Big V Preview – Round 18
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Collingwood All Stars, Saturday 28th July @ 6.30pm, Darebin Community Sports Centre
v Latrobe City Energy, Sunday 29th July @ 1.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
This weekend sees the end of our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men’s 2018 campaign with a road/home double header.
On Saturday night, the Supercats make their first trip to Darebin to play the Collingwood All Stars, who have performed well in their debut season in the Division 1 Competition and will be no easybeats on their home deck.
Geelong have shown for most of the season that we have the talent to match it with the top sides but just a lack of finishing off down the stretch has been a problem.
As this is a ‘dead rubber’ in terms of the Finals, it’s a good opportunity to get some of that winning feeling to end off season 2018 and you can almost feel the ‘all out offence’ potential for this one, particularly from outside the arc with both sides having players who like to shoot.
On Sunday, Latrobe City make the big trip down to Geelong for both sides last outing for the season. You can expect both sides to go all out in this one as well, so it should be entertaining.
To Coach Brenton O’Brien and his team, we say well done on your season, despite not making the playoffs and for showing that there is a core of players coming through this side to remain as competitive as we can be in a competition that is beginning to rely heavily on imports at most, if not all of the competing teams.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Camberwell Dragons, Saturday 28th July @ 3.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
v Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 29th July @ 12.00noon, Warrandyte Sports Complex
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women get the honour of kicking off the day on our newly configured AWA Show Court on Saturday afternoon and with a win, book themselves into the finals starting next week.
The best news for the Supercats is that their destiny is in their own hands and don’t need to rely on other teams should they win this one.
The other good news for Geelong is that our senior players in Caitlin Shadbolt, Jess Watson, Brooke McKay, Tess Feery and Louise Johnston are hitting their form at the right end of the season.
These two teams last met way back in the opening round of the season, with the Dragons getting the points, however, this isn’t the same Supercats team they were taking on back at the start of the season.
Expect both sides to go hard in this one as Camberwell can still get a sniff of finals if they keep winning and results go their way.
On Sunday, the Supercats head to Warrandyte and should they lower their colours on Saturday night, can still wrap up a finals berth with a win.
Warrandyte haven’t had a strong season and would relish the opportunity to cause an impact on the finals so Geelong will need to take care of business in this one, just to be sure.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Camberwell Dragons, Saturday 28th July @ 5.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women also have a simple equation on Saturday night – win and they’re off to the finals.
Camberwell are also in the mix of sides scrambling to finish 3rd or 4th in a top four finals series, so they will be equally keen to secure the win.
The one thing Geelong can’t afford this week is a slow start and will need to have the engine revving straight away, to grab the early advantage and to keep the game on their terms for the night.
One thing is for sure and that is that all players will need to perform their role when called on. There is no doubt this side has the talent to go with the top sides, they just all have to put it together at the same time and this is the sort of occasion where that has to happen.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
V Sunbury Jets, Saturday 28th July 2018 7.00pm, Boardman Stadium
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men are just one win away from making this years grand final series and standing in their way is the side they defeated 2 weeks ago at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, the top side in this years competition to date, Sunbury.
This match should be an absolute beauty as both teams will not take a backward step at any stage. The Jets have been the pacesetters all season and will still be stinging from their loss a couple of weeks ago.
The Supercats though, are hitting this match at full steam and playing their best basketball when it matters.
Throughout the season, Coach Darren Hindle and his team have been preparing to hit this finals campaign at top form and with multiple contributors and that is now the reality.
40 minutes of strong, solid, Geelong basketball will be what it takes to climb the mountain and with so many weapons such as Josiah King, Wang Nyieth, Max Kos, Joshua Hindle, Taylor Dow just to name a few.
On the other side of the equation, the Jets rely heavily on players such as Kyle Collins, Brodie Townsend and Nathan Baker for the bulk of their scoring opportunities. Shut them down and that will be the key to the win.
In the words of Robin Williams in “Dead Poet’s Society” – Carpe Diem…Seize the day!