter time, cutting Geelong’s lead to just 9 points.
With a minute to go in regular time, the Supercats were up by two via a Shadbolt 2 and Coach Hughes stretched it to 3 points as she split her trip to the line with just 12 seconds remaining.
A Danielle Fidge 3 pointer for Camberwell tied it all up and with just seconds left she had the shot to give the Dragons the win, however she couldn’t connect and into extra time we went.
Despite a see sawing majority of extra time, Camberwell found the lead with about 30 seconds remaining and were able to hold on for a 5 point win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 87 (Natalie Hughes 23, Jess Watson 16, Caitlin Shadbolt 15)
CAMBERWELL DRAGONS: 92 (Tahlia Higgs 29, Jessica Khera 17, Nicole Swan 14)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v WAVERLEY FALCONS
A slow opening to the game had the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League 1 Men on the back foot for most of the afternoon at Waverley.
With the Supercats struggling to hit a basket, going 4 of 19 for the term, the home side managed a slightly better 6 of 16 to give them an 8 point buffer at quarter time.
Geelong finally found the target in the second term with 8 of 18 with Seb Thomason, Josiah King and Taylor Dow all making a mark to cut the Falcons lead to 5 at half time.
The glad wrap appeared over the baskets again for Geelong in the third, combined with poor ball security with a number of turnovers costing the Supercats dearly as they allowed Waverley to double their lead at the final break.
To their credit, the Supercats didn’t back down and kept pushing to the end, with Max Kos, Wang Nyieth and Dow all solid contributors down the stretch, however it wasn’t enough and the Falcons were able to record a 13 point win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 65 (Taylor Dow 13, Max Kos 11)
WAVERLEY FALCONS: 78 (Nathan Malloy 21, Andrew Noller 17, Cody Fredrickson 11)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v CAMBERWELL DRAGONS
The Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League 1 Women were the only victorious Geelong team this weekend, cruising to an 18 point victory against Camberwell.
In an extremely competitive first half, the Supercats only held a 3 point lead over the home side and some familiar names in Jaimee Crombie and Carly Sanders in the thick of things for Geelong with 12 and 10 points respectively to half time.
The third quarter belonged to the Supercats as they blew the Dragons away with a 17 to 3 term to all but seal the deal with Amy Troy leading the charge contributing 7 points for the term.
With a 17 point buffer heading into the last, Coach Tim Sanderson was afforded the luxury of being able to rotate his side through the quarter and give some early court time for the bench.
In the wash up the Dragons were unable to pull themselves out of the hole created by Geelong’s dominance in the third term, despite only scoring 1 less than the Supercats for the final quarter.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 66 (Amy Troy 16, Jaimee Crombie 15, Carly Sanders 12)
CAMBERWELL DRAGONS: 48 (Ariane Webber 11)
BIG V PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
A new feature of our reviews this season will be our Player of the Week.
The inaugaral winner for Round 1 is none other than Natalie Hughes who wound back the clock in the Division 1 Women to collect 23 points, 7 boards and 9 assists.
Well done Natalie!