GBL WRAP – Finals Round 1
The opening round of the 2017 GBL finals series has seen an upset to kick off men’s competition. A 6-0 start in the first 40 seconds set the tone as 4th placed YMCA upset 3rd placed Lara Giants 71-57 in a low scoring affair. The combination of Lewis Varley (22 points) and Emerson Varley (16 points) was pivotal in YMCA collecting the victory. Jack Terrill also chipped in 10 valuable points. Lara were led by 19 points from Joel McFall and 17 from James Box in the losing effort that sees their season come to an end.
1st placed Pivot City put on a clinical performance, disposing of 2nd placed CC Eagles 76-51, which sees Pivot City book the first spot in the 2017 GBL division 1 men’s grand final. An outstanding 25 point performance Tristan Rozenfeld led the way for Pivot. He was well supported by Kyle Meyer (15 points) and Chris Eichler (10). Nathan Freind battled hard for the Eagles, scoring 20 points. Liam McInerney also had 14 points in the loss.
CC Eagles will face off against YMCA next week for the final spot in the grand final.
In the women’s competition, 2nd placed Pivot City have knocked off 1st placed Dolphins 79-70, to book the first spot in the grand final. Eve Braslis (27 points) and Teagan Tatlock (25) combined to do the bulk of the damage for Pivot. Shayna Poto also had 11 points in the win. Lydia Gasparini led the scoring for Dolphins with 17 points. Kim Martin also had 16 points in the losing effort.
3rd placed Sharks came out firing as they defeated 4th placed Rovers. A 25-7 opening 13 minutes all but put the game to bed as Sharks ran out 67-52 winners. Alex Duck was excellent, scoring 25 point to lead Sharks to victory. Katrina Vogelezang (12 points) and Georgia Varley (10) both also featured in the win. Georgia Tauschke scored 19 points and Lauren Bellegante had 15 as Rovers were eliminated from the finals.
Sharks will play Dolphins to decide the final place in the grand finals.
GBL Ladder – Finals Rd 1
|1||Dolphins (D1W W17)||16||14||2||0||3||0||1260||796||53|
|2||Pivot City (D1W W17)||16||12||3||1||3||0||1291||807||50|
|3||Sharks (D1W W17)||17||11||5||1||2||0||1142||926||46|
|4||Rovers (D1W W17)||16||9||7||0||3||0||915||917||43|
|5||Lara Giants (D1W W17)||16||5||11||0||3||0||758||984||35|
|6||Try Boys Bears (WD1 W17)||16||5||11||0||3||3||794||999||32|
|7||YMCA (D1W W17)||17||0||17||0||2||0||654||1325||23|
|1||Pivot City (D1M W17)||19||17||2||0||0||0||1609||1240||53|
|2||CC Eagles (D1M W17)||19||16||2||1||0||0||1569||1194||52|
|3||Lara Giants (D1M W17)||19||15||3||1||0||0||1718||1244||50|
|4||YMCA (D1M W17)||19||15||4||0||0||0||1413||1073||49|
|5||Tigers (D1M W17)||19||9||10||0||0||1||1215||1277||36|
|6||Vytis (D1M W17)||19||8||11||0||0||2||1161||1285||33|
|7||Sharks (D1M W17)||19||7||12||0||0||0||1304||1294||33|
|8||Try Boys Bears (D1M W17)||19||7||12||0||0||1||1158||1296||32|
|9||Deakin Wildcats (D1M W17)||19||6||13||0||0||0||1197||1314||31|
|10||Surfcoasters (D1M W17)||19||6||13||0||0||1||1049||1222||30|
|11||Rovers (D1M W17)||19||4||15||0||0||0||1140||1419||27|
|12||Dolphins (D1M W17)||19||3||16||0||0||0||928||1503||25|