Big V Review – Round 4
DIVISION 1 MEN
V’s Latrobe City Energy
It was an all the way win for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men on Saturday night against Latrobe City Energy in Traralgon.
A bonus at the start for the Supercats with dangerous import Jordan Granger not suiting up for the Energy.
After a strong opening term, where the Supercats outscored the Energy by 15 points, that lead was squandered as Geelong went into the main break holding on to just a 3 point buffer on the hosts.
Despite the loss of Granger, the Supercats certainly had their hands full with fellow import James Crockett causing them a few headaches.
Lewie Varley’s return to the lineup for Geelong was a big plus with 12 points and 6 assists for the game, whilst Marko Vekic continues his purple patch finishing with 11 points and a massive 17 boards and Kyle Meyer further demonstrating his growing confidence at this level to lead the Supercats scoring column with 17 points.
Another positive for the Supercats was the performance of big man Jacob Pupavac who finished the night with 16 points and 11 boards.
The big difference in this contest was the scoring spread with only 3 Energy players making double figures compared to six for the Supercats, allowing Geelong to run out 15 point winners.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 93 (Kyle Meyer 17, Jacob Pupavac 16, Emerson Varley 12, Lewie Varley 12)
LATROBE CITY ENERGY: 78 (James Crockett 25, Matthew Farrell 19, Jeremy Sheers 11)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v LATROBE CITY ENERGY
Saturday night was another opportunity missed for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women against Latrobe City Energy.
After a tight first half, the Supercats dominated the home side in the third term outscoring the Energy 29 to 12, taking an 8 point lead into the last term and seemingly on the path to another win.
Somebody forgot to let the Energy know what the script was though, as they proceeded to repay the Supercats for their third term barrage by returning the favour, outscoring Geelong 23 to 12 in the last, to come over the top and win by 3 points.
The worrying thing for Geelong would be the lack of scoring options at present with playing Coach Natalie Hughes leading scorer with 17 points and Caitlin Shadbolt the only other double figures scorer with 13.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Natalie Hughes 17, Caitlin Shadbolt 13)
LATROBE CITY ENERGY: 72 (Makenzie Miller 26, Jade Melbourne 22)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v HUME CITY BROCOS, SATURDAY
v CORIO BAY STINGRAYS, SUNDAY
A split weekend for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men with a road win by 12 points against Hume City on Saturday night only to fall just short by 4 points of knocking off cross-town rivals Corio Bay on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday night was all out offence as both teams scored highly and as the old basketball saying goes, “de fence is around de house” with both sides breaking the ton by games end.
Josh Hindle returned to his scoring best against the Broncos finishing with 19 for the match and Josiah King continued his current vein of form collecting 16 points.
Also of note was the performance of Tom Georgiades with 14 points and 11 boards for the game.
A stat that will make Coach Darren Hindle happy was the Supercats’ shooting percentage, going at a 50% clip for the game and importantly, he also got the value of being able to get good minutes into all players for the game.
Sunday’s contest was, as expected a tough one with the Supercats holding narrow leads at each break of the game and looking just a bit better than their opponents. However, the visitors were able to steady in the last, pull past the Supercats to hold them off for the win.
Cohen Blythe was the lynch pin for the Stingrays with a game leading 32 point haul, whilst King continued his fine weekend adding 23 points to his previous nights haul to lead the Supercats scoring column.
An interesting point that shows the depth our team is building, was that the Supercats were able to generate 26 points from the bench, compared to the Stingrays’ 5 points.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 115 (Joshua Hindle 19, Josiah King 16, Tom Georgiades 14, Wang Nyieth 14)
HUME CITY BRONCOS: 103 (Mitchell Goodwin 24, Waays Hassan 14, Angus Pudge 14, Kyle Gillard 14)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 81 (Josiah King 23, Seb Thomason 12, Wang Nyieth 12)
CORIO BAY STINGRAYS: 85 (Cohen Blythe 32, Kirk Harris 19, Patrick Goodier 13)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v MCKINNON COUGARS, SATURDAY
v CORIO BAY STINGRAYS, SUNDAY
A strong double win weekend has propelled the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women into the upper level of the competition, defeating McKinnon Cougars by 4 points in extra time on Saturday and then buttering up to knock off Corio Bay Stingrays by 16 points at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium on Sunday.
After last weeks below par performance, Coach Tim Sanderson laid things on the line for his team at training during the week and to their credit, his players responded in fine style.
On Saturday, the key Supercat trio of Carly Sanders, Amy Troy and Jaimee Crombie were too much firepower for the Cougars to handle, with all three making a solid contribution to the win.
With scores tied at the end of regular time, the Supercats showed a cool head to outscore the Cougars 10 to 6 in extra time to grab the win.
Of Sunday’s win, Coach Sanderson says that his side “found their offensive rhythm” against the Stingrays which was certainly clear in the opening term as the Supercats piled on a 22 to 9 opening term and were never headed for the rest of the game.
Sanders continued her outstanding weekend with 24 points and 16 boards against the ‘Rays, with Crombie, Troy and Gemma Morison also contributing well to the win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 64 (Carly Sanders 19, Jaimee Crombie 16, Amy Troy 15)
MCKINNON COUGARS: 60 (Daniella San Jose` 16, Emma Crees 12, Ellen Parry 10)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 88 (Carly Sanders 24, Jaimee Crombie 19, Gemma Morison 19)
CORIO BAY STINGRAYS: 72 (Teagan Tatlock 25, Emma Wilkinson 17, Carly Vuillermin 12)
BIG V PLAYER OF THE WEEK
This weeks POTW goes to ‘Cyclone’ Carly Sanders for an outstanding weekends work for our Youth League Women’s double win weekend.
With 19 points, 14 boards on Saturday night against the Cougars and 24 points 16 boards on Sunday against the Stingrays, Sanders collected an outstanding return of 43 points and 30 boards for the weekend to clearly be the most outstanding performance of the weekend.