VJBL Grand Final Preview

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It’s Grand Final week for four of our regions young guns. The Supercats U16B2, U16B3, U14G1, and U18G2 all head into VJBL finals this Friday and Saturday night. The U16 Boys 2’s and 3’s will take on each other in a guaranteed Supercats win on Saturday night, while the two remaining girls teams will play Friday night.

U16 Boys 2 v U16 Boys 3 – 9:30 PM / Sat 16 Sep – Werribee Crt 1

U14 Girls 1 v Knox 3 – 7:20 PM / Fri 15 Sep – Keilor Crt 6

U18 Girls 2 v Frankston 2 – 9:30 PM / Fri 15 Sep – Dandenong Crt 10

 

Our 18 girls 2 take on Frankston in what should be an enthralling game at Dandenong on Friday night. The Geelong girls have been in hot form, winning their past 6 games with the highlight being an impressive 38 to 22 Preliminary Final win over Sunbury, a team that had beaten the Supercats on 3 occasions this season.

Frankston have been the standout team this year with an impressive 17 wins, 1 loss and  1 draw and have taken care of Geelong by 22 and 7 in the their encounters during the year.

That being said, Geelong hold no fears and have been the form team in  the comp with an average winning margin of 12 points from the last 6 games.

Frankston will be a challenge for the group but the girls are playing fantastic team basketball at the right time of the year and have the ability to cause a huge upset and come away with the title.

We wish our young Lady Supercats the best of luck on Friday.

 

The U16.2 Boys have been on a journey this season.  Having lead the conference in the first half of the season, the back half has been impacted by injuries, illnesses and absences and the team scraped into the playoffs.

Winning the Inter-regional championship at the State Basketball Centre reinforced to the team the level of basketball they are capable of when fit and focused.  The team has brought this level of game to the playoffs with two good wins over teams that we lost to in the back half of the season and with all of the roster contributing to these wins.

The team now looks forward to the opportunity to play good basketball in this Saturday’s Grand Final against the conference leaders the Geelong U16.3 Boys.

 

Saturday nights Grand Final will see the culmination of all the hard work put in by the U16 B 3’s, from preseason training, Geelong tournament, grading games, 2 training sessions per week and the season proper. As a Team we set our sights on the big prize of winning the Grand final at the start of the season.

The boys have trained and played to win as many games as possible so as to achieve top position on the ladder . This was done with the boys sitting on Top of the table with a 13W – 5L record and having a night off in the first week of finals. All the boys committed to continue to train hard and put in extra sessions as a group and in their own time. We won our first final by 10p to Melton and had another week off, again the boys continued to train hard and didn’t lose sight of what we had set out to achieve at the start of the season.

The Grand Final this Saturday night 9.30pm at Werribee will see us come up against our Geelong 2nd team. With a win each during the season and 2 evenly matched teams this should be a ripper of a final.  I have total faith in our boys to get the job done and as a coach I am super proud of all the boys. I have really enjoyed coaching this group of dedicated young athletes and watching them grow, not only as basketball players but fine young men.

We wish Tristan and his team good luck for the game………………. Go Supercats !!!!!

 

 

The Supercats Under 14 Girls had the week off last week after a convincing win against Knox 3 in the Qualifying Final by 29 points.

Knox 3 are a quality team who have played well all year and we fully expect them to step up and challenge our team on Friday night.  Finals are always different especially a grand final and I am sure both teams will be fighting fit and ready to go.

The Supercats girls have really shown terrific improvement across the season after a horrible start to their VJBL campaign with coach and player movement meaning they struggled to gain any momentum.  I am sure if the girls had been able to gel early they may well have ended up a lot higher in the VJBL grades and hopefully this with all going well they can put together a solid effort to show the development they have made across the 2017 VJBL season.

Head on down to Keilor if you are not doing anything Friday night and watch the next generation of Lady Supercats take on a powerful Knox 3 team.