Big V Review – Round 15
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Bulleen Boomers (Saturday)
v Shepparton Gators (Sunday)
With very little wriggle room left to make this years Finals, the weekend didn’t start in ideal fashion for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men on Saturday night as they fell to fellow Finals contenders Bulleen by 10 points.
At half time, the Supercats were well in the hunt only trailing by 2 points and looking like they could grab a much needed win, however a third term lapse, where they struggled to impact the scoreboard, ultimately led to their downfall.
Jacob Pupavac top scored for the Supercats with 18 points, Lewis Beks had 12 and a great effort from Marko Vekic who finished with 14 boards for the night in a great defensive effort.
On Sunday, with the prospect of meeting top side Shepparton at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium and having potentially blown an opportunity to make the finals, one couldn’t have blamed the Supercats for not being on their game.
However, Shepparton were in for a big shock as the Supercats came out all guns blazing from game opening to blow the highly fancied Gators away to lead by 13 points at the half.
But a slow start to the third term was all the Gators needed to edge their way back into the match, evaporating the Supercats lead to just 2 points with 10 minutes to play and looking like they may run over the top of Geelong.
The Supercats had other ideas though, as they pulled out a gritty last term to hang on and outplay the Gators to score the upset win.
Evidence of the strong team focused game by the Supercats was that five players made double figures on the score sheet, compared to just 2 for the Gators.
Marko Vekic had another strong performance with 13 points and another 14 rebounds to add to the previous night, to be a vital key in the Supercats win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 64 (Jacob Pupavac 18, Lewis Beks 12, Lewie Varley 10)
BULLEEN BOOMERS: 74 (Evan Solakidis 18, Thadd Varmall 17, James Cappallari 11)
GEELONG SUPERCATS: 71 (Marko Vekic 13, Lewis Beks 13, Jacob Pupavac 12)
SHEPPARTON GATORS: 66 (Cameron Vines 17, Jake Cowling 16)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
V Mildura Heat
A perfect start for the Big V Weekend as our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women set the tone for things to come as they caused a big upset by knocking off the top of the table Mildura Heat at The Arena.
This one was like a heavyweight boxing match as both sides slugged it out all afternoon.
After an even first term, the Supercats pressed on in the second quarter to go in with a six point lead at the main break.
Leading the way were the experienced trio of Caitlin Shadbolt, Tess Feery and Jess Watson both on the scoreboard and in their defensive pressure on the Heat.
The third term was a scoring feast as both sides had 30 points for the term, however, the Heat’s key players in Vanessa Power and Alexia Gassion were in foul trouble which made defending difficult for them.
Gassion, in particular was causing big headaches for the Supercats defences as she almost scored at will, ending the game with 39 points to her name.
With the Supercats holding a 6 point lead into the last, things were looking good for the home side and when Heat Coach James Madigan was ejected from the game mid way through the last, it looked like Mildura were beginning to fray at the edges.
However, you can never underestimate a top side with their backs to the wall as the Heat picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and made a late charge for the win, reducing the Supercats lead to just 1 point.
With less than 30 seconds to play Brooke McKay was sent to the line by the Heat and was able to use her experience to ice the game for Geelong and show that if they make the playoff’s they will be a difficult proposition for the other sides in the hunt.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 93 (Caitlin Shadbolt 23, Jess Watson 16, Georgia Varley 16)
MILDURA HEAT: 90 (Alexis Gassion 39, Mikayla Delcastagne 17)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
V Camberwell Dragons
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men let one get away from them on Sunday afternoon, going down to the Camberwell Dragons by just the 2 points.
The Supercats were well in control for most of the game, getting the lead out to 8 points mid way through the third term before a lapse in concentration allowed the Dragons to get on a run and narrow Geelong’s lead to just 2 points at the final break.
Down the stretch, the Supercats and the Dragons went basket for basket with the lead changing hands on several occasions before Camberwell found themselves in front with seconds to spare.
With the ball in their front court and 3 seconds left on the clock, the Supercats had the chance to tie things up and send the game to extra time, however, the shot didn’t drop giving the Dragons the win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Wang Nyieth 23, Josiah King 16)
CAMBERWELL DRAGONS: 71 (Tom Moncrieff 16, Carson Crowe 13, Matthew Zappala 11)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Corio Bay Stingrays
A 21 point, 20 rebound effort by Ally Marsh led the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women to a big win over cross town rivals Corio Bay on Saturday afternoon.
With Carly Sanders a late out for the Supercats heading into the game, somebody needed to stand up and take control and that’s exactly what Marsh did.
The ‘Rays had no answer for the Supercats as fill in Coach O’Leary was left to ponder what might have been as only Teagan Tatolock was able to provide resistance, finishing with 28 points, however, no other ‘Rays player reached double figures.
Jaimee Crombie was another to step into the breach in the absence of Sanders finishing with 17 points of her own in an important win for the Supercats as it has sealed their place in this years finals and likely ended Corio Bay’s finals aspirations at the same time.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 63 (Ally Marsh 21, Jaimee Crombie 17)
CORIO BAY STINGRAYS: 53 (Teagan Tatlock 28)