Big V Preview – Round 12
DIVISION 1 MEN
V Melbourne University Black Angels, Saturday 16th June 2018 @ 7.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
A challenging and important clash awaits our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men this Saturday night as they host the Students.
The Supercats will go into this one with a lot of confidence, having knocked off Melbourne Uni at their place back in April.
That night saw the most bizarre ending to a game in recent memory when the fire alarm went off in the gym with only seconds left to play.
No doubt the sizzling hand of Lewie Varley may have played a part as he burned the Students for 29 points to lead the Supercats to the win.
Whilst the Black Angels may sit a couple of spots above the Supercats on the ladder, Geelong have shown that they can mix it with the best of the competition and are always a danger.
Having already accounted for them once this year, there is no reason why the Supercats can’t make it a repeat performance this weekend.
Keep Nick Masunda and Jack Railton-Woodcock quiet and the Supercats should be able to out run and outscore their opposition.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
V Werribee Devils, Saturday 16th June 2018 @ 5.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
V Whittlesea Pacers, Sunday 17th June 2018 @ 3.00pm, Mill Park Stadium
An important weekend coming up for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women with a tough double header on the cards.
On Saturday night, the Supercats take on arch rival the Werribee Devils in what is shaping as a pivotal contest and one that we need to win.
The Devils accounted for the Supercats earlier in the season at Eagle Stadium, to the tune of 27 points, so Geelong certainly have a score to settle.
A lot will rely on the line up the Supercats are able to put on the floor, having been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, so hopefully the weekend off last weekend has allowed time to rest and recover from the first half of the season.
Last time up, former Supercat Georgia Tauschke torched her old side and was the difference between the two sides.
Natalie Hughes will need to ensure her team defend Tauschke thoroughly and prevent any repeat performances.
On Sunday, the Supercats travel to Mill Park to take on the fourth placed Pacers.
Should the Supercats not be able to grab the win on Saturday night, this looms as a season defining contest, as Geelong can’t afford many more losses in the run to the line.
The Pacers go into this one, having won their last two contests comfortably after a suffering a minor losing streak, including against the Supercats a month ago at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
No doubt the Whittlesea will be keen to return the favour this weekend, however, the Supercats can go in with the confidence that they have what it takes to match it with the home side.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
V Eltham Wildcats, Saturday 16th June 2018 @ 6.00pm, Eltham High School
We round out this weekend’s action with the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women as they travel to Eltham to take on the Wildcats.
It’s been a dry old season for Eltham as they’ve struggled to get just the 2 wins for 2018 and whilst the Supercats have been a bit up and down in recent weeks, they should have the answers in this one.
As Coach Tim Sanderson said this week in Supercats Chat, their losses this season have been on the back of one poor quarter, so the key to this one is to start strong and keep going for the rest of the match.
These are the games that potential finalists should be able to win comfortably and that’s what’s expected of the Supercats here.
The other thing will be multiple contributors to the score sheet as sometimes, the Supercats can struggle in this area and rely on the input of Carly Sanders.
When it comes to the crunch, the Supercats should be too talented for the Wildcats and come away with the points.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
V Ballarat Miners, Saturday 16th June 2018 @ 8.00pm, Minerdome
A real chance for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men to come out with another win this Saturday night as they travel up the Midland Highway to take on old foes Ballarat.
No matter if it’s SEABL, Big V or marbles in the car park, neither side likes losing to the other, so the Miners will make things tough for the visitors.
The Supercats accounted for Ballarat the last time these sides met at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium in a game where the Miners just had no answers to the rampaging Geelong, losing by 33 points in the end.
Ballarat are one of the most scored against sides in the competition and that’s just the invitation the Supercats need, particularly if Josiah King, Wang Nyieth, Max Kos, Seb Thomason and Tom Georgiadis get a sniff.
The Supercats should just be way too strong to let this game slip.