Big V Preview – Round 8
Before we get into this weeks previews, let’s start by wishing all the Supercats’ Mums a Happy Mothers Day and thank them for all the years of being right there for you, driving to games, making sure your uniform is right to go and being there to cheer you on!
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Sunbury Jets, Sunday 13th May 2018 @ 2.00pm AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
The Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men are in need of a win and will be keen to make sure that happens this Sunday at home against Sunbury.
After last weeks heartbreak of hitting the lead against Shepparton in Shepparton last Saturday night, the Supercats will be fired up to face an old rival.
Whilst the Jets are similar to Geelong in that wins have been hard to come by this season, this still shapes as a tough contest for Brenton O’Brien and his troops.
The good news for the Supercats is that so far this season, the Jets have been well handled by their opposition and have lost by some reasonable margins, whilst Geelong have been competitive and close in most of their games this season.
Jacob Formosa has been the key to the Jets in 2018, leading the scoring charge averaging 16 ppg and showing a liking for shots outside the arc, although with little success so far this year going 10 of 56. He’s joined in the “won’t die wondering” club by Benjamin Jones (10 of 35) and Damien O’Keefe (10 of 36).
If it turns into a three point slugfest, the Supercats have Lewie Varley, Kylie Meyer, Marko Vekic and Emerson Varley at their disposal. To add to that, Lewis Beks showed signs that his best form isn’t far away and Billy Feben is due for a big one.
On paper, the Supercats look too good for the Jets, but as we know, basketball isn’t played on paper!
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Whittlesea Pacers, Sunday 13th May 2018 @ 12.00 noon, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
The tasks just don’t get any smaller for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women.
After jetting to Mildura last weekend to take on the top of the table Heat, almost beat them, only to get overrun in the dying states, the Supercats host the fifth placed Whittlesea Pacers.
Like our Division 1 Men, wins are now becoming vital and this is looming as a must win for the Supercats.
Last weekend, it was the experienced, wise heads of Brooke McKay, Louise Johnston and Caitlin Shadbolt that led the charge and they’ll need to be front and centre again this Sunday.
The pacers have a well balanced roster, who are contributing evenly across the board, with no real dominant force, which means Geelong will have to be able to do a similar thing to get this job done.
With the experienced heads that the Supercats have and the importance of getting the 2018 ship into winning waters, we’re expecting a fierce battle and hoping for a home win.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Keilor Thunder, Sunday 13th May 2018 @ 10.00am AWA Alliance Bank Stadium
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women kick off our Mothers Day triple header as they take on the Keilor Thunder, strangely for the second time this season and also strangely, the second occasion at our place.
These two teams faced off in Round 2 where the Thunder rolled the Supercats by 18 points.
That game was a shoot out between Carly Sanders (23 points) and Amelia Velardo (21 points) who negated each others impact on the game.
Where the difference was in that game was the Thunder having 10 of their 11 players contributing to the scoresheet compared to the Supercats 7 of 12.
Since this game was played, the Supercats have been gaining momentum, getting a bigger contribution from everyone and playing with confidence in their game.
Keilor sit atop the ladder with a 7 and 1 record for the season, so the Supercats will have to be ‘on’ from the word ‘go’ as to be a top team, you have to be able to firstly compete with and secondly, be able to defeat other teams in your part of the ladder.
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Warrandyte Venom, Sunday 13th May 2018 @ 12.00 noon, Warrandyte Sports Complex.
It’s an important game for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men this Sunday.
With Warrandyte just one place below us, a win in this one would give us some breathing room and begin to open up a little gap on our rivals for a spot in the post-season action.
The Supercats have become third quarter specialists, particularly last weekend where they managed to blow their opposition out of the water with a barrage of baskets and being completely miserly in defence.
With Josiah King, Max Kos and Wang Nyieth all in tip top form and getting good support from Seb Thomason and Tom Georgiadis, there’s a lot to like about Darren Hindle’s team and the way they’re playing right now.
For the Venom, Jarrod Molnar is having an outstanding season, averaging 21 points at a shooting clip of 42% from the field and 6 boards per game. Cody Perry-Allamby will also be a dangerous proposition, particularly on the glass where he’s averaging 10 rebounds per game to go with his 16 points per game scoring average.
This promises to be an interesting contest and could become another high scoring one too.