Big V Preview – Round 16
DIVISION 1 MEN
V Chelsea Gulls, Saturday 14th July 2018 @ 3.00pm, The Arena
V Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 15th July @ 2.00pm, Warrandyte Sports Complex
The mountain to climb for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men to make the finals, keeps on getting steeper and the challenges even harder.
Particularly this weekend with an imposing double header against top side Chelsea at The Arena on Saturday before heading off to Warrandyte on Sunday to face fellow finals aspirant the Venom.
The good news for the Supercats is that they have proved through the season that they have the firepower to match it with the top teams, including Chelsea but just haven’t got across the line.
That changed last weekend with a win over former top side Shepparton, where the Supercats hit the ground running and served it up to the visitors. The difference this time, being that they had the resolve and commitment that when challenged, they were able to ride it out and secure the points.
Whatever it was that worked last Sunday, will need to be repeated both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, otherwise the mountain will be too steep to reach the post-season.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Chelsea Gulls, Sunday 15th July 2018 @ 2.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Speaking of big wins, how about our Division 1 Women knocking off top team Mildura last week!
A great and consistent four quarter performance sealed the win for Geelong, particularly in the last when they hit another gear to get the win.
This Sunday presents a real opportunity for the Supercats to further entrench themselves in the top half of the ladder and a step closer to another finals campaign as they host the Chelsea Gulls.
The Supercats had little trouble in accounting for the Gulls when they met earlier this season at Chelsea, so the Geelong ladies should enter this one with confidence, however, the job still needs to be done.
It’s the experienced heads of the Supercats team in Caitlin Shadbolt, Tess Feery, Brooke McKay and Jess Watson who are leading the charge right now and with support from younger players such as Georgia Varley and Olivia Virt, Geelong appear to be hitting their straps at exactly the right time of the season!
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
V Craigieburn Eagles, Saturday 14th July 2018 @ 6.00pm Craigieburn Leisure Centre
Following a big victory against cross-town rivals Corio Bay last weekend, our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women are play-off bound in 2018.
This week presents an opportunity to get some fine tuning into their game in the run home to the finals as they travel to Craigieburn on Saturday night to meet the Eagles.
Geelong have met Craigieburn twice already this season and have come away with the points on both occasions and that should be the case this time around.
Alli Marsh really stepped up last weekend to counter the late loss of Carly Sanders and if Alli can repeat that performance again this week, along with the return of Carly, then the Supercaats should be way too strong in this one.
Jaimee Crombie and Lydia Gasparini are also beginning to work into a nice patch of form in recent weeks and should be up front as well, in leading the Supercats charge.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
V Bendigo Braves, Saturday 14th 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!