Big V Preview – Round 15
DIVISION 1 MEN
V Bulleen Boomers, Saturday 7th July 2018 @ 8.00pm, East Doncaster Secondary College
V Shepparton Gators, Sunday 8th July 2018 @ 2.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
In the words of ‘The King’, Elvis Presley…”It’s now or never”!
Crunch week has arrived for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men as they face a double header weekend that will determine if it’s basketballs or beach towels in August.
On Saturday night the Supercats travel to Bulleen to play the Boomers in a must win game for both sides’ finals aspirations.
Last time these two teams met, here in Geelong, it was a narrow 3 point victory for the Supercats on the back of a Lewie Varley masterclass with 33 points and he will definitely be one of the key players in this one.
Thadd Varmall was the thorn in the Supercats side last time, with very little else to trouble them and again, he will be the man Geelong need to stop.
For the winner, the fight continues, for the loser, likely end of their hopes for 2018, so this should be a ripper.
Sunday’s game is shaping as a fascinating contest as the Supercats host Shepparton in a game that 100% the Supercats can and must win.
On the road several weeks ago, the Supercats chased all night to eventually head the Gators just before full time, however, just ran out of fuel tickets in the end.
That will give them a lot of fire in the belly to turn the tables on the Gators and there is one thing for sure – the Supercats are playing much better ball than they were at that stage of the season.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Mildura Heat, Saturday 7th July 2018 @ 3.00pm, The Arena
Big games aplenty this weekend and this is one of them as our Luina Geelong Supercats host the Mildura Heat this afternoon as part of a triple header with our SEABL Men & Women.
No matter where these two teams sit on the table, it’s always a highlight game of the season and with so much riding on this one for the Supercats as they hang on to 6th spot with three rounds remaining, this is a biggie!
The Heat are on a 7 match winning streak and are the red hot favourites for the title under the watchful eye of COach James Madigan and will be ready to roll from the opening tip off of this one.
After last Sunday’s game against Casey, the Supercats will also need to be ready to go from the opening tip off because if they give a similar sniff to Mildura as they did to the Cavs last weekend, then it may be a tough afternoon for the home side.
A lot will ride on the shoulders of the Supercats experienced group of Caitlin Shadbolt, Tess Feery, Brooke McKay, Jess Watson, Louise Johnston and Georgia Varley to dig deep and get the job done for their side.
Whilst a loss won’t be the end of the road for the Supercats it will certainly make things harder in the race to the line.
Your correspondent feels an upset brewing here!
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
V Corio Bay Stingrays, Saturday 7th July 2018 @ 4.00pm, Geelong Basketball & Netball Centre
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, another big game for our Youth League Women as they travel over to South Geelong to meet the ‘Rays this afternoon.
Our cross-town rivals are still in the hunt for a finals spot and would love nothing more than to roll over the top of their local rivals to do that, which makes for a tough 40 minutes for the Supercats.
Last time these two teams faced off, it was the Supercats who came away with the points comfortably by 16 points, which will give Geelong confidence going into this one.
Both sides were soundly beaten last weekend, particularly the ‘Rays who were ‘mugged’ by the top of the table Keilor Thunder to the tune of 52 points, the Thunder actually doubling their score.
Whether that has done any damage to Corio Bay’s confidence and how they will bounce back on their home court will be the big factor in this one.
It’s a danger game of the highest order for Tim Sanderson and his ladies and they will not want to take their opposition too easy at all, otherwise, the ‘Rays will make them pay.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
V Bendigo Braves, Saturday 7th July 2018 @ 8.00pm, Bendigo Stadium
V Sunbury Jets, Sunday 8th July 2018 @ 12.00 noon, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
An interesting double header for our Youth League Men this weekend as they travel to Bendigo on Saturday night to meet the Braves, before hosting the top of the table Sunbury Jets on Sunday.
The reality is, if the Supercats can get the win on Saturday night, they are all but guaranteed a spot in this years’ finals, which is great motivation to win this one.
Last time they met, it was the Supercats by 12 points at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium and on that occasion, Geelong just had more scoring options than the Braves.
That win was all the way back in Round 6 and it’s fair to say that over the last several weeks, this Geelong side has become even more talented and have even more scoring options at their disposal and should be able to get over the Braves.
And whilst a loss on Saturday night won’t have the Supercats in too much danger on the ladder, if they were to lose both, then they will be making things tough for themselves.
Sunday though, will give the Supercats a real test of where they are in the Youth League pecking order when they host the top of the table Sunbury.
The Jets have been flying this season and have dropped just the one game in 2018 to be the red hot favourites to walk away with the pennant in the end. Their only loss was a couple of weeks ago, against second placed Waverley, which means this will be a tough ask for the Supercats.
The big thing about the Supercats this year, is that they seem to have an extra gear when they need it and which allows them to blow the opposition away and whilst Coach Darren Hindle probably doesn’t want to give too much away to one of their likely opponents in the finals, a little taste of Geelong at their best may just make the Jets take notice.
Whilst the Jets won comfortably last time, their confidence may be just the thing to bring them unstuck. They also play the night before as they meet the bottom team Coburg, which they will likely win quite comfortably. The theory is, that may just overfill them with confidence and possibly feel that they just need to arrive, play 4 quarters and leave with 2 wins for the weekend.
And that is their weak spot, particularly if the Supercats come ready and willing to execute their game plan all afternoon, they might just catch the Jets napping and cause the boil over…..funny game basketball!