Big V Review – Round 11
vs MELTON THOROUGHBREDS
For most of Saturday night, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men were chasing the tail of the bottom of the ladder Melton Thoroughbreds and a massive upset was brewing.
After a couple of slow-ish starts in recent weeks, the Supercats were up and about early doors establishing and holding a slender lead for the majority of the opening term, only to have the experienced Ivan Harris, Billy Feben and veteran Jason Todorov grab their chance late in the term to have a 3 point advantage at the first break.
From there, the Thoroughbreds held sway with an even second quarter seeing their lead being unchanged by the half.
Again it was the hot hand of Lewie Varley that was keeping the Supercats in the contest. Varley was getting good support from some of the youngsters of the side with Marko Vekic and Kye Baulch stepping up to impact the score sheet.
The status quo continued into the third term as Melton continued to take it up to Geelong in front of their supportive home crowd, extending their lead to 6 points at three quarter time, to give them a big sniff of an upset victory.
Thankfully for the Supercats, something clicked at three quarter time and things started to fall into place, allowing them to gradually pull back the Melton lead and manage to hit the front with just over 60 seconds left courtesy of a Lewie Varley trey, to give his side a 2 point advantage.
A 50% trip to the free throw line for Jacob Pupavac saw the Supercats extend their lead to 3 points but with about 20 seconds left on the clock, this still gave the Thoroughbreds one last chance to send the Supercats to extra time in consecutive weekends and had Feben connected with his 3 point attempt, that may well have been the case.
Thankfully for the Supercats the shot failed to drop and they were able to hold on for a 3 point win.
One of the highlights of this game was Baulch’s performance, having one of his best games for Geelong since stepping up to Division 1 this season.
His defensive intensity went a very long way to getting the Supercats back into the contest and eventually their noses in front and this was acknowledged by Melton Coach John Allison after the game, singling Baulch out for special mention for his efforts on the night.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 84 (Lewie Varley 26, Emerson Varley 11, Marko Vekic 11)
MELTON THOROUGHBREDS: 81 (Jason Todorov 25, Ivan Harris 20, Billy Feben 12)
vs WERRIBEE DEVILS
After a barnstorming victory against one of their main challengers for this season’s title, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women have stamped themselves as the title favourites.
The first half belonged entirely to the Supercats as they set about pressing home the advantage against the Devils who were missing their key play maker Sumar Leslie.
By half time, the game was in Geelong’s keeping as they held a 24 point lead, Georgia Varley leading the way with 15 points to the main break, making 5 of 8 from outside the arc for the half.
The third quarter belonged to Caitlin Shadbolt who drove home her team’s advantage with her 8 points for the term to extend the Supercats lead to 26 points.
In the words of the great Sherlock Holmes, the last quarter was “Elementary, my dear Watson” as the Supercats cruised to the finish line, extending the final margin to 34 points.
Louise Johnson continued her purple patch of recent weeks with 12 points for the game and a perfect 8 from 8 at the free throw line.
Once again it was miserly defence by the Supercats that proved the difference, reducing the Devils to a shooting percentage of just 19% for the match and out rebounding the home side 60 to 47, with 42 of Geelong’s boards being at the defensive end.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 78 (Georgia Varley 20, Caitlin Shadbolt 15, Louise Johnston 12)
WERIBEE DEVILS: 44 (Rohanee Cox 16, Jessy Price 10)
vs CAMBERWELL DRAGONS
The Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men are developing a reputation of being overtime specialists after their second successive extra time win, this time against the Camberwell Dragons on Sunday.
A bright opening saw the Supercats edge to a 7 point lead at quarter time on the back of a solid first term by the steadily improving Tom Cushion as he scored his team’s opening 8 points for the match.
A high scoring and even second quarter set up a 5 point lead to the Supercats with Cushion continuing to impact the scoreboard, with good support from Wang Nyieth and Max Kos.
As the contest headed into the second half, the Supercats were holding their own and with a 4 point lead in their keeping at three quarter time, looked to be moving towards consecutive wins.
However, the home side had other ideas as they set about clearing the Supercats’ lead and hitting the front early in the last term and eventually extending it to 5 points with just on 3 minutes left in regular time.
A Kos 3 pointer narrowed the lead to 2 points with 30 seconds left before James Guley took the lead to 3 from the line and it was up to Nyieth who hit a layup and was fouled in the process with seconds remaining. His bonus shot connected to tie the scores and send the game into extra time.
The Supercats started overtime like a team possessed as they jumped to a 10 point lead midway through the term and from there they never looked back, completely shutting down the home side, cruising to an 8 point victory.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 97 (Max Kos 27, Wang Nyieth 18, Tom Cushion 15)
CAMBERWELL DRAGONS: 89 (Thomas Clifford 19, Shaun Atkins 18, James Guley 16)
v CAMBERWELL DRAGONS
A breakout performance of 26 points from Amy Troy wasn’t enough to get the win for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women against the top of the table Dragons at Camberwell on Sunday.
A slow start by the undermanned Geelong saw the Dragon’s lead get out to double figures toward the end of the opening term before the Supercats got rolling with a pair of threes from Holly Robinson and Troy late, to narrow the lead to 7 at quarter time.
The second quarter was almost a carbon copy of the first with Camberwell active on the scoreboard early doors, stretching their lead out to 21 points by the end of the term, as the Supercats found scoring difficult and facing a substantial margin to get back into the contest.
Despite regular scoring by Troy and Carly Sanders in the third quarter, the Supercats just couldn’t make a dent in the Dragons lead, still trailing by 21 points at the final break.
To Geelong’s credit, where they could have easily put their ‘cue in the rack’ and conceed the defeat, they decided to fight the contest out to try and limit any more damage in terms of margin, resulting in them outscoring the Dragons in the last term.
But the damage had well and truly been done by that stage as the Dragons cruised to a 15 point win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 60 (Amy Troy 26, Carly Sanders 15)
CAMBERWELL DRAGONS: 75 (Zoe Scott 14, Meaghan Wilson 12 Tiarnie Ellingworth 11)