Big V Preview – Round 5
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Bulleen Boomers Saturday 21st April @ 7.00pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
After a strong team performance last weekend, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men get the chance to make it back to back wins as they host Bulleen tonight.
With both sides sharing a 2 and 3 start to the season, this should be a fairly even contest on paper, however, you get the feeling that the Supercats are just getting started over the last couple of weeks, meaning ladder position is not a true indication of the ability of this side.
As with most Big V sides, the Boomers have an import at their disposal and Thadd Varmall appears to be a handy one for them, averaging 21 points and 8 rebounds a game.
Varmall is getting solid support from Luke Hughes also this year, however interestingly, in their last 2 games, Hughes has been kept to single figure returns and the Boomers have lost both games, so if the Supercats can do the same, the effectiveness of Varmall is negated.
With Captain Emerson Varley and big man Paddy Daley both missing for this one, the Supercats will rely heavily on Lewie Varley, Marko Vekic and Jacob Pupavac to get the job done and if youngster Kyle Meyer can continue his recent good form then the Supercats will have too many guns for the Boomers.
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Casey Cavaliers 21st April @ 8.00pm, Casey Stadium
v Western Port Steelers 22nd April @ 2.00pm, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
A massive weekend approaching for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women with a crucial double header that will be vital to getting season 2018 kick started.
Its fair to say that the Supercats have been close enough in all of their games to get the win and that a 1-3 start to the season could have easily have been 4-0.
However, the reality is that a lot is resting on the shoulders of just a few to get the job done. The loss of Cortney Williamson has had an impact on this side and her scoring power would no doubt have seen Geelong’s record look a lot better, however, the reality is that in her absence, someone needs to stand up and take on those points.
In the majority of Geelong’s games so far this season, if Caitlin Shadbolt and Natalie Hughes are negated, the Supercats appear to be negated also.
This weekends opponents are at either end of the scales with tonights opponent Casey topping the ladder, whilst the Western Port Steelers are holding up the competition without a win to their name.
Nothing kick starts a season better than upsetting a more fancied and previously undefeated team and Geelong get that chance tonight. However, if that can’t be achieved, then Sunday becomes a must win game for the Supercats to keep in touch with the competition leaders.
Whilst most of the Cav’s wins have been comfortable, the good news for Geelong is that they only managed to defeat Warrnambool by just the solitary point when they met in Warrnambool a few weeks back.
The keys for the Cav’s are Tanarly Hood, Billie Lucas and Jamie-Lee Jeffs, who have been the offensive leaders on on the scoresheet will clearly need to be the focus of the Supercats attention tonight.
For Geelong, the experienced players of the side will need to ensure they’re able to step up and provide the scoring opportunities and support Shadbolt and Hughes on the scoresheet, particularly tonight.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v CASEY CAVALIERS, Sunday 22nd April @ 12.00 noon, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
After an almost perfect weekend last week, the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men are right in the mix for 2018 and this weekend, they get the opportunity to press their case to be considered one of the top sides in the compeition with an important home clash with the Casey Cavaliers tomorrow.
The Cav’s currently sit in 5th place on the ladder, just two spots above the Supercats and depending on how results fall this weekend, a Geelong win could see them leap into Casey’s spot.
With a game to play tonight against 4th placed Warrandyte Venom, the Cav’s may be ‘feeling it’ as they travel down the Highway to face the Supercats who have the opportunity to put their feet up tonight and be ready for tomorrow.
The Supercats are building a strong outfit with experienced players such as Josiah King, Josh Hindle, Max Kos and Taylor Dow leading the way, whilst rising stars in Seb Thomason, Tom Georgiadis and Jack Dunstan keep on their upward path each week.
Luke Beard and Hunter Marks are the players to watch for Geelong, averaging 15.5 and 10.5 points per game respectively. Marks is also a key player on the glass fo the Cav’s averaging 8 boards a game and his battle with King will be a pivotal one in this contest.
Regardless of the result, the game should be entertaining with both sides playing good ball right now.