Big V Review – Round 17
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Warrnambool Seahawks
A solid three and three quarter performance by our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men on Saturday night had them in with a chance of causing a major boilover.
However, in the run to the line, the Supercats just leaked too many points in defence, allowing import Xavier Blount to lead the Seahawks to the win in a scoreline that wasn’t really reflective of the majority of the contest.
Geelong gave away 21 to 9 in the final term to eventually go down by 20 points, with Blount returning a 30 point 15 board effort for the match to scuttle the Supercats.
Lewie Varley top scored for Geelong with 16 points, Kyle Meyer finished with 15 and Billy Feben 14, whilst Marko Vekic continued his recent domination of the glass with 13 rebounds for the night, with 10 at the defensive end of the court.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 71 (Lewie Varley 16, Kyle Meyer 15, Billy Feben 14)
WARRNAMBOOL SEAHAWKS: 91 (Xavier Blount 30, Alex Gynes 22, Nathan Sobey 18)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Warrnambool Mermaids
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women have kept their season rolling as they travelled down to Warrnambool and proceeded to knock off third placed Mermaids to take one step further in setting up a finals berth.
In a very even game, the Supercats managed to win every quarter of the game to run out 11 point winners on the back of two outstanding efforts from two very experienced players.
Jess Watson top scored with 16 points and also pulled down 12 boards for the night, whilst Caitlin Shadbolt had a 14 point 11 board return for the night.
Former Supercat Amy Wormald was a thorn in the Supercats side for most of the night with 24 points to be the best for the Mermaids.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 74 (Jess Watson 16, Caitlin Shadbolt 14, Brooke McKay 10)
WARRNAMBOOL MERMAIDS: 63 (Amy Wormald 24, Molly McKinnon 16, Louise Brown 10)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Corio Bay Stingrays
In the result of the weekend, our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men had a cracking result against cross-town rivals Corio Bay in their Elimination Final at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
In a hotly contested and see sawing battle, the Supercats would have a good patch of their fast paced, offensive game and establish a comfortable lead only to have the ‘Rays peg them back.
As you’d expect, Corio Bay rallied in the last quarter and managed to narrow the Supercats margin to just 4 points.
However, this Supercats side has a lot of weapons and are playing their best basketball at the right end of the season as they showed great maturity to steady when challenged near the finish line and come away with the win to end Corio Bay’s Season and book a place in the Semi-Finals this weekend.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 84 (Nathan Gronbeck 14, Wang Nyieth 13, Taylor Dow 12, Seb Thomason 12)
CORIO BAY STINGRAYS: 76 (Jordan O’Leary 25, Cohen Blythe 17, Kirk Harris 16)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Keilor Thunder
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women faced off against the top side Keilor on Saturday night and although they were competitive for most of the game, the Thunder just had too much talent on the night.
Conceding a 15 to 9 start, the Supercats fought back in the second to win the quarter by one point to only trail by five points at the half and close enough to sniff a win.
However, there is a reason that Keilor sit atop the ladder and are favourites to grab the title this season as they were able to restrict the Supercats scoring options, whilst finding a consistent fun of scoring themselves.
Carly Sanders showed a return to form after a couple of quiet matches to top score for Geelong with 21 points for the night, Chelsea Shields-Harris had 11 and Gemma Morison 10.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 53(Carly Sanders 21, Chelsea Shields-Harris 11, Gemma Morison 10)
KEILOR THUNDER: 71 (Amelia Velardo 18, Emily Ellis 15, Katie Byrne 14)