Big V Review – Round 10
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Warrandyte Venom
Redemption was the key word heading into this clash for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men on Sunday and that’s exactly what was delivered.
Geelong were clearly the better team for 90% of the contest and were able to control the tempo for most of the game as they started strongly in the first term outscoring the visitors 23 to 7, with the highlight being a three point buzzer beater by Billy Feben right on quarter time.
Feben pulled the same trick again at three quarter time as he drained another three right on the buzzer to give his side a 17 point advantage heading into the last term.
Kyle Meyer continues to impress at this level as he again top scored for the Supercats with 24 points for the afternoon, whilst he got plenty of support with Feben, Lewie Varley, Jacob Pupavac and Emerson Varley all clocking up double figures for the day.
There was a little bit of a heart flutter in the last term though as the Venom began to work their way back into the contest and threatened to run over the top of the Supercats, narrowing their lead to just 7 points with three and a half to play.
However, the Supercats steadied as Meyer scored 7 of Geelong’s last 10 points for the quarter to seal an important win for their finals aspirations.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 96 (Kyle Meyer 24, Billy Feben 16, Jacob Pupavac 15, Lewie Varley 15)
WARRANDYTE VENOM: 84 (Ayinde Sprewell 24, David Moore 19, Tom McLennan 12)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Warrandyte Venom
A fascinating and extremely even contest for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women against Warrandyte on Saturday night.
Scores were level at quarter time, half time and three quarter time as both sides traded baskets for most of the night.
It was the Supercats though, that ended up breaking out and making sure of an important win, dominating the last quarter 24 to 11.
The big positive for Geelong is that rather than dominating and getting run down in the last term, as has happened a few times this season, they were the ones running right over the top of their opposition.
Georgia Varley has found a real purple patch in recent weeks and found it again on Saturday night as she piled on another 25 point game to be the driving force for the Supercats.
Louise Johnston is also finding the going good at the moment with 11 points and 9 boards, whilst Tess Feery monstered the defensive boards dragging down 10 and 14 overall.
After an up and down start to the season, the Supercats are now starting to find a bit of form and looking like they are on the build towards the finish line.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Georgia Varley 25, Louise Johnston 11)
WARRANDYTE VENOM: 56 (Margaret Kershaw 12, Rachael Wansbrough 11)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Sunbury Jets (Saturday)
v Waverley Falcons (Sunday)
Whilst the weekend may not have brought a win for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men, they aquitted themselves very well, taking on the top of the table and currently undefeated Sunbury Jets on Saturday night and then returning home to take on second placed Waverly on Sunday.
Now, thats a tough weekend in anyones language, however, far from shying away, the Supercats took on the challenge and showed the level of development that this team has achieved.
In years gone by, this type of weekend would have been the stuff of horror movies but this team has built a resilience and ‘never say die’ attitude that sees them as always a chance.
Whilst on Saturday night, the Supercats weren’t able to find the lead for the entire game, they stayed with their opponents all night.
Wang Nyieth is putting together a fair season this year and was the leader again on Saturday night with 25 (at 71% shooting) and 11 boards.
On Sunday, the Supercats were stunned by the Waverley Falcons as they set about building a big lead scoring 60 to 36 up to half time, to go in with a 24 point advantage.
In the rooms at half time, the Supercats regrouped and came out with a renewed effort and drive as they set about dismantling the visitors lead.
Once again it was a dominant third quarter (32 to 20) that saw Geelong halve the Waverley lead to just 12 points, setting up the possibility of snatching the game.
Nyieth was again prominent for Geelong, Tom Georgiadis showed he is continuing to grow in confidence and Josiah King continues his fine form this season.
With just on 4 minutes left in the contest, Geelong had moved within 1 point of Waverley and looked set to run right over the top of the Falcons.
However, at that point, Geelong seemed to veer away from what had been working since half time and the scoring dried up as the Falcons steadied and moved away from the Supercats to get the win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 76 (Wang Nyieth 25, Josiah King 14)
SUNBURY JETS: 90 (Ivanne Loncaric 19, Brodie Townsend 15)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 87 (Wang Nyieth 25, Tom Georgiadis 18, Josiah King 14)
WAVERLEY FALCONS: 101(Cody Frederickson 14, Bol Jok 14, Dylan Larkin 14)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v McKinnon Cougars (Saturday)
v Craigieburn Eagles (Sunday)
A third quarter lapse cost the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women on Saturday night at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium as they were soundly defeated by McKinnon to the tune of 26 points.
After a pretty even first half, the Supercats only trailed by 2 points at the half and were right in the contest. However, the half time break lasted a bit too long for Geelong as the Cougars piled on 25 to 5 to shut them right out of the contest.
Geelong were missing they key player in Carly Sanders for this one and as we’ve seen through the first half of the season, so much of the Supercats’ success rests on her shoulders and McKinnon took advantage of that.
Sanders was back in action for Sunday’s game against Craigieburn at Craigieburn, however it almost didn’t make a difference as despite being at opposite ends of the ladder, the Eagles took it right up to Geelong and managed to send the contest into overtime.
However, the ‘fifth’ quarter belonged to Geelong as they scored 8 points to 1 to grab the win.
Sanders finished with 31 points and 10 boards for the afternoon and got good support from Gemma Morison, Allison Marsh and Jaimee Crombie.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 43 (Allison Marsh 9)
McKINNON COUGARS: 69 (Chelsea Bransden 25, Tamara Booth 11, Tailah Ross 10)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 75 (Carly Sanders 31, Allison Marsh 12, Jaimee Crombie 11)
CRAIGIEBURN EAGLES: 68 (Shona Brooks 16, Zoe Albon 14)